Chorleywood, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 25, 2008 -- Worship training specialist Musicademy has launched a series of drum teaching DVDs specifically for people involved in worship. There are six DVDs in total, three for beginners and three for more advanced players who are already confident playing in worship band settings.
As well as highly professional teaching from Musicademyâs Colin Brookes, there are guest lessons and tips from the new Delirious drummer, Paul Evans, as well as practical advice from leading worship drummers Martin Neil (Kevin Prosch), Dennis Holt (Kansas, Michael W Smith, Twila Paris), Doug Matthews (David Ruis) and Andrew Small (Kylie Minogue, Massive Attack, Stuart Townend).
The DVDs feature jam tracks with the Musicademy band, audio backing tracks and drum grooves as daily practice tools. The on-screen animated graphics and 3-camera split screen close-ups mean that by working through the DVDs the student can learn as easily as with one to one lessons with the added advantage of being able to pause and repeat any lesson whenever they want.
Songs used include Blessed Be Your Name, Indescribable, Alleluia, How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place, How Great Thou Art, Here I am to Worship, Beautiful One, Holy Holy and Praise is Rising.
Beginners will give the complete novice all the skills they need to play competently in a worship band including: â¢ A full range of beats, rhythms, fills and breaks â¢ Single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles â¢ Good posture, grip, stick and hi hat technique â¢ How to play with a click and develop a better sense of timing â¢ Techniques for playing hymns in a contemporary style â¢ Percussion skills including djembe, conga, digeridoo and more â¢ Choosing and tuning a drum kit Intermediate players will take existing drummers technique, timing and creativity to a higher level and teach them: â¢ A new range of rhythms, breaks and techniques â¢ Limb independence, timing and ability to play with a click â¢ Accents, bounce strokes and unusual time signatures â¢ Hi hat, rip, sticking and kick technique â¢ How to set tempos confidently and accurately â¢ Techniques for playing hymns in contemporary styles â¢ Hw to lead a drum circle â¢ Percussion - djembe, conga, digeridoo and more
Musicademy Director Andy Chamberlain says âWe are really pleased with the new drum DVDs. All the content is specifically geared for worship musicians and with use of multi-cam shots, animated graphics and our step by step method of breaking down each new skill into its component parts, means that students get the best possible learning resource that they can come back to time and time again.â
Worship Leader Magazine says âThe whole suite of Musicademy products are the perfect crash course for your worship teamâ.
Each series represents about a yearsâ learning and is great value with six hours of lessons, advice and daily practice backing tracks on each DVD set.
Also launched is The Musicademy Essential Drums Work-Out CD featuring three 20 minute practice routines to help drummers warm-up, develop their fills, breaks and rudiments while giving a great drum work-out.
A copy of the DVD trailer is available to view free-of-charge at http://musicademy.com/wd_drums.html
The DVDs are available from http://www.musicademy.co.uk (where the trailer can also be viewed) and cost $29.99 each, or $79.99 for the full beginners or intermediate course (in box set of three). Each box set has approximately 6 hours running time.