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.


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.



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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.



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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…

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…

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.


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…

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,…

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.



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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…

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…

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…