I've been coming to Planet drum
I play in a band
Plus, the soundproofing means that no-one will complain if I’m playing too loud...
I've been coming to Planet drum
for work experience for the past couple of months, and I have to say, I’ve been really enjoying helping out with what they do here. Ever since I started in November, staff have been incredibly friendly, supportive and willing to learn about my autism spectrum condition (ASC), which has helped me stay calm and organised so I can be at my best to help around. I have learnt a fair amount more about drumming already, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
as making sure things are tidy for workshops and gigs, I’ve been able to use the myriad of drum kits here to practice; it’s been amazing, to be honest. Even though I’ve only been playing for around 3 years, the kits here are so great-sounding and well-maintained that I almost feel professional playing them (although my half-hearted attempts at TOOL playthroughs might attest otherwise about my own skills), and it’s a wonderful resource to have as someone who’s in a band and gigging.
I play in a band
called The 404 Stormers, a rock band that’s a part of the charity called Centre 404; based on Camden Road, we’ve been a band for many years and I’ve been a member for two of them. After taking a year break from playing gigs to write music and recharge, we’re back ‘on the road’ and are playing a gig at the end of the month, so the opportunity to practice here at Planet Drum (even if I’m the only member of my band here) is very helpful.
Plus, the soundproofing means that no-one will complain if I’m playing too loud...
Blog post by Charlotte
Hello everyone, how has the summer gone so fast? Keep an eye out on your emails for this month’s student outing with Filippo.
Planet drum has now created a Spotify playlist for recommended drum listening, see here and make sure to save it.
Planet drum will be starting a Vlog and we are looking for willing students who would be interested in helping us document footage from a student's perspective. This could include a small interview, talking about yourself and music, shots of you playing. Let me know if this could be something that you are interested in.
This month we are introducing a new workshop!
This is a guided practice. This workshop has been designed to create more opportunities for our students to practice with others under the guidance of a Planet drum teacher.All instrumentalists welcome. Please email email@example.com to book in for this months workshops:
Musician of the month
Each month we will be providing a brief overview of a musician we are loving at the moment!
Name: Anderson Paak
Instrument: singer, rapper, drummer, producer
Genres: Hip-Hop, funk and soul
Best known for: His 3rd studio album ‘Malibu’ released in 2016 and touring as support act for Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic World Tour in 2017. Listen to him in our Spotify playlist!
I hope you all survived the recent heat wave!
Keep an eye out on your emails for this month’s student outing with Merijn.
Another reminder that there is now a Whatsapp group for students who wish to jam/play together. If you would like to be added to this or to inquire further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have sent out a form for students to sign up to our Winter Performance which will take place on Friday the 13th of December. Please email email@example.com if you have not received this and would like to sign up.
that there will be no band workshop this month and from September we will be introducing a new workshop! This will be a guided practice and pad technique for all you drummers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book in for this months workshops:
Last month it was with great pleasure
to be asked to supply the Planet Drum Studio with our Practice Drum Pads. Planet drum joins a long list of teaching studios in the UK that use our products. We have been manufacturing practice pads since 1973 and have supplied top drummers and teachers with our pads for over 40 years.
We use a special drum feel rubber
which is very quiet and doesn't wear out. That's why every year schools and studios research other pads that are on the market but always come back for ours.They know our pads will give a lifetime of use. In fact it was only last week I saw one of our original pads that's over 30 years old and still being used on a daily basis.
We offer a full range of pads to include Button Pad/Mini Pad/Brush Pad/Snare Pad/Dual Knee Pad/Pads on stands and our highly successful full practice kits. We can simulate any drum kit arrangement into a practice kit format so you can practice drums at any time. No electronics to go wrong. No headphones.
Next time you are at Planet Drum check out our practice pads. It could be the best investment you will make in your drumming career.
For special prices, reference 'Planet drum' and contact me direct on email@example.com Tel Mob: 07778 288783 or see our full range at:
Blog post by Bill Sanders
Planet drum teacher, Radovan Brtko
shares his experience of his latest studio session at Wax Studios.
'This is an upcoming debut EP of my good friend Severin Bruhin who is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger from Switzerland. His music is in the realm of jazz/fusion mixed with neo-soul, hip-hop and more. The project features quite a few international session musicians, vocalists and artists including a successful Canadian-born producer Robert Strauss (studio owner).'
You can watch their experience below:
We know it, we are drummers.
We all like crazy syncopated patterns, intense solos and intricate rhythms. All that noise can sound cool, but we often forget about the power of simplicity in music. Some of the greatest songs ever recorded have been done with two verses, a chorus and most of the time with a single rhythm looped for the entire duration of the song.
Why am I writing about simplicity? Well, for two main reasons.
