Category: BIMM

There and back

January 24th, 2012
so last week we got the email which told us that our applications for permanent residency in Canada had been approved :DThey requested our pasports and things but as I am due to flight back to the uk we decised to tavel to Candain Office in Buffolo i… more »

Summer is here...

July 31st, 2011
So the summer is here, we are having great weather in Calgary and we have been out and about. We went hiking to Elbow Falls for a hike, the last time we did this was in the winter a couple of years back and the difference in sea nary is amazing check it… more »

Practicing with Kate and Will

July 10th, 2011
well I have been here a week in calgary, with Kate and Wills, but I have really been practicing and revisiting on songs, lie Sex on fire by the Kings of Leons, which has been really positive as I have found that a song that I could not play a year ago is… more »

Term 3 Week 10: The End and The Beginning...

July 1st, 2011
Well it was the last week and its been one of mixed emotions.:-/I just wanted to thanks a couple of people firstly Andy Nixon for giving me a change 2 years ago and for his surport and encouragement while I have been at BIMM.Preston Prince for g… more »

Term 3 Week 9: Fight the fear of failure...

June 21st, 2011
These are my last lesson at BIMM and going forward I have to Fight the fear of failure.Dan a friend told me that its is time for me to get out there, I am ready to star playing and peforamce as much as I can nd its nice to hear that also peaple are s… more »

Term 3 Week 8: You have to ask yourself...

June 17th, 2011
U have to ask yourself!Although my audtions shows progress, you have to ask yourself where it has all been worth it, the long distance replaships, the time, the money firends have said that we are our worst critics which is try i know I tend to b… more »

Term 3 Week 7: Use the Force...

June 12th, 2011
Audition is next week, which really signals the beginning of the end on BIMM for me for a while and this week I have been really getting a grips on the track we are doing.I have really learnt this song like no other, and I am trying to figure out the… more »

Term 3 Week 6: Blur vs Steve Gadd

June 3rd, 2011
The story of the week is Blur vs Gadd.... And I lost :( more »

Term 3 Week 5: Power, Focus, and Flexibility

May 28th, 2011
Its been a week, Dave came home for a visit, which was really good and I did get about 8 hrs drum practice in.I have been working on learning g a song for the end of term auditions which is really changeling me.......I have ben able to do a drum… more »

Term 3 Week 4: No Doubt's Hella Good was no good

May 24th, 2011
So no doubt was not that good but I did managed to get a few things right. I played Hella Good in pre pre production and LPW this week but I do not think that I did it justice, what really got me was that we had to play to a click and a backing track, wh… more »

Term 3 Week 3: Essay Week

May 15th, 2011
Its been essay week this week, Music Business and a Reflective essay and I wanted to share with you a part of my reflective essay which deals with the pre-production and LPW class, so here go's"As the year has progressed my ability on the drum kit ha… more »

Term 3 Week 1: No Bandwidth

April 30th, 2011
Statsrecordingdifficult getting a nice ride sound more »

Life After BIMM: The Business

April 14th, 2011
have been thinking about life after BIMM, there are a great deal of thinkis that I want to do, I want to play play, I want to learn, you should never stop learning I want to find out about play and record inad writeing about drums and music, but its a b… more »

Drummers: The Score-Music Interface

March 28th, 2011
Following on from a lesson we had last term with Pat Garvey were we had to get up and sight read a song from a drum score, I decided to try this again but to understand what the process also is not about to doing it it's about the interface between notes… more »

Term 2 Week 10: Exam Week

March 21st, 2011
So its been done!The first half of the week was all exams and solo performance. I think everything went ok but I am really pleased with my solo performance, the performance of the track went really well, I had great initial feedback but all i could r… more »

Term 2 Week 9: Coming on

March 13th, 2011
It has been revision week this week. Its also been a quite week for practicing I have only managed to to an extra seven hours this week mainly due to the slight injury in the right hand, I just think I over did it last week with the rolling triplet shuffl… more »

Term 2 Week 8: My Band is Back

March 5th, 2011
Rock band practice this week it was good good to get back rehearsing again. One of the lessons to learn you can't really take a break from playing in a band, when we played last we had really started to play tigher, this week it was a bit rough but the n… more »

