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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:
In the age of flashy YouTube and Instagram drumming stars it’s easy to forget that it’s surprisingly hard to play slow beats with lots of space between the notes. It makes sense to me: The more notes you pack into a beat, the easier it is to get away with sloppy placement or bad timing.Continue reading “Leaving Space Grooves”
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.
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 meContinue reading “Chop Builders”
… or in here. Here’s a short jungle-beat/breakbeat inspired improv. Enjoy!
Let your right hand teach your left.
Just a little playing and experimenting with different tunings. Enjoy.
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 theContinue reading “Linear Drum Fill”
This quarantine has me practicing stuff that’s out of my comfort zone. Good. That’s the only way to grow and get better.