Hey Matthew, and welcome to your lesson area!
Here you will find (almost) everything you need to help you with your weekly practice from lesson to lesson, as well as heaps of random cool things I find and decide to share with you to help inspire you to be the best musician you can be.
This is your area and I want it to be perfect for you, so if you ever have any questions, comments, or ideas for what we can do to make it better, please either let me know in a lesson or flick me an email
So what are you waiting for? Get practising! 😀
Term 3 dates: Monday, 11th July - Saturday 17th September
Cam Away: Saturday 6th and 13th September (make up lessons available)
more to come....
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Sweet Clips, Crazy Licks, and other fun stuff...
DO IT! WATCH IT! GET INSPIRED!
Snarky Puppy are sick... like maybe the sickest. Check out how great the dynamics are in this track and how much that adds to the song. Dynamics are king baby!
Some really cool marching percussion magic from BYOS. We have Harvey (in red) at the National Drumline Camp this year....! (see you there?) 😉
20/8/16 - Practice Plans/Knights of the Round Table
Nice work knuckling down through some tricky sections of the Jazz Swing this week mate. Would have been good to see a little more progress on it over the past two weeks, but you did well in your lesson.
I know it can be hard juggling all the different things you have going on, as well as trying to find a balance between the things you want to do, vs the things you have to do. A really important step is to look at building in a regular practice session to your day. I'm sure you have heaps on each day with different rehearsals, sport trainings etc., but find 20min each day where you know you have time set aside for a little bit of work.
Mine looks something like this:
*Note that these practice sessions are in addition to my regular rehearsals and random jams which pop up throughout my teaching day.
You will see that I spend 15min on a Monday planning out my practice for the week. What are my goals, what am I going to practice to achieve them, and what will I do if I manage to achieve them before the week is out? These need to be very specific. For example:
I personally find having dot point lists of my goals for the week is good so that I can tick off each one as I get it done. This gives me a great sense of achievement, lets me see my progress day to day, and helps me stay focused and on track.
Try and find some time to sit down and write out your own practice plan that works with your timetable, with your own specific goals. It doesn't only have to be stuff that I have given you, but your own things as well. Bring it along next lesson and we'll have a look over it together.
If you are finding you are not inspired by the stuff you are practicing and thus find it hard to motivate yourself to practice, let me know and we can work on some strategies for this as well as look at other material to help get you fired up to play!
Knights of the Round Table - Work through the big jazz section from bar 83-93. Make sure you can count and feel the rhythms as they are written on the page, but then find your own way to orchestrate these and interpret the music around the drum kit. A few key points to keep in mind when working through this:
- Try to get the crash on beat 2 of bar 98 in the big Latin Groove.
- Try to add the kicks on the "and" of beat 4 from in 69-71.
- LISTEN TO AND PLAY ALONG WITH THE TRACK! 🙂
Enjoy your practice this week!
Remember - "if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong!"
30/8/16 - Orchestral Snare Drum
Great to spend a bit of time working through some orchestral snare with you this week. You have some excellent fundamentals and responded really quickly to ideas and feedback about the nuances of your playing. We discussed some fairly advanced things that many students your age would not tackle, so well done.
Make sure you always address and think about the "check pattern" or underlying rhythm of your rolls (whether they are buzz or doubles). This not only help make sure you can keep in time and start and stop your rolls very accurately, but also changes the feel of the music - faster rolls with smaller subdivision are more aggressive, slower rolls are more relaxed and open.
When it comes to dynamics, pay very close attention to them and make your lower dynamics very quiet with a very light touch and your bigger dynamics nice and strong with good intent and attack.
Sticking will be very important through many of your triplet phrases (triplets are an odd grouping so you are swapping hands around the pulse a lot) so make sure you think about this in advance. Don't be afraid to write in stickings if you need.
That's it! Enjoy your practice this week, and try to enjoy the orchestral/band stuff as much as you can. There are not many opportunities to play that sort of stuff in the real world, so make the most of it now! It will definitely make you a better musician.
Remember - "if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong!"
NO MORE NOTES
Here you will find a bunch of great local events worth checking out. They could be of any style, any focus or even on any instrument, but they all have one thing in common - they will be wicked! Worth going to and checking out if you can. Remember, becoming a great musician is about far more than just practicing: you have to live and breathe music and expose yourself to as many great opportunities as possible. As always, feel free to ask if you have any questions about any of these 🙂
National Drumline Camp
Date: September 30th - October 3rd
Cost: $425 (all food accom etc. provided for 3 days)
Location: PGL Campaspe Downs, Kyneton (about 1hr from Melbourne)
Style/Focus: Drumline and Marching Percussion. Feature artist is Harvey Thompson (BYOS) from the USA. Other instructors from all over Aus.
This is a seriously great event. It is a heck of a lot of fun spending three days hanging out with a bunch of cool drummers and you will learn heaps! A great way for you to get a taste of the drumline thing and see if you're into it.
More Info: www.nationaldrumlinecamp.com
*full disclosure: I am involved in the organisation of this event
Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend
Date: August 27th and 28th
Cost: Varies ($69.95 - $139.95)
Location: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Darebin
Style/Focus: All kinds of performance from world class players, drumming competitions, and expos from all the big drum manufacturers. A big weekend of in your face drums!
More Info: www.drumtek.com.au/audw-2016