Playing For The Song Pt.1 ?

A question from a student triggered a memory from fifteen years ago… and you get to hear me play a Tom Petty chorus. Wanted to share. Thanks again for watching and your support! Peace – beckMore

Timing & Coordination Groove Exercise

Aloha drummers! Here’s a Timing/Coordination Groove Exercise I like to do.  The bass drum plays a “Bo Diddley pattern.” The left hand plays the 2 + 4 backbeat.  The right hand moves through all the 16th note variations of a 4 note grouping on the Hi-Hat,  e.g.: X… = Quarter Note (ONE e and a)…More

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 me…More

Beat-Shift

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 A…More

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!– BeckMore

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 to…More

Rates & 16th Note Variations

As a drum teacher I’ve noticed that one of the most difficult things for beginner drummers is to switch rates, e.g., to go from triplets to 16th notes, and moving between different 16th note variations. This short exercise is designed so you can play along with me (or the click only), get comfortable with counting,…More

Brush It Off

I love playing the brushes. There’s a meditative, soothing quality to it. Playing brushes can assist you in developing better timing and flow (because of circular/elliptical stroke patterns) — which will also show when playing with sticks. All time great brush players include Papa Jo Jones, Clayton Cameron, and Jeff Hamilton. A little history on…More

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 the…More