Dave's Blog | #4: BuzzBuzzBuzz

BuzzBuzzBuzz

A Monster Blog Series by Dave Bullard


 

If I had to pick one single thing that I love about Scottish Drumming, it would be its use of Buzz Rolls. Check this out...

I mean, just listen to that.

Seriously. Don’t watch, just listen.

 

That sound is just plain incredible. I can’t think of anything else even remotely close to it. It’s like a combination of rain, waterfalls white noise, and a million record needles crying out in terror. Maybe with some bacon frying in there somewhere. It deserves it’s own word.

 

Unfortunately, over here in my LARWO (Little American Rudimental WOrld) the word, "roll" refers to the open variant. Now that I’ve learned about what can be done with the closed variety, I’m changing that definition in my head. From now on, when I write "roll" I mean Buzz Roll. American style machine-gunning will be referred to by the term "Open Roll."

 

From the Rhythm...

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SLOT Drum Corps Full Medley 2018 Worlds

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Stephen Creighton

is rock'n with his Monster Drum Corps from

St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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Bryan's Blog | #4: A Salute to My Left Hand


 

A Salute to My Left Hand

A Monster Blog Series by Bryan Lowe

 


 

Success feels good, doesn’t it?

While I haven’t exactly tamed my errant left hand, the problem child of the two, I have made significant progress. 

 

I’ve looked back at earlier lessons on Rhythm-Monster with regularity. Today I revisited ST-1002 - The Muscle Groups. I wanted to see again how Super Monster Instructor Michael Eagle was using the thumb alone on that left hand.  It doesn’t feel natural yet, but he makes it clear.

  

 

 

As a personal challenge, I tried to carry a steady beat on my practice pad using just my left thumb, that’s it.

 

"The Pipe Band Drumming left hand technique requires a true one-point fulcrum. Realize the single pivot point," Eagle says.

 

As I started, the drumstick was doing its best to imitate the excited irregular wagging of a large dog’s tail. No...

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Inveraray & District Drum Corps 2018 Medley

 

Lead Drummer,

Steven McWhirter

and Pipe Major, Stuart Liddell have built a World Champion Pipe Band and Drum Corps with in less than a decade with their 

Inveraray & District Pipe Band

 

Inspiring music and work ethic from these Monster Musicians. 

  

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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Dave's Blog | #3:
Still Drag'n it Out


 

Still Drag'n it Out

A Monster Blog Series by Dave Bullard

  


 

More fun with the Pipe Band Drag:

 


It’s important to resist the tendency to raise my arm and sort of ‘stab’ down onto the head at a sharper than normal angle. This cheats the gesture and in the long run will become a liability when it comes to fluidly dropping them into quicker patterns. Starting the motion flat and at grace note height helps keep it nice and delicate.



Plus, why stab when you can dip?



The Dip


You may have not have noticed the ‘dip’ before. It’s something that McWhirter and other Monsters do when they play a Drag.

The best way to isolate this motion is in the Open-Closed-Open classes on Rhythm Monster. They have most of the common Pipe Band rudiments broken-down, plus some American rudiments. 


Check out this McWhirter left hand:

 

I love how he’s like “Allow me to present my fantastic...

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Vale of Atholl Drum Corps Medley WPBC 2018

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Adrian Hoy

is rock'n with his Monster Drum Corps from

The Vale of Atholl

 Check-out this crew at the Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band for the 2019 season! 

 

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

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We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

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Bryan's Blog | #3:
Progress, Meditation & Stick Control

Progress, Meditation & Stick Control         

A Monster Blog Series by Bryan Lowe

 

Learning a challenging skill is far better done when young, or so they say. For example, learning a language. It's a snap for kids, and nearly impossible for adults.  So it goes for adults learning musical instruments as well.

I am no expert on adult learning, but in my experience, while there are learning challenges for us as we age, there are also ADVANTAGES in learning a challenging skill as an adult.  True, neuroscientists say it is harder for the adult brain to learn a complex skill. I understand it's brain plasticity or lack thereof.

 

 

And yes, you are right, as adults we don't have parents to make us practice. Then there is the problem of time, given work, spouses, children, house repair, etc.

 

But we (adults) can learn!

 

Our adult brains have some skills that are totally absent in kids. Off the top of my adult brain, these...

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New Zealand Police Pipe Band 2018 Medley

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Angus Crowe

is rock'n with his Monster Drum Corps from

New Zealand Police Pipe Band

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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Dave's Blog | #2:
The Drag is a Drag

The Drag is a Drag

A Monster Blog Series by Dave Bullard

  


Oh man...the Drag.

I have never once worked on anything remotely like the Pipe Band Drag.

Of all of the many differences between DCI and Scottish Pipe Band Drumming, this is one has been the most difficult for me to come to terms with.

 


 

 

I could handle that I needed to disconnect my thumb and first finger on my left hand and I could break the open roll monotony, (I always felt they were cheating anyway), but this was something else entirely.

Trying to play the Pipe Band Drag made me feel like I was in high school, learning Inverts again*.

 

The American Left Hand thumb-to-index connection

 

Inverted Flam Taps

* Learning Inverted Flam Taps can be a difficult rudiment for many Drummers, as it requires the Invert Motion: a Tap followed by an Accent in a single motion. ST1006- The Drummer's Alphabet breaks down this and all the other singular hand motions

...

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Boghall Drum Corps 2018 Worlds Finals MSR

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Gordon Brown

has been slaying Beastly Beasts for decades with his Monster Drum Corps from

The Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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