Academic journal article The Hymn

All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative

Academic journal article The Hymn

All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative

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All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative Brian Hehn and Mark Burrows. Choristers Guild CGBK70, 2015, $34.95.

Brian Hehn and Mark Burrows' book, All Hands In is a surprising resource. I expected to delve into a compendium of new drumming arrangements and percussive tricks. To my delight, what I found was a down-to-earth, well-planned pattern for involving people in worship, using percussion.

The first "Bible Beat" in the book is Creation. The "Beat" uses a verse from Scripture as the musical rhythm for the drumming, Gen. 1:31: "God saw all that God made and indeed it was very good." The Bible Beat is started and continues as selections from the creation story are read. As the Beat continues, a new percussion part is introduced with new words "Let there be light." The two parts continue together as the next Scripture selection is read. This layering approach allows each new part to establish itself, while building intensity with the readings. Further down the page are options for simplifying the arrangement to tailor it to players of differing abilities. I believe the selections in the book could be comfortably learned in 30-45 minutes. …

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