Playing For The Song Pt.1 ?

A question from a student triggered a memory from fifteen years ago… and you get to hear me play a Tom Petty chorus. Wanted to share. Thanks again for watching and your support! Peace – beckMore

Timing & Coordination Groove Exercise

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)…More

Groove Idea

This one might be for the advanced drummer, because it does require a certain level of coordination and technique. The short groove idea is the result of a “happy accident” while playing around. I broke it down and transcribed it. It’s a three bar pattern that repeats itself. Check it out.More

Beat-Shift

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…More

Toxic

I had to cancel most one-on-one lessons because of Covid-19, but decided to have a little fun and breakbeatify a Britney Spears classic. Stay safe, and keep washing them hands! Aloha!More

STYLES

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…More

10 Fills Every Drummer Should Know

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…More