OK folks, it's that time. Thanksgiving has passed and now it's time to rock all the way to Christmas. What do you get that percussionist in your life for Christmas? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself. We have a bunch of great ideas starting with the LP TWIST SHAKERS.
These are a blast to play with so go ahead and explore your musical style a bit more.
Latin Percussion has re-invented its often-imitated softshake-style shaker and given it a new “twist.” LP patented Twist Shaker is a twin set of shakers that have a twisting lock mechanism that allows the player to play them as a set in one hand or one in each hand.
LP Twist Shakers - these are ideal for live performances when you really need to be heard
Shakers can be played together as a set of two, individually, or interchanged for a variety of sound combinations allowing the percussionist to explore their musical style
The tambourine is possibly the most under-appreciated instrument in music production, and definitely something every songwriter/producer/engineer should have in their bag of tricks.
So how about this one...The Toca Wood Tambourine, 7-1/2" Single Row with Head You can really rock out with this little number. You don't need a drum kit to get started. Welcome this tambourine into your percussion family and start today.
Having the self control and commitment to practice regularly is the only way you will improve as a drummer. But finding the time to sit down and practice an instrument can be tough, but we all know that practice is what's going to make you amazing. You may have a billion other things that need to get done so how do you find the time?
How about trying some different ways to get in your drumming time. You don't always need the drum kit or band mates...
1) Listening to your favorite tunes and tap out the rhythm, whether it be on the steering wheel, the kitchen table or a bit of air drumming! Tap along with the song, it can be with your hands or your feet, or both.
2) Get a metronome app on your phone (with varying bpm ) When riding the bus or train or in a car (if safe to do so) you have free movement so there's really quite a lot you could do just tapping different beats.
3) You don't always have to be at it to train you muscles in the same way. You can tap your feet on anything to keep that up. If you don’t have pedals at home, tapping your feet in time to a metronome or recorded music is a great alternative. You could sit at the edge of a chair as if you were sitting on a drum-stool, and place your feet flat on the ground. Imagine there is a pedal under your foot, bring your foot up and down while keeping your heel on the ground. This will strengthen the muscles needed for heel-down technique, helping you a little for when you start practicing on a bass drum pedal.
4) Pillow practice. No, really! Sound crazy, but actually there's a real benefit. A little known insider knowledge is that there is little to no bounce from a pillow, so it absorbs your full stroke. Inefficient you say? Well actually yes and no. It makes you work more, it really works out your wrists as you are forced to use your wrists to bring the sticks back up. Give yourself a workout!
5) You don't even always need your drumsticks. Ever used a rolled up magazine, pens, pencils, fingers, sticks, tools, the options are endless! Find a surface, a old can. a table, your knees, whatever you have, look around.
6) The beauty of percussion is that it can be performed on any and most materials but any material that makes a sound can be used as a drum, pots and pans, desk and books, seats, bus handles, steering wheel and even your knees!
7) Get yourself a cajon. Easy to play, great response, great resonance, bass and snare sounds and very portable. Have one in your living room, bedroom or at work for those lunch breaks. Anyone can play whether a beginner or an experienced percussionist. And the best bit...There are no rules! Punch out a basic beat to start with and go from there.
It's not early to start thinking about Christmas folks!
Some great gift ideas for the holidays right here on BoomBoomPercussion.
For you or that drummer in your life, what could be better than an LP Americana Groove Cajon. It's a great price right now, just $189.
It's a deep and resonant American-made cajon from Latin Percussion.
Made entirely in the USA, LP’s Americana Series Cajons are constructed using hand-selected, 11-ply, plantation grown Baltic Birch, which is highly durable and incredibly resonant. Each cajon is carefully made by hand using a uniquely engineered design that optimizes the instruments acoustic performance and delivers rich, deep bass tones.
Handcrafted baltic birch with birch frontplate
Adjustable frontplate, equipped with fixed snare wires
Built with craftsmanship that made "Americana" famous.
Made in the USA
Easy to play
Great low end
Great snare sound
So go on, treat yourself or that special someone today.
