Executive Order- All Bleed Red (Single)

Last September I recorded drums for the band Executive Order at Honolulu’s Blue Planet Sound recording studio. The first single “All Bleed Red” was released today on all digital platforms. I had a blast getting into character and playing some Rock again… back to my roots! If you like some good rocking tunes, big guitars,Continue reading “Executive Order- All Bleed Red (Single)”

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”

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”

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,Continue reading “Rates & 16th Note Variations”