Drums

drums

Introduction

Whether in cultures east or west, rhythm has and continues to play a primal (and vital) role in virtually any form of music evolved by humans. Drums have been used as percussive devices for purposes as diverse as rituals to call down rain in Africa, to lift the fighting morale of soldiers marching into battle in medieval Europe or to keep jazz ensembles in Swing-era New York on the ball. The modern drumkit, so vital to holding up the rhythmic responsibilities in almost all forms of current music, actually evolved out of the compulsions of economics and space. Back in the early part of the twentieth century, it was standard practice for each drum in an orchestral setting to be played by a separate player. But with gradual innovation in design, it eventually became possible for one drummer to manage all rhythmic duties. In music played by modern bands across genres, the drums have come to form the backbone of the music… setting time and holding down the foundation over which other melodic elements can be structured. In addition to his musical duties, the task of the good drummer in today’s popular styles ranges from giving the band a focal point during a live performance and driving the energy of the band with the sheer physicality of his instrument. And even though, the drumkit is primarily regarded as a keeper of rhythm, it is capable of unlimited tonal and rhythmic shading. Players like Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) and Danny Carey (Tool) have experimented widely with diatonic and chromatically tuned kits, unveiling vast new frontiers for the modern drummer to explore.

 
Level 1:
 
Introduction to the Drums

Why play Drums. Basic Attitude & Approach (physical/mental) to the set.

 
Drums Terminology

Parts of the Drums. Parts of the Drumstick

 
Basic Hand & Feet Introduction
  • Demonstrates various styles & techniques of playing with the hands & feet. Foundation Exercises for Hands & Feet
  • Includes a number of exercises to build up muscle memory, feel, to strengthen reflexes & to build mental & physical endurance.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome
 
Basic Beats
  • Includes the teaching & practice of todays’ most popular & sought after beats for todays’ music.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome
 
Basic Roll Patterns
  • Includes an introduction to playing rolls.
  • Demonstrates various roll configurations.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome
 
Playing along with songs
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to listen to songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to play along with songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to play rolls in time with songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to improvise to songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to listen to all the musicians in a band & locking in.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome & eventually with songs.
 
Level 2:
  • Face common beats & patterns and develop the confidence to innovate and come up with your own beats
  • Learn the concepts of double bass drumming
  • Take first steps towards 4-way independence, further enhancing your physical reflexes and mental alertness
  • Learn the Rudiments, listening to and being able to play the finer points of songs more precisely and musically
  • Enhance your music sense and also figure out beats on your own
  • Learn to create your own beats and groove with other musicians

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