This is a drum chart transcribed by my student Franco. He’s a talented guy and has great reading chops so we’ve been working on transcribing stuff. This is his first full chart. It was created using the free Musescore application which is a full featured music notation package.
I’d never heard of Ryan Higa prior to this project but the sentiments expressed in the song are likely familiar to anyone who has experienced the joys of adolescence.
I just watched this very comprehensive video by a guy called Jai Es (pronounced J.S. as far as I can tell) about looking after your back when you’re playing the drums. I always emphasise good posture and learning how to play in a relaxed fashion. Young people in particular don’t seem very interested in the importance of maintaining good posture and playing without harming themselves because turning 40 is still a long way off and our natural frailty is almost impossible to imagine until it manifests itself in aches and pains.
I would also recommend taking a look at Jai Es’ other videos, his channel is chocka block with great drumming advice and excercises – www.youtube.com/user/DrummerJaiEs
I guess I should point out that although the advice here looks sound to me, I have no credentials whatsoever as a back-care expert and have no idea if Jai Es has either. So it’s important to learn to observe how drumming affects your body.
Here’s an interesting article from Modern Drummer that Jon McCaslin linked to in a recent post on his Four On The Floor blog. It’s a bunch of drummers sharing their thoughts on the benefits in learning to play jazz.
9. Life skills: We play drums because we love it, but the world doesn’t need another drummer. What it does need are creative, problem-solving critical thinkers who can help transform society. I don’t want to get too philosophical here, but learning to play any music that requires a high degree of improvisation, spontaneity, and listening develops skills that are transferable into other areas of life. The following are just a few of the life skills heightened by learning to play jazz: working effectively as a member of a team; improvising and thinking creatively, spontaneously, and imaginatively; entrepreneurial thinking; a willingness to experiment and take calculated risks; adaptability; self-reliance; self-confidence; synthesis skills (combining different ideas and theories); self-awareness (knowing your role and respecting others); empowerment (enabling your own voice and contribution); resourcefulness and problem-solving (modifying, altering, and adjusting); a sense of being an originator (playing, designing, and building unique parts); and collaboration (working with others to produce something different or unique).
10. Respect and acceptance: Playing jazz is a form of a democracy, where each voice is equally heard and valued. This helps to develop respect for others, acceptance of other ideas, and tolerance for differences.
I recently wrote a bunch of basic exercises for learning the “Train Beat” which is popular in country, rockabilly, R&B and so on. You can play it straight, you can swing it, it goes nice with brushes or hot rods and you should work until you can play the song at the bottom of this post.
Work first on all the snare drum parts with foot pattern A. Then, when you’re comfortable with each pattern play through them in sequence. Once you can comfortably improvise moving from one hand pattern to the next, move on to the next foot pattern and apply to all the hand patterns.
Since I recently mentioned there are some good drum workshop/masterclasses/lessons, what have you, on the Drumeo Youtube channel (the Purdie thing is a coup!), I thought I might as well list some of them here. As I said, I don’t really like their resident teachers but their collection of free lessons with well known drummers is great.
Here’s a few that I particularly liked:
Antonio Sanchez – Creative Soloing & Freedom
Ben Sesar – Building Musical Freedom On The Drums
Dafnis Prieto – Rhythmic Independence Within Latin Drumming
I just discovered this brilliant video lesson/educational presentation by the famous Benny Greb who’s doing the rounds promoting his new DVD The Art & Science Of Groove which was produced via a Kickstarter campaign (including a few shekels from yours truly…). The DVD is really good, I have on my To Do list to review it.
Anyway, Mr Greb explains and demonstrates a bunch of the concepts from the DVD here and it should whet your appetite for getting a copy of the real thing which can be downloaded or purchased as an old fashioned disc.
I feel like I need to say that I’m not a huge fan of the Drumeo teachers but their master classes (or whatever they should be called) with well known drummers are great, check them out.
I just came across this YouTube video advertising a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for a documentary about the amazing Oded Kafri. Oded is a solo drum kit musician who mostly performs as a busker on the streets of cities around the world. I’m acquainted with Oded since I met him rehearsing and experimenting with new material at Mill Hill Music Complex. I enjoyed watching him work and experiencing his eclectic approach. Oded has unlimited curiosity about different music styles and refuses to be constrained by cultural and technical limits.
The greatest British band ever, The Blockheads, are the subject of a documentary called – The Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury. The film makers are raising money via Kickstarter to finish the production of what will hopefully be a brilliant documentary telling the story of this legendary band.
Quoth the Kickstarter page:
The story of how the band came to back Ian Dury is quite amazing and the career that each member has had is quite frankly unbelievable.