Today Muinteoir Ray showed how we can use some very simple household materials to create a musical instrument. Muinteoir Ray chose a bucket and two paint brushes to create his own drumkit.

But you can use any range of items to create your own drum, such as a plastic tub, a cardboard box or a carton. You can also easily use your body such as your thighs, knees and hands.

The point of this exercise isn't to make the loudest noise so don’t bang too loud. Instead let’s concentrate on the beat! The photo above is Dave Grohl from the band Foo Fighters so bucket drumming is cool!

Lesson Recap

1 Get comfortable. When sitting, you should be able to hit the middle of the bucket, the outside rim of it and the side without having to stretch. Try it now and listen to the different sounds each part makes.

2 Hold the drumsticks correctly, remember pinch and grip. Hold the stick between your thumb and index finger. That's the finger you point with!

The full lesson and the BIG DRUM QUIZ are available here to download!

Agus as Gaeilge ANSEO!

Exercise One
Our first drumming exercise is called 8-On-A-Hand.

This helps us to practice counting in our heads as we play. Using your two sticks, creating an upside down V, like this:

The best place to hit the drum is half between the middle of the drum and the outside edge.

Keeping the upside down V shape, place both sticks over the drum. Use your left hand, hit the drum 8 times, counting 1 to 8.

Then use your right hand, and hit the drum 8 times. Practice this a few times before you are comfortable with counting each drum hit.

Now try and switch hands without missing a beat. When you reach count 8 on your left hand, start with your right hand straight after.

Remember, keep your hands relaxed, it is not about hitting the drum hard. You should feel your stick bounce back.

Exercise Two 
Zipsticks - This is a practice of accuracy and speed!

Hold the drumsticks like before over your bucket or whatever you are using. Count down from 3, 2, 1 and flick your wrist upwards and towards your body really fast.

Don't move your arm, just your wrist. Try this using each hand, and then both hands at same time. This will help you drum faster! Next, we are going to do the same exercise but backwards!

So start with your wrists in the flicked up position. Countdown from 3, 2, 1, and flick your two wrists down, hitting the drum with both sticks at the same time and return your wrists back to the same position as quick as you can.

Did you notice the drum sounds different? Practice with each hand until you can do it really quickly.

Exercise Three

Now you are ready for the School of Rock!

Let's put everything you have learned together and let’s perform a full rock song!

You are going to drum along to the song "We Will Rock You" by Queen.

It has the most famous drum beat in rock music. Remember the job of the drummer is to stay in time. Ask an adult to put the song on for you and you can drum along...and sing!

Here are the words for the first verse to get you started.

Queen’s We Will Rock You
Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place, singin’
We will, we will rock you
We will, we will rock you

Written by Brian May, performed by Queen, copyright EMI.

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