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What's in a Pop Beat?

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What's this module about?

Understanding the core elements of a Pop/Rock groove is vital before you begin to play in this style. This chapter presents the importance of bass and backbeat, as you work your way through 6 variations of the core Pop/Rock beat drummers have been using for decades. Byron has adapted these rhythms specifically for the Cajon, using various rudiments, and they have been tried and tested at many performances to guarantee best results from your grooves! 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:

  • 6 exercises to practice and develop your core Pop and Rock groove
  • How to combine these 6 exercises together to create a great practice routine
  • Exercises in different rhythmic subdivisions (quavers & semiqua-vers)
  • How to incorporate ghost notes, paradiddles, bass-slide, flams & accents within the Pop and Rock groove
  • Playing exercises at varying tempos
  • How to perform this beat with a musician
  • Learn how to adapt to a stage or studio setting

Make sure your 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 7 minutes
  • This module is a condensed version of material equivalent to 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 Mark is a dynamic, energetic performer and teacher. His passion for percussion is infectious. Byron inspires our students to challenge themselves musically and grow in their confidence when performing. With a strong focus on improvisation, he encourages them to really shine on stage." Elizabeth Ford, High-School Music Teacher NSW

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