Zoom Drum Lessons

This Covid thing isn’t going away, so like everyone else, I have to make adjustments.  I’m still waiting on some audio gear, but hope to offer online Zoom drum lessons soon.  ••• From hand technique, rudiments and chops, to timing and groove concepts, reading, or just how to get started… I’m happy to share what…More

Half Time Shuffle Variations

I’ve always loved the half-time shuffle feel, a la Bernard Purdie. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different Hi-Hat variations while keeping the rest locked in. Needs work, but there’s for some interesting vibes … Here are three variations:More

Chop Builders

I sometimes get the question on how I come up with combinations/melodies/fills around the kit. That’s a tough one to answer, because when I play, I play, and try not to think (in concepts and combinations). Having said that, there are exercises that have helped me develop dexterity around the kit, and that allow me…More

Common – Like Water for Chocolate

I can’t believe this record is almost twenty years old. It’s packed with great beats by Questlove and others. The track “Heat” samples Tony Allen, Fela Kuti’s one-time fellow band member and co-founder of the Afrobeat genre. Here are some beats from the record. – Beck Download the free pdfs HERE.More

Linear Drum Fill

This one’s for my drum students! Here are two great sounding Linear Fill combinations. Learn the sticking (and footing) first, play it slowly and gradually bring it up to speed. Make sure the pattern sounds even and not choppy. Focus an clarity and groove first, the speed will come. I demonstrate one example on the…More

Quarantine Beats

What do you do if you’re a drummer and in quarantine? Practice, of course! I no longer have the luxury of an acoustic kit at home, but I don’t let that stop me from creating, practicing and experimenting. I’m using a Roland TD-17KVX and trigger Addictive Drums 2 through my MacBook Pro. Having said that,…More

Rolling!

Practice Pad Time! This exercise will strengthen your weaker hand and help to make quick switches between paradiddle variations/rolls and accents. Start slow, and focus on timing and playing clean. Speed is a result of control. Here’s the PDF Sequence: Play “A” (right hand lead) followed by “1” Play “A” (left hand lead) followed by…More

A Latin Feel

This one’s got a latin feel.  A while ago I learned to play the cascara pattern with my left hand, so I can play open handed which frees up my right side. I’ve worked on going back and forth between both sides – inspires me to play and try different stuff. More