Category: Intermediate Lessons

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. Downloads: 

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. Downloads:    PDF Worksheet Sample: 

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. Downloads:

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. Downloads: 

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. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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. Downloads:

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.

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. Downloads:

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.   Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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). Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Preview:

Brazilian – Samba With Brushes

  This lesson shows you how to begin to interpret the Brazilian Samba groove with brushes. Downloads:

Brazilian – Samba Basics

  Coming from Brazil, the samba is a unique rhythm that opens up some interesting possibilities on the drum kit. Downloads:

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 a bossa-nova beat. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

Brazilian – Bossa-Nova Variations

  This lesson gives you a few neat variations to try on with your basic bossa-nova feel. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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 Songo, and how to piece them together. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

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, Cha Cha Cha and Latin Jazz. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

Afro Cuban – Cha Cha Cha

  Cha Cha Cha is a simple yet catchy Cuban rhythm that’s really fun to play on drum kit. It’s a great coordination exercise too. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

Afro Cuban – Cascara

  The Cascara is a simple but very important and widely-used rhythm in Afro-Cuban drumming. Once you memorize this pattern, many things you hear in Afro-Cuban music will start to make sense, I promise! Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:

Afro Cuban – Bongo Bell (Campana)

  More cowbell! This simple cowbell pattern is what drives a Salsa or Latin-Jazz ‘Montuno’ groove. It’s easy to play but it takes practice to make it really ‘swing’. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Sample:  

Afro Cuban – Bass Drum Tumbao

  This lesson shows you what you can do with your bass drum when playing in various Afro-Cuban styles. It’s not always on the beat like a samba or bossa nova, but more of an accent to help the groove along. Downloads:   PDF Worksheet Preview:

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