For Leaders and Musicians
Dance leaders are guided, supported and certified by the
Mentors Guild with full information listed on the
Dances of Universal Peace International web site: dancesofuniversalpeace.org.
All the links listed under the following 'Leading Dances'
are directed to that web site. Find more resources for leaders and musicians here.
Any transmission of the sacred has
always been achieved, throughout history, in a person-to-person
relationship, a living existence regardless of organizations
and institutions. The members of the Mentors
Guild promote and support these relationships to nurture the
growth of the Dances for future generations.
Overview of DUP Roles and Relationships
Guidelines for Leaders of the Dances of Universal Peace
(Download in printable .pdf format)
Some of the information at the above links includes:
Dance Leader's Journey
Elements of Mastery
Materials and Resources
Dances of Samuel Lewis
Agreements (DUP Name / Respect / Logo / Ethics Policy)
Playing Music for
If you have ever played as a musician
for the Dances, you realize that there is more to Dance musicianship
than simply knowing the correct notes or rhythm; that a deep
attunement to the sacred phrase, to the intent of the leader
and to the energy of the circle is required. We hope
that these materials will help provide musicians a sense of
connection to the rest of the Dance musician network and will
support the development of refined, attuned musicians!
Learning to Play for the Dances
by Amir Nick Baker, Mansur Richard Conviser, and Habib Dick Levison
by Peter Munir Reynolds
Drumming Introduction video
by Matin Mize
An Overview of Open Tunings for the Dances of Universal Peace
by Shivadam Adam Burke
Dances of Universal Peace guitar lessons
for open tuning, a new YouTube channel presented by Zahir Orest
of Open G Tuning
Tuning and playing, by Sky Majida
Gauges for B-flat Tuning
Richard Wahiduddin Shelquist explains
neck tension, tuning and playing in Open Bb
Chords and Music Theory for Open Tuning
from Nur al-Haqq Dave Walker
Fastest Tuning from Standard to Open: A / Intonation for Open-tuned Guitars
by Wren Kothrade and Shivadam Adam Burke
The following videos are of Pir Shabda Kahn demonstrating open tuning at Ozark Sufi Camp, spring 2006 and were filmed by Dale Blindheim.
How to go from Standard to Open tuning:
Open Tuning #1
Open Tuning #2
Open Tuning #3
Open Tuning #4
Open Tuning #5
Open Tuning #6
Open Tuning Conclusion and thanks
And, these videos are from the 2009 Jamiat Ahm (Prescott, AZ) at a meeting of musicians led by Pir Shabda Kahn. Video work by Sky and Dennis Roshay.
"Attunement and Musicianship" (Part I) (Part II) - A wide ranging deep conversation including the idea that musicians are an instrument of the Dance leader, who is an instrument of the Dance, refinements in leading and musicianship to be aware of, mentoring for musicians.
"More Musicianship" - Practice your instrument. Deepen your attunement. Expand your capacity. Laugh often. See links above for Pir Shabda's open tuned guitar videos.
"Growing Musicians" - Ways to begin developing musicianship in your own circle, awarenesses and pitfalls.
"Open Tuning History" - Pir Shabda describes history and development of open tuned guitar for the Dances. See link above for chord chart for GGDGGD open tuning (Nur al-Haqq Dave Walker)
Find Dance Write-ups, many with video and audio, at the Dance Write-Ups page and more audio at the Audio Clips from NA Journal page.
Dance musicianship and leadership publications may be purchased from originators' websites. Find more resources for leaders and musicians here.
See our new Dance Organizer Toolkit for more resources for your Dance circle!
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