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The U. S. Marine Band has compiled six volumes of John Philip Souza marches that you can check out for free.
This video investigates whether or not tuning a drum to the resonant pitch of the shell makes a difference and checks to see how much the resonant pitch of the shell changes with and without hardware intact.
Cymbals are more than just pieces of metal that we strike. This article goes into the alloys that make up the various cymbals we play.
Cymbals are so versatile. You can change their sounds by how you strike them, where you strike them, and what you strike them with. Let’s take a look at the different sounds you can get from your cymbals.
This video demonstrates the difference between maple, bubinga, and walnut Tama Star drum sets.
Joshua Hanlon from BrickPodcast.com talks with Brian Melick about his drum set constructed out of LEGO.
For this shootout, we are going to learn about five different snare sounds from well-known recordings and how to achieve those sounds.
While it is prevalent in blues, the shuffle rhythm is used in almost every style of early and modern music. Here are some common shuffles, how to play them, and musical examples of each one.
This video demonstrates side by side comparisons between different crash- ride cymbals of different companies.
Here are some more double bass grooves using different subdivisions. There are written with quarter note leads hands, but also play them as 8th notes on the ride and hi-hats.
Now that we have a double bass foundation from our previous lesson, let’s add some different rhythms to your footwork.
Let’s start playing some double bass. The following lesson will get you started using both feet to play using two bass drums or a double pedal.
Thanks to Jamie Eads for having me as a guest on The Drum Shuffle.
This video demonstrates the difference between different Remo, Aquarian, and Evans snare drum heads on the same drum.
This video demonstrates the difference between birch, maple, mahogany, poplar, and walnut woods on the same sized toms.
These are a continuation of the basic beats to further your drumming vocabulary.
Here is a video demonstrating the difference between die-cast and triple flanged hoops on a snare drum with same heads and tuning.
I usually see the rudiments performed at a brisk speed, which can make them difficult to learn Here is a video of the rudiments played slowly. Below are links to the specific timestamp link for each one.
These are the quarter note version of the Basic Beat Study
Here is a video on how to prepare and package a drum set for shipping or storage.
As drummers, we now have an abundance of great drumming podcasts to listen to and learn from. Each of the following six podcasts has its own personality and take on drumming.
You can make the same guitar rhythm sound and feel completely different depending on what you play. Here, we will take a shuffle and modulate it to a straight 4/4 beat by dropping one beat.
A song with an interesting drum introduction can grab your attention and pull you into wanting to hear more. Here is a list of a few of those songs that start with great drumming intros.
If you’re looking online for drumming transcriptions, http://www.DrumSetSheetMusic.com has indexed over 16k drum transcriptions.
A song with an interesting drum introduction can grab your attention and pull you into wanting to hear more. Here is a list of a few MORE of those songs that start with great drumming intros.
A song with an interesting drum introduction can grab your attention and pull you into wanting to hear more. Some of these parts are just as iconic as the song’s guitar riff. There are many to choose from in different styles. Here is a list of a few of those songs that start with great drumming intros.
This is a coordination exercise written in 4/4.. This can create rhythmic tension in your songs and solos.
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We all have those days when you sit down at the drums and nothing seems to be going right, the playing is sloppy, the timing is off, and it just isn’t inspiring. Here are some things you can do about that.
Along with analyzing other drummer’s parts, also analyzing what the other musicians are doing in your favorite songs will help you to become a more musical drummer. Here is how I suggest you go about doing that.
Lessons are about much more than music. They teach you life lessons that you learn along the way.
This is a basic beat in 4/4 with accents phrased in 5 on the hi-hat. This can create rhythmic tension in your songs and solos.
If you’ve ever gone through a period of time where you feel like everything you play sounds the same or you just want to come up with some new ideas, here are some things to help you get creative with your playing.
If your drums are in good condition and you want to keep them that way, I recommend investing in cases or bags for when you transport them.
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Here is a list of some apps that will help you with your drumming journey.
Here are some places where you can find tracks with no drums that you can play along to.
The Cuban songo is an interesting syncopated rhythm that can sound really funky and can really groove. Here is a variation done by moving the right hand quarter notes around the drumset.
Let’s take a basic shuffle beat and throw in quarter note triplets with the different limbs while playing the shuffle.
We are going to take a couple of triplet shuffle rhythms and modulate them to 8th notes. This can me make the time feel elastic when done right.
As a musician who plays the drums, your partner in rhythm in the band is the bass player. Here are some examples of how the drums and bass work together in different musical situations.
We are going to break down this tom groove. It is done with one bass drum, but it can give the impression of double bass depending on how you tune the toms and how fast you play it.
Independence using paradiddles.
Even more exercises played against the standard jazz ride pattern.
More exercises played against the standard jazz ride pattern.
The ability to play rhythms against each other is important no matter what style of music you play. These exercises vary the three limbs against the standard jazz ride pattern.
This is a creative use of a 4 over 3 polyrhythm.
You can play a really cool sounding polyrhythm by phrasing the bass drum every 3 sixteenth notes in a standard 4/4 pattern. This can add some rhythmic tension to your playing.
These exercises will help to strengthen your double stroke rolls. Practice these with a metronome and only play as fast as you can execute these comfortably.
These are a continuation of the basic beats. Here are some more advanced beats and fills incorporating different styles.
In this lesson, we will modulate the jazz cymbal pattern by subdividing quarter notes into quarter note triplets, and then subdividing each of those triplets into eighth note triplets as a polyrhythm. It’s easier than it sounds.
