Jon Arkin Online Workshop: Metric Modulation

Metric modulation is the process of shifting from (or implying a shift from) one tempo or meter to another through the use of various subdivisions and polyrhythms. It has become a fairly standard technique in contemporary jazz performance and composition over the past few decades. This workshop serves as an introduction to various practical applications of the technique of metric modulation and polyrhythms in jazz and other contemporary music styles. Recommended for all musicians interested in deepening their rhythmic understanding.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This workshop will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students in advance of the workshop.

Jon Arkin Online Workshop: Patterns for Learning Your Way Around the Drums

Great drummers are said to “know their way around the kit”, meaning their playing has fluidity & control even when playing fills or solo ideas. An effective way of developing this fluidity is the practice of hand/foot patterns, which are short loops of notes that can be applied in any rhythmic context, and can be used to internalize movement & coordination. A series of exercises with example applications will be provided, as well as many ideas for varying & expanding on the basic forms of the patterns.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This workshop will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students in advance of the workshop.

Jon Arkin Online Workshop: (Re)Learning How To Practice

The vast majority of music students of every level of experience a sense of frustration with their progress—whether feeling their improvement plateau, or feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to advance, or feeling guilty for not having more time/motivation to devote to practice. While some students find ways to channel this frustration to fuel their work ethic, many others will lapse in their practice or quit entirely.

This workshop, open to all instruments & levels, will explore ways of reinforcing a healthy, effective mindset in one’s practice. In learning to recognize the most common emotional traps (complacency on one side, and futility on the other), and understanding the importance of seeing the larger picture of your current level and the direction you’re headed, you can find the equilibrium which provides the freedom to work & play at music without the distractions of ego and ambition.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This workshop will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students in advance of the workshop.

Jon Arkin Online Workshop: The Art of Brush Playing

Brushes are among the most effective and essential tools available for drummers when playing in an acoustic jazz context. This workshop provides an overview of brush techniques and concepts, including basic time patterns, variations, accents, textural possibilities, articulation and finger control. Additional areas of discussion include the ways that brushes can open one’s playing up to new ideas, dynamics and interactive possibilities. Open to all drummers, as well as any musician interested in learning basic time playing with brushes.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This workshop will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students in advance of the workshop.

Jon Arkin Online Class: Intro to Pure Data

Thursdays 7:45 – 9:15pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)

An introduction to and exploration of the free & open source software Pure Data—the powerful, yet accessible graphical programming language for musicians & composers (no coding required), which enables a vast palate of expressive possibility in live performance contexts. Students will learn fundamentals of the Pd environment, explore built-in help examples and the wealth of open source contributions from the community, and discover ways of designing their own effects, synthesizers, and musical interfaces.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: The Rudimental Ritual

Thursdays 6 – 7:30pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)

One of the many enduring legacies of the late master drum teacher, Alan Dawson, the Ritual is an exceptionally well-crafted exercise which explores the rudiments (and variations) in a variety of phrases & rhythmic contexts. This class will provide an overview of its different sections, demonstrations of specific patterns, discussion of technical challenges, and guidance for how to work towards the eventual goal of learning & memorizing the full Ritual.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Funk Grooves & Exercises for Drum Set

Wednesdays 6 – 7:30pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)

A look at some of the most pioneering & influential funk grooves from legendary drummers including Clyde Stubblefield, Dave Garibaldi, Zigaboo Modeliste, and more. In addition to learning from recordings & transcriptions, students will study various specialized exercises to develop & refine technique, coordination, sound, and groove/feel.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: The Musical Drummer

Wednesdays 6 – 7:30pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)

This class will focus on developing the drummer’s sense of musicality – the essential (and often lacking) element of playing which can take your drumming beyond patterns and exercises and bring it to life. Students will explore a wide variety of concepts, including time feel, meaningful interaction, melodic soloing, dynamic balance, and finding one’s individual sound. Through listening, transcribing, playing & discussion, the class will bring awareness to that most fundamental component of music: The joy of creation!

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Rudiments & Stick Technique

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8pm
4/8 – 6/3 (9 weeks)

A hands-on class for drummers who would like to refine their stick technique & control for drum set playing. Students will learn & explore basic rudiments, variations, combinations, and exercises which apply these patterns to musical phrases. The study of rudimental drumming also provides an excellent window into the finer aspects of technique, including grip angles, finger/wrist/arm roles, and Moeller-based movement.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Class: Intermediate Jazz Drumming

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8pm
1/8 – 3/11 (10 weeks)

For drummers with some familiarity with jazz and associated styles, this class will provide insights into how to break through to the next level. With a deeper understanding of groove, dynamics, phrasing, melody, interaction, and musical context, one can find greater meaning in their playing. The class will also highlight a narrow subset of exercises which are especially powerful tools for jazz drummers, covering stick/brush technique, full drum set technique, and rhythmic ear training.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.