Drum Lessons with Mike Burris – Spirit Music Meet-Ups
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The Advantages of Drum Lessons with Mike Burris:
PDF doc: 10 Advantages of Drum Lessons – Watch the video
Wikipedia’s value of music lessons – Watch the video
Wikipedia’s use of music for therapy – Mike also specializes in Autism Spectrum students – Watch the video
All Skill Levels are Welcome – Watch the video
About Mike Burris and his Drum Teaching approach:
Mike Burris’ Story – Watch the video
Resumes – Professional careers, Music teaching & performing, etc. – Watch the video
PDF doc: Mike’s philosophy of teaching drums – Watch the video
PDF doc: Student-Teacher “contract” of commitment to one another – Watch the video
PDF doc: Sample Student Assignment & Practice Log – Watch the video
PDF doc: Sample of Mike’s Assignment & Practice log for lessons with Pete Swan in 2013 – Watch the video
PDF doc: Student Certificate of Achievement – Watch the video
View and Send comments about the Website and also its Drum Teaching – Watch the video
Drum Lessons with Mike Burris – Who, What, Where, When, and How Much:
Photos – Students & Awards, Teaching & Playing Equipment, Performances, etc. – Watch the video
Media – YouTube videos, Featured students, etc. – Watch the video
Teaching locations & equipment – Watch the video
Scheduling and Rescheduling – Watch the video
Discounted Teaching Rates – Watch the video
50% of the battle is getting the rocket off the launching pad and 50% to its destination:
Learn the Motivation it takes to get from the Starting line to the Finishing line – Watch the video
PDF doc: Without the “Why” for studying drums, you will have no sustaining power – Watch the video
PDF doc: Here’s Mike’s “Why” for studying drums – what is yours? – Watch the video, and Hear more about what drives me NOW!
PDF doc: What will motivate you to practice drums every day? – Watch the video
PDF doc: When you have a resounding “Yes” within you, it’s easier to say “No” to these 9 time-wasters that will rob you of your dreams – Watch the video
PDF doc: The effect of videos games on learning – Watch the video
You can take the Long, scenic route or take the Shortcuts from a Pro:
PDF doc: 16 Keys to Success – Watch the video
Video: 22PWG – Key Principles, Fundamentals, Essential keys, and Rudimental teachings for Drumming Success
PDF doc: 13 categories of Mike’s favorite teachings for your success – Watch the video
PDF doc: 7 ideas for learnings drums faster – Watch the video
PDF doc: 11 Ways to Keep your practice fun to practice longer and learn faster – Watch the video
PDF doc: 5 Motivation Tips and 6 Practice Tips – more ideas for success learning drums – Watch the video
PDF doc: Audition tips and even more practice tips – Watch the video
PDF doc: Plan your plan and work your plan – an example from a week of intense practice in 2002 – Watch the video
PDF doc: An example from 2013 – Watch the video
PDF doc: Mike’s original Skill Pathway – Watch the video
Learn the basics of What & When to play your particular instrument in music:
Role-Guidelines for Drums & Percussion – Watch the video and Even more about the need
You can work against the Physics of drumming or learn like a Pro:
Some of the various foot/hand/sticking patterns from this Technique & Stick-Control page – Watch the video – can also be included as “building blocks” on Drum Rudiments page below to then be given various rhythmic notations and countings further below to create a fundamental “vocabulary” for the drummer to “master” and then build on. They can be applied to everything in drumming!
PDF doc: The best instructional books, DVDs, etc. – Watch the video
You can build your Drumming like a “House of Cards” or solidly by Mastering the Rudiments:
This Drum rudiments page – Watch the video – has the “building blocks” of various hand/sticking patterns form the Technique & Stick-Control page given various rhythmic notations and countings to create a fundamental “vocabulary” for the drummer to “master” and then build on. This is your “sticking vocabulary” to match up with your “rhythmic vocabulary” from below.
See also Drum Beats, Drum Fill-ins, and Drum Fills for more ways to use Drum Rudiments
Learn the Rhythmic Vocabulary of music like a Pro:
On this Music Notation page – Watch the video – you will also learn the importance of Counting & Singing to learn much faster, and learn comprehensive Rhythm Charts that can also be used for Drum-Set Grooves and Fills. This is your “rhythmic vocabulary” to match up with your “sticking vocabulary” from above.