The first one, is that I spent the whole summer gigging almost every day with instrumental jazz gigs with various acts, electronic rock/pop (http://www.fjokra.com) and last-minute function gigs. The differences of “vocabulary”, sound, repertoire and approach are quite challenging and very often there’s no time to prepare or rehearse the set list.
There is always a good solution for this kind of situation, it is simplicity. Keeping the rhythmic section clear, minimal and most of all musical helps the music breath more and sound better ( and eventually get more bookings).
The second reason why I’m talking about simplicity
is for all the music students who are reading this. During lessons, I talk with students about band workshops and about “being ready” to play with a band. I know it can be hard to believe, especially for beginners, but a single rhythm looped for an entire song, plus maybe a single fill is enough for a successful session.
To be good drummers/musicians in a band context, we don’t need to show several different ideas squeezed inside a single song or demonstrate incredible technique and independence. The main factors we need to take care of are: timing, song/structure (stating the form), and sound control. If we are successful in doing this, we will have a successful session, 100% assured!
Don’t misunderstand me.
I’m not saying that technique and other more academic studies are not important. Indeed, every kind of music requires a specific standard knowledge; what I’m saying is: do not confuse practicing with playing when you're making music with a band. In other words, while you are playing, focus on the “now’ and do your best with the skills you have acquired up until now.
Of course, I like watching skilled drummers showing off brilliantly executed chops and taking inspiration from them. But don’t forget that what you really need to do is to play for the song, this is what drumming and making music is about..
As Miles Davis used to say “I always listen to what I can leave out”
Blog post by Planet drum teacher, Filippo.
Planet drum teacher Keith Debarra will be performing in The Lost Disc, the latest production by the The London Snorkeling Team.
We have asked Keith to tell us more about this production:
"This week I'll be performing again at Shoreditch Town Hall for three nights with the London Snorkelling Team.
Last year, I performed with them in a collaborative production of 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream' with Filter (production company) and Lyric Hammersmith.
As well as a run at the Lyric, we were also very lucky to bring the show to Australia and Dublin. It was a great experience and great to be involved in something quite different from what I'm used to. They are very creative people making some very interesting things things with music and theatre."
The show will run from Wednesday 11th October to Friday 13th October (as preview - work in progress)
"Like 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream', the production this week 'The Lost Disc', Chris Branch and Tom Haines (London Snorkelling Team) have written original music to accompany the production.
Again, it's a very interesting experience to see how something like this is put together both musically and theatrically. It is a new production based on a short sketch which this team put together for another show some years ago.
My role, as you might have guessed, is to play drums but I have been informed that I will have some lines to deliver at some point which will be fun (nerve racking).
We've been rehearsing since last week and I think it's going to be a really good show
Come along if you can and join us for the three shows at the Shoreditch Town Hall."
Tickets and more info are available via this link.
Everything changed on my birthday a few years ago
As a surprise for my birthday, my other half (a tall handsome Irish bloke) led me on a mystery tour ending at the Scar Studios in Camden, the one time home of Planet drum. He had arranged for a few drumming lessons for my birthday. There to greet us was Alain.
Becoming a drummer, has been an enjoyable journey but not an easy one. I am not being humble when I say that I am not a ‘natural’… far from it … but I stuck with it and, as they say, persistence is stronger that failure.
The love for drumming has never faded, in fact it continues to grow stronger.
It took me a while to pluck up the courage to throw myself under the bus in search of a band. I was fearful of replying to adverts looking for a drummer. I had that constant terror that I wouldn’t be good enough, that I was somehow a fake and would be found out… “Call yourself a Drummer!”
Having a demanding full time job, a family and that Irish guy I mentioned! didn’t make it easy to fit drumming into my life but I guess when you love something you magically just make time.
I am currently a happy member of the noise pop outfit called Bedlam Motel.
We are constantly busy with emails, rehearsal times, gigs, carrying stuff, uploading recordings, reschedules, bookings, updating Facebook pages and endless debate about the name of our band. To some this may be a chore but to me it's all worth it.
After a long hard day of work, the tiredness of dragging yourself, and in some cases your kit, to rehearsals or a gig may seem a chore but any misgivings soon disappear within minutes of immersing ourselves into the glorious racket we create.
Rehearsals nowadays usually consists of a good old crazy jam.
"About 15 minutes before the end we will do a rendition of one of our “old classics”. Songs are created out of these jams which we record and pour over and dissect over the following few days until next rehearsal when we might be ready to stitch it into something… or not!
I look forward to my commute the morning after a rehearsal, where I can re-live the evening (including chats and comments but also all the mistakes and "bad beats"). Sometimes, it all comes together when I am about to reach the office entrance and then I have to walk once around the block to get a couple more minutes of joy before grown up life begins.
We'd like to record and album but this takes time. There should be a couple of songs printed on tape this year.
