What is the course about?
Good, driving drum parts with human swing are a vital component to any song. Without a solid, compelling drum track the best music can become stale and repetitive. In this class we will look at methods to improve your drum programming and make it more life-like, give it more swing and the variation critical to an effective rhythm track. We will look at techniques to bring life to your rhythm tracks that you will be able to apply to all genres of music.
What will we cover?
• Patch Phrasing (dividing a Loop 1 bar or longer into equal musical time values to create new musical phrases)
• Advanced quantising, swing and shuffle
• Drum layering/ Drum replacement
• Corrective and colour EQ ing as it relates to drums.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Use the Patch Phrasing technique to improvise with loops- (Create more dynamic and spontaneous rhythms by interacting with your loops and playing them the way a musician would improvise in a live context)
• "Humanising" to achieve looser feels, making a beat appear faster or more relaxed without changing the tempo, making rhythms "breathe" more.
• Adding body and definition to individual drum sounds, completely changing 1 or all drum sounds in a beat to find a sound that works better in a mix
• Understand how to prevent "masking" between a rhythm part and a bass part, how to achieve more definition and body in your drum tracks.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course aimed at those who already know how to use Logic or similar.
You will need to be able follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group, and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other Music Technology courses, offered throughout the year, especially:
Sampling, beat-making and synth programming, Mixing and music production techniques, Mixing and mastering masterclass, Vocal recording techniques.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details