New Media Release from The Kicktones

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Hey Guys!   A brand new shiny video from that great new function band The Kicktones is now available for your viewing pleasure on youtube. Take a look and then share it around!  

Introducing the Kicktones

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Hi Guys I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the new band I am working with called the Kicktones. Next time you have a party, birthday or wedding you know where to call!  

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Drum Syllabus Gift Vouchers

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Hello! Have you ever wanted to play the drums? Do you know someone who does? Well why not treat them with a Drum Syllabus Tuition voucher? 30 Minute lesson vouchers are £18 and 60 minute lesson vouchers are £35 But Wait! There’s More! Buy five vouchers and receive a 10% discount Buy ten vouchers and receive a free 30 minute …

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Teaser #5

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Hello Guys Today’s teaser is designed to test and improve limb independence. We will be looking at playing an offbeat groove using our left hand whilst adding in some tricky right hand patterns on the bell of the ride. Challenge: Once you have mastered adding in each ride pattern separately why not try adding them in sequentially  e.g. 2 bars of …

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Teaser #4

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Hello Guys Today’s teaser is a linear drum fill with multiple sticking options. Remember changing the sticking of any fill will affect two things: The difficulty – it can make it easier or more difficult. Creativity – different stickings can open up more orchestration possibilities Challenge: Once you’ve mastered this fill experiment with different sticking options. What is the easiest …

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Teaser #3

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Hello Guys Following on from yesterday’s teaser here is another groove based idea. This time we are looking at how the five stroke roll can be used to enhance a groove. Challenge: Try re-orchestrating the move stroke roll e.g. between the ride and hi hat. In the Ex 2 why not swap the double left for a double stroke on …

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Another Teaser

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Hello Guys Here’s another quick teaser for you. This time we are looking at how one, well placed double stroke can drastically alter the sound and feel of a groove. Challenge: Once you’ve mastered the double stroke on the snare drum why not try re-orchestrating it e.g. the hi hat Have you got any other suggestions as to how this idea …

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Bass Drum Teasers

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Hi Guys Just a little afternoon teaser for you all. Here are two linear semiquaver triplet fills. One is designed for single pedal and the other for double. Challenges: For all single pedal users why not try swapping two of the bass drums in the double pedal exercise for hi hats or the floor tom? For double pedal players why …

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New Workbook Available

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Hot off the presses (well the virtual ones at least), comes the second title in the Drum Syllabus Series Workbook range. Syncopation Workbook 1 looks at adding syncopated snare drums to three previously studied groove types. With over one hundred exercises this workbook is ideal for any drummer looking to enhance their grooves and further develop their coordination and limb …

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New Workbooks

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Hello Everybody! Very exciting news to share with you all today. The Drum Syllabus Series now offers workbooks designed to help with specific areas of your drumming. The first workbook, which focusses on open hi hat work is available now with more workbooks tackling a variety of different drum techniques on the way soon. But don’t just take my word …