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A guide to Drum Rudiments Think of the drum rudiments as the “building blocks” of drumming. They are roughly equivalent to a pianist or a guitarist learning and practicing their scales. The rudiments are important to help a drummer develop technique, phrasing, control and coordination on the drums. Ultimately, having a great grasp of all the rudiments will enable you to be more fluent and creative as well as technically...

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This is the third part in our occasional series of guides to live music venues in London. Previously we covered music venues in Camden Town and Brixton. Read the previous articles here: Part 1: Camden Part 2: Brixton In part 3, we head to London’s trendy east to explore live music venues in and around Shoreditch. SHOREDITCH, EAST LONDON The list is in no particular order… Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA Rich Mix is...

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Christmas gift ideas for drummers Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords-a-leaping… Yes, it’s that time of year where we put our thinking caps on and work out what we’re going to buy our nearest and dearest for Christmas. What do you buy when that nearest-dearest is a DRUMMER? If you have no idea where to start with drumming gifts for a drummer, and you don’t want to get a naff t-shirt or...

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Looking for a job as drum teacher? We get a heap of enquiries from drummers and students asking for information about getting a job as a drum teacher. We compiled this article containing tips, advice, help and useful inks related to finding jobs as a drum teacher. You can leave a comment at the bottom if you would like to add to the discussion. The requests we receive are usually either from existing drum teachers looking for more...

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We’re hitting Olympia in October and going to the London Drum Show – the ultimate event for drummers (and drumming enthusiasts). London Drum Show If you’re having lessons at Elephant Drums you get discounted entry to the London Drum Show. See below for more info about the exclusive promotion code. The show is taking place on 12 and 13 October 2013 at London’s prestigious Olympia venue. Get up close and personal with...

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When you’ve got to grips with the basic form of the main drum rudiments you could try out a bit of cross-breeding. Hybrid rudiments can be a lot of fun. Take a couple of old friends of ours, the Flam and the Paradiddle. Fuse them together and you get the Flamadiddle. Flamadiddle Also known as the Flam Paradiddle. (Flamadiddle sounds a bit more fun though, doesn’t it?) This is the paradiddle pattern with a flam on the first...

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Elephant Drums is pleased to be involved in Our Big Gig, the UK’s biggest community music festival. Free Music Festival Expected to draw crowds larger than Glastonbury Festival, and more people than an average week at Wimbledon, Our Big Gig takes place across 330 venues from the 11th – 14th July. Elephant Drums will be presenting music workshops in association with Stop Look Listen at the Camberwell London Big Gig event on...

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We’ve compiled a set of useful resources for drummers and would-be drum students wanting to find out about drum lessons in London. There are many options to choose from and London is full of great drummers, teachers and courses. This guide is intended to help you find the best course or the right drum teacher for you. You probably already have an idea of the type of drum lessons you want to take. Maybe it’s to learn drums...

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One of the best ways to develop musical skills is to play in a band with other musicians. That’s why we created the JamSocial events which have been really popular across London. The events attract drummers, guitarists, bassists, vocalists and other musicians – anyone that wants to play in a band. JamSocial brings musicians together in a live performance situation and develops band skills. Think of it as a mixture of a jam...

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The 12/8 time signature Following on from our previous article about the basics of constructing a groove in a triplet time feel, this article takes the idea a step further and suggests some ways to play grooves in the 12/8 time signature. Revisit Playing Grooves Using Triplets for an introduction to the concept. Getting started Triplets are groups of 3 notes. These 3 notes make up one ‘pulse’.  There are 4 pulses in one...

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