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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Twelve Eight Rock Beat Variations


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



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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…

Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove


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Steve Gadd invented some killer grooves over the years and this is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly simple but…

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat


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Learning the sixteenth-note rock beat opens the drummer up the mountains of possibilities available for creating different types of rock,…

Rock Shuffle


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



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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


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This lesson introduces the basic feel behind rock and pop drumming. Also a great coordination exercise, this beat is often…

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…

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…

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…

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.



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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.



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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…

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…

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…

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…

Eighth-Note Rock Beat


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The eighth note rock beat is the most commonly used drum beat in popular music today. After mastering this lesson,…

Eighth-Note Kick Drum Beats


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This lesson shows you a set of simple bass drum variations to the eighth-note rock beat. Bass drum notes may…

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…

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…

Brazilian – Bossa-Nova Variations


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



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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…

Afro Cuban – The Clave


The Clave is the fundamental groove behind Afro-Cuban music and is important to understand when learning the rhythms behind many styles including Salsa, Mambo, Bolero,…