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Andrew Mcauley

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4/11/17 - The Wake 'N Break Series Reaches 800 Episodes!

Another milestone has been reached in the Wake 'N Break series by reaching it's 800th groove!  I hope you've been enjoying the series as much as I have been while having making it and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.  Start challenging yourself to do the same.  Go forth and create something - ANYTHING - every single day!

2/2/17 - The Wake 'N Break Series Celebrates 2 Years Today!

It's hard to believe that today marks two years since the beginning of the wake 'n break series, and that's with zero days off!  Go to the "Wake n Break" section of this site to see Wake 'N Break No. 732 and stay tuned for many more to come!

1/2/17 - The Wake 'N Break Series Reaches 700 Episodes!

I can't wrap my brain around the fact that today marked the 700th installment of the Wake 'N Break series!  That's a new groove created and recorded every single day for the past 700 days, with absolutely no days off!  I hope you continue to enjoy the series as much as I enjoy creating the content!

1/1/17 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!  From playing in Samba Novo and Stick Against Stone to recording the charity Christmas album, "A Very Kind Beats Christmas - Interpreting The Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas, 2016 was a crazy and extremely fun year for me.  I've met some incredible musicians to play with and am genuinely excited to see what music comes out of these new relationships!  Here's to a happy and healthy 2017 for everyone!

12/25/16 - Presenting A Very Kind Beats Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I'm proud to present you with this charity Christmas album, "A Very Kind Beats Christmas: Interpreting The Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas".  I've reinterpreted and arranged Vince Guaraldi's classic records in a myriad of different styles, ranging from avant garde and samba to some dirty N'awlin's second line and neckbreaking drum breaks.  I will be donating 100% of the sales to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, dedicated to restoring music education programs in schools that can no longer afford them.  You can listen to the album here for free but if you enjoy it, I ask that you truly consider purchasing the album and helping change someone's life for the better.  Simply send me an email for info on how to order a copy.  Much love and Merry Christmas!

12/8/16 - Help Support Schools With No Music Programs!

I'm trying to record an album of my own interpretations of Vince Guaraldi's classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas", and one hundred percent of the sales will go towards sponsoring music programs in schools that can't afford one.  I beg of you to make a donation or spread the word and help me make this a reality!  Kids need music in their schools, period.  'Tis the season and it's go time, so let's go! https://www.gofundme.com/recording-an-album-for-charity

9/23/16 - The Wake 'N Break Series Hits 600 Grooves!

When I started the Wake 'N Break series, I was simply looking to challenge myself by trying to create something every morning.  I never thought that I would still be going strong 600 days later with no days off, so thank you to everyone who has been taking this ride with me and I hope you continue to come along for the journey!

6/28/16 - Welcome To The New Website!

After five years of the old layout, I'm stoked to present this new site to you!  I hope you find it a bit more colorful and easier to navigate.  Take a look around and feel free to let me know what you think!

5/16/16 - Introducing The Process Project

I've decided to start a fun challenge called ‪#‎TheProcessProject‬ and it's something for everyone to participate in.  The idea is simple: start working on something new and document the learning process in regular video updates.  Not only will we be able to watch each other's progress but we will also be able to see each other's individual learning processes, which can open up new doors to the way we may personally view or approach learning.  It should also be a fun way to keep ourselves motivated or perhaps even more importantly, a way to motivate someone else.  All you have to do to participate is post your progress videos on your various social media pages with the hashtag #TheProcessProject.  That way, everyone can find all of the submissions by simply searching for the tag.  The question is, "who is going to have the balls to join me and do this damn thang?".

Click here to watch my first submission and get an idea of how things will go down.  Even if you don't want to participate, please invite others who you think may be interested in participating!

3/29/16 - Now Playing Drums For Stick Against Stone

I’m stoked to announce that I will be manning the drum set and helping to start up the latest incarnation of Stick Against Stone! The group has an incredibly unique sound and they have a deep history, having first formed back in the early 1980’s and going through various phases.  I’m really excited to bring their old material to life and to see what we create together.  Be sure to regularly check out the schedule section of this site for updates on when and where we will be performing. 

