Pimping Your Singles, Doubles & Paradiddles

This quick lesson/practice tip shows you a simple way to achieve more consistency when changing between singles, doubles and paradiddles.



Extending The Six Stroke Roll

The six-stroke roll is a versatile and musical rudiment, but it’s non-alternating nature gives it some limitations that this lesson helps to overcome, making it even more useful. The second half of the lesson breaks the six stroke roll in half with the aim of creating more melodic musical phrases based on the smaller constituent…



Extending The Flam Accent

This group of exercises shows you some extensions and modifications to the flam accent rudiment with the aim of enhancing it’s usefulness as a musical tool, and allowing you to work it in with other different but related sticking patterns. Each exercise should be practiced on it’s own at first. Once the patterns are built…



10 Reasons Why This Is The Best Cymbal Case IN THE WORLD

This post is not a list of ten things. I named it that way and contrived a ridiculous, bug-eyed  thumbnail to get you to click it, and also to illustrate that most of the list-based articles and videos you click are un-interesting horseshit non-journalism and come from sources not at all invested in bringing you…



Upcoming Lessons / Site Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new material, but don’t worry – there’s plenty of new stuff coming in soon! I’m currently editing the video for Four-Way Sticking Possibilities Part 1 as well as some practice room audio playing along to a cool classic album – stay tuned. In the coming weeks I’ll…



Sixteenth-Note Kick Grooves

This lesson shows you a set of bass drum variations for your rock & funk beats. This means that bass drum notes may fall on any sixteenth-note in the bar.



Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Grooves

This lesson shows you a set of combined bass drum and snare drum variations for your rock & funk beats. This means that bass drum and snare drum notes may fall on any sixteenth-note in the bar.



Four-Way Sticking Possibilities Part 1

This lesson shows you 100 different ways to combine single-stroke and double-stroke stickings between the four limbs. Each set of 10 exercises uses a common foot ostinato (repeating pattern), while the snare stickings change for each individual exercise. Video and part 2 coming soon.



Polyrhythms For Dummies

This lesson introduces you to the concept of polyrhythms, and demonstrates the formula for working out everything from basic and advanced polyrhythms based on any two numbers you like. Here’s the formula you’ll see explained in the video: Polyrhythm Formula: Take X:N (N = primary pulse, X = secondary pulse) 1. Create a bar with…



Performing with Chukale – “Chan Chan”

I’ve been using a new camera to record some gigs lately so I’ll be sharing the footage from time to time. This is Chukale playing one of our favourites ‘Chan Chan’, featuring guest pianist Marialy Pacheco from Cuba.



Hi-Hat Control Exercises

This lesson aims to get you using your hi-hats more dynamically and creatively. The exercises themselves are rooted in 4-way co-ordination and take you through different combinations of limb actions such as: – Striking the snare while opening the hi-hats – Striking the bass drum while opening the hi-hats – Striking the snare while closing…



Swinging Latin Grooves

These ‘swinging latin’ grooves came out of the bebop era, when Cuban percussion rhythms were being introduced to American jazz. They are often used in songs that change between a straight ‘latin’ feel and the triplet-based swing feel (e.g. Green Dolphin Street). They are played straight in the demonstration video, but can also be played…



Drum Fills For 4/4 Rock & Funk

In this video, you’ll see 55 different 4/4 drum fills that you can copy and try out in your own drumming. They start out simple and get more complex toward the end. See the slow-motion version of the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olrj3XsjVWc Download a sample from this PDF:



Songo Triplet Lick

This video shows you a drum lick based on a 12-note triplet sticking suitable for dropping into a Songo or other Cuban feel without breaking away from the main cowbell beat.



Brand New Website!

