In the past we have had many drum courses. Some great jazz, rock and blues drummers have been taught at our school. Yet as a school we also want to evolve. These days many musicians also produce their own music. It is very easy to get the needed software for composing, mixing and producing these days. We at our music school think it is important to keep our courses up to date. That is why this year we have introduced a new course that combines drumming with mixing and working with drum samples on your laptop. In the future we want to include this course to apply to more instruments we teach at our school. This way we can educate people on everything, from various instruments to mixing and producing. We often see bands formed at our school. Now these bands can also mix their own music.
It is important to record the music in an acoustic room. Working this way will instantly add a dramatic improvement to you recording which then will add a dramatic improvement to your drum samples and mixes.
A good mixer is also aware of the emotion of a song. We teach drummers to be the best technical drummers they can be. Yet music is about creating emotion and something artful. We want to teach our students to mix and drum sample their recordings in a way that doesn’t lose the ‘soul’ that they themselves have created in the music. Just with the music itself it can be tempting to try and create a sonic masterpiece by mastering all the different techniques for mixing and sampling. However a good engineer doesn’t destroy the vibe that was created when recording the song. This sounds logical and easy but is actually rather difficult. This ability will come with practice which our course will provide of course. The mixing process should already start when you are still recording your drum samples, like our partner RDS.
When mixing different instruments. The drums are usually the first to be mixed. They can be seen as the base of operations. That’s why we think it is so important to focus our first course on drums. It is often interesting to put your drums on different outputs.
When mixing other instruments into the mix you can put your bass guitar at the center. Bass guitar can be seen as the motion of the song. The same goes for the lead vocals. Lead guitar however is interesting to output them both left and right. This gives a very interesting effect.
An interesting movie to watch for students of our music school on the subject of drumming and making drum samples is the new movie Whiplash. Whiplash is a movie about a talented jazz drummer that studies at the best conservatorium of New York. However he doesn’t have a lot of friends. He is really focused on his drumming and wants to be one of the best jazz drummers of all time. He gets the chance to get lessons by the best teacher in the school. However he quickly realizes that the teacher is emotionally abusing. The teacher pushes him until he is crying. This only makes him want to become a better jazz drummer. He becomes completely obsessed with being the best drummer he can be. He breaks up with the girl he was dating.