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.

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…

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.

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.

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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 / swing feel.

Twelve Eight Rock Beat Variations


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

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 for yourself, take them really slow – it’s the only way to make sure you’re putting everything in the right place.

Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove


Steve Gadd invented some killer grooves over the years and this is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly simple but really, very cool when used right.

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat


Learning the sixteenth-note rock beat opens the drummer up the mountains of possibilities available for creating different types of rock, pop, & funk beats.

Rock Shuffle


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

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


This lesson introduces the basic feel behind rock and pop drumming. Also a great coordination exercise, this beat is often the first thing that a drummer will learn.

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 getting a clean open and closed sound from your hi-hats.

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 developing your voice in the jazz language.

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 beats less sound less repetitive and more interesting.

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.

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.

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 you introduce sixteenth-note triplets into your grooves.

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 Babylon Sisters for the greatest half-time shuffle ever (played by the legendary Bernard Purdie).

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 this killer drum groove by Clyde Stubblefield.

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 funk beat in a polyrhythm by grouping the triplets into groups of eight. Don’t let the backbeat fool you – the primary beat is held by the ride cymbal!

Eighth-Note Rock Beat


The eighth note rock beat is the most commonly used drum beat in popular music today. After mastering this lesson, you unlock the basic skills used in all of rock drumming.

Eighth-Note Kick Drum Beats


This lesson shows you a set of simple bass drum variations to the eighth-note rock beat. Bass drum notes may fall on any eighth-note in a given bar.