Category: Demonstrations & Improvisations

Gig videos, practice videos, and other things demonstrating my applications of drumming concepts.


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…


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.


How To Play Triplets

 

A triplet is a kind of note that allows you to divide beats into 3 notes rather than 2 or 4. This lesson shows you how to count and play triplets. The downloadable sheet music also shows you how they’re written.


Trading Drum Solos

In this lesson you’ll learn a technique often used in jazz and other types of improvised music for drummers to take a drum solo while still interacting with the band.


Rudiment Applications – Six Stroke Roll 2

 

These demonstrations show you a few ways the Six Stroke Roll rudiment can be used to create drum licks with left and right hand lead.


Rudiment Applications – Six Stroke Roll 1

 

This lesson demonstrates of some of the ways the Six Stroke Roll rudiment can be used to create melodic patterns around the drum kit.


Rudiment Applications – Single Paradiddle

 

This lesson demonstrates of some of the ways the Single Paradiddle rudiment can be used to create melodic patterns around the drum kit.


Rudiment Applications – Single & Double Paradiddles

 

This is a short demonstration of Single and Double Paradiddles and how they can be used to play freely and fluidly around the drum kit.


Rudiment Applications – Inverted Paradiddles

 

This lesson demonstrates an ‘inverted’ Single Paradiddle rudiment and how it can be used to create melodic patterns around the drum kit.


Metric Modulation

 

This advanced lesson deals with the concept of Metric Modulation, which means changing the meter (time signature) and/or tempo (speed) of the music.


Licks – Woody Woodpecker

 

I came up with this 9-note drum lick back at university and has had people asking about it ever since. One YouTube commenter said it sounded like Woody Woodpecker laughing…hence it’s name.


Licks – The Blushda

 

This is a powerful and very handy drum lick made up of a flam and a drag. With a little practice the ‘Blushda’ will sit nicely in your bag of drumming tricks.


Licks – Steve Gadd Drum Lick

 

Here’s a really cool drum lick made famous by the great Steve Gadd. Remarkably simple but really effective when practiced right.


Licks – Speed Exercise – Directional Triplets

 

This is a simple but effective practice exercise designed to get you moving around your drum kit with more speed and endurance. It’s more of a physical workout than most of my other lessons so put on your gym clothes and work that core.


Licks – 6-Note Speed Lick

 

This simple drum lick is made up of only six notes and can be used in any sort of music where you want a heavy sounding fill or solo. The sticking is RLRLFF (Right Left Right Left Foot Foot) which could be interpreted as a Single Stroke Four followed by two bass drum notes.


Free Playing – With No Pulse

 

Sometimes the best thing you can do behind your instrument is just play. Free playing time can allow you to momentarily forget all the structured things you’ve learned and see what feels good to play in that moment. It’s about pure expression and exploration – like going for a walk deep in the woods and…


Free Playing – Streetbeats

 

Sacha warming up to record some lessons by improvising some New Orleans ‘streetbeats’ aka ‘second line’ grooves.


Free Playing – Songo Grooves

 

Sacha warming up to record some lessons by playing some songo grooves.


Billy Cobham Melodic Pattern

 

Found in an old Billy Cobham drum clinic video, this pattern combines a 3-note pattern in the left hand with a 4-note pattern in the right hand, resulting in a unique and challenging drum kit melody. Billy Cobham was one of my biggest early influences and his unique drumming on the albums ‘Spectrum’ and ‘Total…