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

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

July 16, 2019

 

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

Six Stroke Roll Kick Substitution Lick

July 15, 2019

 

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

Swing Independence Part 2

February 14, 2019

 

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

Swing Independence Part 1

February 12, 2019

 

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...

The Swing Cymbal Beat

The Swing Cymbal Beat

February 11, 2019

 

The swing cymbal beat is the fundamental drum feel of jazz music. The beat itself is simple; consisting of only ride cymbal and hi-hat pedal...

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

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

January 25, 2019

 

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

Sixteenth-Note-Open-Hi-Hat-Beats

January 24, 2019

 

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

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Alternating Sticking & Kick Additions

January 23, 2019

 

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

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents Part 2

January 21, 2019

 

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

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents Part 1

January 21, 2019

 

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

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Kick & Snare Additions

January 16, 2019

 

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

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Snare Additions

January 16, 2019

 

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....

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Kick Additions

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat Kick Additions

January 15, 2019

 

This lesson introduces sixteenth-note bass drum additions to the sixteenth-note rock beat and is a great step into counting and playing syncopated grooves and developing...

Directional Stickings Part 1 – Phrasing With Single Strokes

Directional Stickings Part 1 – Phrasing With Single Strokes

January 13, 2019

 

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...

Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

January 11, 2019

 

Steve Gadd’s highly inventive approach to creating original beats is typified and immortalised in this awesome thirty-second-note groove, based on a re-voiced inverted double stroke...

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