Term 2 week 7: The More I Learn the Less I Know

February 23rd, 2011
More I learn the less I know I seem to be a place where I'm learning but find it difficult to see. Confidence. but I don't know I'm getting better enough. Not being able to get a band to audition for the end of term gigs as being a bummer with the song… more »

Term 2 Week 6: An Ounce of Performance is Worth Pounds of Promises

February 19th, 2011
Its the start of essay and audition again! It coming around so quickly. I have been reviewing and researching how musician use social media for my music business essay and trying to get people together to perform, Red Morning Light by the Kings of Leon f… more »

Term 2 Week 5: Self-Critisism Should be a Casual Conversation

February 12th, 2011
This is half way through the year.Was please please with my playing in class this week, mistakes were made lessons were learnt and confidence grow, so one cannot complain to much. Was please that I played in class but realised that I can be to self c… more »

Term 2 Week 4: Rhythm Devine

February 5th, 2011
In class this week we looked at the Mozambique drum pattern, Pat asked us if we could understand the rhythm, well I can work out the counting but I am having really difficulty seeing a pattern and then understand how that sounds, I have struggled with th… more »

Term 2 Week 3: Quest for a Cymbal

January 29th, 2011
The quest for a cymbal, S or Z Ebay, second Hand , master classInner game of Music, I'll let you know, You will be surprised at what you can do if you try. Andy Nixon more »

Term 2 week2: When will it all come together?

January 22nd, 2011
its week 2 or is that week 22!Been another busy week with attending a local jazz gig and seen my house play at the rescheduled BIMM end of term gig, both were really good and were I saw an amazing number of band and live musician. The jazz gig was an… more »

Term 2 Week 1: Apps for Practice

January 15th, 2011
Its been difficult to get back into my practice routine this week after the month off over xmas, this also might be down to the jet lag of 7 hour time difference between Calgary and Brighton.Got my result back from the end of last term, they were ok… more »

Term One Has Ended!

December 10th, 2010
Its been an intense term on the pro diploma a BIMM, I was ready for it this year unlike last but the technical and musically of the course have rally raised the bar for me and I am keeping up, although I did not do to well on in solo performance, on refl… more »

Term 1 Week 8: A guy walks into a bar....

November 27th, 2010
Getting ready for Xmas now, it has been an intensive time back and BIMM and am learning a lot and thinks are starting to stick, even in music theory, but I have still got to put this to use some how!I have been lucky to have found a punk band which I… more »

Term 1 Week 7: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

November 18th, 2010
For our music business assignment this term we need to pick a project to complete this year. My project plan shows, what I believe to be a good way to accomplish my goal. Before I made the plan, I initially outline to the plan, which I used a mind ma… more »

Term 1 Week 6: Don't Panic!

November 11th, 2010
So this week I maaged to play in class ad LPW , playing Gimme some Loving by the Spencer Davis Group.This really is the first track that I have learn't fully by ear. Most of the time when I am learning a track I try and find a video or a tab or some… more »

Term 1 Week 5: The New Breed

November 6th, 2010
A standard week here at BIMM, we did get given our Assessment booklets which was good and a quick review there is not a great deal to difference between last year and this year.Had a great lesson on Wednesday with Pat Garvey, he did say that he does… more »

Term 1 week 4: It's Rudimentary...

October 28th, 2010
I do not often regret many things in my live but I do wish that I had started to learn and practice drum rudiments when I started playing the drum, people did tell me to work on them but it was never a priority for me, playing a grove and fills were what… more »

Term 1 Week 3: Moeller Technique

October 24th, 2010
So we started to look at the basic strokes of the Moeller technique in our first week. I've only been doing this for 3 weeks so far, and it may take a lifetime to master this, but here's my impressions so far...Basically the stoke can be broken down… more »

Term 1 Week 2: Life in the fast lane

October 15th, 2010
Its amazing how time just flies by during the first term at BIMM same thing happened last year.I ad a great band practice on Monday, with a group from Artist Development, for the first time I really felt like I was contrubing to working in a band, I… more »

Term 1 Week 1 : What consumes your mind, controls your life

October 7th, 2010
Ok every was going well until a weds afternoon when I have 3 lessons back to back crazy, if this had been my first week at BIMM these lessons would have made me run for the hills, crazy amount of information being given but I am older and wiser this year… more »

BIMM Drum Professional Diploma: The Beginning

September 30th, 2010
Just uploaded my new BIMM Drum Pro Diploma Timetable 2010-2011 really please :DHave looked at mt course work, looks like we will be looking at the moeller technique which should be cool. I am trying to write a few more of a technical entries this… more »

Let’s give the drummer some...

