Monday, March 25, 2013

song length and chords

1. Take your rock beat and copy and paste it or drag it. so you have 128 measures
2. Take your 1 bar drum fills and place them on every 8th bar.  (so 8, 16, 24, 32 can also place them after 4 measures in between to 12th   or  20   etc.  use at least 4 different fills out of the 6 you created.  keep it simple.
3. Now take some of your three note chords you learned ( all white keys) and play them over the rhythm tracks.  example in class.   

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Next step on rock beat


Exercise #1 

 A basic 8th note drum fill played around the drums. Remember to start out slowly when you get to practice this stock drum fill with a metronome. Increase the tempo of the metronome once you feel comfortable with the the speed at what you were practicing this drum fill. You can crash on one of your cymbals on count 1, right after you’re done playing the drum fill. This is a very common procedure for signaling the start of a new phrase or section. If you want to learn how to play more 8th note drum fills, check the free drum lesson “Eighth Note Drum Fills”
With exercise #2

 You’ll play four notes per drum instead of the two of the previous one. This means that this drum fill is two-times faster, so it’s really important to start out slowly. Rushing the learning process will only hinder you. Speed comes with control and relaxation, so take your time. Also, focus on hitting the center of each drum to produce a consistent sounding tone.
By relaxing your grip, you’ll get a richer tone out of your drums, your skins will last longer and you’ll decrease the chances of developing repetitive strain injuries. If you want to know more about correct stick grip, check the free drum lesson “How To Hold Your Drumsticks“.
Drum fill #3
 Is a variation of the previous one. Instead of playing four strokes per drum, you’ll have to split them up between different drums in groups of two. The biggest challenges you’ll find here are transitioning between the floor tom and snare drum on count 4 – if you play right hand lead – and between the snare drum and floor tom on count 3 – if you play left hand lead. This is so, because your leading hand will have to crossover the other hand. This can lead to stick clicks and drops, or even worse, to hitting your own hand.
Exercise #4
 Is a bit more challenging than the previous ones. It’s a 16th note broken up pattern where we can see the bass drum being incorporated into a drum fill for the very first time. The coordination required to play this drum fill is a lot more demanding. Start out slowly and take your time while perfecting the timing needed to transition effortlessly between hands and foot. If you’d like to learn how to play more 16th note broken drum fills and drum fills that incorporate the bass drum, check the free drum lessons “Beginner Broken 16th Note Drum Fills” and “Beginner 16th Note Linear Drum Fills“, respectively.
This pattern is a good reminder of how creative you can be when coming up with your own drum fills. Any instrument on your drum set can be used in a drum fill. When you’ve mastered this drum fill as written, use your left foot on the hi-hat pedal instead of on the bass drum pedal. This is an added challenge that will increase your left foot control and coordination.
Exercise #5
 Is another 16th note drum fill. This one is a little awkward to play at first, because of the syncopated tom strokes played with the weaker hand on counts 2 and 3. The secret behind mastering this drum fill is to learn it slowly at first, so you can get comfortable with the sticking pattern.
Once you feel you have mastered these drum fills, you can either mix and match them to create totally different patterns, or check the free drum lesson “Quarter Note Drum Fills” next. Remember to stay positive, creative, and have a lot of fun.


This post was edited by Elvis Bruno (ADMIN) at October 27, 2011 10:38:17 AM EDT

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rock beat

Finally.  We are going to have you record the rock beat to start with in garage band.   So you can use either usb piano or just the keyboard on your computer.   

Monday, March 11, 2013

Moving Thursday

We are moving Thursday.  Make sure all your work is transfered to google docs or a thumb drive or a ???

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Due Friday

All assignments. It's your responsibility to check your assignments online. See you Friday.
Todays Assignment