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Drums

Whether in cultures east or west, rhythm has and continues to play a primal (and vital) role in virtually any form of music evolved by humans. Drums have been used as percussive devices for purposes as diverse as rituals to call down rain in Africa, to lift the fighting morale of soldiers marching into battle in medieval Europe or to keep jazz ensembles in Swing-era New York on the ball.

The modern drumkit, so vital to holding up the rhythmic responsibilities in almost all forms of current music, actually evolved out of the compulsions of economics and space. Back in the early part of the twentieth century, it was standard practice for each drum in an orchestral setting to be played by a separate player. But with gradual innovation in design, it eventually became possible for one drummer to manage all rhythmic duties. In music played by modern bands across genres, the drums have come to form the backbone of the music… setting time and holding down the foundation over which other melodic elements can be structured. In addition to his musical duties, the task of the good drummer in today’s popular styles ranges from giving the band a focal point during a live performance and driving the energy of the band with the sheer physicality of his instrument. And even though, the drumkit is primarily regarded as a keeper of rhythm, it is capable of unlimited tonal and rhythmic shading. Players like Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) and Danny Carey (Tool) have experimented widely with diatonic and chromatically tuned kits, unveiling vast new frontiers for the modern drummer to explore.

LEVEL 1

Introduction to the Drums
Why play Drums. Basic Attitude & Approach (physical/mental) to the set.

Drums Terminology
Parts of the Drums. Parts of the Drumstick

Basic Hand & Feet Introduction

  • Demonstrates various styles & techniques of playing with the hands & feet. Foundation Exercises for Hands & Feet
  • Includes a number of exercises to build up muscle memory, feel, to strengthen reflexes & to build mental & physical endurance.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome

Basic Beats

  • Includes the teaching & practice of todays’ most popular & sought after beats for todays’ music.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome

Basic Roll Patterns

  • Includes an introduction to playing rolls.
  • Demonstrates various roll configurations.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome

Playing along with songs

  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to listen to songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to play along with songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to play rolls in time with songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to improvise to songs.
  • Includes a step-by-step procedure of learning how to listen to all the musicians in a band & locking in.
  • Includes Practice without & with a Metronome & eventually with songs.

LEVEL 2

 

  • Face common beats & patterns and develop the confidence to innovate and come up with your own beats
  • Learn the concepts of double bass drumming
  • Take first steps towards 4-way independence, further enhancing your physical reflexes and mental alertness
  • Learn the Rudiments, listening to and being able to play the finer points of songs more precisely and musically
  • Enhance your music sense and also figure out beats on your own
  • Learn to create your own beats and groove with other musicians

In this section, we focus on getting you to play your favorite songs. We all initially have a childhood dream of rocking out on stage playing songs which inspired us growing up. At Nathaniel, we’ll teach you those songs in a musical way, but without spoonfeeding you. You’ll then showcase your skills to a live audience at a concert organized by us.

Music Theory – Rs.5000 [15 hours]

When you learn the rules of music, they give you a solid platform to confidently express yourself as an artist. Every new concept is like entering into another musical adventure. You will discover the nuances of vast musical cultures and study the harmony, melody and rhythms in detail. And of course, we will also help you break all the rules!

Rhythm and Groove Creation – Rs.5000 [15 hours]

In this module we focus on understanding musical grooves and improving your sense of timing. You will learn how to use the metronome creatively, understand beat subdivion, time signatures, odd meter and more. We will also help you build musical ideas by creating short phrases and then expanding them. Reading of rhythms is also covered here using standard drum notation. You will be taught how to create your own grooves, implement them with your band and also how to react to the grooves other musicians create.

Ear Training – Rs.5000 [10 hours]

You can learn your favorite songs either by watching someone play it, reading from music notation or by using just your ears. While the first two involve others, this module will teach you to do it all on your own! Here, we focus on training your rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ear which will allow you to quickly latch on to and replicate pieces of music and also understand what’s going on inside the music. You do not need to be born with musical ears. It can be developed over time and with the right approach, you can be a much more expressive and confident musician when you interact with your peers.

Sight Reading and Notation – Rs.5000 [10 hours]

Learn how to read and write music using Staff Notation – a universal method for music composition and communication. Various musical pieces are taught with our teachers whose experience spans more than 30 years. This module is well suited for those of you preparing for entrance examinations or taking up grade exams of Trinity Guildhall and ABRSM. Our unique method will be able to put you ahead of your peers in terms of reading ability.

 

MUSICIANSHIP

Music Composition – Rs.7500 [10 hours]

Playing covers is great, but eventually you will want to make a mark as an artist with your own songs. In this module we will be looking at various approaches to music composition which will allow you to have a unique voice as an artist. Lyric writing, orchestration and arrangement are also discussed in brief. Composition techniques include Genre-based Composition, Choral Music, Singer-Songwriter and more.

Music Production – Rs.7500 [10 hours]

Everything from recording your music to releasing the final master can now be done professionally from a place as cosy as your own bedroom! Doing this is more affordable and it allows the independent musician to be recognized on a shoestring budget. In this module, we focus on Sound-proofing, Acoustics, Sound Treatment, using equipment like microphones, cables, computers, audio interfaces etc., setting up a home studio and finally using industry-standard software Pro Tools to put it all together. After this module, you will be able to comfortably use Audio and MIDI data to create your next masterpiece.

Song Analysis – Rs.7500 [10 hours]

In this module, we explore in detail the music that you choose. The songs and the artists behind them are studied from the point of view of structure/form, genre, lyrics and all the other musical ingredients – grooves, scales, chords etc…

Advanced Harmony – Rs.7500 [10 hours]

Harmony is a deep and fascinating subject which adds color and emotion to the music you play. In this module, we approach harmony from various perspectives including Chords, Voicing and Counterpoint. We start with the basics we learnt in the Music Theory module and then delve deeper into the techniques of using harmony in your music.


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