Category: Beats, Grooves & Patterns

Lessons on how to play various drum beats, grooves and smaller patterns in different styles including jazz, rock, pop, funk, latin, salsa, afro-cuban, brazilian & more.


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.


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:


Twelve Eight Rock Beat

This lesson introduces the Twelve-Eight Rock Beat: a great rhythm to learn when you’re learning rock and also interested in music that uses the shuffle / swing feel.


Twelve Eight Rock Beat Variations

This lesson gives you some simple ideas to add flavor to your Twelve-Eight rock beats.


Swing – Advanced Snare & Kick Combinations

In this mini-lesson, Sacha demonstrates some great swing coordination exercises that really put your snare drum and bass drum to work! When you practice these for yourself, take them really slow – it’s the only way to make sure you’re putting everything in the right place.


Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

Steve Gadd invented some killer grooves over the years and this is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly simple but really, very cool when used right.


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

Learning the sixteenth-note rock beat opens the drummer up the mountains of possibilities available for creating different types of rock, pop, & funk beats.


Rock Shuffle

The rock shuffle is a triplet-based rock beat that introduces the drummer to the ‘swing’ feel.


Rock Shuffle Beats

This lesson shows you a few ways to add interest to your rock shuffle grooves with some snare drum and bass drum variations.


Quarter-Note Rock Beat

This lesson introduces the basic feel behind rock and pop drumming. Also a great coordination exercise, this beat is often the first thing that a drummer will learn.


Open Hi-Hat Beats

This lesson shows you various rock/funk beats that require you to open and close your hi-hats. You’ll see a few very important technical tips for getting a clean open and closed sound from your hi-hats.


Jazz Cymbal Beat

The jazz cymbal beat is the rhythmic foundation of jazz and swing drumming. After learning this short, simple beat, you are on the way to developing your voice in the jazz language.


Jazz Cymbal Beat Variations

In this lesson we go through a few variations on the Jazz Cymbal Beat that will give some ideas on how to make your jazz/swing beats less sound less repetitive and more interesting.


Jazz Coordination One Beat Combinations

This lesson shows you how to combine exercises from the jazz coordination master list to create musical phrases and ideas.


Jazz Coordination Master List

This lesson give you a list of exercises that allow to start incorporating bass drum and snare drum rhythms into your jazz cymbal beats.


Half-Time Shuffle

The half time shuffle is a groove made infamous by studio legends such at Jeff Porcaro, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Steve Gadd. Learning it helps you introduce sixteenth-note triplets into your grooves.


Half-Time Shuffle Variations

This lesson shows you some interesting variations to completely change the feel of your half time shuffle grooves. Make sure you check out Steely Dan’s Babylon Sisters for the greatest half-time shuffle ever (played by the legendary Bernard Purdie).


Funky Drummer Beat

This lesson was great fun to create! James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’ is perhaps one of the best funk recordings ever made, no small thanks to this killer drum groove by Clyde Stubblefield.


Funk Over Swing Polyrhythm

In this video, Sacha plays a swing coordination exercise where the right hand plays a traditional cymbal beat while the other three limbs play a funk beat in a polyrhythm by grouping the triplets into groups of eight. Don’t let the backbeat fool you – the primary beat is held by the ride cymbal!


Eighth-Note Rock Beat

The eighth note rock beat is the most commonly used drum beat in popular music today. After mastering this lesson, you unlock the basic skills used in all of rock drumming.


Eighth-Note Kick Drum Beats

This lesson shows you a set of simple bass drum variations to the eighth-note rock beat. Bass drum notes may fall on any eighth-note in a given bar.


Cowbell Funk

This is essentially a video response to a YouTube video Sacha posted a few years back. Quite a few people wanted to know what was going on so he decided to make a comprehensive lesson out of it. You can find the original video on YouTube by searching for “Cowbell Funk”.


Brazilian – Samba With Brushes

This lesson shows you how to begin to interpret the Brazilian Samba groove with brushes.


Brazilian – Samba Basics

Coming from Brazil, the samba is a unique rhythm that opens up some interesting possibilities on the drum kit.


Brazilian – Bossa-Nova

Bossa-Nova is a Brazilian groove that is often used as an alternative feel in rock and jazz. This lesson introduces the basic building blocks of a bossa-nova beat.


Brazilian – Bossa-Nova Variations

This lesson gives you a few neat variations to try on with your basic bossa-nova feel.


Afro Cuban – Songo

Songo is a rhythm that really put the drum kit on the map in Cuban music. This lesson shows you the different parts of the Songo, and how to piece them together.


Afro Cuban – Mambo Bell

The Mambo Bell pattern (aka Montuno Bell) is the signature cowbell/cymbal pattern in Salsa, Mambo and Latin-Jazz. Here you’ll learn a few different ways to play it.