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Sunday, July 30 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Learning to Groove is a drum kit pedagogy resource designed and developed by professional drummer and drum kit educator, Dr Gareth Dylan Smith. Rockfest workshop attendees will be provided with knowledge and materials to use Learning to Groove with their students. Additional resources are available through correspondence with the presenter. Once the concept of Learning to Groove is understood, it can be applied in practice for a lifetime of technical and creative development in composition, songwriting, and improvisation.

This workshop session provides valuable tools for teachers to help them work with intermediate to more advanced drummers. The Learning to Groove materials presented and demonstrated, work for players of a wide range of abilities, once drummers have acquired the skill to play a steady rhythm at the kit using kick, snare and hi-hat. The presenter will demonstrate one primary drum kit rhythm pattern that can be used across Modern Band styles from rock, pop, country, funk, and soul to a range of contemporary EDM subgenres. Variations on this pattern will be shown along with explanation of how to derive further permutations. Supplementary to the patterns at the core of Learning to Groove are the 8th Note Treatments and 16th Note Treatments. These Treatments will be applied to the Primary Pattern, with guidance on how to develop them for further application in performance and other creative contexts. Learning to Groove welcomes and rewards student-centered learning and approximation, with a focus on helping drummers to develop their sound, creativity, and groove.

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Gareth Dylan Smith

Drummer and Educator
Gareth Dylan Smith is a drummer and educator from London, England. He learned to play in concert bands and a Boys’ Brigade marching band before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He cut his teeth on the UK’s rock, jazz and musical theatre scenes, performi... Read More →

Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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