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.


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.


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 things you’ve learned and see what feels good to play in that moment. It’s about pure expression and exploration – like going for a walk deep in the woods and…


Free Playing – Streetbeats

 

Sacha warming up to record some lessons by improvising some New Orleans ‘streetbeats’ aka ‘second line’ grooves.


Free Playing – Songo Grooves

 

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


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 right hand, resulting in a unique and challenging drum kit melody. Billy Cobham was one of my biggest early influences and his unique drumming on the albums ‘Spectrum’ and ‘Total…


Twelve Eight Rock Beat

 

This lesson introduces the Twelve-Eight Rock Beat: a great rhythm to learn when you’re learning rock and also interested in music that uses the shuffle / swing feel.


Twelve Eight Rock Beat Variations

 

This lesson gives you some simple ideas to add flavor to your Twelve-Eight rock beats.


Swing – Advanced Snare & Kick Combinations

 

In this mini-lesson, Sacha demonstrates some great swing coordination exercises that really put your snare drum and bass drum to work! When you practice these for yourself, take them really slow – it’s the only way to make sure you’re putting everything in the right place.


Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

 

Steve Gadd invented some killer grooves over the years and this is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly simple but really, very cool when used right.


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

 

Learning the sixteenth-note rock beat opens the drummer up the mountains of possibilities available for creating different types of rock, pop, & funk beats.


Rock Shuffle

 

The rock shuffle is a triplet-based rock beat that introduces the drummer to the ‘swing’ feel.


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.


Quarter-Note Rock Beat

 

This lesson introduces the basic feel behind rock and pop drumming. Also a great coordination exercise, this beat is often the first thing that a drummer will learn.


Open Hi-Hat Beats

 

This lesson shows you various rock/funk beats that require you to open and close your hi-hats. You’ll see a few very important technical tips for getting a clean open and closed sound from your hi-hats.


Jazz Cymbal Beat

 

The jazz cymbal beat is the rhythmic foundation of jazz and swing drumming. After learning this short, simple beat, you are on the way to developing your voice in the jazz language.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


Funk Over Swing Polyrhythm

 

In this video, Sacha plays a swing coordination exercise where the right hand plays a traditional cymbal beat while the other three limbs play a funk beat in a polyrhythm by grouping the triplets into groups of eight. Don’t let the backbeat fool you – the primary beat is held by the ride cymbal!


Eighth-Note Rock Beat

 

The eighth note rock beat is the most commonly used drum beat in popular music today. After mastering this lesson, you unlock the basic skills used in all of rock drumming.


Eighth-Note Kick Drum Beats

 

This lesson shows you a set of simple bass drum variations to the eighth-note rock beat. Bass drum notes may fall on any eighth-note in a given bar.


Cowbell Funk

 

This is essentially a video response to a YouTube video Sacha posted a few years back. Quite a few people wanted to know what was going on so he decided to make a comprehensive lesson out of it. You can find the original video on YouTube by searching for “Cowbell Funk”.


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 a bossa-nova beat.