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Global Grooves Hand Drum and Percussion Course Autumn 2015

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Back by popular demand Brighter Sound and Global Grooves present Hand Drum and Percussion Course with Lea Mullen and Chris Cruiks. Explore the role of the percussionist in bands and other group settings. A course for players of all levels from beginner to advanced. Fun, friendly and informative.

Use congas and hand drums with a selection of hand percussion instruments and learn their importance and place in any musical setting from latin to hiphop. Learn new skills and techniques from two of the UK’s finest players. Create percussive beats and grooves in small group settings and fit them into a full band ‘groove’ with expert coaching from Lea and Chris.

This is an open level course suitable for players of any level from beginner to advanced and highly recommended for all would-be percussionists and drummers. The classes are divided into groups based on levels of experience working with both tutors.

Beginners: Learn to use fundamental techniques and the basics of a good sound. Skills which are transferrable on other drums and percussion instruments. Also gain an understanding of layered rhythms and how they are put together with an ensemble.

More Advanced: Learn to incorporate different timelines and floating hand techniques plus ideas on phrasing and playing solos. Some experience of hand drumming is necessary for the advanced group. This course is great for those who want to play in bands and collaborate with other musicians on jam nights, performances or in a recording setting.

We can provide a selection of instruments to use in sessions although we would advise you to bring your own if you have them.

About the Tutors:

Lea Mullen: Percussionist and drummer and who has worked in the music business for the last 20 years. He regularly tours and has recorded with the biggest names (George Michael, Will Young, Ian Brown, Happy Mondays to name a few) and is in demand as a session player and masterclass/clinician all over the world.

Lea’s unique approach to percussion has enabled him to develop unique and exciting ways of using congas and other percussion instruments in a band setting. By paying attention to frequencies, using a bank of knowledge and rhythms from decades of experience and utilizing a variety of percussion instruments and electronic gadgets, Lea has helped to put a percussive mark on the music of many of the worlds chart topping superstars’ live and recorded performances.

Chris Cruiks: Conga player and founder member of the Inner Sence Percussion Orchestra. Chris’ roots are in African, Brazilian and Cuban traditional music and has led workshops and collaborations with musicians from all over the world. He has toured and recorded extensively with musician / producers such as Rae and Christian and AIM. He was also the house percussion player at the Hacienda until 1992. Among others he has recorded two percussion albums with Lea Mullen and friends and is currently recording for Fingathing and Jessica Hoop.

Any enquiries about this course please email tim@brightersound.com

Additional event information

Full course dates: Weds: 23, 30 Sept. 7, 14, 21 Oct. 4, 11, 18 Nov.

Please note, concessions are for unwaged, full time students and OAP only. Under 16’s should be accompanied by a responsible adult.