This class is for those who have established a foundation in drumming that allows them to hold a pattern while others play a different pattern. This is where the advanced type of drumming starts and this is a class for students that want to build their skills, develop the ability to listen to others while holding a pattern and Start having the experience of really playing in an ensemble.
We will both train on various compositions from different traditions and musicians as well as develop music on the spot through group improvisation.
- Compositions and traditional rhythms: play and keep a set rhythm/voice while others play interlocking rhythms/voices. Learn not just how to keep your voice but to be able to listen to the other voices while playing yours. This way improving the sound/production of your voice for an overall better sound, energy and emotion.
- Improvisation of interlocking voices: come up with patterns on the spot has very distinct challenges: how to not play too much, how to not just replicate somebody else’s voice, how to create a counterpoint to somebody else’s voice, dynamics of volume and tones.
- Playing solo: For those who are interested and ready, there will be plenty of time to explore solo improvisation and learn various ways of approaching it.
We will look at those areas of development and consciously carve a step-for-step skill set that makes you a better drummer and somebody who knows well how to connect with other players even when you never played before.
For serious students, there will be opportunities to perform what we learned in gigs that we will either produce or participate in. I have various connections that will allow us to play for schools, festivals and informal gatherings.