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Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to learn drums.
My brothers and I would be banging pots and pans and plastic containers in the kitchen, but it never got past that point.
I wasn't allowed to have a drum kit because of the noise and the price, so I never got to learn the drums.
Then, about a year ago, I came across something called pen tapping.
And that's what lead me to my co-instructor, Julius Wright.
Julius made a name for himself several years ago on Youtube -- his top videos have millions of view each.
He is one of the top, if not the most prominent, pure pen tappers in the world.
At the beginning of this year, I decided I wanted to do something to finally learn drums.
I didn't want to buy a kit, I just wanted to learn the basics of how beat making works. Because it's not just about being able to play in a band, it's about understanding the deep structure of any song.
The drum is the heartbeat. It's the structure that everything else leans on for direction.
And it's very important to understand beat making for creating electronic music.
If you've ever tried a program like FL Studio, you know that having a blank slate in front of you, with infinite options for instruments and notes, can be very intimidating.
So wanting to learn pen tapping was a combination of all of these reasons.
I started off on my own, learning pen tapping by slowing down my favorite song by Julius (Midnight over Instrumental) by 8x until it was slow enough that I could start to deconstruct the beat pattern and play it myself on my desk.
Over the months, I practiced that one song over and over.
And then one day, I decided to reach out to Julius to see if he might be interested in teaching a course with me.
Honestly, I never expected to hear back from him. Julius has a lot of things going on and I didn't think teaching a course would be high on his priority list as a musician.
But it turns out Julius was happy to share his skills with the world, and this course is a result of us working together to create a course that will take you from being an uncoordinated mess like I was to being able to play...and UNDERSTAND...how to make a play beats using pen tapping.
Pen tapping is the easiest and fastest way to get started playing the drums and understanding percussion and beat making.
We hope you enjoy the course,
Timothy and Julius
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Preface by Timothy
|Section 2: Pen Tapping Basics|
The 3 Basic Sounds
How to Hold the Pen
What Surfaces to Play On
Case Study - Let the Beat RidePreview
|Section 3: Advanced Pen Tapping|
Learning Different Rythms
Advanced Pen Tips
How to Rap on Top of a Pen BeatPreview
What Pen Tapping Can Do for You
|Section 4: Conclusion|
|Section 5: The B Sides|
The 3 Sounds, Surfaces and Learning the RythmPreview
Songs Performed, Improvization, How to Hold the Pen and More
How to Rap Over a Beat and How to Film It
How to Get Started
How to Collaborate with Another Artist
|Section 6: Case Study: How Timothy Learned Pen Tapping from Scratch|
Why You Should Learn Pen Tapping
My First 12 Months Learning Pen Tapping and Drumming
Transferability of Skills to Beatboxing, Drumming and Computer Beat Making
Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success.
Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.
Julius Wright is a musician who got his start on YouTube. His first song, featuring his trademark pen tapping style with rapping lyrics, has gotten him over 5 million views.
Julius is the father of a new genre of music, Bang Music, which combines the hard hitting sounds from rap and hip hop with the conscious lyrics of soul and poetry.
Julius is recognized as one of the top pen tappers in the world, and has been featured in a documentary about his life and his music. Juius has taught at middle schools, high schools and universities across the country and performed his music for live audiences.
Julius has a mission to bring Bang Music to the world. Check out his courses to learn how to get started pen tapping. It's one of the only ways to learn music that doesn't involve expensive technology or a large instrument, yet it has the potential to create amazingly complex music.
Pen tapping involves making 3 different kinds of sounds using a pen (or pencil) and your hands. You can choose to use one or both hands.
The first sound represents the snare drum in a drum kit, and is made by tapping the tip of the pen against a table. The second sound is made by banging the pen on it's side against the table. This sound represents the high hat in a drum kit. The final sound is the bass sound, which is made by banging the side or bottom of your hand against the table, and the represents the kick drum.