Yan Valu Groove Sessions Package

$15.00 $12.00

If you want to have a “practice partner” to hold rhythm for you while you try different parts, solos, or making up your own rhythms, this is a good package for you. In these sessions there is no verbal instruction, just an introduction and then a nice long groove of two or three instruments played very steadily with minimal variation. The sound of this unvarying groove helps you to internalize the drum song and intuitively know where you are in the cycle.

A note of caution: this is trance inducing music, please do not listen to this track when you need to pay attention to something else like driving!!!

The Vol 4 Yan Valu Groove Session package contains 3 tracks of different instrument combinations. Session Length 28:12 min

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Track 6. Groove Lesson
Lesson Length 4:42 min
This is a groove of three patterns: the bell, rattle and mid drum. You can copy any of the patterns and listen to how well you fit into the groove, or you can use the groove as a base to improvise on. When you learn the other parts of the ensemble, you can come back to this groove and add the missing part. Or just close your eyes and listen and feel deeply into how these ancient rhythms feel and work together.

Track 11. Groove Lesson #2
Lesson Length 4:38 min
In this track I play the high drum, bell and the basic low drum pattern together in a nice slow groove. You can copy any part and fit in, or play a missing part, or improvise over the groove with what ever instrument you like. As with the other grooves, just listening to it when relaxed and eyes closed is a good way to let the music flow into your body/mind.

Track 12. Mix Minus Lesson Summary
Lesson Length 17:54 min
This track is a changing mix of all the parts to Yan Valu that we”ve learned so for. A fun game is to find the missing part and add it, then change to the next and the next. You”ll be challenged to listen deeply to the groove and track each theme in your mind and body and follow the mix, while you keep time.
... Kim breaks these rhythms down in every way possible and keeps your attention, while making listening and playing along to the different parts less like practice and more like fun.  He then builds the rhythms back up again in such a way that you get to hear every relationship between each of the parts played by the different instruments.  The best element in the series is his unique vocal adaptation of the different instruments played and sung in the rhythms. It is as entertaining as it is educational.

I thank Kim Atkinson for Sharing His Spirit with us in such a way that we can all become better players and facilitators
"I just wanted to thank you for actually caring to develop a simple yet enormously powerful teaching method that has transformed my music playing, listening and also speaking ability. Coincidentally, its also helped me run further without being as tired....I think its due me being able to feel and attend to each step I take more like a rhythm than a battle, and maybe it's because I've been stepping the pulse - when I practice speaking the rhythms - in an oval around my room"
"I really appreciate the way you have broken it down and shown how all the parts interweave.  It's a great way to get the whole rhythm into a non-left-brain part of my body." - Kathy
"I often teach my students that if you can "say it", you can "play it".  In his Speaking of Rhythm series, Kim takes this concept to the next level. Using spoken syllables and playing drums, each part is explored separately and then in every possible combination with each other, and against both the underlying pulse and Clave. These highly effective CDs accomplish what could only otherwise be done by having a multi-track recorder available for every class. (Except of course they are MUCH easier to use, and work in your car!)

Another extremely useful feature is that a different syllable is assigned not only to each different drum sound, but also to each hand making the sound. Thus, by learning to speak the rhythm, students also learn the proper "sticking" at the same time.

I enjoyed the arrangements so much that I even adopted the Afoxe rhythms for use with my Brazilian Bateria. We now play the same Afoxe patterns on Surdos, Repeniques, and Caixas."
"...the greatest benefit of your classes and CDs came to me as a salsa dancer, by improving my ability to hear and understand the Clave. ... this has made my enjoyment of salsa music and dancing that much better. Thank you again!"
"I've had some great fun and learning from Kim Atkinson's CD's. Bembe, Makuta, Nigerian Highlife and others are great sets of rhythms I was glad to add to my repertoire. It was helpful to really get inside clave rhythms too. Kim knows his stuff, makes it clear and accessible... and he rocks!"
WOW... Kim!! I spent about two hours enjoying and learning from your CD.. I was TRULY impressed with the format and success it gave me and will give others... YOU DID IT!

How does Speaking of Rhythm work?

• Speaking of Rhythm deeply involves YOU in the process of learning and expressing rhythm. You will learn to hold three contrasting parts : voice, feet and hands. This mimics the parts of the ensemble and you deeply feel how music works.

• Speaking of Rhythm is a fun and challenging game : lean where voice, hand claps and feet all interact in sequences of conjunction and opposition. You go at your own rate.

1) Connect the Syllables to Drum Strokes

Practice each drum stroke separately and speak the syllable as you hit the drum. Do this many times – you’re learning a kinesthetic language – connecting your voice and your hands.

If you need to review the syllables, hand positions and sounds on your drum, click here.

2) Speak Drum Language – Make Sentences:

Now learn the syllables for a drum pattern (for example, the tumba for Afoxé). Go slowly. Speak the sounds out loud and learn to say them effortlessly so they feel like a sentence.

3) Orient Yourself – Syllables with the Pulse:

Next, clap the pulse while speaking the syllables. This will show you how the drum part (via the syllables) relates to the main beat.

4) Make a Sentence with your Hands:

Now that you’ve learned a sentence in drum language map the vocal sounds to hand positions on the drum. (You can do this without a drum, but make sure you’re saying the syllables out-loud. You can practice this on a table, your body, anywhere).

5) Say the Sentence On the drum:

Say and play the drum rhythm. Notice that the drum is saying what the voice is saying and the voice is saying what the drum is playing.


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