2/5/16 - Celebrate Carnaval With Samba Novo

Carnaval is approaching and what better way to celebrate it than partying with Samba Novo Brasilian Music And Dance Group?  You can catch some serious samba at the following venues:

Feb. 5th – Cuba Libre in Atlantic City
Feb. 6th – BB Kings NYC Midnight Bomba Part – 1:00am
Feb. 9th – Sushi Samba Fat Tuesday Celebration – 2 Sets: 8pm and 10pm

2/1/16 - Celebrating One Full Year Of Wake 'N Breaks

Well folks, today is a special day because it marks the 365th wake ‘n break in a row.  That’s right, it’s been one straight year of wake ‘n breaks with absolutely no days off and in celebration, I decided to come up with a groove that is made up of three different time signatures.  The first bar is in 3/4, followed by a bar of 6, and then finally a bar of 5.  Click here to enjoy it!  Thanks so much to everyone who has been showing their support and much love to each and every one of you.

 

1/1/16 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, folks! To celebrate the new year, I decided to bust out a wake ‘n break groove utilizing party favors, which you can see by clicking here.  As always, I hope you enjoy the video and here’s to everyone’s 2016 being a great year!

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ABOUT ANDREW

     Born in 1980, Andrew McAuley (aka Kind Beats) is a New York based drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator known for his outside-of-the-box approach to drumming.  Taking styles from all around the globe, he seamlessly weaves them together with both neck breaking grooves and soaring soundscapes.  Influenced by mentors and percussion visionaries such as Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin & Wood) and Cyro Baptista (Beat The Donkey, Sting, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), his belief is that everyone should try to discover their own unique voice on the instrument and that it is an ongoing process that never truly ends.

     Andrew started drumming under Al Miller and later, private instructor Scott Foley.  After a few years with no teachers, Andrew started studying under Billy Martin and was inspired to pursue studies at the world renowned Drummers Collective in 2001.  There, he studied under masters such as Michael Lauren, Kim Plainfield, Frank Katz, Fred Klatz, Memo Acevedo, and many others.  After completing studies at The Collective, he continued studies with Billy Martin and began studying percussion under Cyro Baptista as well (something that would later become a huge part of his playing).

     To date, Andrew has had the honor of sharing the stage and/or recorded with Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, Terry Bozzio, Anthony Coleman, Avery Storm, DJ Wally aka Pish Posh, Colleen Rennison (No Sinner), Ron Defrancesco's Samba Novo Brasilian Music And Dance EnsembleStick Against Stone, and more.  He has also written instructional books, launched the free “Heavy In The Beats” compilation series for drummers, posted numerous free instructional series online, and also founded the KindBeats4Kids fundraising project for schools in need of music education programs.

 
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free drum lessons

Here is where you can find links to all of my free online lessons.  They range from exercises and experimental techniques to grooving and assimilating various styles.  They're also categorized into several different series, so choose a starting point and have fun learning!

"THE RETURN OF THE GROOVE" INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES

This particular series focuses on breaking down original drum grooves in a way that is extremely easy to understand.  Check the video description of each lesson to find a link to the transcriptions and follow along and learn at your own pace!  Enjoy the entire playlist!

 

"THE EXPERIMENTAL dRUM tECHNIQUES" sERIES

This series focuses on experimental and unorthodox techniques for the drums.  From rubber balls and wires to single handed 32nd notes and metallic objects, this series truly runs the gamut!

 

VARIOUS IDEAS, EXERCISES, AND lICKS

Here are a few lessons focusing on various topics, ranging anywhere from independence and technique exercises to exploring various ways to use clave to create drum grooves.  Dig it!

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wake 'n break series

The Wake 'N Break series is a challenge that I set for myself in February of 2015.  The challenge is simple: wake up every day and come up with a new drum groove.  I figured it would be a great way to work on both creativity and discipline.  So far, there are over 500 installments with absolutely no days off.  Just cycle through the videos in the youtube player to see the entire series.  There are also breakdowns in the video descriptions of each groove.  Enjoy!

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Heavy In The Beats Vol. 2 - No Dough And Deep Pockets

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Here are some free drum breaks off of "Heavy In The Beats Vol. 2 - No Dough, Deep Pockets" to use however you would like.  If you use any of these loops, please send me what you come up with.  I'm always interested in hearing how different people decide to use the grooves.  To download the grooves, simply right click and select "save".

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CONTACT ANDREW AT

email: kindbeats@kindbeatsdrums.com

phone: (516) 286-9384

twitter: www.twitter.com/kindbeats

youtube: www.youtube.com/kindbeats

facebook: www.facebook.com/kindbeatsdrums