Posts Tagged "Practise routine"


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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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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Inspirational words from famous drummers We’ve compiled some of our favourite drumming quotes from famous drummers, including Buddy Rich, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tony Williams, Dennis Chambers, and Dave Grohl. Keep these thoughts with you when practising and playing! Playing fast around the drums is one thing. But to play music, to play with people for others to listen to, that’s something else. That’s a whole other world. - Tony...

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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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Take your drumming further Ever wondered what makes the top musicians, business people, sports men and women and general high flyers so successful? They go home at night feeling satisfied and bursting with self-confidence. How do they do that? Well no matter how small your ambition, target or aim may seem, to you it is everything you need to strive for. When you hit it, move on to the next one, but until then never give up on the...

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