This week we bring you Cue Point Drumming Basics, a set of lessons designed to build skills that you can use with your favourite DJ software.
These lessons will help you to practice and perfect drumming patterns that you can apply to a wide range of tracks.
The art of Cue Point Drumming is becoming a valuable tool in every top DJ’s arsenal. With all previous winners of Red Bull’s Thre3style DJ World Championships using cue point drumming within their sets to gain an edge. Check out 2014 World Champion Eskei83 cue point drumming up a storm with a Pioneer DJM-S9.
So while you may not become a world champion right away, these lessons will push your fingers in the right direction. So practice these lessons, apply the techniques during your next DJ gig and set yourself apart from all the wannabe DJ’s in your city.
P.s – We are always interested to see you guys killing a lesson on Melodics. So send us through videos of yourself doing just that via Instagram using the hashtag #Melodics.
Our new lessons this week come from two Melodics featured artists Tall Black Guy and Mark de Clive-Lowe. While both lessons are technically different they both possess commonalities in regards to being incredibly inspiring.
Tall Black Guys lesson will teach you how to play his 2013 track ‘From Home To Work, And Back’ off his debut album 8 Miles To Moenart. This track as the title suggests delves into the day to day living for Tall Black Guy that involves going to work during the day and making music/watching NBA highlights in the evening . From a technical perspective this lesson will have you playing drums, bass and a very sultry riff with a harp guitar. If you can’t get enough of that harp guitar check out the actual song as well as the original sample. You will not be disappointed.
Mark de Clive-Lowe has gone a different route and has made a completely original lesson called ‘Broken Boogie’. This original piece has many different steps and starts you off with some drums and some cowbell… Yes Cowbell! While it may have taken myself a few attempts to master the cowbell it was a lot of fun to learn and definitely had me wanting more. Once you have mastered these elements there is a great synth pattern to learn that takes this lesson to another level both sonically and grade wise.
In this lesson Ninja Tune artist Nick Hook takes us on a journey back to the days of early electro/hip hop.
A time where MC’s wore wraparound sunglasses and dressed like Egyptian Pharaohs.
Fashion commentary aside ‘Jamit feat. Egyptian Lover’ is a modern day homage to this era and the 1982 hit ‘Planet Rock’ from Africa Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force.
Melodics have deconstructed the beat and broken it down to it’s instrumental parts so you can learn some key elements of the song. We have also included a ‘song form’ lesson that gives you the feel of sequencing loops live. The challenge with this song is that the original is all made on sequencers so that means you have to have near robotic timing. If you’re a fan of Roland tr-808 drums, vocoders, fast synth arpeggiators and frantic button pushing you will love this lesson.
For further inspiration make sure to check out a behind the scenes video that shows Nick Hook and Egyptian Lover putting this beat together.
Finally feel free to post videos of yourself or your cat jamming ‘JAMIT’ with Melodics and we will feature it on our Instagram page
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