NO, we're not in summer yet, you can have one bit of summer for a few days but that's all, you might get some later. Music at Planet Drum continues though, warm or cold. Vlad and Peter say the July performance is taking shape and we're looking at having a great night of music. Great to see people getting involved and getting playing. This is what it's all about, making some music together. Get your names down for the Band workshops in May and don't leave it too late as they're filling up quickly each month.
The Latin percussion workshop is open to everyone so get involved. Alice, who has been playing at Planet Drum for several years has written an excellent blog post about the Latin Percussion workshop. Louis has been running this for many years and it is very worthwhile heading to it, it's a great experience playing in a percussion group and it's a great opportunity for everyone to have a go.
Check out the dates for the next few rounds of exams. Speak to your tutor about when to go for the next exam and how to apply. It's always worth doing, we always see an improvement when people are under the cosh to get some practice done so well worth going for. OK, it's back to practice for me as I've just looked at a video to post here and realised, once again, that Brian Blade is an amazing musician and I've got some work to do.
A great look at the incredible Brian Blade here and his Fellowship band, great camera views so you can check out what he's doing..... What a player! I'll keep an eye out for when he's back in town and let you all know, someone every drummer and music lover should see live.
Blog by Keith De Barra, Planet drum tutor and freelance musician
Percussion Workshops at Planet drum
Music classes can feel solitary,
when you just have one on one lessons and practice alone. Being in your own space and having the freedom to go over parts you’re struggling with is a great way to improve your skills, but practicing with others is how you can take your playing to the next level and learn to adapt your skills in new ways.
I have been going to Planet Drum for over 3 years now
and have improved my drumming and participated in performances, all whilst playing with talented and inspiring fellow students and musicians. You can attend workshops for free if you are taking private lessons too, and they’re a brilliant way to meet other drummers, get involved in playing with other instruments and to try something different alongside private lessons.
Being a lover of Afro-Latin rhythms and dances,
my favourite workshop that I have attended is the Drumkit and Percussion workshop with Louis. This workshop incorporates traditional percussion instruments and rhythms with contemporary drum kit grooves, and allows us to have some fun with percussion instruments and bits of the kit too.
The workshop occurs once a month
and all levels can attend and can benefit from it. You can set the pace and pick up a clave – a wooden percussion instrument found in Cuban, African and Brazilian music, or learn some rhythms on a conga or two. Maracas and shakers are often involved as well, and parts of the drum kit – or the whole kit itself – is sometimes used to create rhythms. When they all come together, it sounds incredible and is very infectious – I have been lost in the moment many times!
Louis is passionate and patient
and involves everyone equally in this workshop. Attending it has improved my confidence in many ways, as the group performs at the summer and winter shows each year which are great fun and a good introduction into playing in front of a live audience. I have also met other fellow drummers this way, some of whom have become wonderful friends.
Blog Post by Alice Bzowska Planet drum student
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