New pics

A few recent pics by Mario Hedroso at the headquarters:

foto por Mario Hedroso

foto por Mario Hedroso

foto por Mario Hedroso

Experimentation

The challenge: jamming with four musicians out of the comfort zone with a minimal drumkit. The result: one hour of on-the-go experimentation shorten in this video:

 

Students II

I’ve been gathering some student’s videos where they implement many of the techniques learned in our classes at the service of their songs. Checking their progress and musical dedication gives me satisfaction as a teacher

Álvaro Velasco (Soda Pop)
Adrián Rodriguez (This Thing Called Life)
Eva López (Octopus Garden)
Javier Suárez (The Revenge Of The Hannya)
Nacho Gómez (Delito Y Medio)
Beatriz Martín (Melibea)
Javi Gordillo (Wild)
David Vaquero (Omission)
Juan Jaramillo (Wild)
José Carrasco (Silent Havoc)
Javier Rodriguez (Kuturlat & Primigenium)
Iván Vaquero (Mesodesma & Sabbath Rules)

 

The benefits of drumming

A drum kit is made up of a mix of percussion elements and that’s why is one of the preferred instrument of musicians given its attractive range of sounds. The learning process is pretty intuitive and also encourages some abilities really useful in the daily life, both physical (phychomotor, coordination, independence) and mental (memory, agility, reasoning), increasing cognitive and cardiovascular efficiency.

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Some notable benefits of learning and playing drums:

 

- Encourages musical performance as a vehicle for emotional expression, helping the student to develop his own sensibility and artistic voice.

- Trains the musical ear, which result in an improvement of the attention, concentration and memory abilities.

- Favors self-esteem and confidence through the quick achievements of the rhythmic learning and its performance

- Strengthens discipline and responsibility because the study rutines.

- Motivates social interaction through music bands, promoting at the same time respect, tolerance and commitment towards the other musicians.

- Develops reasoning and comprehension skills due to the work on sheet music and songs rhythmic analysis

- Stimulates the production of endorphins which provide wellness, decreasing the stress levels via physical activity (cardiovascular exercise)

 

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Spanish Drummer Mafia performance

Here is an isolated video of the Spanish Drummer Mafia performance:

“Spanish Drummer Mafia is one of the most interesting projects I’ve been involved in, where 63 drummers made a display of creativity and style focusing on their own musicality. I had the pride of share it with profession mates I follow such as Jairo Ubiaño, Deivhook, Matt De Vallejo and other new inspiring discoveries”

More videos at Chus Maestro’s youtube channel

Students

Some recent videos from Chus’ students shot during their classes. “Through hours of studying and practicing different techniques, the most amusing way to implement it is to learn and perform a drum cover putting everything together and giving some musicality to the notes. It’s also a good exercise to improve the sense of timing and the aesthetics of the performance”

Raúl Fossas

“Raúl Fossas have been playing drums for a year now, we began from the scratch but thanks to his addiction and determination he is improving relentless”

 

Álvaro Velasco

“Álvaro Velasco nailing Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69″ after many hours of analysis and transcription. He’s a good example of motivation and discipline!”

 

Clara Bustos

“This video is an epilogue of the time Clara Bustos spent studying bass drum techniques in our classes”

 

Javi Gordillo

“Javi Gordillo is definitely one of my best students, an example of discipline and perseverance who lead him to be endorsed by prestigious DW Drums and become a recognized drummer of the heavy metal band Wild

 

Check out more videos of Chus’ students here

King Crimson drum cover

New drum cover of King Crimson’sThree Of A Perfect Pair“:

“It seems easy to play at first but demands a lot of left foot coordination for the opening/closing hi-hat pattern, which turns into a tricky displacement in the 7/8 chorus and the 6/8 solo”

More videos at Chus Maestro’s youtube channel

“The Crime of our Time” studio report

New video tracking drums for Agresiva‘s second album “The Crime of our Time” at New Life studios in Madrid, february 2014.

More videos at Chus Maestro’s youtube channel

HYBRID drum playthrough

New video playing HYBRID‘s “Enter The Void”, written for the album “Angst” (2013)

More videos at Chus Maestro’s youtube channel

New album with Agresiva

Today is the official release date of “The Crime of Our Time” by Agresiva, the last album Chus Maestro has been working on, which was recorded at New Life studios (Gauntlet, Santelmo) in Madrid under the guidance of producers José Garrido and Daniel Melián, and has been mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios (Nightwish, Children of Bodom) in Finland. There’s a full streaming preview of the album here.