Drumming 1

Course Dates: 21/09/19 - 07/12/19
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Mike Bennett

If you're a beginner, come and learn the practical skills you need to play drumkit in contemporary music, including stick technique, four-way coordination, listening and music reading. You will play acoustic and practice kits in class. Please bring your own sticks.


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.

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Great course...have loved every moment and have learned so much...as stated in the course description I now have the drumming skills to drum to songs and music on a full drum kit...I have now registered for the intermediate course and have friends who want to sign up for the course too as they can see how much i have learned and my drum skills have improved in leaps and bounds...
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/06/2019)
Yes, I recommend it, if you've always wanted to play the drums, this is for you!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/04/2019)
Great course. The teacher was very knowledgeable and made the classes interesting. Very nice group atmosphere. Highly recommended!
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Review by MRC / (Posted on 24/11/2015)
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Book your place

Course Code: ME630

Sat, day, 21 Sep - 07 Dec '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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