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
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!
In this third and last article about sixteenth-note quintuplets, I’ll show you how to apply the concepts and ideas of the previous lessons in a groove context. The first pattern consists to play the sixteenth-note quintuplets on the hi-hat (only with the right hand, without accents) playing the bass drum on the first and on the … More Quintuplets Lesson – Part three
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