What is the course about?
As a beginner, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of drum set playing - starting with set up of the drum kit, posture, stick grip/control, some starter rudiments and essential co-ordination exercises - hand to hand and hand to foot. This training aims to teach kit drumming up to the standard whereby you can function in a band.
What will we cover?
- Stick control exercises, warm-ups and rudiments
- Introduction to simple drum notation: 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 notes, triplets, rests
- Basic co-ordination on drumset: hand/hand, hand/foot
- Rudimentary exercises
- Essential grooves
- weekly practice of playing together.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate good posture and stick control
- Demonstrate a sound and varied practice routine
- Play a number of rudiments: paradiddle, five-stroke roll, double strokes etc.
- Demonstrate developed co-ordination skills on the drumkit, applying rudimentary forms to the drumset
- Play a variety of grooves, based on 1/8, 1/16 and triplet subdivisions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior experience required.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
As much practical work as possible with practice pads. Some kit work where co-ordination exercises involve hand/foot techniques. Demonstrations and recorded examples, listening, playing along. Build a practice regime.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your own sticks, note pad; all practice pads and kit are provided. Written material (exercises and samples) will be provided by your tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Drumming 2, and later intermediate level.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details