Welcome to the Monday edition of the Daily Fill with our lead educator Scott Jackson! Every Monday Scott drops into give us a quick drum lesson that we can apply to our playing right now! Let’s get started…
Over the next couple of weeks, I wanted to talk about a very subtle and introspective topic. And that topic is, objectively judging your technique and more importantly your Sound behind the drum set. Similar to last week, this week we focus on the start of the Second Primary Class of a Drummer the “Intermediate Class” with in these class falls Level 3, 4, 5 and Level 6, however; we will only discuss Level 3 and 4 this week
Let’s break down the Intermediate Class.
The Intermediate Class: This class expands over four different levels, and you face more challenges at this stage than any other. In the level 3 and 4 of the intermediate class, you face technical and conceptual challenges, but you overcome with ease. However you confront an aspect of your playing you have never had to confront before…
So in this stage, I recommend private lessons at least once a month either in person or online via Skype or any other platform. Second, I would use prerecorded lesson videos to supplement anything you are learning during your private instruction.
Level 3: 2-4 years of playing experience
This level is actually a huge leap in your playing ability because your hard work and diligence has started to pay off. You can now start comfortably applying EVERYTHING you have learned the first 1 to 3 years you have been practicing. You are learning new rudiments, beats, and concepts, but you can learn them a little easier now because music is related. Although, there will still be things you can’t do yet, you still gain excitement and confidence because you are finally feeling more comfortable behind the drum set.
Level 4: 3-5 years of playing experience
This is another big leap in your playing ability because know you can almost play any song from the radio. If your young, maybe this is the stage were you join the Jazz Band, Concert Band, or Symphony at your school. If your an adult, maybe you have joined a cover band, community big band, or an originals band. This stage has some ups and downs though. The ups are you start to gain a little recognition because your performance skills have become more honed, and people notice that. The downs are because you are trying new styles of music you run into more plateaus that you will have overcome. The difficult part of those plateaus is some are technical issues, but a majority of the walls you will have to break through are conceptual. This is where you start searching for your own voice on the drum set for the first time.
For a more detailed breakdown, I will be posting a PDF file with the last Podcast of this series that will available for download.
Remember, Each stage will be different for everyone, and over the coming weeks I will outline each Level via my drum lessons page. The outline is not to tell you what you should be learning, but what you could be learning. Again, this is a very personal guide and each level will vary for each drummer. However, by the end of this series, you should be able to write down the skills you are working on and how skillfully you perform them to determine which Level you are in.
This topic is extremely subtle, and sometimes can make you confront areas of your playing you haven’t thought of before. So, just stay with me, and I guarantee you will have a new positive outlook on your Development as a drummer.
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