Here’s a workout to develop and improve your ability to play ghost notes on an eight-note groove, playing different bass drum combinations. This is the first part of a series of exercises, you can apply this of course on the ride cymbal with various left-foot hi-hat ostinato. The difficult thing is to play the two … More Grooving with Ghost Notes – Part one
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 … More Groove Like Jeff by John Di Raimo
Hi folks, in the previous months I shared some exercises using the book Stick Control by G. L. Stone to play different accent combinations (single, double and triple) on the famous pages Single Beat Combinations. Now all of these combinations, the first 12 exercises of the Stick Control, are available for free in a one … More Stick Control – 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
Here’s the part two of the Stick Control Workout with accents. In the previous lesson, I introduced the single accent (in case you’ve missed, be sure to check out) now the things become more complicated adding two accents, as shown in the figure below. As discussed in the book Master Studies by Joe Morello, you … More Stick Control Workout – Double Accent
If you want to work on 16th note accents Stick Control by G. L. Stone, as always, is a good way to develop this skill. As you know pages 5 to 7 of the book have no accents, the first part of this series of lessons refers to the single accent combinations. This is a … More Stick Control Workout – Single Accent Combinations
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.
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)
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
In this short clip, I play some hand & foot combinations using Stick Control by George L. Stone, application inspired by Alan Dawson’s method. I’ll post a series of exercises about this combinations very soon, stay tuned!