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.

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 kit including three toms, but the possibilities are endless.

Play around and see if you can come up with your own orchestrations of the patterns!

Happy drumming and I hope to see you In Real Life soon!

Be well! – Beck

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, nothing beats a REAL drum kit and I look forward to striking plastic and metal objects in rhythmic intervals, with carved wooden dowels.

Hopefully sooner than later.

Aloha!

– Beck

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 “2”
  • Play “B” (right hand lead) followed by “1”
  • Play “B” (left hand lead) followed by “2” …. and so on and so forth