Stick Control – Triple Accent Combinations

Hi folks, in this last lesson of the series “Stick Control Accents” I introduce the three accents combinations as shown in the preview image below. As discussed in the previous lessons remember to play the exercises with different dynamics, this is a workout that needs some technical skills: moeller technique, rebound and an ability to … More Stick Control – Triple Accent Combinations

Stone Killer Exercise

Here’s another exercise based on George Lawrence Stone teachings. The following workout is designed to build endurance, speed, and accuracy between your hands… a daily work routine useful to warm up before a gig or a studio session.     In addition, put the accents on the downbeat or on the upbeat of every beat.

Ted Reed’s Syncopation – Jazz Interpretation (hi-hat in quarter note triplets)

It’s been a few weeks since my last post (since I’ve been working on different music projects), I’m back and for the next month, I have interesting stuff to share with you: transcriptions, exercises and a book that I’m working on… But now here’s a very common Ted Reed method useful to develop your independence, that consists … More Ted Reed’s Syncopation – Jazz Interpretation (hi-hat in quarter note triplets)

Stick Control Revisited: Drumset Application

A couple of days ago I shared a short clip with some hand/foot combinations using the classic Stick Control. This application, inspired by Alan Dawson’s method, utilizes the first 12 exercises of the “72 Single Beat Combinations” (you could use the rest of the exercises, from p. 5 to p. 7) applied on the drums in this … More Stick Control Revisited: Drumset Application

Quintuplets Lesson – Part two

In the previous lesson I shared some exercises to master quintuplets, here’s the article. https://francisdrummingblog.com/2016/06/22/quintuplets/ In this second lesson, I show you a system to play and interpret the exercises of Ted Reed’s Syncopation (pages 38 to 45) using quintuplets with an alternate sticking (RLRLR | LRLRL). What we’ll do is to read the pages of … More Quintuplets Lesson – Part two

Reed Interpretation: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter Rhythms

Ted Reed’s “Progressive Steps to Syncopation” (in particular the exercises in the middle of the book, pages 37 to 44) is a great resource to study different things on drums: stickings, linear phrasing, coordination and music styles (jazz, latin, rock, shuffle, funk). There are many interpretations and the possibilities are endless… playing Afro-Cuban 6/8 moving … More Reed Interpretation: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter Rhythms