Got good pulse? Come join other drummers and let’s make some noise together! We will explore fresh approaches to percussion ensemble performance and song structure with an eye towards performing at the end of the quarter. Our music will include fruit rhythms, improvisation, stick tricks, trades, rudiments, world rhythms and alternative percussion instruments. We will have focused fun along the way. We will use drums, cymbals, bells, shakers and wood blocks from the American concert percussion, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Asian and Middle East traditions. Open to all levels.
Teacher contact: Alan Hall
COURSE TITLE: Drum Solos
An in-depth look at the musical tools, knowledge and skills needed to become a solid jazz drummer. We will look at jazz comping, soloing, charts and lead sheets, song form, musicality and styles using sticks and brushes. We will also discuss tunes that drummers, in particular, should know. Prerequisites: knowledge of and ability to play basic jazz drumming grooves (swing, bossa nova, etc.) and intermediate technical facility.
Alan Hall (drums)
Advisor, Drum Program. Former assistant professor at Berklee College of Music; adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley; clinician; author; performed with Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Eddie Harris, Bruce Wilamson, Art Lande, Tom Coster, Kit Walker, Rebecca Parris, Kai Eckhardt, Stuart Hamm; artist endorsement with Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Accessories.