Paradiddle Grooves – Stick Control Application Part 2

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

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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

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: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter-Rhythms

Ted Reed’s Progressive Steps to Syncopation is a great resource to study different things on drums: stickings, linear phrasing, coordination, independence, and music styles (jazz, latin, rock, shuffle, funk). There are many interpretations and the possibilities are endless. Playing Afro-Cuban 6/8 moving the left hand around the drums to create syncopated rhythms is very interesting … More Ted Reed’s Syncopation: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter-Rhythms

An Introduction to the Murray Spivack Technique

Murray Spivack was a Russian-born American sound engineer. He was also a drum teacher whose students included Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, David Garibaldi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chuck Silverman, Chad Wackerman, Ed Shaughnessy, and many more. Some years ago I was at the masterclass of drummer Phil Maturano and he spoke about the Spivack technique, I had … More An Introduction to the Murray Spivack Technique