Dec 01

New Lesson Tuesdays – Funk and Drum Fills

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Welcome to another wonderful Tuesday here at Melodics. This week we have some funky drums fills made by the Melodics team that will help you harness your inner ‘Bernard Purdie’

We’re taking a quick trip  into the past. Funk music originated in the US during the late 60’s with James Brown , Sly & the Family Stone and others taking the genre to #1 on the charts. Since then the genre has influenced many artists from the funk rock styles of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to the G-Funk craze that was prominent in West Coast Hip Hop during the 90’s.

Our drum fill lessons this week will have all the other elements of the track playing, with you only needing to focus on the jamming out on the drums.

So enjoy the five new lessons and as always feel free to post videos of you jamming away on Melodics via Instagram. Just post your video add in the hashtag #Melodics and we’ll find you!

See you next Tuesday!

Oct 20

New Lesson Tuesdays

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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

See you next Tuesday for some more lessons