Afro-Cuban 6/8 Funk Application: Accent Displacement

The applications of the Afro-Cuban 6/8 feel are endless, inspiring to play new grooves. In the past, I talked about the reading and interpretation of Ted Reed’s Syncopation, playing counter-rhythms to develop coordination. A series of exercises that will prove your ability, check it out. https://francisdrummingblog.com/2016/12/01/reed-interpretation-afro-cuban-68-counter-rhythms Today I’ll talk about the application of this rhythm … More Afro-Cuban 6/8 Funk Application: Accent Displacement

Paradiddle Grooves – Stick Control Application Part Two

Last month I talked about paradiddle application using the book “Stick Control”, in particular the exercises 5 to 8 of page 5. Here’s a summary of all the things discussed in the previous article. The grooves are played with the hi-hat on the downbeat. Here below the variation of the first groove (exercise 5) playing … More Paradiddle Grooves – Stick Control Application Part Two

More Paradiddle Grooves – Stick Control Application Part Two

Left Hand Workout

Hi folks, I hope everything is going well. Here’s a workout to develop your left hand reading the exercises 1 to 8 of the Ted Reed’s Syncopation, something that will keep you busy during this period. The exercise must be played in cut time: left-hand plays accents and right-hand fill-ins with ghost notes. Feel free … More Left Hand Workout

Groove Like Jeff by John Di Raimo

I want to thank John Di Raimo for contacting me, sharing his article regarding the single-hand hi-hat technique, played by Jeff Porcaro on several tunes, in particular, I Keep Forgettin’ by Michael McDonald. Here’s the original article published by Modern Drummer in January 2009. These exercises are so helpful to master the single-hand hi-hat technique … More Groove Like Jeff by John Di Raimo

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