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DRUM JAM#2-FREE

AFRICAN BEATS

PRESENTED BY BEATFACTOR MUSIC

WHEN: Saturday 16th Jan – 2.00pm to 3.00pm

WHERE: Saltwater Reserve, Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

BYO: Drums, Percussion, Sticks, Straps, Seat & Water

DRUM HIRE: $5-$10 Per Drum

Please note, due to COVID, registration is required via Email below

info@beatfactormusic.com

bfmusic15@gmail.com

Mobile: 0411 028 077

Once registered, we will send out meeting location of the Drum Jam and any other important details of the event.

Please join us for a fun and musical afternoon.

About the Free Class:

The drumming class is uplifting, engaging and fun.

Participants will learn African rhythms, technique, warm up exercises and creativity through rhythm.

Experienced players and those with no experience are all welcome. BYO: Djembe, congas, bongos, darbuka, etc…

 If you don’t have a drum, use a bucket, chair, box or simply tap on your legs.

Connect with your community for your wellbeing and have fun.

Social distancing required – Hand Sanitizers provided

Supported & Permission granted by Wyndham City Council.

‘Happy Drumming’

Rod Pilois

Ensemble Director

Beat Factor Drum Group

Please note:

Beat Factor Music reserve the right to cancel the event:

  1. If not sufficient participants are registered prior to the event
  2. In case of bad or severe weather warnings
  3. New Health and Safety concerns according to the Health authorities
  4. That it is unsafe to go ahead with the outdoor event

BEAT FACTOR MUSIC – JANUARY 2021

Review of Roland TD-1DMK

I wanted to purchase an affordable electronic drum kit for my drum classes at the school I teach in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. After some research and reviews I ordered the Roland TD-1DMK.

It ticked lots of boxes:

  • It was within my music budget. ($999.00- AUD)
  • All mesh pads
  • Compact size and sturdy
  • Rubber Kick pad included
  • Lots of drum-kit sounds to choose from to inspire students
  • Backing Tracks (15) for students to play along
  • Metronome function to help keep time
  • Coach function (10) to develop timing skills
  • Adjustable heights for Teenagers and Adult use
  • Easy to use drum module

For more detail on the review, please click here to read the full set-up stages and Pro’s and Con’s on the Roland TD-1DmKV.

First Impression- unboxing:

The unit comes in a compact box and but a little heavy, so two people may be required to safely lift it or using a trolley to move it to the set up area would be wise.

All the items such as tubular steel frames, drum pads, cymbal pads and electronic devices are securely well packed and can be taken out of the box easily.

Pro’s & Con’s

You may skip the Setting-up steps below if you are comfortable doing it yourself by following the manual (trial and error). And go to the end for the Pro’s and Con’s of the TD-1DMK

Setting up:

First Step:

Begin by removing the main components of the kit one by one, e.g tubular steel frames and placing together on one side on the floor.

Do not remove from wrapping just yet.

Continue to remove other items from the main box, such as, drum pads and place in one spot, then the cymbals and last the electronic devices and place in a safe spot. But do not remove their packaging until you are ready to place them on the frame.

Second Step:

Start by unwrapping the tubular steel frame and lay it flat on the floor together. Follow the instructions in the manual to help you connect the frames together. This is the main frame that will hold all the other drum, cymbal pads and other accessories together. You may need another person to help you do this.

Third Step:

Once you have assembled the frame and it is upright, you need to move the clamps where you would like to position your drums and cymbal pads. Next fit the tom pads and snare pad holders into the clamps. Make sure you attach the bass drum pad and plate to the frame before moving it upright.

Fourth Step:

Insert the cymbal stands/arms to the clamps and move the clamps if required to get a better playing position. Unpack the cymbal pads and place them on the appropriate stands, e.g Hi-hat, crash or ride cymbal stand.

Fifth Step:

Attach the main controller to the left side of the frame. Then plug in all the cables to the controller and connect to appropriate drum and cymbal pads and pedals.  Last, connect the power cable to the controller (brain) and connect to power outlet.

Sixth Step:

If all has been properly connected, switch the controller on and it lights up ready for you to try it out. You may use a headphone to hear the drum sounds or you may hook an external speaker so everyone can hear the drum sounds.

  • PRO’S
  • The frame feels sturdy and strong for an entry level drum kit.
  • The controller/module is basic but simple to use
  • The mesh pads feels good to play on
  • Tunable drum pads
  • Choice of 15 drum-kits
  • Good sound from the kits, Rock, Pop, Jazz styles
  • Metronome function to help in timing
  • Coaching feature to test you timing skills
  • Backing tracks to songs for playing along
  • Various songs in Rock, Funk, Country, Jazz styles
  • Aux input for iPhone playback
  • USB output to trigger drums from music software
  • CON’S
  • Drum pads seems a bit small
  • No dual trigger on pads
  • Cymbal pads feels a little hard at times
  • Rubber Bass drum pad feels hard when playing. (noisy thud sound)
  • No bass drum pedal supplied (bass drum review coming soon)
  • No drum stool/sticks or headphone supplied (drum stool review coming soon)
  • No separate volume adjustments for backing track songs
  • Same input for headphone and external speaker

Above all a great little electronic drum kit for individual practice, band rehearsals and stage performance. You get a good V-drum set up made by Roland, which have V-drums to cater for all needs from hobbyist, students to full on professional drummers.

