Category: Video Drum Lessons

My current library of video drum lessons and accompanying PDF worksheets to watch or download and use for practice.


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 and developing four-way coordination. These types of drum beats are common in funk, pop, R&B & other styles.

 

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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 open hi-hat notes in selected eighth-note positions. This exercise set is a great workout for your four-way coordination starting with simple, playable beats…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents

This lesson shows you how to add accented patterns to the hi-hat part of the eighth-note rock beat.

 

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Eighth-Note Rock Beat – Eighth-Note Kick Additions

This lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding bass drum notes in various eighth-note positions in the bar.

 

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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 creating different feels on top of the same underlying beat.

 

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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 I worked through a few other related rock beats, then quickly began improvising beats and became hooked. This beat is very simple yet…


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 master this beat and some basic variations, you’ll be on your way to mastering rock & pop grooves of all kinds – most…


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…


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…


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 ‘N’ primary…


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

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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.


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.


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 applied to the drum kit.


Rudiments – Thirteen Stroke Roll

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Thirteen 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 – Ten Stroke Roll

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Ten 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 – Swiss Army Triplet

 

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