Posts Tagged "Beginners"


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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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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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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JamSocial is a music workshop for adults learning an instrument to develop band skills and break down the barriers to performing on stage. Hosted by Elephant Drums, the structure for the event includes skill-specific workshops in the morning, band / group sessions in the afternoon, followed by performances, networking and jam sessions. We cover a range of songs in different styles at the events and the idea is not to play a...

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In this series about live music venues in London we offer an insider’s guide to some of the many live music venues across the city. In part one, we chose a few venues in Camden (see Part 1: Camden). This time we head south of the river to explore Brixton. This guide is for you if you are fairly new to London, or just visiting / on holiday, or perhaps you have lived here for a long time and want to explore some new music venues....

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Traditionally at this time of year we review our picks of free online drum lessons. These are some of best bits from the drumming archives: Popular topics in 2012 Most viewed topic: Practice Routine Topic with most social shares: Drum Techniques Most commented topic: Beginners Review of the year Besides our one-to-one lessons at our London studios we have been leading workshops, running events (including JamSocial), writing articles...

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A great way to improve your drumming is to play a drum cover. A drum cover is a version of a song where you lay down new drums over the top of the original recording. The drum parts for a drum cover might stick faithfully to the original drummer’s playing or you might deviate and add in your own ideas. We’re going to create a drum cover for a song where the original version doesn’t have drums on it. You’ve got...

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