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One of my younger drum students loves Hard Rock, classic Heavy Metal, … and Star Trek. His favorite series is Star Trek: Enterprise, which features a version of Faith of the Heart (aka Where My Heart Will Take Me) as sung by Russell Watson. I made a quick transcription of the 1:18 min piece. It’sContinue reading “Star Trek: Enterprise – Theme Song Transcription”
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”
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”
Let your right hand teach your left.
Just a little playing and experimenting with different tunings. Enjoy.
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,Continue reading “Quarantine Beats”
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.
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”