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Learn the skills you need to be a drummer in a progressive, simple way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons and 

Children's Program by:

Sandra Hudson

About Us

 

4603 Hudson Oaks Lane

Dover, FL 33527

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$25 per program class @ 45 min. class

Prepay one level - $60

Prepay two Levels - $100

$15 per student per program class (45 min.)

Prepay one level - $40 per student

Prepay two levels - $75 per student

Ages 6 and under.

Each program class is 30 min. long

$100 @ Program

Discount available for group of two

Tutoring

We can assist you with any skill or technique you would like to improve.  Just let us know what you are aiming for!

$25 per student @ one hour class

 

Student must have a set of drum sticks Available for purchase on first class $5

 

Children's Drumming Program

Class #1

Class #2

Class #3

Class #4

Class #5

Class #6

Know your Drums

Hand and Feet Coordination

Learn Basic Rudiments

Basic Rock Rhythms

Basic Fills

Putting it all Together

 

Our Drumming Program

Class #1

Know your Drums

Stick Handling

Level 1

Class #2

Hand Control

Training your Left/Right Hand

Class #3

Coordinating Feet

Class #1

Drumming Concepts

How to read Drum Notations

Level 2

Class #2

Keeping Time

Basic Beats Quarter Notes

Class #3

Basic Beats Eighth Notes

Class #1

Introduction to Rock Beat

Level 3

Class #2

Rock Beat Variations

Class #3

Playing a Rock Song

Class #1

Introduction to Fills

Level 4

Class #2

Putting it all Together

Class #3

Fun Patterns and Fills

 

About Playing Drums

 

Playing Drums: The Simple Approach

2009 Sandra Hudson

 

You don't need to be a professional to play drums.  You don't even need to own a drum set, although it helps.  The only thing you really need is to get started, and to practice with specific goals in mind.  But where to start, and which goals to aim for?

 

Know the drum set.  In addition to knowing the names of the parts, learn to identify the sounds each one makes and the basic techniques that result in such "voices".  As you listen to music, train your ear to identify the drum parts being played.

 

Understand the elements.  In a band, there's voice and instruments.  In a song, there's rhythm and melody.  The drums keep the rhythm.  In a drum part, there's the backbeat and fills.  The backbeat repeats itself throughout the song, while the fill is different and played as accent, or as transition between verses, or as a highlight or solo in a musical interlude.  As you listen to music, try to identify the drum backbeat and the fills, and to determine whether a fill is used as accent, transition, etc.

 

Learn to count.  Keeping a beat means keeping time, which in turn means "counting."  Learn to "measure" your time, whether quarters (where one measure contains four counts "1, 2, 3, 4"), or eighths (where one measure contains eight counts "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and... each "and" counts), sixteenths ("1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a"... each "e" counts, each "and" counts, each "a" counts, making up a total of sixteen.)  The count may be slow or fast, of course, depending on the song.  As you start playing, begin with quarter notes.  Later on, a metronome will help keep a steady timing on your count.  As you listen to music, try to determine which count is being used and which drum part plays each count. 

 

Train your limbs.  Get yourself a pair of drumsticks or anything else that may work like drumsticks.  If you have drums, great!  Otherwise, any resilient surface will do.  Train your right hand (plays the hi-hats) and left hand (plays the snare) by playing predefined sequences to follow a count (L R L R, L L R R, R L L L R, etc.)  Practice accents, hitting from higher up for a louder sound or closer to the drum for softer sound (L r l r, or L r R R, etc.)  Train your feet (right to the base pedal, left to the hi-hats pedal) so that they obtain some of the coordination needed to be able to play hands and feet, together or alone, in many possible different combinations while still keeping your time (RH LH (LH+RF) (RH+LF), where H is hand and F is feet.)  The fine tuning of your limbs will happen at a later time, as you practice specific beats.

 

Learn drum notation.  It will allow you to find practice sheets and learn new beats and fills.  Although there's much more to know about drum notation, here's a brief summary of how notation indicates which part of the drum set to play, what the count is, and when to play or skip:

Keep the backbeat.  Find notation for simple beats (begin with quarter notes), and practice playing these.  Aim to get better at notation reading ("what you see is what you play"), to play correctly and consistently to your count (not to miss what corresponds to 1, 2, 3, 4), and to be able to play the beat at different speeds (if you use a metronome, try 80, 120, 160, or increments of your choice.)  Here's a couple samples of simple quarter note beats:

 

Play a fill.  Whether you learn or invent a fill (ad-lib), fills are fun and make your playing unique.  However, until you are able to keep your timing through the fill and, more importantly, are able to return to the backbeat without losing your count, resist the temptation to get fancy!  First master simple fills, aiming to keep your count while moving into and out of your fill: select a backbeat, play the measure three times (1234,1234,1234), then play the fill once (1234) and return to playing the backbeat (1234, etc.)  Here's one simple fill sample:

 

Practice.  Practice will not only make your sound and timing perfect, but will allow you to "fancy up" the simple skills you developed while following this simple approach.  Aim to master each beat you tackle.  Aim to master different speeds (sometimes slower is harder!)  Aim to master your transitions.  Aim to master your fills.  Aim to be able to put it together nicely to the point of being able to play along with other instruments.  Aim to be the steady "heartbeat" of a band.  Then raise your bar and repeat this process for eighths, sixteenths, and mixed counts.  Challenge yourself when you listen to music: try to figure how the drum part goes and try to play it.

 

Expand.  Once you have achieved your main goal and are able to play, set new goals.  There's so much more to learn!  Learn rudiments, linear beats, triplets, hi-hat techniques, dynamics, jazz, Latin beats, etc.  Pursue mastery of each goal you set for yourself by identifying and developing the skills it requires, and by dedicating it a little bit of time on a consistent basis until it is part of your drumming style.

 

And here is where our program can help!  

 

Our classes will not make you a professional, but will help you acquire the skills you need to make yourself a professional if you apply what you learn.  We will guide you through the steps outlined above, give you plenty of things to practice, and set you in the path of "drumming fun".

 

Follow the simple approach with patience and perseverance... it will get you there!

 

At the Art House, we do more than instruct you.  We make friends!