Half Time Shuffle Variations

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:

Leaving Space Grooves

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”

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,Continue reading “Quarantine Beats”

STYLES

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 drumContinue reading “STYLES”

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”