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 meContinue reading “Chop Builders”

On learning new songs

For drummers, it’s imperative to know the arrangement/structure of the song. We are the conductors of the band, drive the beat and help create the sandbox that our band mates get to play in. We use fill-ins and dynamics to set up the different sections of a song and help the other band members toContinue reading “On learning new songs”

10 Fills Every Drummer Should Know

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”

Adding the Bass Drum – The Loop

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

16th Note Hi-Hat Variations Loop

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”

KICK START – Get Ready To Play!

Aspiring drummers and drum set instructors! I updated my instructional drumming PDF “Kick Start” (40 pages). It covers basic reading skills and coordination exercises, and helps the beginning drummer to master her first beats, fills, and gain confidence on the drum kit. I’ve used it successfully in my teaching practice for almost two years now.Continue reading “KICK START – Get Ready To Play!”