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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…


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…


Twelve Eight Rock Beat Variations

 

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

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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…


Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

 

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Steve Gadd invented some killer grooves over the years and this is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly simple but…


Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

 

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Learning the sixteenth-note rock beat opens the drummer up the mountains of possibilities available for creating different types of rock,…


Rock Shuffle

 

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

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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.

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Quarter-Note Rock Beat

 

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This lesson introduces the basic feel behind rock and pop drumming. Also a great coordination exercise, this beat is often…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Eighth-Note Rock Beat

 

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The eighth note rock beat is the most commonly used drum beat in popular music today. After mastering this lesson,…


Eighth-Note Kick Drum Beats

 

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This lesson shows you a set of simple bass drum variations to the eighth-note rock beat. Bass drum notes may…


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…


Brazilian – Samba With Brushes

 

This lesson shows you how to begin to interpret the Brazilian Samba groove with brushes.

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Brazilian – Samba Basics

 

Coming from Brazil, the samba is a unique rhythm that opens up some interesting possibilities on the drum kit.

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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…