What is the course about?
Develop playing skills acquired in last term's level 2. Our focus will be to build a technical skillbase and develop stylistic authenticity when playing a range of contemporary grooves.
What will we cover?
- The establishment of a good practice routine
- Intermediate level coordinated independence
- Fluency of mobility around the kit
- Study of contemporary styles, and classic grooves
- Rock, funk,and latin styles
- Analysis of predominant drummers
- Practice at reading music for drums.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop and sustain a sound practice routine away from class
- Enjoy improved stick control and rudimental technique and apply this to the drumset
- Play different styles with the correct 'feel'
- Demonstrate 4-way coordination for drums.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For players who have successfully completed Drumming level 2, and others with equivalent competence. To include:
- the ability to play 8th note grooves
- the ability to play paradiddle,
- the ability to play basic 16th note groove
- the ability to play simple triplet or 12/8 feel
- the ability to learn in a group and take part in group activities
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Learning as a group, using 3 or 4 kits, practice kits and pads; tutor demonstration; listen to and discuss recorded samples; playing together, and solo; learning grooves by ear and from notation; as much individual tuition as numbers allow. Mostly we will play as an ensemble, sometimes for a sustained period.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own sticks, a notebook, and a device to record parts of your class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progress to Drumming 4.
You should be ready to join a band and start to rehearse!