It still brings a smile to my face when I arrive at a rehearsal studio or a gig, or by simply walking in the street with the guys carrying guitars, and I think, I am not with the Band, I am IN the Band.
Planet drum student
Check out Bedlam Motel on Fb.
In trying to explain Metric Modulation, I came up with the exercise below.
This is an area of theory that has proved difficult to study and even when I ask professional drummers about it I never really feel that many of them have a confident understanding of the subject.
I also came across this lack of confidence when discussing Time Signatures with pupils, other drummers, music teachers and other musician's. No one gave me the total confidence that actually new the subject well until I read a fantastic article on the subject of Odd Time Signatures by Chad Wackerman.
With Chad's help I was able to really dig into the subject and develop a system that helped my pupils to feel confident in their understanding of Time Signatures. As I "enjoyed" nearly eight years in an earlier life in accountancy, numbers had always come easy to me but after cracking the "Time Signature Code" I'd love to move onto cracking the code behind Metric Modulation.
So...here's an exercise with no musical notation that will help develop something closer to Polyrhythmically/Metric Modulation/Superimposed Metric Modulation/Tempo Modulation...but which one is it and how can it be developed with confidence? (Answers on a postcard please).
Start by learning the following 3 Stickings. I used the four different versions of the Paradiddle to come up with these sticking patterns but number 1 could also be described as inverted double stroke roll:
Then when comfortable play them as 16th Notes on your snare drum to create a bar of 3/4:
1e+a = RLLR
2e+a = LLRL
3e+a = LRLL
This will look like this:
3/4 RLLR LLRL LRLL
Once comfortable add your bass drum on the 1st note of each group. If you prefer to count like me this means that you will be adding your bass drum on the following counts: 1 2 3 (Not any of the e+a notes).
This will now look like this:
3/4 RLLR LLRL LRLL
(If a note is underlined this means play your bass drum at exactly the same time as your snare).
Once comfortable with this it now starts to get a bit more tricky. (Please fasten your seat belt at this point).
Turn off your snares and whilst leaving your Right hand on the snare at normal volume then reduce the volume of your Left hand and carefully move your Left hand onto your Left knee.
You should now have created a Polyrhythm playing 4 notes on the snare against 3 notes on the bass drum.
Count the bass drum out loud: "1 2 3" and repeat this until comfortable.
Keep going but stop counting the bass drum. Now count the snare drum out loud "1 2 3 4" whilst still keeping the bass drum going. (This, is were the seat belt might come in handy).
Whilst counting the "1 2 3 4" out loud please remember that you are still in 3/4. At this point stop playing your Left hand on your Left knee and see if you can keep going with the count "1 2 3 4".
If you can do this you are now counting "1 2 3 4" in 3/4 time without the help of the Left hand filling in the gaps but with your bass drum still going.
This is known as 4:3 (4 against 3) in 3/4 time.
Now whilst keeping the Right hand going on the snare stop your bass drum and you now have your new Metrically Modulated 1/4 Note/Crotchet Pulse. (Remember 4:3 is written above the bar at this point so that everyone can see that you have Metrically Modulated.)
Article first published in: www.drumteachers.info
I played drums for over 10 years before I decided to actually do my grades.
I always loved music and messing about on instruments when I was a kid, but never found that one thing that I just became obsessed with until I sat down at a drum kit during a lunch break at school.
A bunch of my friends played guitar and bass and while I was hanging out with them, the only seat free was the drum stool.
They were messing about with some Chilli Peppers tunes and I picked up some sticks and decided to join in. Straight away I knew there was something special about this drumming malarkey.
After swiftly being told off by the music teacher for using what turned out to be expensive beaters instead of cheap drum sticks, I started work on convincing my parents to get me a drum kit for Christmas.
I taught myself.
I convinced friends of learn instruments so I would have someone to play with. I ended up forming a band and playing gigs for years around London. We all got a bit older and I became a little lazy.
I was so far into my comfort zone that I didn’t even consider pushing myself any further. This was it. This is how I drum and this is the limit of my abilities.
Then I went to a theatre show
for the first time since I was a kid. I saw The Book Of Mormon and it was amazing. The music and the musicians were just incredible.
After the show I couldn’t help but feel a pang of disappointment with myself. I’m not saying I now want to work in theatre, but I realised there was still so much to learn. Why had I just stopped?
My partner convinced me to get in touch with Planet drum and think about doing my grades. A year and bit later and I am studying for grade 7 and learning so much.
Music grades are great because they force you to learn different styles and techniques.
Once you’ve discovered genres you’ve never even heard of before, you’ll find ways of being so much more creative when it comes to making your own music.
Not only this, but it gives you a goal to work towards and you get a big sense of achievement when you get your grade certificate.
I whole-heartedly recommend it to any musician, regardless of how long they’ve been playing.
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