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Slow Pop Grooves

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What's this module about?

This chapter teaches you how to play a slow Pop Ballad groove. Whilst it is fun and almost irresistible to play fast funky grooves on the Cajon, as a developing and professional percussionist, you need to be able to maintain that same excitement and interest in your grooves at slower tempos. Byron develops 3 exercises for you that will open up new performance styles within this groove, whilst incorporating many other drumming techniques discussed in this series. The chapter concludes with a jam with special guest musician Luke Koteras, to demonstrate how this groove works in a musical setting.

What will I learn?

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to play a slow pop ballad groove, while maintaining interest for both you and your audience
  • 3 exercises to add ghost notes to your slow pop groove
  • Maintaining your awareness of bass and backbeat from Chapter 6
  • How to incorporate the bass-slide into your groove, as well as ghost notes, doubles & accents
  • How to play this groove at a fast tempo
  • Some interesting FILLS to use in the context of this slow pop groove (the FILLS performed are also notated in the accompanying PDF!)
  • How to perform this beat with a musician
  • Learn how to adapt to a stage or studio setting

And - make sure you find a music buddy to jam along with to develop your ensemble skills!

What is included?
  • Suggested listening material to practice your grooves along to
  • HD (High Definition) video with close ups and various camera angles so you can clearly observe the techniques and rhythms
  • Complimentary PDF document with detailed score (music notation) and written analysis of the rhythms discussed
How long is the module?
  • This chapter runs for 6 minutes
  • This module is a condensed version of material equivalent to 2-3 standard intermediate lessons
About your teacher

Byron is a professional percussionist, drummer, pianist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He has a strong interest in Flamenco and African drumming and has studied both at home and abroad (Spain, Africa) with artists including Juan Flores, Ramon Porrina and Sibo Bangoura. Byron is a sought after musician performing regularly with numerous groups including flamenco ensemble Pena Flamenca, artists from The Voice including Lionel Cole and Rosie Henshaw, and acoustic duo Kinetic Method. Byron is a passionate educator with a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Teaching from University of Sydney and he loves to share his knowledge and skills with people in an inspiring and fun way.
Find out more about Byron here

"Byron has the rare gift of being both an inspired teacher and performer. His teaching combines fun, warmth, and crystal clear instruction backed up by his extensive teaching qualifications and experience. As a performer, he is one of the busiest musicians I know, and performs on Cajon/percussion/drums and keyboards across varying genres. I love collaborating with him because of his fantastic talent as well as his awesome personality." Claudia Chambers, Director - Learn Cajon

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Some experience with Cajon, Drum kit or Percussion
Start Date: Anytime
Teacher: Byron Mark
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