Learning music is not all about notes, scales and theory. Although, yes, these are important, there are many approaches to playing music and understanding the foundations of rhythm is an effective inroad to exploring the infinite world of your own musicality.
'If you can clap along to the beat of a song, you are playing music'.
The underlying pulse, beat or rhythm of a song, or piece of music is the root, the foundations of music and everything interweaves in and around this core structure, be it the melody, harmony, the progression or the groove! Sometimes this core is silent, sometimes it is the only thing you hear.
In my years of playing, learning and teaching music I have seen many people at first quite daunted and scared at the idea of 'playing an instrument', as many of us grow up thinking music is in the exclusive realm of the outrageously talented genius and those born gifted.
Exploring patterns through rhythms is a different approach to music.
'Think like a drummer'
Lets start with the 'rudiments of rhythm'. Understanding how we use our body and our intuitive senses to feel the music and not just consciously listening to it allows us to, literally tune into music; we become the music. (we've all heard the phrase 'lose yourself' in the music). Here is a technique to show us how.
In a very short space of time, with zero experience, we can be feeling and enjoying what we're creating. With the foundations in place we then have limitless scope for exploring and discovering where to take our core, our rhythm, our groove.
'Music as meditation'
Learning music from this approach avoids stagnation and boredom as we can always come 'home' to the core, the intuitive feeling and then start building, creating and exploring in another direction. Playing music can become a meditation, switching the mind off, and feeling into the sounds.
The natural tendency of anyone listening to music is to feel the 'groove' of what is being played. Music is just as much being felt as being listened to. And the 'feeling' is what we need to connect to. How do we bring awareness to what is being felt? Simple techniques can lead to limitless exploration of music!
The beat becomes our main focus. This is relevant if you are a bass player or guitar player in a band, playing with friends or writing music on your own.
Patterns within rhythms
Welcome to Bass, Rhythm and Groove - exploring patterns with rhythms; virtually limitless in scope, connects us to the flow and movement of music. If you're a beginner, who's never held an instrument before or an experienced songwriter looking for new ways to create, exploring these patterns and techniques can help keep music fun and exciting.
Everyone is different – We all have unique experiences in music; what we like, what we've grown up on, what our musical aspirations are: Music sessions are set up to help you find your own style and guide you through your own 'groove'.
Music should be, and is, accessible to ALL. most people don't think themselves musical or that it's difficult to learn an instrument. Whilst it can take years to master an instrument, it can take a very short time to be doing something fun with playing that can lead to endless exploring of simple playing patterns.
I find this a different approach to teaching as we are not getting bogged down with theory and scales, which can lead to boredom and is the reason why a lot of people give up early on music.
Learning early on in the musical process to groove and enjoy what you're playing will ensure longevity and passion for playing music.
Private one-to-one tuition £20/hour
In your home or mine (South Manchester)
I've been playing music for over 20 years. I am self-taught and have had little formal training. I have been teaching for many years and my teaching style has progressed and evolved over the years.
I also teach yoga and meditation in different forms. I find that that teaching music and yoga/meditation are interchangeable. In music we are trying to develop our expressive, creative nature and this can be nurtured with the same principles that I have been practicing/teaching for years. Breath, posture and awareness.
When we cultivate awareness of ourselves through mindfulness and bodywork we can more easily create the sounds that represent what we want to express.
I teach regular classes to help develop and cultivate this innate awareness. Not only does it make me feel good but it connects me to my musical creativity with more ease.
My teaching style is informal, fun and relaxed. I have transport and many different instruments so you can learn to jam with other sounds. Interweaving meditative techniques, such as focusing on the breath and our posture allows us to stay present to the music and the sound and helps keep the mind in control when engaging in the arts of creation.
Music is my life, I find it healing after a hard day. I find it uplifting and energising when I'm feeling low. Music is grounding when my mind is jittery. I practice the art of 'my groove' regularly in order to keep my mind sharp and focused.
My passion for music comes from keeping things fresh and trying to avoid the curse of the 'musical stagnation'. I do this in many ways: listening to new music, especially world music with new, unusual rhythms; Listening to silence and playing new instruments;
Always, always coming back to the exploration of patterns within rhythms!