Posts Tagged "Creative"


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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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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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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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 in some way. One way of altering grooves to create new permutations is beat displacement. Beat Displacement In its simplest form beat displacement is something most...

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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 played within a group of notes is called an accent. In drum notation an accent is symbolised by the > sign. An accent applies only to the note that the > sign appears...

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This is a ‘dinosaur’ of a challenge based around groups of 3 notes, hence the name Triceratops Triplets. It is deceptively simple when broken down into its component pieces, but as these components get layered the challenge develops some interesting properties. Try this out first of all by just reading the instructions and ignoring the notation. The notation has been included to reinforce and help explain the instructions,...

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A technical teaser with a creative twist for you this time… We’re going to combine the Bo Diddley rhythm with paradiddles – to give us “Bo Diddley Diddles”. First things first If you’ve never encountered the Bo Diddley rhythm or you’re unsure what paradiddles are, let’s give a bit of background.  We covered paradiddles in a previous article – read Paradiddle Mania for a good...

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