The six stroke roll is also commonly applied to the drum set. Let’s explore some of the ways we can orchestrate it.
The double paradiddle is a versatile and musical rudiment to apply to the drum set. Let’s look at a few ways to do that.
Making each stroke of the doubles dynamically even.
Sometimes the difference between a good performance and a great performance is expression; playing and moving the music dynamically. One of the best ways to improve your playing is to work on your dynamics. This article discusses some things that will help you play more dynamically.
This is an introduction to using the hi-hat foot in your playing.
You can get some really cool sounds playing 16th note hi-hat beats with alternating hand and foot patterns. The challenge is to alternate the hi-hat with the hand and foot without getting any open hi-hat sounds. This exercise explores some things you can do with this concept.
Here are some more linear beats to work on.
Use these exercises to build your linear vocabulary.
Use the paradiddle to get some melodic phrasing around the drum set.
This is the 16th note version of the Basic Beats Study. Play each exercise with a metronome at different tempos.
The beats and fills in these four measure phrases are a good introduction to what’s most commonly played on the drums.
Linear drumming (playing only one drum or cymbal at a time) has a funky, syncopated feel to it. This lesson will get you started.
Working on reading drum notation is primarily about developing hand-eye coordination. This lesson will help you to do just that.
We are going to take a basic beat and modulate it using different subdivisions. This gives the impression that you are speeding up or slowing down but the actual tempo does not change.
The single stroke 4 is frequently used as a popular fill around the drum set. This rudiment seems plain enough but if we apply it to different drums, experiment with the phrasing, and work it up to speed, it can sound really impressive. Here are a couple of variations.
When you’re trying to find drumsticks that feel great to play, it is helpful to know the characteristics that affect their performance. Let’s take a look at the things that make the difference.
Have you ever been told that your solos sound like drums falling down a flight of stairs? Here are some thoughts on making drum solos musical.
Even more 2 limb coordination exercises.
More 2 limb coordination exercises.
The following are two-way independence exercises to help increase coordination between the limbs. They will make it easier to play complex patterns on the drum set.
If you play the drums with the goal of being in a band, the sooner you can start playing with other musicians, the better. If you are having trouble finding other musicians to play with, an option could be to attend an open mic night jam at a nearby bar or club.
The following questions will help you think about your drumming goals to keep you on track towards a year of progress and improvement.
You can help your child by encouraging them to practice. Here are some tips that will help.
Now we’re going back to the first gear exercise to add accents on the first of every 4 notes in each subdivision.
Once you feel comfortable with the subdivisions from the previous exercise, go through these pages to switch between all of them.
One of the many benefits of practicing the rudiments is the control and coordination that you get by applying accents, flams, and drags to various stickings. These exercises extend that concept by using triplet marching grids.
“Voyage LA” Magazine recently did an interview with yours truly.
5 questions with Ranjeet Chakraborty.
This is an introduction to playing jazz swing time on the drums. These exercises will give you the basic independence needed to play jazz.
Working with a metronome will help to improve your sense of time. Include it in your practice routine. Here are some tips to help.
Keeping track of what you practice can show you what needs attention and give you the motivation to keep going. You can use this log below to keep track of your progress. Write down when and what you practice, metronome settings, and other info.
If you’ve lost the motivation to play or practice, here are nine things you can do to bring back the desire and passion you once had for the drums.
This is a great way to build your speed and control using hertas.
You can subdivide notes into any denomination. Practice the following exercise to get used to the feel of each subdivision.
Whether you’re auditioning for a local band, national tour, or a recording session, here are some tips to help you with the auditioning process.
Love it or hate it, most drummers would agree that they should practice with a metronome on a regular basis. Here are three reasons to make metronome work a part of your practice activity.
Here is a brief interview with my student Joshua Skinner.
Here are five suggestions that can simplify your setup and tear down time.
Experiment with getting different tones out of your snare by playing it in different spots.
For some, performing in front of others can produce feelings of terror and anxiety. Here are some strategies and thoughts on what you can do to deal with stagefright.
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In this third exercise, we will continue using singles and doubles to balance the limbs.
This second exercise is commonly known as a paradiddle pyramid. It uses the strategically placed singles and doubles to balance the limbs. The concept is to play two single (paradiddles) followed by two doubles and two triples; then back to two doubles and two...
The rudiments are the ABCs of drumming. Practicing them consistently can do wonders for your control and co-ordination.
Drummers naturally have a stronger and weaker hand (or foot). This is a deceptively simple exercise that is designed to even out both sides.
If you need staff paper to transcribe your music, feel free to use these. Click the links below to download and print them.
In the previous lesson, we worked on our timekeeping skills by articulating the sixteenth note subdivisions. It’s a good idea to do the same with other subdivisions. Today we will look at eighth note triplets.
Generally, when we play with a click track, it gives us the first part of the beat and we are responsible for the rest of the subdivisions. These exercises will help you to sharpen your timekeeping skills by focusing on those subdivisions.
Being able to read music is so beneficial to a musician and it’s not that hard to learn. This explains the essentials of reading drum notation.
Recording acoustic drums is one of the most difficult studio tasks. The following are some tips to get your drums ready before you enter the recording studio. (These tips are good for keeping your drums in good working order in general).
This exercise is a sweep around the drum set designed so that the right-hand moves counter clockwise while the left-hand moves clockwise. This is good for developing mobility around the drum set but you can also use it creatively for solo and fill ideas.
If you are planning to buy your first drum set either for yourself or for your child, here are the basics of what you need to know to make an informed buying decision.
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