September 10th, 2010 more »

All our dreams can come true...

August 29th, 2010
if we have the courage to pursue them... [Said Walt Disney] And now I'm Qualified! A Qualified Drummer! I'm really pleased and happy that I chose to pursue my drumming! I got my results through the other week and I passed my Diploma in Modern Music… more »

Slaying the 6/8 Beast

August 18th, 2010
Last term at BIMM we looked at I'm With You by Avril Lavigne which has a 6/8 time signature. more »

Hoilday in Toronto

July 9th, 2010
So we have been doing a few things over the last couple of weeks, Dave is working hard and is stressed with job, taxman and our residency application. I am trying to keep looking for things to do and keep his mind on work and things, last weekend we spe… more »

Drum Padawan: Drumming Hints and Tips from BIMM Year 1

July 3rd, 2010
Some of the things I have learned in my first year at BIMMHere are a few tips and ideas for learning the drums that have really helped me over the last year. Learning to play the drums has been and continues to be extremely frustrating and like anyth… more »

Term 3 Week 10: The Finale

June 25th, 2010
BIMM is done for the first years and it was amazing, the jouny as drummer is really f**king amasing, I have leartnt so much about druming music and myself.The next 12 weeks are about enjouy my drumming, and building on it, this term I focused on feel… more »

Term 3 Week 9: Good Advice

June 20th, 2010
We entered the the final week, coming up next week are exams and assessments and this week has been prepping for them, my goal is to get a merit for my solo performance more »

Term 3 Week 8: Life Disrupted by Routine

June 12th, 2010
its been a bit of a standard week at BIMM, going to college, learning new groves, practicing old one, I am finally starting to remember the placemen of particular groves without looking at my sheets, which is good I am also remembering my fills and am s… more »

Term 3 Week 7: Nosce te ipsum

June 6th, 2010
Its been a nice and sunny week and only 4 days as it was a bank holiday on Monday.Had a lesson with Pat Garvey this week, we continued to work on my independence which i getting a lot better and I am picking things up a lot quicker. At the end of the… more »

Term 3 Week 6: Learning about Touch

May 28th, 2010
If there is one thing running through this term its got to be "Feel & Touch". It is something that is alluding me so I throught.Feel is something I I read aabout in a aticele in Drummer Magazine and some that has really being asked of of this ter… more »

Term 3 Week 5: Unispired

May 19th, 2010
Really struggling this week to fine my energy, had a cold so this has not helped, but I am certainly at a place were the ideas I have out reach my ability.I have been working on my fills and am trying to spend at least 30 mins a day on the acoustic k… more »

Term 3 Week 4: Playing with feel

May 12th, 2010
Lesson with Pat system 2 high hats accents on the off beatWe worked again on my right hand techinique and interpendance. Playing high hats accents on the off beat. When I started lesson with Pat we began with looking at the accesnt on the beat, this… more »

Term 3 Week 3: The importance of fills

May 9th, 2010
Handed in my last essay of this year this week, not really sure what mark I will get, reflective essays are difficult.Also had an auditions this week which went well, really felt that I was more confident and really enjoyed the evening, my fills need… more »

Term 3 Week 2: My Results

May 1st, 2010
Well made it back this week and it has not been a bad old week, managed to get to play Roxanne in LPW, not to great but every time I get up am feeling more and more comfortable.Had my results more »

Term 3 Week 1: Absent WithOut Leave

April 25th, 2010
So I missed week one of Term 3:'(Have had a long extra week here in Toronto watching the news and finally seeing the air flight restrictions lifted. So I am flight back on Sunday night so should miss Mondays lessons but should make Tuesdays.Have… more »

My process for learning songs

March 25th, 2010
I have started to look at the tracks we are going to play next term, so I throught I would write about gthe process that I use to help me play along to the tracks and unlimately play in class. Until I went to BIMM I never realy throught much about the p… more »

