This short pamphlet is not a compendium of everything you can do on the drums. It does not cover rudiments and exotic rhythms, but instead focuses on establishing a basic, yet solid understanding of rhythmic values and shows how they are used in contemporary pop and rock drumming. By mastering the following exercises, you will be able to convincingly “fake” your way through just about any song on the radio and gain a firm musical foundation, which will set you up for further studies, whatever direction you chose to go.
Back to Basics! Great for folks who are new to the drums and want to kick-start their playing. I’ve used this PDF successfully with lots of my students.
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KICK START – Get Ready To Play
These exercises are designed for drummers who can “already play” a variety of grooves and fills, but feel stuck and are looking for fresh inspiration. Over the years, I’ve had many students who already played in bands but found themselves playing “the same old things” or didn’t know “what else to do.” At the same time there seems to be a lack of understanding of subdivisions and permutations. (“Do all those notes fit in one measure, really?” “16th notes are always super fast, right?”) If this sounds familiar, you might benefit greatly from the following pages.
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TIME WELL SPENT – A Handful Of Exercises That Work
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