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”

Groove Idea

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.

Linear Drum Fill

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”

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”

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

The Unsexy Fundamentals

I love teaching drums.  The most rewarding part is meeting new people, watching them progress, and helping them on their journey to become better drummers and musicians. Yet, I’ve noticed the learning curve is not a linear one. There are many set-backs along the way, and as an instructor, I often find it challenging toContinue reading “The Unsexy Fundamentals”