Course

Modern Drum Set

The Modern Drum Set course offers challenging material for the intermediate to advanced drummer. Addressing a multitude of styles it will help guide your playing to a higher level while improving your technique and raising your awareness of cutting edge concepts such as metric modulation, displaced beats, polyrhythms, and more. "The more you know about different styles and the inner workings of time and phrasing, the better your ability to contribute to the music at hand. The clearer you see the parallels or the common threads that tie these concepts together, the more freedom you will have to express yourself." Now you can study this online course with me and receive guidance and instruction through all 150 pages of material. Ask questions, submit homework, or go it alone. This course is in progress, but you are welcomed to start and view what is up so far. It is a very large and long course and converting the files for this format is time consuming, so please bear with me. -fb

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136 learners taking this course

136 learners taking this course

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Overview

The Modern Drum Set course  offers challenging material for the intermediate to advanced drummer. Addressing a multitude of styles it will help guide your playing to a higher level while improving your technique and raising your awareness of cutting edge concepts such as metric modulation, displaced beats, polyrhythms, and more. "The more you know about different styles and the inner workings of time and phrasing, the better your ability to contribute to the music at hand. The clearer you see the parallels or the common threads that tie these concepts together, the more freedom you will have to express yourself." By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  1. understand various drumming genres. concepts, approaches, and techniques for playing effectively in diverse music settings
  2. identify why grooves sound and feel the way they do
  3. orchestrate effective time playing and fills around the drum set. everything from basic eighth-note patterns, more complex sixteenth-note patterns, syncopated grooves, blues grooves, shuffles, half-time shuffles, ghost stroking patterns, odd time signatures, world music-influenced patterns, rudiments applied in time and fill contexts, and unusual approaches to creating new patterns, playing over the bar, expanding and collapsing rhythmic figures and rudiments to advanced polyrhythm concepts.
  4. play with an authentic sound and feel
  5. strengthen your knowledge of and ability to play various drumming styles through the study of some of music’s most significant drummers and their bands.
  6. change the sound and feel of any groove to accommodate different genres
 

Syllabus

The Complete Modern Drum Set Course RUDIMENTAL STUDIES Single Stroke Rolls Single Stroke Exercise Advanced Single Stroke Exercise 4,6 & 9 Strokes Around th Drums Bass & Snare Exercise Double Stroke Rolls 2 Stroke Exercise 2 Stroke Exercise 2 6 Stroke Stickings Exercise Paradiddle rudiments Paradiddle Exercise 1 Paradiddle Exercise 2 Paradiddle Exercise 3 Paradiddle Sticking Combinations Single Paradiddle Grooves Double Paradiddle Grooves Parradiddle Fill Patterns Flam Rudiments Flam Exercise 1 Flam Exercise 2 Flam Exercise 3 Drag Rudiments LINEAR PATTERNS Linear Exercises 1 Linear Exercises 2 Linear Exercises 3 Linear Pattersn 1 LIear Patterns 2 Linear Patterns 3 Linear Patterns 4 (Beat Displacement) R & B, FUNK & ROCK PATTERNS Boogaloo Grooves 8th & 16th Note Patterns 1 8th & 16th Note Patterns 2 8th & 16th Note Patterns 3 16th Note Patterns 1 16th Note Patterns 2 16th Note Patterns 3 16th Note Groove Exercise Adding 32nd Notes 1 Adding 32nd Notes 2 BLUES & SHUFFLE PATTERNS 12/8 Blues Patterns Chicago Shuffle Mid Tempo Shuffle Up Tempo Shuffle Half Time Shuffle Second Lie Hip Hop, Jack Swing & Go Go Patterns Jazz Fuk Jazz Practice Suggestions Jazz Patterns Song Forms WORLD BEATS World Beats Introduction & Suggested Listening Clave / Tumbao / Cascara More Clave Rhythms Independence Exercise African Patterns 1 (The Nanigo) African Patterns 2 (Afro Funk) African Patterns 3 (The Conga) Afro Cuban Patterns Baion Bossa Nova Calypso Patterns Mambo / Guaracha Guaguanco Merengue / Cha Cha / Tango / ?Bolero / Cumbia / Rhumba Mozambique Samba Jamaican Reggae 1 (triplet feel) Jamaican Reggae 2 (straight 8th & 16th feel) Ska Patterns Sngo Sri Lankan 6/8 Greek Rhythms (Syrto, Kalamantianos, Ziebekiko) ODD METERS Coverting 4/4 Patterns to Odd Meters Improvising in Odd Meters 3/4 Samba 5/4 Mambo 5/8 Mambo 7/4 Boogaloo 7/8 Songo 9/8 Linear Patterns 9/4 16th Note Patterns OVER THE BAR Playing 3/16 in 4/4 Times Applying 3/16 in 4/4 Time PolyRhythm/3 Against 4 Triplets Phrased in 3 Triplet Solo Exercise Playing 5/16 in 4/4/ Time Applying 5/16 in 4/4 Time PolyRhythms/5 Against 4 Quintuplets Playing 7/16 in 4/4 Time Applying 7/16 in 4/4 Time PolyRhythm/7 Against 4 Septuplets Playing 9/16 in 4/4 Time Applying 9/16 in 4/4 Time PolyRhythm/9 Shsindy 4 Nonuplets Displacing Beats with Odd Groups Superimposed Metric Modulation Filling & soloing in a Modulated Time JAM TRACKS Sketch/Electric Red Moon APPENDIX Practice Suggestions General Advice Suggested Learning GLOSSARY Notes & Rests Signs & Marks Time  

Requirements

  Prerequisites Reading & Syncopation and Groove Elements courses, or equivalent knowledge and two years of playing experience. You should have an understanding of note values, coordination studies, and basic time keeping. Some live performance experience would be a plus but is not necessary. Required Textbooks the Complete Modern Drum Set book (not required but would come in handy) General Requirements
  • assignments in this course will require you to video record yourself performing along with backing tracks.
  • acoustic or electronic drum kit
  • microphone (unless you are using an electronic drum kit/drum brain for assignments), such as a Shure SM57, or Shure SM58, and mic stand optional:
  • CD/MP3 player (separate from computer) and mixer optional—for those using electronic drum kits: CD/MP3 player (separate from computer) and drum brain optional:
  • isolation headphones
  • printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course
 
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Rudimental Studies

Learn the 40 international rudiments and some hybrid rudiments with drum set applications, warm up routines and soloing applications.

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