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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…


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…


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…


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…


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Licks – Woody Woodpecker

 

I came up with this 9-note drum lick back at university and have had people asking about it ever since. One YouTube commenter said it…


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…


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…


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…


Free Playing – Songo Grooves

 

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

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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…