Our Big Gig – the UK’s biggest free music festival

Our Big Gig – the UK’s biggest free music festival

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... Read More
Play in a band

Play in a band

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... Read More
Developing grooves in 12/8

Developing grooves in 12/8

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... Read More
Drumming at JamSocial

Drumming at JamSocial

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... Read More
Online drum lessons 2012 – editor’s picks

Online drum lessons 2012 – editor’s picks

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:... Read More
The A Team: drum cover

The A Team: drum cover

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... Read More
Using beat displacement to create drum beats

Using beat displacement to create drum beats

By altering familiar drum beats using permutations and variations you can create new drum beats without a huge amount of effort. Take a drum beat or phrase you’ve got “in the bag” (one that you can play without even thinking about it), and alter it... Read More
Internal Dynamics

Internal Dynamics

Dynamics are an important part of playing drums. There are two basic ways to use dynamics in your playing; short dynamics that apply to a specific note, or long dynamics which apply to a series or group of notes across time. “Short” dynamics A loud note... Read More