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Drum Kit Notation Guide

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Swing Independence Part 2

 

This lesson expands your swing independence and four-way co-ordination skills by introducing the bass drum and hi-hat pedal as comping voices when improvising in jazz/swing…


Swing Independence Part 1

 

This lesson lays the foundation for jazz ‘comping’ (accompanying) on the snare drum by exploring the seven different possibilities for ‘filling in’ triplets in the…


The Swing Cymbal Beat

 

The swing cymbal beat is the fundamental drum feel of jazz music. The beat itself is simple; consisting of only ride cymbal and hi-hat pedal…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Alternating Sticking & Open Hi-Hat Beats

 

In this lesson we take the sixteenth-note rock beat played with a two-handed alternating sticking and add open hi-hat notes in different positions and combinations,…


Sixteenth-Note-Open-Hi-Hat-Beats

 

Here we introduce open hi-hat notes and alternative hi-hat rhythms to the sixteenth-note rock beat. The beats in this lesson are useful for funk, fusion…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Alternating Sticking & Kick Additions

 

This lesson introduces an alternative, open-handed method for playing the sixteenth-note rock beat useful for faster tempos and feels that require a powerful, driving sixteenth-note…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents Part 2

 

In this two-part lesson we add various accent patterns and rhythmic variations to the sixteenth-note rock beat hi-hat part. Each hi-hat pattern is first played…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents Part 1

 

In this two-part lesson we add various accent patterns and rhythmic variations to the sixteenth-note rock beat hi-hat part. Each hi-hat pattern is first played…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Kick & Snare Additions

 

Here we add bass drum notes and snare ghost notes (aka grace notes) to the sixteenth-note rock beat feel in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the sixteenth-note rock beat in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Kick Additions

 

This lesson introduces sixteenth-note bass drum additions to the sixteenth-note rock beat and is a great step into counting and playing syncopated grooves and developing…


Directional Stickings Part 1 – Phrasing With Single Strokes

 

The exercises in this lesson take odd groupings of single strokes (alternating sticking) and apply them to the drum kit in a manner that takes…


Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

 

Steve Gadd’s highly inventive approach to creating original beats is typified and immortalised in this awesome thirty-second-note groove, based on a re-voiced inverted double stroke…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Snare & Open Hi-Hat Additions

 

This set of intermediate-advanced beats adds bass drum notes, snare drum ghost notes (aka grace notes) and open hi-hat notes to the eighth-note rock beat…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

 

Here we add bass drum notes and snare ghost notes (aka grace notes) to the eighth-note rock beat feel in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


Paradiddle-diddle Fills & The PaPadiddle-diddle

 

This lesson shows you several ways to apply the paradiddle-diddle rudiment to the drum kit using simple voicings, additional accents and combining it with the…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Open Hi-Hat Additions

 

This lesson demonstrates a large group of useful beats – all variations to the eighth-note rock beat with sixteenth-note bass drum additions as well as…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the eighth-note rock beat in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

 

This series of beats introduces sixteenth-note bass drum additions to the eighth-note rock beat and is a great step into counting and playing syncopated grooves…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Ride Cymbal Variations

 

This lesson shows you a set of ride cymbal accent patterns that add colour and texture to the eighth-note rock beat. The basic options for…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add bass drum notes and snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the quarter-note rock beat in eighth-note…


Four-Way Independence Drills – Triplets on Quarter Notes

This set of independence & co-ordination exercises combines single-stroke, double-stroke and paradiddle stickings between the four limbs…


Four-Way Independence Drills – Eighth-Notes On Eighth-Notes

This lesson shows you 100 different ways to combine single-stroke and double-stroke stickings between the four limbs…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the quarter-note rock beat in eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions. As…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

 

Here we take the quarter-note rock beat hi-hat & snare pattern and add bass drum notes in various eighth-note and sixteenth note subdivisions. The resulting…


Eighth-Note Open Hi-Hat Beats Part 2

 

In this lesson we take the open hi-hat patterns learned in part one and combine them with a set of eighth-note bass drum variations/additions to…


Eighth-Note Open Hi-Hat Beats Part 1

 

This lesson introduces basic open hi-hat patterns to the eighth-note rock beat by placing open/closed hi-hat notes in different eighth-note positions in the bar. If…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents

 

This lesson introduces various accented hi-hat patterns to the eighth-note rock beat as a simple but effective way of changing the feel of your beats.