This book is designed to build on the material learned thus far in the Drum Channel Method to aid in the development of the drum student’s understanding of the fundamentals and the creative process of playing the drum set. This book consists of five main topics: technique, vocabulary development, notation reading and general music terms, independence, and repertoire development. Students continue developing and expanding the critical fundamentals of sound quality, body motion, and hand and foot technique. Music notation already learned is drilled in musical rudimental Etudes. Students develop vocabulary on the drum set and hone their technique by practicing exercises designed to promote proper hand and body motions. Bass drum and Hi-Hat exercises as well as hand and foot combinations are studied to continue to develop the interdependence between the legs while reinforcing the appropriate bass drum motions and sound quality. Finally, all of the concepts learned are applied to the 12 play along songs contained in the book.
Level 400 provides students with advanced material that builds on the previous three levels. To get the most benefit from the book, you should have a good grasp of hand and foot techniques and motions, have some experience reading drum charts and snare drum etudes, be able to play styles including jazz, rock, funk, and samba, and understand odd meters.
At the completion of this book, students will be able to:
Welcome to the Drum Channel Method! This innovative method teaches the How, What and Why of playing the drum set. Each course consists of five main topics: technique, vocabulary development and rudiments, notation reading and general music terms, independence, and repertoire development. These concepts are universal to the instrument and are needed to play effectively in all musical genres. Students develop and expand the critical fundamentals of sound quality, body motion, and hand and foot technique. Music notation is introduced and drilled in musical rudimental and orchestral exercises and snare drum Etudes. Students develop vocabulary on the drum set and hone their technique by practicing exercises designed to promote proper hand and body motions. As you progress through the method, bass drum and Hi-Hat exercises, ostinatos as well as hand and foot combinations are studied to continue the development of the interdependence between the legs while reinforcing the appropriate bass drum motions and sound quality.
Through this curriculum, students gain access to the concepts and material author Mike Packer has used throughout his 30 plus years as a player, clinician, private instructor and faculty member at various institutions in higher education. The goal of the series is to create an inclusive carefully constructed curriculum that properly guides the student from the very beginnings of learning the instrument to being prepared to play professionally and further their study in higher education if they choose to. Additionally, it is an excellent curriculum for teachers to use with their students.
Mike Packer is the Vice President of Education at 1500 Sound Academy in Inglewood, Ca. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and his Master’s in Education, Leadership, and Policy from Boston University.
As a drummer, Mike performs regularly both domestically and abroad. Performance credits include clinics and concerts with the jazz-classical quartet Free Flight, Wilson Phillips, Diane Reeves, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Steve Allen, Carl Anderson, Nils Lofgren, Lorna Luft, Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci, and Ben Vereen. Television credits include Grounded for Life (WB), Mad TV (Fox), The People’s Choice Awards (CBS), the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th CableAce Awards (TNT) and the 1995 Easter Seal Telethon.
Mike’s teaching experience consists of 25 years of private and classroom instruction and several clinics in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Mike is the author of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (Hal Leonard Publications) and Bass Drum and Hi-Hat Technique DVD (Hal Leonard Publications) and has authored articles for Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazine. Mike has a series of Bass Drum technique lessons on Drumchannel.com.
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