Timing & Coordination Groove Exercise

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Aloha drummers!

Here’s a Timing/Coordination Groove Exercise I like to do. 

  • The bass drum plays a “Bo Diddley pattern.”
  • The left hand plays the 2 + 4 backbeat. 
  • The right hand moves through all the 16th note variations of a 4 note grouping on the Hi-Hat,  e.g.:

X… = Quarter Note (ONE e and a)

.X.. = 2nd 16th Note (one E and a)

..X. = the off beat (one e AND a)

…X = 4th 16th Note (one e and A)

[etc.]

2nd run through is BOTH hands in UNISON

This might be incredibly boring to watch (LOL), but it’s an exercise I’ve found tremendously helpful to develop coordination and good timing. 

Wanted to share.

Beat-Shift

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This one’s for my friend, Dauven, because he asked me about the beat-shifting thing.

Here’s an example with a click and a handclap on 2 & 4. Note: the high note of the click is on count “2.”

  • I shift the starting point of the groove, from 1 to 1E, to 1&, to 1 A – moving it one sixteenth note at a time.
  • It’s tricky because your mind tells you you’re off, and wants to establish a new reference point, a new “One”  …..  I love this sh*t

STYLES

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There are lots of materials out there on different styles and drum grooves. The sheer amount of method books and sheet music can be overwhelming.

I put together a PDF to provide a basic overview of grooves that are used in different styles.

You can download it HERE for free.

Whether you are a drum teacher or are learning by yourself , I hope you find it useful.

10 Fills Every Drummer Should Know

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10 Fills every drummer should know. Inspired by Stephen Taylor. I added/modified some fills, and of course, it’s more than 10 because some have variations…. “17 drum fills every drummer should know” just doesn’t sound as good. 😉

  • Use a metronome for the exercises and notice the spots where you tend to speed up/or slow down – aim for cconsistency.
  • Practice the fills by themselves first, then add one measure of groove before the fill, then three.
  • Once you’re comfortable with the fills as written, try to come up with your own orchestrations, while adhering to the fill sticking/rhythm

Adding the Bass Drum – The Loop

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Fellow drummers!
Here’s the last video of my short drum lesson on timing/coordination/subdivisons/rates.
My playing is not as clean as I want it to be, … I’m still working on these drills and ideas, but that’s what practice is all about.
I hope you find the information presented inspiring and useful.
Aloha!
– Beck

Rates & 16th Note Variations

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As a drum teacher I’ve noticed that one of the most difficult things for beginner drummers is to switch rates, e.g., to go from triplets to 16th notes, and moving between different 16th note variations.

This short exercise is designed so you can play along with me (or the click only), get comfortable with counting, and develop confidence in switching beats while keeping the tempo.

Try to keep a steady quarter note pulse on the bass drum during the exercise.

If you’re wondering about the sticking of some of the variations, you can find them in my PDF Kick Start.

– Beck

Ps.: I posted both play-alongs in the educational section on my website.