This short post is aimed at the beginner student.
Many times in my teaching studio, I come across alot of beginner students who tend to rush through their exercises to get to what they want quickly. They end up not sounding good at all because:
1) the physical control is not there
2) the co-ordination is not smooth
3) the timing is uneven
4) the inherent rhythmic nuances of whatever they are playing are often ignored as they rush through things in their practice.
It is important to understand that we had to learn how to walk first before we could run, jump, and dance, e.t.c. Taking our first baby steps were not easy, and we stumbled on the floor many times before our legs strengthened and could hold our weight whilst performing the action of walking. Over time, the legs were also better able to co-ordinate through SLOW and REPETITIVE practice.
Practising something slowly and repeating it over and over again will definitely come across as “uncool” in this day and age. We live in a world where we can order food and get it in less than 5 minutes over a counter, or we can lose weight in under 2 weeks if we follow a certain diet program or take certain pills. This type of thinking however does not translate to learning musical instruments or any other art form.
SLOW and REPETITIVE practice, done right (you should ask your teacher to help you with it if need be), brings a zen-like focus and clarity to what you are working on, and is often very therapeutic. Yes, therapeutic. It helps you to relax and remain calm under moments of pressure and frustration, which are what you will often experience when you are trying to master something. Calmness and composure are very much needed to play the drumkit. How else can you play something as complex as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCOP7dPlDtw if you are not truly relaxed?
With SLOW and REPETITIVE practice, comes CONTROL. With CONTROL, comes speed. In other words, speed is a by-product of having practised something over and over again slowly…Counter-intuitive, yes?
SLOW and REPETITIVE practice at the beginning is like trying to eat a non-favourite vegetable or fruit (mine happens to be Bittergourd), in all honesty. Do it in small amounts with high frequency however and you will definitely begin to enjoy the process. You would want to do more. JUST GIVE IT A TRY AND SEE YOUR PROGRESS BY A MONTH’S END. There will certainly be a difference. A POSITIVE difference.
UPDATE (9th July 2020):
Home visit and studio lessons have resumed. In Singapore only. Email or text for enquiries!
If you are coming to this page to find out more about my drum lessons, I have summarized the information for my drum lessons for your convenience, and will link this post to other posts under the Drum Lessons section of this blog that will give you more details into the course structure of my lessons, as well as my teaching background and philosophy.
Professional Status: Private Drumset Coach and Freelance Performing Musician
No. of Years of Teaching Experience: 11 years
Past Schools Taught In: Yamaha Music School, Ossia Music School, and Rhythm House
I am well versed in the following musical styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, R&B/Soul, Traditional and Contemporary Blues, Fusion, Latin, Reggae, Country
Certification: Trinity/Guildhall Drumkit Grade 8
Current Teaching Location: Either at your home or at Bozzworkz Studio c/o Parklane Shopping Mall (near School of The Arts, POMO Shopping Centre, Cathay Building, Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, Bras Besah MRT Station, Bencoolen MRT Station)
Contact Information: 98291901 (SMS or Whatsapp) firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
Coming to studio:
$60/- for a ONE TO ONE 60 minute lesson
$50/- for a ONE TO ONE 45 minute lesson
$55/- per person for a PAIR lesson (60 minutes only)
$30/- for a trial ONE TO ONE lesson (45 minutes to 60 minutes)
$25/- per person for a trial PAIR lesson (60 minutes only)
Going to home:
$70/- for a ONE TO ONE 60 minute lesson at your home
$60/- for a ONE to ONE 45 minute lesson at your home.
$65/- per person for a PAIR lesson (60 minutes only) for home visit
$35/- for a trial ONE TO ONE lesson (60 minutes) for home visit.
$30/- per person for a trial PAIR lesson (60 minutes) for home visit.
For lessons in homes in Sentosa:
$250/- for a ONE TO ONE 60 minute lesson
$135/- per person for a PAIR lesson (60 minutes)
$125/- for a ONE TO ONE trial lesson (60 minutes)
$100/- per person for a PAIR trial lesson (60 minutes)
Details of my course structure and teaching philosophy: https://jasoncruzdrums.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/one-to-one-drumset-lessons-provided-by-jason/
Frequently Asked Questions By Customers and Students: https://jasoncruzdrums.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/frequently-asked-questions-before-a-students-first-lesson-with-me/
Testimonial from Court Williams:
Gabriel Liew, awarded Distinction in Grade 7 Trinity/Guildhall’s Drumset Exam.
A message from Ben Lee:
Bob Moses is one of the most underrated legends in Jazz drumming. In this video he has one of the sweetest Ride cymbal sounds I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s so soothing like a lullaby. It’s therapeutic.
His mastery of polyrhythms and the way he layers them ]n a way that’s evocative of ancient African percussion ensembles and yet so modern sounding at the same time is astounding. Bob Moses is a musician in total connection to his past and his present.