Term 2 Week 10

March 19th, 2010
Well that is term two over, I had no idea when I started last September how quickly each term would pass.Assessments this week, solo perfoamce did not go as well as I would have liked and I would have beeen disapointed if I had not had the knowlegde… more »

Term 2 Week 9

March 12th, 2010
Well its revision week in most classes this week.Played Sex is on Fire in pre production on Monday and was luckily to be able to play it in LPW, missed a fill and lost time in one of the chorus but I really enjoyed it. Have really been please with my… more »

Term 2 Week 8

March 6th, 2010
Been a nice week the sun has started to shine and it is been great to walk outside in the sun. There's nothing quite like walking along Brighton sea front on a sunny spring day. Had so mates around from BIMM on Thursday watched a bit of Star Wars, had a… more »

Term 2 Week 7

February 27th, 2010
Its been a great week played three time in class, finally manged to play London's Calling in LPW and it was great, I think played with confidence, I kept it simple. I have to relearn the middle eight as Vinnie was not happy with what I had done, so we w… more »

Term 2 Week 6

February 20th, 2010
Another quick week, and this one with a horrid cold!Have been feeling that I am making progress, I am starting to learn songs quicker, and picking up grooves quicker, my Independence is coming on and then you have a Technical Development class which… more »

Term 2 Week 5

February 14th, 2010
Well it is also week 15 of the year, so that means half way through the year. This terms is really going quickly. I have started on this terms written assignments. My music in context is on Kate Bush, really enjoying reading about her and listening t… more »

Term 2 Week 4

February 6th, 2010
So this week has been one where the excitement of the first couple of weeks has died down a bit. I have started to look at new songs coming up later in the month. These are Get your Rocks Off and Londons Calling. I've got two weeks to get these ready t… more »

Term 2 Week 3

January 30th, 2010
This week I played the Muse song in pre production class, which was fun. I was pleased that I managed to do this and I am know trying to learn a new song to play in class and hopefully in LPW.We had a great styles session lesson this week looking at… more »

The Bo Diddley Beat!

January 28th, 2010
Last week we looked at the Bo Diddley beat in class and I was total lost....I still am finding it very hard to mimic what happens in the class room. So I have done some research and have been working on the Bo Diddley Beat over the last couple of days. O… more »

Term 2 Week 2

January 23rd, 2010
What a week, Monday started with pre-production were I got up and played Taxman by the Beatles, I have been working on this song for a while but discovered that on the original version there are no high hat and I had learnt it playing high hat on the ver… more »

Term 2 Week 1

January 16th, 2010
Its been a busy week back, college started right back where it left of last term. It was great to get back see everybody, although the weather here has been a nightmare, with all the snow. I just had enough time to begin to recover from jet lag by the we… more »

Term 2 Starts

January 11th, 2010
Well term 2 is here, off to first class in about 30 mins but just to let you know that I have been working on a couple of songs over Xmas and new year and here is the first of them, Taxman by the Beatles still needs work but I am please with it as the fi… more »

First post of 2010

January 2nd, 2010
So what will the next decade bring? Well I hope that the people of the world can all get along better than it did in the last ten years and that if we dream together of a better world then we can create one.I have been listening to the songs that we… more »

Term 1: The Retrospective

December 19th, 2009
This blog entry was written as an Interview by Dave….What was the best bit?Playing live on stage, even though i didn't make a very good job of it. I found it very exciting - as soon as i came off stage i wanted to go back and do it again (and it wa… more »

Week 10: End of Term

December 12th, 2009
Wow...My first term at BIMM is complete. This week was exams and assessment week. On Wednesday we had to submit out Music in Context and Music Business essays, Thursday was the Music Theory exam and finally on Friday morning my solo performance. The… more »

Week 9: Nearing the end of Term 1

December 6th, 2009
This week has been about getting ready for our assessments. My essays are done, my solo performance is coming on, but music theory is like another language to me, I have found these website really helpful and hope that with a bit more revision the exam o… more »

Week 8: Things are coming together

November 28th, 2009
This week started off with the BIMM band I was drumming in playing live at the Concorde 2 for our assessment and end of term auditions. Lets just say it was fun and I really enjoyed the experience and it just makes me want to do more. I thought I would h… more »

