Rudiments – Drag Paradiddle 1

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Drag Paradiddle 1 drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.


Rudiments – Double Stroke Roll

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Double Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.


Rudiments – Double Ratamacue

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Double Ratamacue drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.


Rudiments – Double Paradiddle

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Double Paradiddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.


Rudiments – Double Drag Tap

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Double Drag Tap drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be applied to the drum kit.


Jazz Brushes

 

Learning to play with brushes can be a great way to start discovering some of the secret sounds hidden inside your drum kit. This lesson introduces some basic brush techniques in a jazz/swing context.


Foot Technique – Double Strokes

 

This lesson on foot technique helps you begin to unlock the secrets of developing speed and power into your bass drum and pedal hi-hat strokes.


Foot Technique – Basics

 

This lesson introduces the 3 basic foot strokes used by drummers to achieve a variety of sounds and feels.


Drum Tuning – Tom Toms

 

In this lesson you’ll learn how to tune your high and low tom toms for optimal tone and projection.


Drum Tuning – Snare Drum

 

Tuning your snare correctly is important for getting the right sound for any particular style of music. This lesson shows you the basics of snare tuning.


Drum Tuning – Bass Drum

 

This lesson is an in-depth introduction to tuning your bass drum. It covers the basic concept of tuning your bass drum and shows you how to achieve a few different sounds using the same drum.


Play-along – You And The Night And The Music

 

Sacha performs to our play-along version of “You And The Night And The Music”. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Oleo

 

In this performance video, Sacha plays “Oleo” – a typical example of the AABA rhythm changes song form. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Green Dolphin Street

 

“Green Dolphin Street” is a popular jazz standard which can be played many ways. This version uses a simple medium swing feel but also modulates between two different keys, giving it a unique sense of momentum. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Georgia On My Mind

 

This is a slow 12/8 version of the popular standard “Georgia On My Mind”. It starts off nice and easy but builds and builds and by the end you should have had some good fun. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Dr Smooth

 

This play-along track is great for practicing your rock and funk grooves with sixteenth-note subdivisions. There’s a lot of different ways you could interpret this track on the kit (e.g. really heavy or really airy and light) and you can watch Sacha’s interpretation in the video. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go…


Play-along – Damas Cha Cha Cha

 

In this lesson, Sacha performs to a play-along track called “Damas Cha Cha Cha” – a traditional Cuban cha cha cha with a modern edge. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Caravan

 

This track is a fairly typical modern jazz trio rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”. Keep in mind that once the melody starts, the song is based on AABA form. The feel for the A sections is a loose ‘swinging latin’ groove, and the B section changes to swing.


Play-along – C Jam Blues

 

12-Bar Blues is the most basic jazz form, and learning to play and feel it is essential to become a great jazz player. “C Jam Blues” was written by Duke Ellington and is one of the simplest songs ever written, but also one of the most catchy.


Play-along – Bernies Tune

 

“Bernie’s Tune” is an example of the AABA jazz form. In this version we have a 2-feel in the A sections (2 beats to the bar), and a 4-feel in the B section (4 beats to the bar) – listen for the bass to help you along.


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 how to count and play triplets. The downloadable sheet music also shows you how they’re written.


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 still interacting with the band.


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.


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.


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.


Licks – Woody Woodpecker

 

I came up with this 9-note drum lick back at university and has had people asking about it ever since. One YouTube commenter said it sounded like Woody Woodpecker laughing…hence it’s name.


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 nicely in your bag of drumming tricks.