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What is the Foundational Series Group Class?

A recent Foundational Series Class at Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago ______ The Foundational Series Class is an opportunity to work through the exercises from the book in a group setting, which I have found to be an extremely effective way to really go deep with the material. _ The Foundational Series Book is a companion guide to developing a deeper understanding of time, phrasing, coordination, polymetric relationships, time-signatures, accents, and pulse movement. Because the DrumMantra transcends any music style or genre, it will allow whatever music we are playing to be more fluid, solid, and creative.  _ The material in the DrumMantra was developed over a 10-year deep-dive into some rhythmic concepts I became fascinated with. The culmination of literally hundreds of hours of work...

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DrumMantra Live debut performance at The Ringling Museum!

I'm very excited to share the news that a completely new facet of The DrumMantra has come to fruition. DrumMantra Live will have its debut, world premiere at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL on Saturday, October 20 at a special Gala event as part of a huge weekend of percussion performances by a cast of amazing players from around the country! Huge thanks to curator and event mastermind, Matthew Duvall, for having the vision of including The DrumMantra in this event. And thanks to The Ringling Museum for their generous support. 10 years ago when I began to sketch the first ideas for the DrumMantra exercises I envisioned a "big picture" scenario that included books, clinics & workshops, video lessons, and compositions...

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Q&A on the DrumMantra3030 Course

QUESTION: Is this a beginner course or an advanced course? ANSWER: I think almost everyone is capable of the material if they are ready to work hard. That being said, I would say this is a somewhat advanced course. There are exercises in the course that are accessible to many drummers, and there are exercises that challenge some of the most advanced drummers I know.  Remember - discipline, focus, patience, and dedication are what will get you through the super challenging sections.   QUESTION: Is this an online course or a book? ANSWER: The DrumMantra3030 is an online course based on my book, The Foundational Series.   QUESTION: When I sign up, do I have to start on the day the...

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The 5:4 Polymetric Relationship

This exercise is a glimpse into an entirely new way of playing and thinking. Its similar to the 3:4 polymetric relationship exercise except we are taking it a step further. Whereas the 3:4 polymetric relationship resolves inside the quarter note, the 5:4 relationship resolves outside the quarter note.   This is most likely one that will take some time, but I guarantee it is worth the effort. This third exercise is a game changer and once you truly understand how it works & can master it, you're playing will never be the same.    This exercise comes from the DrumMantra3030 Course. I wish you the best. If you would like to be notified of new blogs, podcasts, lessons, and more, please sign up for the newsletter HERE...

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The Moving Click

Time. It's something a drummer obsesses over almost more than anything.  How do you go deeper with your concept of time? How do you begin to understand the finer details of subdivisions?  Try this exercise out.  It will reveal any weakness you may have in your understanding of accent & pulse permutation and will increase your ability to detect time fluctuations almost immediately.   I wish you the best. If you would like to be notified of new blogs, podcasts, lessons, and more, please sign up for the newsletter HERE You can find this and hundreds of exercises just like it in the Foundational Series Book!

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