Trinity's Drum Kit Syllabus 2020 – 2023: Grade 8 - Exercise 1


Exercise 1:
This Latin/Funk study draws its influence from the infectious grooves found on Incognito’s 1992 album release Tribes, Vibes and Scribes. Make sure you stay relaxed and use the grace notes effectively to enhance the syncopated rhythms and fills. Be careful to observe the regular 7/8 meter change and practise looping one or two bar sections before attempting the piece as a whole. The B section uses the snare drum rim to explore the timbre and requires good finger control to execute the various rolls effectively. Section C uses the classic samba ostinato to practise the various rudiments on the snare, as most teachers recommend.

Dave Odart
Dave has had a life long passion for playing the drum kit. He studied drums for six years, performing in local bands before signing with indie band Mustard for two singles and a tour. He set up the Odart Drum Studio in began teaching for both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Music Services in twenty schools across the county. In 2009 he assisted in organising Mike Dolbear's 'Young Drummer Of The Year' competition in Shropshire.

Dave also created a 'YouTube' channel dedicated to helping Trinity College students and recorded the entire 2014 syllabus for student reference, the channel currently has 4000 subscribers worldwide. In 2017 he became Percussion Team Coordinator, writing the teaching resources and performance criteria for staff across the authority. In 2018 he worked with Trinity to help create the new syllabus.

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