Tips for Memorising.

MemoryWay too many drummers (and bagpipers) complain about having to perform a tune without the sheet music – they moan about how difficult it is to commit the tune to memory.  But honestly, it’s not difficult at all – it’s all about discipline and repetition.

Whether it’s your first 4/4 march or perhaps your newest medley selection, the method remains the same. It’s not rocket science (like my previous post about what us pipers and drummers can learn from an Astronaut) – it’s just a matter of hard work and perseverance.

In a nutshell here’s what you gotta do :

1) Learn one phrase (that’s two bars of music) and then play it by memory – just turn the page over and test yourself. Join all the phrases together until you have one part – that’s actually only 4 bite-sized chunks and shouldn’t take you very long at all. Turn the page over and play the whole first part – flip the page and check that you got it. Do this 10 times.

2) Put your sticks (or chanter) away and go do something else for 10 minutes – make a coffee, grab a snack, watch Keeping up with the Kardashians (or maybe not!) then return to your instrument and see if you can still remember the part. If you can, great. If not, then repeat step one.

3)Come back first thing the next day and make sure you can still play it by memory. If you can, joy! If you can’t, repeat steps one and two. Do this every morning for 5 days and you will have the tune going no problem at all.

You can top-up your memorising speed by playing through the score in your head (visualisation) – or tapping the tune out with your fingers. I think young students often do this in Mathematics class!

Bottom line is, there’s no shortcut. But it’s worth it in the end. Once you have committed the tune to memory, you can really start having fun with it and moulding it with musicality and feel.

If you have any memorising tips, please share them!

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Pipe Band Drummers – Christmas is covered

photoWell, it’s getting close to Christmas and what an awesome year 2014 has turned out to be. I have one last contest for the year with the Canterbury Caledonian here in New Zealand and then it’s officially mistletoe and mulled wine-time!

If you are thinking of a gift for yourself or a drumming friend – here’s a few options – and some of them are instant downloads!

Guide to Pipe Band Drumming eBooks

Our Journey – World Champions Tell their Stories eBook

Grade 4 Drum Scores eBook

Check out our full range of drumming gifts or grab a gift voucher at www.come2drum.com

Have an amazing Christmas and a great New Year!!

Regards

James

Guide to Pipe Band Drumming – The Collection

Hot off the Press! You can now get your hands on the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming – The Collection.  Instead of buying volume 1 and volume 2 separately, you can now buy “The Collection” which offers you both Volumes’ as a combo package.

You will save yourself almost 50% if you opt for the Collection! 

What do you get?

– Over 140 pages of Structured Scottish Snare Drum Instruction

– Over 100 Audio tracks to accompany the E-Books

Who uses the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming E-Books?

– Tutors wanting to have a thorough and detailed resource to teach with

– Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Drummers

– Drum Kit & Percussion Professionals

– Pipe Bands and School Organisations

So what is actually in the E-Books?

Volume 1 : Step-by-Step instruction to master the basics of Pipe Band Drumming

14 individual chapters

Basic Drumming Rudiments – Doubles, Paradiddles, Flams

Intermediate Drumming Rudiments – Drags, Swiss Ruffs, Ratamacues

A collection of Scottish Snare Drum Rudiments

Volume 2 : The core of the book has been split into three primary sections – Rhythm, Phrasing & Technical Execution.

Key ingredient # 1 : Rhythm –  Here you will work through 13 pages of solid rhythmic development

Key ingredient # 2 : Phrasing – Now you can develop your feel & flow with 20 pages of intense Phrase Workouts

Key Ingredient # 3 : Technical Execution – Now for the biggest challenge, 30 pages of the toughest rudiments in drumming

Do you want to challenge yourself and take your drumming to the next level? Together, the book & audio tracks work as a powerful tool of self-improvement to help you discover the talent within.

Regular price $84.98

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The past few months in the pipe band world….

I thought I might give you guys a wee insight to the past few months, and some of the exciting things that have been going on!

August – I went to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships and also attended a few other highland games whilst I was there.  Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band, the band I am part of, ventured on the long journey to Scotland for a second year running.

September – Drumming Workshops in Noosa and Canberra were on the cards in September, alongside Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, Jori Chisholm and many others!

October – I am the luckiest man on earth, as I married Lisa Campbell.

Currently I am in Scotland, rehearsing for the World Solo drumming championships this Saturday.  It will be great to play a tune or two and also catch up with all of my pipe band drumming buddies….

Check out the pipe band drumming Book series!!!!

 

 

Take YOUR pipe band drumming to the next level!

That’s right – You can now challenge yourself with the more advanced Volume 2 book of Pipe Band Drumming.  James Laughlin has just released the second volume, following on from the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 (for learners).

The core of the book is based on structured step-by-step development of the three key skills required to improve your drumming. RHYTHM, PHRASING and TECHNIQUE. In addition to the book, you can use the accompanying audio tracks to enhance your learning experience.

What have drummers been saying about the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2?

“Hey James, I just wanted to let you know I got your new book and am loving it.” – Andrew Hoinacki, Top Grade 1 Scottish Drummer.

“Check out James Laughlin’s new book!! I was lucky to see it it before release which means I’ve got a jump on all of you! haha Great mental work out for advanced drummers and has really lit a fire under my score writing. What a great tool! Thanks, James! ” – Glenn Kvidahl, Leading Drummer with the LA Scots Pipe Band.

Check out more information about the book, and the AUDIO TRACKS!

You can get your copy here!

Pipe Band Drumming Workshop

Well, it happened again….only it was even bigger and better than ever.

The Canberra College of Piping and Drumming hosted their annual Workshop for bagpipers and drummers. This special event brought in players from all over Australia, U.K and New Zealand. The Worlds top piping and drumming experts offered their advice, skills and knowledge.

The teaching line-up included Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, Jori Chisholm, Greg Wilson, Stuart Liddell, James Laughlin, Brenton Earl, Richard Hawke, Grant Cassidy and Ken Maltman.

Pipe Band drumming lessons were offered to students of all levels.  People arrived, wanting to know how to play the Scottish drums, and they left with all the skills and ability to play the pipe band drum!

What topics were covered at the pipe band drumming workshop ?

Drum Rolls

Paradiddle Development

Rhythmic Exercises

Playing drum scores

And way more!

James Laughlin released his new book, Learn Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2, at the Canberra piping and drumming workshop. You can get your hands on a copy here.  If you are just starting to learn pipe band drumming, then James Laughlins Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 would be the best option for you!

Don’t forget to check out the C2D Studio – the worlds first and only digital scottish drumming studio.

Scottish Drumming News – The Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2 is NOW AVAILABLE!

The long-awaited Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2 is now available for instant download.

Two years ago, James Laughlin launched Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 in paperback and e-book formats. It has been the best-selling Pipe Band Drumming Instruction book in the last two years with 100’s of Scottish drumming fanatics using the book to learn and teach.

In Volume 1 we looked at the essential foundations of developing good drumming skills. NOW, with Volume 2 we take your pipe band drumming skills to a whole new level.

The core of the book is based on structured step-by-step development of the three key skills required to improve your drumming. RHYTHM, PHRASING and TECHNIQUE. In addition to the book, you can use the accompanying audio tracks to enhance your learning experience.

You can also check out the interactive drumming video lessons on Come2Drum. Together, the book and audio tracks work as a powerful tool of self-improvement to help you discover the talent within. ORDER YOURS TODAY!