What is Call and Response?
In a drum circle you often have a facilitator who keeps the music going and moving forward. The “Call” is a rhythm played by the facilitator and the “Response” is the rest of the drum circle repeating the rhythm back. This is a fun way to make a drum circle sound like an organized piece of drumming music.
- The facilitator appoints a strong player or group of players in the group to lay down the foundation rhythm. This is a simple repetitive rhythm that never stops.
- The facilitator listens to the foundation rhythm and plays a simple rhythm on top of the that rhythm and then gestures to the drum circle at large to repeat the rhythm back.
- Then the facilitator plays another rhythm and asks the circle to play it back and so on until the facilitator brings the music to a stop.