Week 7: The rush to Assesments

November 21st, 2009
This week the talk has been of assessment and the end of term one which is three weeks away.So there is quite a lot to get done in the next couple of weeks.On Tuesday next week the BIMM Band that I am in will have their assesment......I have… more »

Week 6: The BIMM Band

November 14th, 2009
The highlight of this week was getting together with the members of the band which I have been placed in for this terms assessment, we had agreed to practice two songs, Please Mr Postman by the The Marvelettes and Call Me by Blondie. So over the week I p… more »

Week 5: The rollercoaster that is BIMM

November 7th, 2009
Week FiveIt has been a funny old week – to be honest its been a bitch – don’t ask me why, it just felt like it!Pre-production was not as bad as usual, I managed to work out the main groves to the song “Baby Love” by Mothers Finest. This was a ste… more »

Week 4 at BIMM

November 1st, 2009
So it’s week 4 at BIMM, next week is half way through the first term. I have been put into a BIMM band this term so I am trying to arrange for everyone to meet, looks like this will be on Tuesdays so that will be interesting.Really messed up in Sessi… more »

Confidence knocked

October 24th, 2009
It’s been another full week at BIMM. The week started with a look at the history of Motown, which was interesting. It was amazing to learn some of the musical concepts they used in songs – like vocal response – and that Motown was the first “Hit Factory”… more »

The second full week.

October 17th, 2009
The second full week here at BIMM and it has been full on, classes have proceeded a pace, I have had a couple of tutorials to discuss various things.The week kick off learning about Bob Dylan, I am not really a fan but I came away thing he was in the… more »

Its been crazy so far this week

October 15th, 2009
Its been crazy so far this week, with Dave over from Canada for the weekend and the days at BIMM have just flown by, not really had time to check in on my blog but will write a post on Sunday covering the week, will try and focus on picking up on things… more »

The first full week at BIMM

October 11th, 2009
The first full week is over, and on reflection, it has been an interesting and challenging week. The practical classes have been the most rewarding but also the most challenging – Pre-Production, Session Styles, Live Performance Workshop (LPW), and P… more »

A milestome reached

October 9th, 2009
The other day in Technical Development class as BIMM I played for the first time in front of the class, it was really scary and exciting at the same time, it was also the largest group of people I have ever played in front off. I seem to have been re… more »

First couple of days at BIMM

October 6th, 2009
So it Tuesday and the first couple of days have been amazing and scary.... Having lessons about music is so great, but also discovered yesterday that we had to learn the songs by ear....Panic was my first reaction, although they did say that they can… more »

BIMM lessons start on Monday

October 2nd, 2009
Had a great BIMM event at the Theater Royal Brighton today, lots of talks from people from EMI and A/R people really great to be exposed to this type of thing. more »

BIMM Diploma Day

October 1st, 2009
The other day all this years “Artist Development Diploma in Modern Music intake for BIMM assembled at the Concord 2 in Brighton to have an overview of the year ahead.The event introduced some of the tutors and was done in a very innovative way using… more »

BIMM Initial Tutorial

September 30th, 2009
At BIMM they have a tutorial program, which is there to help you get the most out of your time at BIMM and your course. The initial tutorial is an opportunity to discuss your ambitions, career goals, strengths and weaknesses. I met my tutor and had my fi… more »

Enrollment at BIMM 2009/10

September 24th, 2009
So I was due at BIMM west at 2pm to enroll today had a Starbucks on the way. The next two hours was really strange, all level 3 diploma drummers and bass players were enrolling.The process is well managed. You are split into random groups and procee… more »

Enrolment Week

September 21st, 2009
Seven days to the start of BIMM. This week it is time for enrolment which for me is on Thursday at 2pm. Was asked yesterday about any concerns & fears that I have and on reflections these stem from my drumming ability and how I will compare with… more »

BIMM: Brighton Institute of Modern Music

January 18th, 2009
A quick update folks.. I have been successful in getting a place at BIMM in September 09. My audition went well but my practice piece was well not so good I thought, but the assessor thought it ok. I have some work to do before I go, so no slack… more »