This the link of a good video tutorial I went through with my students, to help them listen, watch and follow instructions on setting up the TD-1DMK, each step of the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIwdMqoucE

Thanks to my Year 8’ and two Year 7’s drum students who were keen to help me set-up the whole kit on the day.

Great job boys and girls.

Rod Pilois

Music Educator

Beat Factor Music

info@beatfactormusic.com

www.beatfactormusic.com

All rights reserved: Beat Factor Music 2020

free online Drumming for all ages

Monday 30 November- 7.00 pm to 8.00pm On Zoom

As part of the Wyndham Learning Festival-23-30 November 2020

Beat Factor Music is proud to be involved again this year in the Festival, with over 140 online events.activities in the Wyndham area.

The drumming class is uplifting, engaging and fun.

Participants will learn African rhythms, technique, warm up exercises and creativity through rhythm.

Experienced players and those with no experience are all welcome. BYO: Djembe, congas, bongos, darbuka.

FAQ: What if I don’t have a drum?

If you don’t have a drum, use a bucket, chair, box or simply tap on your legs.

FAQ: I already know how to play and want to learn more?

We have our normal beginners classes running on Monday 7 & 14 December, from 7-8pm. Intermediate classes running on Tuesdays 8 & 15 December, from 7.30-8.30pm

Connect with your community for your wellbeing, stress relief and have fun.

Bookings Required on Eventbrite, link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wyndham-learning-festival-drumming-for-all-ages-tickets-127083533269

For Enquiries please contact us on:

info@beatfactormusic.com

Mobile: 0411 028 077

Drumming For All Ages

On-line music lessons

To our regular and new students, due to the impact and disruption of the COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions, all lessons for Term 3 will be conducted On-Line via Zoom from Monday 20 July.

Music lessons will be held at your normal day and times as scheduled during Term 3. We will be using Zoom as our preferred video conferencing program, free download.. Skye and Facebook are also possible if preferred.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Stay Creative

Stay Positive

Stay Safe

All the best, Rod Pilois – Music Educator/Manager – Beat Factor Music

Community drum jam – 14 march- PC pop up park-CANCELLED

Community Drum Jam

Point Cook Pop UP Park

Filmed and produced by Wyndham TV – copyright 2020

Move to the rhythm with the Beat Factor Drum Group on 14 March, from 2 to 3 pm at Point Cook Pop Up Park.

Play beats and help to make a big drum sound with their African, Samba rhythms.

BYO DRUMS or Sign up to book a drum and seat for you and your partner or family. info@beatfactormusic.com

Come along and join in the fun and drumming

A great family day

Help create something really special and bring our community together with power of drumming.

Rod – Ensemble Director – Beat Factor Drum Group

Info@beatfactormusic.com

Mobile: 0411 028 088

www.beatfactormusic.com/bfdrumgroup

Friyay event- drum & Dance

Friday 28 February, the Beat Factor Drum Group were joined by the fabulous dancers from Astara dancers to entertained the local community at the Point Cook Pop Up Park.

A great night of diverse performances from hiphop dancers, African singing to solo/duet vocal performances.

The Beat Factor Drum Group performed three drum pieces.

  1. African Piece – KUKU
  2. Middle- Eastern piece with Astara dancers
  3. Caribbean piece – ‘Hot Mama’ -BF music

Thanks to the Wyndham City Council and PCPopUpPark for their support in the event.

Community Drum jam

Saturdays 29 Feb and 14 March- 2 to 3 pm

Point Cook Pop UP Park, Murnong St, Point Cook

Join the Beat Factor Drum Group in the groove

Play beats and help to make a big drum sound with their African, Samba and other beats.

BYO DRUMS

Sign up for more info or just come along with your drum and join in the fun and drumming

Help create something really special and bring our community together with power of drumming.

drum group performance-28 Feb

Point Cook Pop Up Park, Murnong St, Point Cook, kindly supported by Wyndham City Council

Friday, 28 February

8.15 pm to 8.30 pm

The Beat Factor Drum Group will be performing their own brand of world rhythms from African, Middle_East and Caribbean/Samba cultures. Featuring Astara Belly dancers.

Come down and join in the fun with all the drumming and dancing. It should be a great night with lots of other acts. From 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 BEAT FACTOR MUSIC CONCERT

Another good ending to the year with our Beat Factor Music Student Concert on the weekend. It was great to see our younger students perform their solo items on the day along with our Beat Factor Drum Group students.

Thanks to all students for their effort and hard work during the year.

Thanks to the parents and our friends for their ongoing support and especially loved the big drumming jam at the end. Looking forward to a big one next year, for our 10th anniversary.