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Introduction to Drum Circles & Group Drumming with Charles Thomas

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Explore the concepts and techniques of playing within a group of drummers.  No matter
what type of drum you play, and no matter where you play it, the goal is always the same:
You want to create a good sound!
Beginning Group Drumming focuses on the "secret" of good drumming: Active Listening.
During the two hour workshop we will experiment with the various "types" of drums, and
experience what those drums contribute to the  group.  Working from "How my drum sounds" as
well as "How everyone else sounds" the students will perform a series of dynamic exercises, with
constructed rhythmic parts from the three page handout, with base rhythms, counter-rhythms, and fills for dynamic exercises to mix and match the rhythmic parts to make a diverse, layered sound.  The exercises explicitly foster the active listening and communication skills that create a sense of comfort and develop confidence in adding the sound of your own drum to the group.
And, there will be a Drum Circle directly following the workshop!
Sunday, July 20th, 2013
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Charles Thomas is the percussion director and lead drummer for Twisted Gypsy, a professional and performing
dance and drum group here in Southern California.  He has been studying, performing, and instructing for eight years and
is currently teaching Hand Drumming courses at Pasadena City College.
Charles plays doumbek, djembe, frame drum, daf, zils, riqq, and the occasional random passerby.

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