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 […]
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 […]
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.
A triplet is a kind of note that allows you to divide beats into 3 notes rather than 2 or 4. This lesson shows you how to count and play triplets. The downloadable sheet music […]
In this lesson you’ll learn a technique often used in jazz and other types of improvised music for drummers to take a drum solo while still interacting with the band.
These demonstrations show you a few ways the Six Stroke Roll rudiment can be used to create drum licks with left and right hand lead.
This lesson demonstrates of some of the ways the Six Stroke Roll rudiment can be used to create melodic patterns around the drum kit.
This lesson demonstrates of some of the ways the Single Paradiddle rudiment can be used to create melodic patterns around the drum kit.
This is a short demonstration of Single and Double Paradiddles and how they can be used to play freely and fluidly around the drum kit.
This lesson demonstrates an ‘inverted’ Single Paradiddle rudiment and how it can be used to create melodic patterns around the drum kit.
This advanced lesson deals with the concept of Metric Modulation, which means changing the meter (time signature) and/or tempo (speed) of the music.
I came up with this 9-note drum lick back at university and has had people asking about it ever since. One YouTube commenter said it sounded like Woody Woodpecker laughing…hence it’s name.
This is a powerful and very handy drum lick made up of a flam and a drag. With a little practice the ‘Blushda’ will sit nicely in your bag of drumming tricks.
Here’s a really cool drum lick made famous by the great Steve Gadd. Remarkably simple but really effective when practiced right.
This is a simple but effective practice exercise designed to get you moving around your drum kit with more speed and endurance. It’s more of a physical workout than most of my other lessons so […]
This drum lick/fill is taken from a Michel Camilo recording called ‘Not Yet’. Drummer Cliff Almond plays this little gem to bring the band in after a piano intro. An epic fill for an epic […]
This simple drum lick is made up of only six notes and can be used in any sort of music where you want a heavy sounding fill or solo. The sticking is RLRLFF (Right Left […]
Sometimes the best thing you can do behind your instrument is just play. Free playing time can allow you to momentarily forget all the structured things you’ve learned and see what feels good to play […]
Sacha warming up to record some lessons by improvising some New Orleans ‘streetbeats’ aka ‘second line’ grooves.
Sacha warming up to record some lessons by playing some songo grooves.
Found in an old Billy Cobham drum clinic video, this pattern combines a 3-note pattern in the left hand with a 4-note pattern in the right hand, resulting in a unique and challenging drum kit […]