Drums usually refers to a drum kit comprising of a mix of drums and some cymbals. It forms the key rhythm section of a performance or band.
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What is Drums?
A drum kit primarily includes a snare and base drum, one or more toms, hi-hat and one or more cymbals. A drummer plays with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat and the beater for the bass drum. The Academy welcomes students to visit and practice on the Academy’s Drum kit using the Metronome to develop a steady pulse which is of vital importance for every drummer.
Learning Drums At Sriguruji
The Learning Journey
The names of the parts of the drum kit and the history of each makes for interesting learning. Drum set coordination can be a frightening prospect to beginners. Therefore certain patterns, fills and grooves are taught which accustom the student to form coordinated ostinato workouts. This involves students continually repeating rhythms till their limbs can work independently. At the Academy, students start with playing on a practice pad until they attain a basic level of proficiency.
Students at Sriguruji Art Academy are taught to read and write music notations. Learning to read and play music notation is similar to the process of learning a foreign language. This helps students deconstruct a beat and play the notes of each of the parts separately and finally in unison. At this intermediate stage, Techniques such as double-stopped crescendo, triplet crotchets, hi hat articulation are taught.
The ability to play according to the music genre is an advanced skill. Advanced students can play in unison with guitar and orchestrate verses involving metre changes and interesting accent patterns.
The Academy conducts yearly Internal Assessments followed by a Parent Teacher meeting to share the student’s learning curve. Sriguruji students undergo systematic practical and conceptual training and are encouraged to appear for Trinity College of London Exams. These exams are optional.
Our Drums Gurus
Aamir Shaikh has cleared the 7th Grade Trinity Exam in Rock & Pop Drums. He has been teaching Drums in various music institutes and in schools across Mumbai for the past 8 years. Aamir teachers both Drums and Djembe at Sriguruji Art Academy.