Drum transcriptions: music notation and tab

Drum transcriptions: music notation and tab

If you have ever searched for drum music online you will have come across two formats for transcriptions: music notation and drum tab. Notation involves notes placed on a stave, like this: Example 1 Drum tab (short for ‘tablature’) looks like this: Example... Read More
BOOM! Groove & Independence with Robert Castelli

BOOM! Groove & Independence with Robert Castelli

On Saturday 25 October we are joined by drummer Robert Castelli (The Boom Quartet) for a special workshop on Groove & Independence. It’s suitable for all levels and ages – find out more here: Boom! Robert Castelli – October 2014 More info / Book... Read More
The famous “Amen Break” drum groove

The famous “Amen Break” drum groove

Even if you are not aware that you’ve heard this drum groove, you definitely have. It is one of the most sampled pieces of music of all time and it features on hundreds of recordings. Origin of The Amen Break The Amen Break is a 4-bar loop which lasts for about... Read More
London Drum Show – promotion code 2014

London Drum Show – promotion code 2014

The biggest drumming event of the year is nearly here. We’ve got a promotion code for cheaper advance tickets (details below). The London Drum Show is back, and for the first time it will be spread over 2 floors of the Olympia Conference Centre. It promises to... Read More
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