About the Course
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.
Topics Covered-How to play with the drums.
Who should attend- Anyone passionate about music and who wants to learn and understand music better
- Anybody that wants to sit for professional music exams
- Professional Musicians
Pre-requisitesNone. We begin at your level and advance from there.
What you need to bringA notebook and your instrument (except piano)
Key TakeawaysYou pay for:
All teaching material and resources
Instruments provided in class to learn and practice on
Over 60 hours of direct instruction
Small focussed groups with individual attention
Shuffle classes- learn the rudiments of an other instrument
Classes on musicianship, music theory, a Q&A session, band dynamics, stage presence
Access to our fully equipped rehearsal room to jam before the concert
Certification of successful completion of the course.