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 I’ve learned over my thirty-plus years of playing the drums.
I’ll keep you posted on when I’m up and running!
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.
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
This quarantine has me practicing stuff that’s out of my comfort zone.
Good. That’s the only way to grow and get better.
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.
There are lots of materials out there on different styles and drum grooves. The sheer amount of method books and sheet music can be overwhelming.
I put together a PDF to provide a basic overview of grooves that are used in different styles.
You can download it
HERE for free.
Whether you are a drum teacher or are learning by yourself , I hope you find it useful.
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
Enjoy this classic drum clinic from the late 80s with the GOAT, Steve Gadd.
For a limited time only you can get my Kindle ebook
Play As You Are for $2.99!
Here’s a short interview by takelessons.com, where we touch on the book.
As always, I remain deeply grateful for your support.
Wishing you all a very happy new year…
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.
You can work through the material by yourself, but I highly recommend getting a teacher, who can help you understand the basics and fill in the blanks.
You can download it for $9.99 when you click the link below.