Sometimes the drumstick is the only connection between me and my drums. But it doesn't have to be the only one. What I love about playing cajon is the immediate connection using the hands and body to be even closer to the rhythm and music. Playing cajon allows me to really express myself, feel the sound, the rhythm and the playability. Here's a great opportunity for you to get started playing percussion. You don't need a drum set yet. You don't need drum sticks. Get yourself a cajon and start your percussion journey NOW. Even f you already have one, take a look at the awesome LP Percussion Americana series on BoomBoom. You cant beat it. I mean, yes you can, with your hands, but you know what I mean!
The LP Percussion Americana Groove cajon has a deep and resonant sounds.
Made entirely in the USA, they're constructed using hand-selected, 11-ply, plantation grown Baltic Birch, which is highly durable and incredibly resonant. Each cajon is carefully made by hand using a uniquely engineered design that optimizes the instruments acoustic performance and delivers rich, deep bass tones.
Who knew such a simple looking instrument could make all those wonderful beats and rhythm?
Feel connected to your drumming, love the hell out of it. Do it today. #boom
The amount of drum practice you do is really important but so is the quality. It’s important, as a drummer to build successful daily habits.You might think that hours and hours of practice sessions will benefit you but actually what is the point if you're not prepared, don't have the time or that your practice isn't quality practice.
You need to make steady progress over time so it will take time to build up the skill set and confidence needed to be the musician and percussionist you want to be.
We asked percussionist and internationally touring musician, Jen Lowe about her 7 habits of highly effective drummers.
1) Learn things at super slow tempos before you take them at tempo or at higher speeds. It's crucial to get to know the tempos and rhythms and not to rush them. There's no point rushing it and performing at a low quality. Get it right consistently, speed it up and you'll start becoming the drummer you want to be.
2) Push your independence. Study the greats, learn from your peers, attend music performances outside of your comfort zone like Drum Corps. When you push yourself you learn things about yourself not just about the music. Look to others to learn from their skills. Let improvement be always something that you do.
3) Learn to play other instruments. This will massively help you understand others in your band - needs, rhythms, importance of lyrics and timing of others around you. Be willing to LEARN something new.
4) Eating healthy and staying in shape is essential if you want maximum performance levels, and if you want to be ready for that gig.
5) Keeping your gear in order, prepping for performances by rehearsing material and really getting to know the songs. If you're not prepared you're at risk of letting the others down and giving a sub-par performance.
6) Being easy to work with on every level- for obvious reasons
7) Recognizing that overall - the song comes first
Good luck! Get practicing, keep improving, keep learning.
So the question is, what are you doing to help others? Previously myself and 16 Sensitive Dudes and myself will performed in CT. Many local businesses came together to support the evening with donations of food, wine, beer, coffee, art and their time. There was also a charity involved with a planned instrument drive for theCharter Oak Cultural Center for the Arts All City Youth Orchestra. People donated drum sticks, old cymbals, recorders…anything they thought could be used again.
Ask yourself some questions...
Is this something you could do in your area?
What does your community need?
Could you get together with friends, musicians, local businesses and help others?
Are you about yo buy a new instrument and could donate your old ones?
This insinuates a person's style, or that it is the way they usually do things, it's 'what I do' or how we do something. Elvis famously said 'Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.' Thats how he rolled. The Edge is quoted as saying 'You see, rock and roll isn't a career or hobby - it's a life force. It's something very essential.'
Here @boomdrums we believe that you can do whatever it is that you want to, however you roll, whatever your style and preferences. Everyone is different and you should embrace that.
So whatever music you're learning, whatever instrument you play. ROCK IT. Let the world hear you, go out there and show the world how YOU roll.
What was the first style of music you listened to? What was the first style you tried to play? Whatever you played, whatever you're into now, it's important for your confidence to have the support and guidance of those around you. Even professional musicians don't do it all on their own. Nobody can do it on their own. Drummers, singers, songwriters, everyone starts somewhere.
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The great thing about a cajon is that ANYONE can play it. You don't need to be a drumming expert to play one of these.They are so versatile that anyone can have a go. Easy to play, easy to store, easy to carry. This percussion tool will fit easily in your car, your office, your campervan, your doom room, your living room or bedroom so it's right there when you want to have a go.
If you haven't played one yet, you're missing out on all the fun so get your box today. Don't get left behind. Get it right here at BoomBoom Percussion.