Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Drum lessons from WorkshopLive

The other night I was brushing up on some music theory concepts for the piano. Those apply, of course, to most melodic and harmonic instruments. But I wouldn't just write about it if there wasn't something special to it. And that was the fact that I was doing so by watching some video tutorials on WorkshopLive, to which I've been subscribing since January, 2009. In their own words:

"WorkshopLive is for people that are serious about learning to play music. Our online lessons are great for people that want the freedom to study at their own pace, on their own schedule and in the privacy of their own home. (...) Simply put, WorkshopLive is the best music lesson value on the Web!"

In a way, I agree with that statement. Where else can you get quality video lessons for guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, AND voice for just $40 for 3 months? I know there are other lesson websites out there, but I have yet to see one that gives you the same bang-for-the-buck while covering so many different instruments. For the all-in-one musician, like you and me, WSL is a great place to learn.

However, this is not a review post for WorkshopLive. For that you have Google.

What I really want to point out is that, as I was browsing through WorkshopLive's extensive library, I realized that which until now had escaped me: that WSL has a whole section dedicated to DRUMS, including percurssion! w00t!!

I saw a couple of lessons, learned a new thing or two, and went to bed pretty confident that, if I put in the hours, my drum programming skills will be on their way to drum heaven. And, since I have an important ongoing project that includes a few challenging drumming parts, I could certainly use a few tips.

If you want to get a feeling of what WorkshopLive is all about, check out some of their Sample Lessons. In particular, narrow the list of sample lessons to DRUMS and watch the absolute beginner lesson entitled "More Advanced Eighth-Note Beat." It contains a nice segment about the Bossa Nova beat, which is as complex as simplicity can be. ;-)

Catch you later. Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

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