Category: Intermediate Lessons

Directional Stickings Part 3 – Paradiddles

 

The following exercises help you begin to apply the single, double & triple paradiddle rudiments on the drum kit by voicing each rudiment according to…


Directional Stickings Part 2 – Single Strokes Up Down & Around The Kit

 

This lesson examines various snare, tom tom & kick patterns for voicing single strokes around the drum kit in ‘circular’ and ‘up & down’ motions….


Six Stroke Roll Kick Substitution Lick

 

This simple drum lick incorporates the bass drum into the six-stroke roll drum rudiment, resulting in a more angular and heavily accented roll. An additional…


Swing Independence Part 2

 

This lesson expands your swing independence and four-way co-ordination skills by introducing the bass drum and hi-hat pedal as comping voices when improvising in jazz/swing…


Swing Independence Part 1

 

This lesson lays the foundation for jazz ‘comping’ (accompanying) on the snare drum by exploring the seven different possibilities for ‘filling in’ triplets in the…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Alternating Sticking & Open Hi-Hat Beats

 

In this lesson we take the sixteenth-note rock beat played with a two-handed alternating sticking and add open hi-hat notes in different positions and combinations,…


Sixteenth-Note-Open-Hi-Hat-Beats

 

Here we introduce open hi-hat notes and alternative hi-hat rhythms to the sixteenth-note rock beat. The beats in this lesson are useful for funk, fusion…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Alternating Sticking & Kick Additions

 

This lesson introduces an alternative, open-handed method for playing the sixteenth-note rock beat useful for faster tempos and feels that require a powerful, driving sixteenth-note…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents Part 2

 

In this two-part lesson we add various accent patterns and rhythmic variations to the sixteenth-note rock beat hi-hat part. Each hi-hat pattern is first played…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents Part 1

 

In this two-part lesson we add various accent patterns and rhythmic variations to the sixteenth-note rock beat hi-hat part. Each hi-hat pattern is first played…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Kick & Snare Additions

 

Here we add bass drum notes and snare ghost notes (aka grace notes) to the sixteenth-note rock beat feel in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the sixteenth-note rock beat in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


Directional Stickings Part 1 – Phrasing With Single Strokes

 

The exercises in this lesson take odd groupings of single strokes (alternating sticking) and apply them to the drum kit in a manner that takes…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Snare & Open Hi-Hat Additions

 

This set of intermediate-advanced beats adds bass drum notes, snare drum ghost notes (aka grace notes) and open hi-hat notes to the eighth-note rock beat…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

 

Here we add bass drum notes and snare ghost notes (aka grace notes) to the eighth-note rock beat feel in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


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…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the eighth-note rock beat in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions….


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…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Ride Cymbal Variations

 

This lesson shows you a set of ride cymbal accent patterns that add colour and texture to the eighth-note rock beat. The basic options for…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add bass drum notes and snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the quarter-note rock beat in eighth-note…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the quarter-note rock beat in eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions. As…


Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

 

Here we take the quarter-note rock beat hi-hat & snare pattern and add bass drum notes in various eighth-note and sixteenth note subdivisions. The resulting…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents

 

This lesson introduces various accented hi-hat patterns to the eighth-note rock beat as a simple but effective way of changing the feel of your beats.


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.

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…