This can be used to improve cognitive awareness of the rhythmical patterns of speech. It helps improve rhythmical memory and associates learning with rhythm.
Begin by playing any 8-count rhythm. The group repeats this rhythm. Try this two more times with different rhythms. Now ask the group to repeat rhythm #1. You will recognize that, because there was no cognitive association, remembering the rhythm will be difficult.
Choose a saying or rhythmical pattern that everyone knows. For example:
I like to live in America
Boom Chicka Boom Chicka Boom Boom Boom
Mary had a little lamb
Ask the group to repeat by drumming pattern #1, 2 or 3. They will be able to immediately play the rhythm that you have chosen. This demonstrates the power of cognitive association!
Some ideas are adapted from: Mental Health Info and Links. Extracted 2004. Drumming for Health. http://cwgsys.net/community/mindinfo/drum.htm
Please see the next lesson, Speech and Drumming Patterns, for a video illustration of this concept.