Free Drum Workshop Series With Shola David

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | July 25, 2018

A unique opportunity to be inspired and to learn from the Nigerian born drummer Shola David.

This free series of drum clinics covers a range of topics from drumming styles and techniques through to practical and music business aspects. Don’t miss this chance to learn from an international drummer and clinician who brings a fresh and energetic style to his approach.

Dates and Venues:

Session 1: The evolution of drumming
Where: Paul Bothner Music Somerset West
When: 23 June at 10:30 am

Session 2: Studio work disciplines and finding work
Where: Paul Bothner Music Claremont
When: 30 June at 10:30 am

Session 3: Perfect Practice – escalating your drum chops
Where: Paul Bothner Music Parklands
When: 14 July at 10:30 am

Session 4: Perfect practice for your feet and how to impress on the kit
Where: COPA Cape Town
When: 27 July at 11:30 am

Session 5: Drum talk – drumming as a business career
Where: Paul Bothner Music Stellenbosch
When: 4 August at 10:30 am

More Info: For more info call Jerome on 021-674-4030 or email us

This free clinic is open to the public, but space is limited, so please arrive early to ensure a good seat.

What to Expect:

Session 1: The Evolution of Drumming:

  • Understanding a song, pattern, transitions
  • Ability to know what works for a specific genr
  • Application of music knowledge
  • Knowing the history of genres and styles
  • Having a concrete artistic reason for styles chosen
  • Knowing what is best for the show and recording
    setting up your drums

Session 2: Studio work disciplines and finding work

  • Getting to know basic rules in sound and mixing
  • How to be the producer’s favourite drummer
  • Understanding basic sound, tone and frequency
  • How Quantized can a drummer sound?
  • Practices for quantisation
  • Importance of being a disciplined drummer
  • Self-discovered speed secret made available
  • 3-speed developing secrets

Session 3. Perfect Practice – escalating your drum chops.

  • Discovering unhelpful ways of practising speed
  • Understanding the role of the brain and the body kinetics
  • Essential rudiments for speed development
  • Strengthening your weaker hand
  • Finding out the eye opener
  • Having the ability to come up with own ideas to improve the weaker hand
  • Overall practice routine and duration
  • How to practice efficiently
  • Dangers of Memorizing
  • Fundamentals versus Licks.

Session 4: Perfect practice for your feet and how to impress on the kit.

  • Foot placement
  • Foot technique and exercises
  • Physics, forces and angles
  • Forward slide, sideway slide, Ball and toe, stationed heel etc.
  • Exercises for faster foot. (single and double bass pedal)
  • How to do a drum solo
  • Phrasing and timing
  • The beauty of rest and dynamics
  • Stepping up your drum fill progression
  • Chill fill, Momentum fill, climax fill, rest fill, Tasty fill.

Session 5: Drum talk – drumming as a business career

  • Mistakes of Social media skills and how to fix them.
  • Benefits of good Impression and attitude and its balance.
  • Understanding Drum business ideas and execution.

Drum hacks and maintenance:

  • Hacks and quick fix for emergency needs

How to speak “drumese”:

  • Memory boost
  • Understanding repetition, its importance and its limit.

Difference between Studio session and gigs:

  • What gets you fired
  • What keeps you hired




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