- understand various drumming genres. concepts, approaches, and techniques for playing effectively in diverse music settings
- identify why grooves sound and feel the way they do
- 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.
- play with an authentic sound and feel
- 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.
- change the sound and feel of any groove to accommodate different genres
- 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