lessons

Working Through One of the Classics

This afternoon I had one of the Charley Wilcoxon books out to work through some finger control exercises with a student. This stuff can be really fun to work through, especially if you can work them at low volumes! Control is the key as always....

Nothing fancy: a measure of single 16th notes followed by a measure of single 32nd notes. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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Student Recital Video: Tommy M plays 12/8 Rolls

One things that grooveKSQ students will learn is a lot of rudimental drumming and technique, as that informs almost every other musical drumming style. In this video, we see student Tommy M, who is playing a 12/8 rolls exercise at a high level.

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The Soloist & The Audience

There is a massive difference between playing in an ensemble, wether it is an orchestra or a rock band, and performing a solo piece in front of a live audience.

The soloist has no safety net whatsoever. There is only him or her and the audience. It is one of the purest forms of communication. Whatever that soloist is thinking, it travels directly through the instrument and into the audience’s ears. No filters. No editors, or managers, or artifice of any kind.

Freestyle Improvisation on the Drumset

Structure is important in your rehearsal and your performances, and that is true of a performer on any instrument. Goals, lists, calendars are all tools to help keep you on a path towards achieving your performance goals.

But, one thing to keep in mind is the importance of freestyle improvisation on the drumset (or concert or marching snare, or piano, violin, etc., etc.). Letting your mind run free while your hands and feet create combinations seemingly on their own is extremely important to a musicians’ growth.

Freestyle improvisation is a great exercise for any drummer/percussionist out there building a solo piece for a performance or for an audition.