Later this month my drum students will join in with my piano students in a joint jazz performance workshop. Our first pairing since the before times. For some students who play electric drums at home it will be their first go on a traditional drum kit. Here are some tips to get ready for this experience.
1. Practice the rudiments and snare etudes softly this month. The power strokes and general joyous thrashing possible on electric drumkits won't work in an acoustic environment with pianists playing jazz.
2. Jam with jazz recordings this week. The album below is an iconic introduction to jazz drumming.
3. Practice the required pieces more than you might normally do.
4. Prepare to have fun. Playing with other humans, making improvisational music is thrilling. Music is a team sport.
Covid protocols will be in effect.
One of the the joys of drumming is getting the hands together while playing with others.
On the other side of the pandemic I look forward to some Saturday afternoons teaching this to my drumming students.
We'll be making a glorious music.
Family band time. I've created a short fun piece for my youngest students to play with family members. This is going to be crazy fun.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher