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Upcoming Lessons In 2019

Upcoming Lessons In 2019

January 7, 2019
Welcome to the new sachakdrums.com!It’s been several...
Drum Kit Notation Guide

Drum Kit Notation Guide

January 7, 2019

This free PDF serves as...

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...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Snare & Open Hi-Hat Additions

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Snare & Open Hi-Hat Additions

January 10, 2019

 

This set of intermediate-advanced beats adds bass drum notes, snare drum ghost notes (aka grace notes) and open hi-hat notes to the eighth-note rock beat...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

January 10, 2019

 

Here we add bass drum notes and snare ghost notes (aka grace notes) to the eighth-note rock beat feel in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions....

Paradiddle-diddle Fills & The PaPadiddle-diddle

Paradiddle-diddle Fills & The PaPadiddle-diddle

January 10, 2019

 

This lesson shows you several ways to apply the paradiddle-diddle rudiment to the drum kit using simple voicings, additional accents and combining it with the...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Open Hi-Hat Additions

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Open Hi-Hat Additions

January 6, 2019

 

This lesson demonstrates a large group of useful beats – all variations to the eighth-note rock beat with sixteenth-note bass drum additions as well as...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

January 6, 2019

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the eighth-note rock beat in various eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions....

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

January 6, 2019

 

This series of beats introduces sixteenth-note bass drum additions to the eighth-note rock beat and is a great step into counting and playing syncopated grooves...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Ride Cymbal Variations

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Ride Cymbal Variations

January 6, 2019

 

This lesson shows you a set of ride cymbal accent patterns that add colour and texture to the eighth-note rock beat. The basic options for...

Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Additions

January 5, 2019

 

In this lesson we add bass drum notes and snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the quarter-note rock beat in eighth-note...

Four-Way Independence Drills – Triplets on Quarter Notes

Four-Way Independence Drills – Triplets on Quarter Notes

January 4, 2019

This set of independence & co-ordination exercises combines single-stroke, double-stroke and paradiddle stickings between the four limbs...

Four-Way Independence Drills – Eighth-Notes On Eighth-Notes

Four-Way Independence Drills – Eighth-Notes On Eighth-Notes

January 4, 2019

This lesson shows you 100 different ways to combine single-stroke and double-stroke stickings between the four limbs...

Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Snare Additions

January 4, 2019

 

In this lesson we add snare drum ghost notes (also known as grace notes) to the quarter-note rock beat in eighth-note and sixteenth-note positions. As...

Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

Quarter-Note Rock Beat Sixteenth-Note Kick Additions

January 4, 2019

 

Here we take the quarter-note rock beat hi-hat & snare pattern and add bass drum notes in various eighth-note and sixteenth note subdivisions. The resulting...

Eighth-Note Open Hi-Hat Beats Part 2

Eighth-Note Open Hi-Hat Beats Part 2

January 4, 2019

 

In this lesson we take the open hi-hat patterns learned in part one and combine them with a set of eighth-note bass drum variations/additions to...

Eighth-Note Open Hi-Hat Beats Part 1

Eighth-Note Open Hi-Hat Beats Part 1

January 4, 2019

 

This lesson introduces basic open hi-hat patterns to the eighth-note rock beat by placing open/closed hi-hat notes in different eighth-note positions in the bar. If...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Hi-Hat Accents

January 3, 2019

 

This lesson introduces various accented hi-hat patterns to the eighth-note rock beat as a simple but effective way of changing the feel of your beats.

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Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 3

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 3

January 3, 2019

 

This 3-part lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding & subtracting bass drum notes in various...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 2

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 2

January 3, 2019

 

This 3-part lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding & subtracting bass drum notes in various...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 1

Eighth-Note Rock Beat Eighth-Note Kick Additions Part 1

January 3, 2019

 

This 3-part lesson expands on the eighth-note rock beat and contains 112 exercises – all based on adding & subtracting bass drum notes in various...

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

January 3, 2019

 

This lessons shows you how to play the 4/4 Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat, plus a few useful hi-hat variations involving accents and alternate hi-hat rhythms for...

Eighth-Note Rock Beat

Eighth-Note Rock Beat

January 2, 2019

 

The Eighth-Note Rock Beat is one of the fundamental beats in drumming and one of the cornerstone rhythmic feels in western popular music. Once you...

Quarter-Note Rock Beat

Quarter-Note Rock Beat

January 2, 2019

 

The Quarter-Note Rock Beat (initially introduced to me as the “2/4 Beat”) is the first thing I ever learned to play on drums. After that...

Pimping Your Singles, Doubles & Paradiddles

Pimping Your Singles, Doubles & Paradiddles

January 11, 2016

 

This quick lesson/practice tip shows you a simple way to achieve more consistency when changing between singles, doubles and paradiddles.

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Extending The Six Stroke Roll

Extending The Six Stroke Roll

January 10, 2016

 

The six-stroke roll is a versatile and musical rudiment, but it’s non-alternating nature gives it some limitations that this lesson helps to overcome, making it...

Extending The Flam Accent

Extending The Flam Accent

January 8, 2016

 

This group of exercises shows you some extensions and modifications to the flam accent rudiment with the aim of enhancing it’s usefulness as a musical...

Sixteenth-Note Kick Grooves

Sixteenth-Note Kick Grooves

April 10, 2015

 

This lesson shows you a set of bass drum variations for your rock & funk beats. This means that bass drum notes may fall on...

Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Grooves

Sixteenth-Note Kick & Snare Grooves

April 10, 2015

 

This lesson shows you a set of combined bass drum and snare drum variations for your rock & funk beats. This means that bass drum...

Polyrhythms For Dummies

Polyrhythms For Dummies

August 27, 2014

 

This lesson introduces you to the concept of polyrhythms, and demonstrates the formula for working out everything from basic and advanced polyrhythms based on any...

Performing with Chukale – “Chan Chan”

Performing with Chukale – “Chan Chan”

August 24, 2014

I’ve been using a new camera to record some gigs lately so I’ll be sharing the footage from...

Hi-Hat Control Exercises

Hi-Hat Control Exercises

August 19, 2014

 

This lesson aims to get you using your hi-hats more dynamically and creatively. The exercises themselves are rooted in 4-way co-ordination and take you through...

Swinging Latin Grooves

Swinging Latin Grooves

August 13, 2014

 

These ‘swinging latin’ grooves came out of the bebop era, when Cuban percussion rhythms were being introduced to American jazz. They are often used in...

Drum Fills For 4/4 Rock & Funk

Drum Fills For 4/4 Rock & Funk

August 1, 2014

 

In this video, you’ll see 55 different 4/4 drum fills that you can copy and try out in your own drumming. They start out simple...

Songo Triplet Lick

Songo Triplet Lick

July 16, 2014

 

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...

Stick Technique – Traditional Grip

Stick Technique – Traditional Grip

June 24, 2014

 

Ever see those drummers who hold one of their sticks funny? If you want to know what that’s all about this lesson shows you why...

Stick Technique – The Basics

Stick Technique – The Basics

June 24, 2014

 

Never held a drum stick before, or just want to know if you’re on the right track? This is the lesson for you. You’ll learn...

Stick Technique – Rim Shots

Stick Technique – Rim Shots

June 24, 2014

 

This lesson shows you how to draw out maximum power and tone from your snare drum using a common technique called the rim shot.

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Stick Technique – Matched Grip

Stick Technique – Matched Grip

June 24, 2014

 

Matched Grip’ is the most practical and commonly used grip for modern drummers. This lesson shows you the basic concept, and the 3 variations on...

Stick Technique – Dynamic Strokes

Stick Technique – Dynamic Strokes

June 24, 2014

This is one of my favourite concepts to teach. The ‘Dynamic Strokes’ (Full, Down, Tap, Up) are key in an approach to stick technique that...

Rudiments – Triple Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Triple Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Triple Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Triple Ratamacue

Rudiments – Triple Ratamacue

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Triple Paradiddle

Rudiments – Triple Paradiddle

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Thirteen Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Thirteen Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Thirteen Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Ten Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Ten Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Ten Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Swiss Army Triplet

Rudiments – Swiss Army Triplet

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Swiss Army Triplet drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Six Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Six Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Six Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Single Stroke Seven

Rudiments – Single Stroke Seven

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Stroke Seven drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Single Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Single Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Single Stroke Four

Rudiments – Single Stroke Four

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Stroke Four drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Single Ratamacue

Rudiments – Single Ratamacue

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Single Paradiddle

Rudiments – Single Paradiddle

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Single Flammed Mill

Rudiments – Single Flammed Mill

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Flammed Mill drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways...

Rudiments – Single Dragadiddle

Rudiments – Single Dragadiddle

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Dragadiddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be...

Rudiments – Single Drag Tap

Rudiments – Single Drag Tap

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Single Drag Tap drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Seventeen Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Seventeen Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Seventeen Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Seven Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Seven Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Seven Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Pataflafla

Rudiments – Pataflafla

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Paradiddle-diddle

Rudiments – Paradiddle-diddle

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Nine Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Nine Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Nine Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Multiple Bounce Roll

Rudiments – Multiple Bounce Roll

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Multiple Bounce Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Inverted Flam Tap

Rudiments – Inverted Flam Tap

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Inverted Flam Tap drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Flamacue

Rudiments – Flamacue

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Flam

Rudiments – Flam

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Flam Tap

Rudiments – Flam Tap

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Flam Tap drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be...

Rudiments – Flam Paradiddle

Rudiments – Flam Paradiddle

June 24, 2014

 

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

Rudiments – Flam Paradiddle-diddle

Rudiments – Flam Paradiddle-diddle

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Flam Paradiddle-diddle drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be...

Rudiments – Flam Drag

Rudiments – Flam Drag

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Flam Drag drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be...

Rudiments – Flam Accent

Rudiments – Flam Accent

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Flam Accent drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can be...

Rudiments – Five Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Five Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Five Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Fifteen Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Fifteen Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Fifteen Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Eleven Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Eleven Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Eleven Stroke Roll drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Drag

Rudiments – Drag

June 24, 2014

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

Rudiments – Drag Paradiddle 2

Rudiments – Drag Paradiddle 2

June 24, 2014

 

In this lesson, Sacha demonstrates the Drag Paradiddle 2 drum rudiment on the snare drum, then shows you one of the many ways it can...

Rudiments – Drag Paradiddle 1

Rudiments – Drag Paradiddle 1

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Rudiments – Double Stroke Roll

Rudiments – Double Stroke Roll

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Rudiments – Double Ratamacue

Rudiments – Double Ratamacue

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Rudiments – Double Paradiddle

Rudiments – Double Paradiddle

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Rudiments – Double Drag Tap

Rudiments – Double Drag Tap

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Jazz Brushes

Jazz Brushes

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Foot Technique – Double Strokes

Foot Technique – Double Strokes

June 24, 2014

 

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.

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Foot Technique – Basics

Foot Technique – Basics

June 24, 2014

 

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

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Drum Tuning – Tom Toms

Drum Tuning – Tom Toms

June 24, 2014

 

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

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Drum Tuning – Snare Drum

Drum Tuning – Snare Drum

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Drum Tuning – Bass Drum

Drum Tuning – Bass Drum

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Play-along – You And The Night And The Music

Play-along – You And The Night And The Music

June 24, 2014

 

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.

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Play-along – Oleo

Play-along – Oleo

June 24, 2014

 

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

Play-along – Green Dolphin Street

Play-along – Green Dolphin Street

June 24, 2014

 

“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...

Play-along – Georgia On My Mind

Play-along – Georgia On My Mind

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Play-along – Dr Smooth

Play-along – Dr Smooth

June 24, 2014

 

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...

Play-along – Damas Cha Cha Cha

Play-along – Damas Cha Cha Cha

June 23, 2014

 

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....

Play-along – Caravan

Play-along – Caravan

June 23, 2014

 

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...

Play-along – C Jam Blues

Play-along – C Jam Blues

June 23, 2014

 

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...

Play-along – Bernies Tune

Play-along – Bernies Tune

June 23, 2014

 

“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...

How To Play Triplets

How To Play Triplets

June 22, 2014

 

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

Trading Drum Solos

June 22, 2014

 

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

Rudiment Applications – Six Stroke Roll 2

June 22, 2014

 

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

Rudiment Applications – Six Stroke Roll 1

June 22, 2014

 

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

Rudiment Applications – Single Paradiddle

June 22, 2014

 

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

Rudiment Applications – Single & Double Paradiddles

June 22, 2014

 

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

Rudiment Applications – Inverted Paradiddles

June 22, 2014

 

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

Metric Modulation

June 22, 2014

 

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

Licks – Woody Woodpecker

June 22, 2014

 

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

Licks – The Blushda

June 22, 2014

 

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

Licks – Steve Gadd Drum Lick

June 22, 2014

 

Here’s a really cool drum lick made famous by the great Steve Gadd. Remarkably simple but really effective when practiced right.

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Licks – Speed Exercise – Directional Triplets

Licks – Speed Exercise – Directional Triplets

June 22, 2014

 

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

Licks – 6-Note Speed Lick

June 22, 2014

 

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

Free Playing – With No Pulse

June 22, 2014

 

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

Free Playing – Songo Grooves

June 22, 2014

 

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

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Billy Cobham Melodic Pattern

Billy Cobham Melodic Pattern

June 22, 2014

 

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

Twelve Eight Rock Beat

June 22, 2014

 

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

Twelve Eight Rock Beat Variations

June 22, 2014

 

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

Swing – Advanced Snare & Kick Combinations

June 22, 2014

 

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

Steve Gadd’s 32nd-Note Groove

June 22, 2014

 

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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

Sixteenth-Note Rock Beat

June 22, 2014

 

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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

Rock Shuffle

June 22, 2014

 

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

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Rock Shuffle Beats

Rock Shuffle Beats

June 22, 2014

 

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

Quarter-Note Rock Beat

June 22, 2014

 

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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

Open Hi-Hat Beats

June 22, 2014

 

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

Jazz Cymbal Beat

June 22, 2014

 

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

Jazz Cymbal Beat Variations

June 22, 2014

 

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

Jazz Coordination One Beat Combinations

June 19, 2014

 

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

Jazz Coordination Master List

June 19, 2014

 

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

Half-Time Shuffle

June 19, 2014

 

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

Half-Time Shuffle Variations

June 19, 2014

 

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

Funky Drummer Beat

June 19, 2014

 

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

Funk Over Swing Polyrhythm

June 19, 2014

 

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

Eighth-Note Rock Beat

June 19, 2014

 

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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

Eighth-Note Kick Drum Beats

June 19, 2014

 

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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

Cowbell Funk

June 19, 2014

 

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

Brazilian – Samba With Brushes

June 19, 2014

 

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

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Brazilian – Samba Basics

Brazilian – Samba Basics

June 19, 2014

 

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

Brazilian – Bossa-Nova

June 19, 2014

 

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

Brazilian – Bossa-Nova Variations

June 19, 2014

 

This lesson gives you a few neat variations to try on with your basic bossa-nova feel.

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Afro Cuban – Songo

Afro Cuban – Songo

June 19, 2014

 

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

Afro Cuban – The Clave

June 19, 2014

 

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

Afro Cuban – Cha Cha Cha

June 19, 2014

 

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

Afro Cuban – Cascara

June 19, 2014

 

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...

Afro Cuban – Bongo Bell (Campana)

Afro Cuban – Bongo Bell (Campana)

June 18, 2014

 

More cowbell! This simple cowbell pattern is what drives a Salsa or Latin-Jazz ‘Montuno’ groove. It’s easy to play but it takes practice to make...

Afro Cuban – Bass Drum Tumbao

Afro Cuban – Bass Drum Tumbao

June 18, 2014

 

This lesson shows you what you can do with your bass drum when playing in various Afro-Cuban styles. It’s not always on the...