Drumming for Dance Music

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This course from Producertech is the first of its kind, bringing you expert tuition from professional musician Paul Kodish, the drummer from legendary bands such as Pendulum, Apollo 440 and DJ Fresh.

In this comprehensive series of tutorials, Paul advises on everything from setting up and basic techniques, through to the different strokes and rhythms that create various beats. Then, there are groups of lessons that deal with individual grooves for specific types of dance music, namely HIP HOP, DRUM AND BASS, DUBSTEP and HOUSE & BREAKS.

All of the grooves and variations, as well as the different basslines and leads they are played along to, are provided in audio and MIDI format, within Ableton Live, Logic and Reason sessions and also as individual files for those without a DAW. So, whether you own music software or not, you'll easily be able to precisely recreate the beats Paul plays.

In addition to the module movies, DAW sessions and accompanying audio and MIDI files, there are a bunch of additional Loopmasters samples in each of the musical genres, so students have even more material to drum along to.

For anyone wanting to learn to play professional standard classic dance music beats with an acoustic, electronic or hybrid drum kit, this course is for you. Check out the trailer now on the Media tab!

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Modules in this course:

Module 1 - Intro to the Course and Hand Technique

In this lesson, Paul introduces the course and then begins by showing some different methods for holding the sticks.

Module 2 - Foot Technique

This lesson covers the different ways of using the foot to create single and double strokes on the kick drum.

Module 3 - Drum Positioning

Some brief advice about how drums should be positioned.

Module 4 - Hi Hat Technique

In this module, Paul teaches the different types of hi hat sound and how they are created.

Module 5 - Choosing your kit

In this lesson, Paul explains his preferred choice of drums, cymbals and sticks, and also talks about the benefits of having a hybrid kit (acoustic and electronic mixed), where regular drums are combined with Roland V drums to produce both natural and sampled sounds.

Module 6 - Simple Exercises I - Single and Double Strokes

This lesson teaches basic timing, introducing the different note values and showing how they can be played with single or double strokes.

Module 7 - Simple Exercises II - 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 note rolls

In this module, Paul shows how to play simple 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 note rolls over a click track.

Module 8 - Simple Exercises III - Triplets

This lesson shows how to play triplets, using different combinations of single and double strokes.

Module 9 -Advanced Exercises I - Triplets and Paradiddles

In this lesson, Paul demonstrates triplets again and also introduces paradiddles, showing some examples of how they can be used in grooves and fills.

Module 10 - Advanced Exercises II - paraparadiddles and flams

This lessons shows some even more complex rhythms, such as paraparadiddles and then flams, once again showing how to practice them and some practical examples of when they can be used.

Module 11 - Hip Hop

In this module, Paul demonstrates a variety of Hip Hop drum loops.

Module 12 - Drum and Bass

In this module, Paul demonstrates a variety of Drum and Bass drum loops.

Module 13 - Dubstep

In this module, Paul demonstrates a variety of Dubstep drum loops.

Module 14 - House and Breaks

In this module, Paul demonstrates a variety of House and Breaks drum loops.

Outro - Final words and advice

Paul shares some pro tips and advice for budding drummers.


Paul Kodish

London born Paul Kodish has forged a successful career as a professional drummer, working with some huge names in the industry, such as Bad Company and Apollo 440. More recent ventures have seen him feature in the live bands of global drum and bass superstars Pendulum and DJ Fresh.