Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: ME630B
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Develop the playing skills acquired in Drumming 1A. Our focus will be to build a technical skillbase and develop stylistic authenticity when playing a range of contemporary grooves. Learn also about song structure, and practise counting and reading drum notation.
What will we cover?
- The establishment of a practice routine
- 4 way coordinated independence
- Mobility around the kit
- Study of contemporary styles, and classic grooves
- Rock, funk, and Latin styles
- Appreciation and analysis of predominant drummers
- Practice at reading music notation for drums.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop and sustain a practice routine away from class
- Enjoy improved stick control and rudimental technique and apply this to drumset
- Play different styles with the correct 'feel'
- Demonstrate 2, 3 and 4-way coordination for drumming.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For players who have made a formal start with kit drumming, who can play the simple paradiddles reliably at a tempo around 76 bpm.
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; play together and solo; learn grooves by ear and from notation; individual coaching and correction. 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 sticks, a notebook, and a device to record audio or film parts of your class. Extensive learning resources will be available in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Drumming 1C will follow next term.
I am a fully qualifiied teacher (PGCE) and professional musician . I have taught for City Lit since 2008 and have also taught in Secondary school and private Music college. I also work on Jazz Summer schools and workshops in partnership with The Vortex Jazz Club I have played Drums with a wide range of artists such as Prince Buster, Annie Whitehead and Jason Rebello. I have also played a wide range of styles from Jazz to Ska and Rock and electronic music . I run the independent Jazz label Jazz Direct and have produced many albums, one of which, Max Roach Park was nominated for Jazz album of the year in South Africa. I've worked extensively in TV and radio and toured all over Europe including major festivals such as Glastonbury, and in South Africa I love Music and I love teaching and am currently enjoying exploring all the possibilities of online delivery of teaching. I have a home recording studio using Logic Pro and a location recording set up for concerts. I have set up my home studio to faciltate online learning I also love Art and have a BA in Fine Art and believe in the power of Music and Art to unlock creative potential and enrich peoples lives.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.