Intense Session from Drummer Péter Szendöfi

Masterclass

To quote Johnny Boyle, BIMM tutor and Masterclass host, “Péter Szendöfi brought a wealth of knowledge to his Masterclass at BIMM Dublin.”

Péter Szendöfi is one of Hungary’s most famous musicians and arguably one of the world’s finest drummers. His international work involves performing, recording and teaching music students, including our class at BIMM Dublin in February. Over an intensive two-hour session, Péter played live drums, interspersed with talks on technique, plus questions from the class.

High on the list of Péter’s teaching topics was improvisation, a coveted skill for drummers. He also discussed techniques for solo drumming and various drum patterns and technical expertise, but also had a crucial reminder for the class:

“Technical ability is so important to playing, but you have to remember that playing drums is not a competition. To find a unique sound among drummers nowadays is rare… and it’s really rare to find a drummer who can actually make music, and that is so important.”

Johnny Boyle admired Péter’s direct method of teaching:

“Péter demystified elements of soloing and demonstrated a variety of styles, including jazz, Latin and rock. It was a pleasure having him, and we look forward to his return.”

Ken Mooney, BA4 Drums, took a lot from the session, and best of all came away excited to practice:

“His technique was brilliant. I really enjoyed when he displayed his independence with each limb. I liked his ‘jungle drumming’ the most, his stamina and speed were very impressive and made me want to go and try it out with a metronome straight after!”

Shay Cosgrave (BA4 Drums) felt similarly inspired:

”I really enjoyed Péter’s Masterclass. As well as outstanding performances and an excellent display of techniques, he was very generous with his knowledge and opinions about his professional approach to music in general. I came away with great ideas for my own practice routines and for the projects I’m working on.”

Technique and inspiration from a top professional – just another Masterclass from BIMM!


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