Welcome to sachakdrums.com! I’m very happy to have launched a brand new, much more functional and complete version of my website that now keeps general information about me and my work, plus all of my educational material in one place, and allows for students to interact with me much more directly and efficiently. I’ll be…



Afro Cuban Grooves – Son De La Loma

‘Son De La Loma’ is a Cuban folk classic. This version starts off in with the traditional Son band sound and skips to a more modern Salsa ensemble sound in the second half, and used both Son and Danzon feels.   *NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other artists and is currently…



Afro Cuban Grooves – Sera Tu Estela

‘Sera Tu Estela’ is a modern Son-Montuno/Salsa Romantica tune with some challenging rhythmic cuts and changes of feel.   *NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other artists and is currently being sold separately from existing membership content from sachakdrums.com.   Afro Cuban Grooves – A Play Along Pack For Drum Kit And…



Afro Cuban Grooves – Guajira Con Danzon

‘Guajira Con Danzon’ is a Chukale tune that combines two traditional Cuban song styles – Guajira and Danzon.   *NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other artists and is currently being sold separately from existing membership content from sachakdrums.com.   Afro Cuban Grooves – A Play Along Pack For Drum Kit And…



Afro Cuban Grooves – El Fruto

‘El Fruto’ is a 6/8 latin jazz tune composed by Sacha that featured on the Chukale album ‘Expedition‘ and was nominated for a Queensland Music Award in the jazz category.   *NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other artists and is currently being sold separately from existing membership content from sachakdrums.com.  …



Afro Cuban Grooves – Descarga De Oz

Descarga (meaning “jamming”) is a Cuban song style that focuses almost entirely on improvisation/soloing. ‘Descarga De Oz’ features a basic melody but quickly gets to the instrumental soloing, with a full-band unison hook that puts a punctuation mark at the end of each solo.   *NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other…



Afro Cuban Grooves – Damas Cha Cha Cha

‘Damas Cha Cha Cha’ is an original track by Brisbane Salsa band Chukale and features a traditional Cha Cha Cha feel with a modern band sound.   *NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other artists and is currently being sold separately from existing membership content from sachakdrums.com.   Afro Cuban Grooves –…



Afro Cuban Grooves – A Mi

‘A Mi’ is a Cuban composition originally recorded by artist Elio Revé and featured renowned vocalist Felix Baloy. This modern interpretation uses the same Changüí/Son-Montuno rhythms at it’s core, with a definite ‘Timba’ influence. The track was recorded by Chukale and features vocals by none other than Felix Baloy, who was a guest vocalist on…



Afro Cuban Grooves Play Along Pack

*NOTE! This digital product was developed in collaboration with other artists and is currently being sold separately from existing membership content from sachakdrums.com.   A Play Along Pack For Drum Kit And Latin Percussion Created by Sacha K & Gus Cereijo ‧ 7 play-along songs in various Afro-Cuban styles played by real musicians ‧ Includes…



Stick Technique – Traditional Grip

Ever see those drummers who hold one of their sticks funny? If you want to know what that’s all about this lesson shows you why and how to do it.



Stick Technique – The Basics

Never held a drum stick before, or just want to know if you’re on the right track? This is the lesson for you. You’ll learn where to put your hands and why drummers get their sticks to ‘bounce’ or ‘rebound’.



Stick Technique – Rim Shots

This lesson shows you how to draw out maximum power and tone from your snare drum using a common technique called the rim shot.



Stick Technique – Matched Grip

Matched Grip’ is the most practical and commonly used grip for modern drummers. This lesson shows you the basic concept, and the 3 variations on matched grip used by drummers around the world – French Grip, German Grip and American Grip.



Stick Technique – Dynamic Strokes

This is one of my favourite concepts to teach. The ‘Dynamic Strokes’ (Full, Down, Tap, Up) are key in an approach to stick technique that gives you more speed, power and dynamic contrast in your drumming. It’s about knowing where your sticks are coming from and going to at all times.



Rudiments – Triple Stroke Roll

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Triple Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.



Rudiments – Triple Ratamacue

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Triple Ratamacue drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.