If you would like to come on the Drum Machine Course, please 'Add To Cart' and fill out your name, address and phone number so we can contact you when a place comes available.
No experience is necessary. All experience levels are welcome.
Our 4 week courses currently run monthly, starting on the first Monday of the month for 4 consecutive Mondays.
Sessions start at 7.30PM at the beautiful venue that is Fielden Hall, Ewood Lane, Todmorden OL14 7DD
You can use the course as a stepping stone into the main band (when you are able to play well enough) or just come and play on Mondays for fun)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How does the course work?
The format of the current course is a 3 month rolling format but you only need to sign up for 4 weeks at a time.
On each 4 week course, players learn and play the parts to 2 tracks from Drum Machine (the performing band's) repertoire. There are also rhythm exercises you can use to increase your strength and co-ordination.
Drum Machine have 6 main tracks that we play out at the moment and after 3 round of the course, you will learn and play the parts from all 6 tracks.
The names of the bands current performing tracks are ALAN, FWARP, STARJUMP, GROOVE 5, FUN FACTORY and BERLIN
2, I'm a beginner. Is this OK?
Yes, definitely. We have had plenty of people who haven't drummed before or had any musical background who are able to learn the parts and go on to join the band or just keep coming back on Monday nights.
I'm an experienced drummer/ musician. Will this course be OK for me?
Yes, definitely. Drum Machine is made up of 4 different drums; bass, kutador, snare and repenique. We need good players in all the sections and there are some complex patterns but there is scope for you to progress your skills wherever you start from.
I can't make all 4 sessions. Can I still come this month?
YES. Included in the course is access to the Drum Machine Online Learning Channel so you can practice the parts at home. There are also other videos included, for example, how to start songwriting!
What do I need to bring with me?
All equipment is provided. Please bring water, wear layers as it can get hot and bring ear protection (foam bud type or ear defenders).
I'd love to join the main band. How can I do that?
This course is the way into the band. Once on the course, please make Aid (the head teacher) know you would like to progress and he will assess you and give you feedback.
I'd love to know more about the band. Where can I find more?
A great way to find out more about the band, is the Drum Machine blog where players have written about gigs or what it's like being in the band. Check it out at https://drummachine.org.uk/blog
Most people will do at least 3 rounds (12 weeks) of the course before being asked to join the main band. For others, it may take longer. For some, already very accomplished players, you could go straight into the band.