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)Continue reading “Timing & Coordination Groove Exercise”
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.
Let your right hand teach your left.
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 AContinue reading “Beat-Shift”
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!
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 drumContinue reading “STYLES”
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 slowContinue reading “10 Fills Every Drummer Should Know”
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
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,Continue reading “Rates & 16th Note Variations”
Here’s a cool exercise one of my teachers shared with me, a long time ago: You play 14 different 16th note variations on the hi-hat, one per measure, while keeping a continually repeated pattern (ostinato) on the bass drum and snare. The bass drum syncopation includes a note on the “a” and “&” of theContinue reading “16th Note Hi-Hat Variations Loop”