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RFU Hand Drum Workshop: Drumming Across Cultures

  • Jun 10, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Rhythm for Unity

RFU Hand Drum Workshop: Drumming across cultures. Learn and play the patterns and techniques that cross cultural lines. NOTE this workshop is not for beginning drummers.  Guest Teacher Scott Wenzel--Scott was one of my first teachers at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and brings a unique way of sharing/teaching rhythms. Bio; Scott has advanced degrees in ethnomusicology and music performance. Taught at CardinalStritch University and the Wisconsin Conservatory of music. Has performed with Arethea Franklin, Glayds Knight, Johnny Mathis, Joan Rivers and many more artists.
NOTE THE DAY CHANGE to a Tuesday, to fit guest teacher Scott Wenzel’s schedule.
2 hour workshop, cost is $20. Held at Rhythm For Unity. Minimum 5 students to hold a session. Please indicate intention at least one week prior to class via call or email ([masked]). You will receive a confirmation if session has met the minimum enrollment. DON’T JUST SHOW UP! [masked][masked]

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  • Stellia

    Basic instruction was given in the workshop; for example, how to create different sounds and rhythms in a drum circle and still be in sync with the rhythms played by the other drummers. As basic as this is, improvising is challenging for me, so I found this instruction extremely helpful. The use of the metronome, also, a basic tool, was helpful to me to implement the concept of timing in my drumming. I thought Scott was very organized in his teaching and wanted us to understand some basic, yet important aspects of music needed when playing in a group. Even though I would have liked to learn different rhythms from different cultures, Scott did teach us different distinctive drum sounds across cultures; for example, how to use our fingers to imitate the sounds of the tabla on a djembe. All in all, I enjoyed the workshop and the drumming.

    June 15, 2014

  • Cindy

    Yes am just reading - not for beginners - have done drum circles, following the leader and using own rhythm but not any classes how to drum. Yes please let us know if too advanced. Thanks Tom

    June 5, 2014

    • Tom G.

      I will check with teacher (sent him an email today) but if you are comfortable with skill based instruction, then I'd think it's OK.

      June 6, 2014

    • Tom G.

      Scott (teacher) said it should be fine. See you Tuesday!

      June 9, 2014

  • Susan A.

    I have a shamanic drum. Do I need an African drum?

    June 6, 2014

    • Tom G.

      Hi Susan, As Shamanic drums are usually played with a beater or mallet, note this will be for hand drums. I have drums here for use, and also note this is an instructional workshop and not a beginning hand drum class. If you have played drums with your hands and feel comfortable learning new rhythms, then you should be OK I'd think.

      June 6, 2014

  • Iza B.

    Tom is this workshop appropriate for beginners?

    June 4, 2014

    • Tom G.

      Hi Iza Bella,I'm thinking this may be more suited to people who have had some previous instruction and experience. I will check with the teacher though and get his take on it.

      June 4, 2014

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