Polyrhythms – Learn how to Count & Simultaneously Play 2 Cross-Rhythms – Watch the video
Section & Ensemble Rhythmic Figures using Long-note vs. Short-note interpretation – Watch the video
Notes without Rhythm in Time is just Noise:
Use various metronomes, loops, and tracks to help you play with good Timing – Watch the video
S. E. D. – Support, Embellish, Dialogue to the Music’s Groove!
Drum with BEATS, FILLS, and SOLOS:
Use Role-Guidelines to knowing what & when to play Drums & Percussion – Watch the video and Even more about the need
General techniques for making Drum-Set BEATS that Groove – Watch the video
See also Drum Rudiments applied to Drum-BEATS
Ear-training MP3s & Videos to learn key Drum-Grooves and play-along to Drum-BEATS in music – Watch the video
Rhythmic-Energy Contours based on where the note-density in a measure is for Internal Phrasing – Watch the video
See also Grooves Page section “Easy Drum-Set BEATS with Zeke Para on Guitar”
“Support” or “Lock into” the Groove – Watch the video
“Embellish” or “Enhance” the Groove with ghost-note Fill-ins for Internal Phrasing – Watch the video
See also Drum Rudiments applied to Drum Fill-ins
“Dialogue” with the Groove with FILLS in the Breaks – Watch the video
See also Drum Rudiments applied to Drum FILLS
“Dialogue” with FILLS for Section & Ensemble Rhythmic Figures using Long-note vs. Short-note interpretation – Watch the video
“Dialogue” with the Groove by adding SOLOS in the bigger Breaks – Watch the video
Spontaneous Drums – Improvisation in the Natural & Supernatural Realms:
Learn to play DRUMS spontaneously – Watch the video
Music Genres, Styles, and Songs:
Survey of every kind of Music Genre – Watch the video
Drumming specific to Music Genres, but also Drum Styles & Meters across Genres – Watch the video
PDF doc: Meeting a Piece of Music for the First Time by Peter Erskine – Watch the video
Learn how to Drum to specific Songs – Watch the video
Checklists to prepare for Band Rehearsals and Performances:
Spirit-Drums-Practice-BT1: Practical steps for pre-performance personal drum practice before Band rehearsal – Watch the video
Spirit-Drums-Practice-BT2: After your last Band pre-performance personal drum practice session to prepare for the Band Practice session – Watch the video
Spirit-Drums-Practice-BT3: Practical steps for your pre-performance Band rehearsals – Watch the video
Links Favorites for Drum Lessons and this Website:
Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the referenced videos in the Playlists belong SOLELY to the original artists, and are thus not necessarily those of myself – actually most of them are far from it! Particularly as a drummer, I rarely listen to the actual words in music or watch the videos, but instead focus on the RHYTHMIC interaction of the vocal melody (if there is one) and other melodic instruments with the supporting RHYTHM section instruments to create the “groove,” with my focus particularly on the drumming. If the video and/or lyrics are objectionable to you, tune it out, or click to another song – there’s hundreds of thousands of songs to choose from here! However, my experience has shown that the Christian Genre from the Music Genres page does have worship and lyrics that you can genuinely live by. Also, YouTube is always changing, so some of these links may be wrong!
My Favorite Links: Music for different Meters, Music Genres, Drum Styles, Drummers, Mike’s Playing, Mike’s Students, and this Website Ministry – Watch the video
Take your Drumming to a Higher Level –
Learn to practice and perform by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit:
Many of Mike Burris’ current teaching videos will likely be influenced and include material from this section, especially the Spirit-Drums-Practice to learn by the Spirit “22 Minutes Playing with God (22PWG)” videos, because “by My Spirit” unlimited skills of God far surpass man’s limited “might and power,” just as Zechariah 4:6 said it would be for the New Covenant era!
Practice Drums by the Spirit of God – Watch the video
Perform Drums by the Spirit of God – Watch the video
See also Learn how to Improvise with Spontaneous Drumming but NOW by the Spirit of God – Watch the video
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