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Category: Beginner Lessons

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 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…


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 Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 3

 

This 3-part lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding & subtracting bass drum notes in various…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 2

 

This 3-part lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding & subtracting bass drum notes in various…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 1

 

This 3-part lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding & subtracting bass drum notes in various…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

 

This lessons shows you how to play the 4/4 Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat, plus a few useful hi-hat variations involving accents and alternate hi-hat rhythms for…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat

 

The Eighth-Note Rock Beat is one of the fundamental beats in drumming and one of the cornerstone rhythmic feels in western popular music. Once you…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat

 

The Quarter-Note Rock Beat (initially introduced to me as the “2/4 Beat”) is the first thing I ever learned to play on drums. After that…


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…


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…


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.

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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…


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…


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…


Rudiments – Triple Paradiddle

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Triple Paradiddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be…


Rudiments – Six Stroke Roll

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Six Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can…


Rudiments – Single Stroke Seven

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Stroke Seven drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can…


Rudiments – Single Stroke Roll

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can…


Rudiments – Single Stroke Four

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Stroke Four drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can…


Rudiments – Single Paradiddle

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Paradiddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be…


Rudiments – Paradiddle-diddle

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Paradiddle-diddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied…


Rudiments – Multiple Bounce Roll

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Multiple Bounce Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can…


Rudiments – Flam

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Flam drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied…


Rudiments – Flam Tap

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Flam Tap drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be…


Rudiments – Drag

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Drag drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied…


Rudiments – Double Stroke Roll

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Double Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can…


Rudiments – Double Paradiddle

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Double Paradiddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be…


Foot Technique – Basics

 

This lesson introduces the 3 basic foot strokes used by drummers to achieve a variety of sounds and feels.

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