In contemporary styles the applications of the Afro-Cuban 6/8 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 … More Afro-Cuban 6/8 Funk Application: Accent Displacement
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
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
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
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
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 “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
Murray Spivack was a Russian born American sound engineer. He was also a drum teacher whose students included Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, David Garibaldi, Phil Maturano, Josh Freese, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chuck Silverman, Chad Wackerman, Ed Shaughnessy and many more. Some years ago I was at the masterclass of the drummer Phil Maturano (he also studied … More Murray Spivack Technique