At Drumeo we’ve done a countless amount of drum lessons on how to improve your technique and repertoire as a drummer, so we thought it would be a good idea step out of our comfort zone and start discussing the drums within the context of a band. The countless hours you’ve spent in the practice room alone all pays off when you play with a band and get to share the fruits of your labor.

JP Bouvet and his band Childish Japes are here to discuss how to be more creative when coming up with drum parts and how to compliment what the other instruments are doing. Included in this video are musical examples of the topics discussed, as well as several song performances from their latest album titled “Before You’re Born”!

Lesson Index:
0:09 – Improv. Jam 1
3:56 – Introduction
5:58 – Lesson Begins
9:28 – Tool #1: Subtraction
16:18 – Tool #2: Matching
22:29 – Tool #3: Contrast
29:12 – Tool #4: Less Common Rhythms
39:55 – Musical Demonstrations
44:30 – Tool #5: Inspiration
48:30 – Improv. Jam 2
1:00:43 – Song Title Pending

About JP:
Jean-Pierre “JP” Bouvet is a drummer, educator, and clinician based in New York City. After studying for two years at Berklee College of Music, JP made a splash in the drum scene in 2011 when he won both the Guitar Center Drum-Off and the Roland V-Drums Competition. Currently he’s apart of the brand new band “Childish Japes” which he describes as being “committed to fearless musical exploration and a blurring of genre lines”. Be sure to check out their debut album “After You’re Born”!

JP plays:
DW Drums
Meinl Cymbals
Remo Drumheads
Vic Firth Sticks

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