A 4-week live intensive workshop for non-drummers on creating killer percussion for your music.

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Drum Tracks is percussion for songwriters. percussion for non-drummers. finding the perfect beat for your songs. learning to record sweet percussion tracks.

Drum Tracks workshop dates: Wednesday Evenings | Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 8:30-10:00PM EST | Register now - Spots are limited!

Welcome to DRUM TRACKS

Do you have a song that’s begging for some percussion or drums?  Would you like to learn how to make your OWN rhythmic accompaniment track?  At the end of this workshop series, you will have recorded your own percussion accompaniment track; you’ll have a greater understanding of what “works” in drum parts, and why; and you’ll gain confidence in communicating what you’d like when you next work with a drummer on one of your songs.

The good news:  you have everything you need in your home RIGHT NOW to make the perfect rhythmic accompaniment track for your song.  Is that a water bottle on your table?  No.  It’s a snare drum.  Is that your fist thumping the table?  No.  It’s a sick bass drum sound.  That half-empty box of pasta?  It’s your new favorite shaker.  Create organic and human drum tracks that are unique and that bring out elements in your song that you’d like to emphasize.

Over the span of four sessions, you’ll learn what makes a good drum part work, how to identify elements in your song that you can use to create the perfect rhythmic accompaniment track, and how to record percussion tracks yourself with items you have in your home right now.

In this small group setting you’ll get to bring your composition and rhythmic ideas to the group, and you’ll get to hear what other people create as well.  We’ll explore how different choices in the rhythmic accompaniment part influences the overall “vibe” and feel of the song, and we will play with a variety of options.  You’ll create and record your own part and benefit from the feedback of a small cohort of like-minded people in a safe and playful format.

Session breakdown:

→ Each class is an interactive and hands-on workshop for 90 minutes, including a 10 min Q&A with the instructor
→ Class size stays small! For intimate care and direct engagement, the class will register only 4-10 students
→ Designed specifically for non-drummers
We’re offering this hot course for only $220 (at a $400 value!)
→ The course includes an exclusive and private online forum for dialogue with your class and instructor throughout the week
→  Access to extra training materials, including some pre-recorded content is included
Work directly on songs you are writing or write in class so your lessons result in your own work getting the attention it deserves

Drum Tracks

Percussion 101 for Songwriters
$ 220 4 week workshop
  • Identify what songs need which percussion vibes and where
  • Create organic, unique, human drum tracks to elevate your musicianship
  • Learn how to record your own percussion accompaniment tracks to your songs


Meet Your Instructor:

Amy Shelley,

Freelance Drummer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Modern Dance Accompanist

This workshop will be led by drummer/percussionist Amy Shelley.  With 30 years of playing experience and 20 years of teaching, Amy brings her extensive knowledge base to you in a way that is fun, expansive and enjoyable.  As a founding member of High Fiction, Amy also plays regularly with Art Lande, Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, and The Carmen Sandim Quartet.

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If you’d like to purchase Drum Tracks as a gift for a loved one,  please email himself@garygrundei.com with the subject line
“Gift enrollment in Drum Tracks” instead of registering below.

golden lotus studio reserves the right to cancel this class if enrollment does not meet the minimum requirement.

*If are experiencing financial hardship, but are craving the songmaking offerings described here, please reach out and let me know because a modest amount of scholarship funds are available for folks in such circumstances. Please send an email to himself [at] garygrundei.com describing your situation.