Jazz Comping Ideas – Hand/Foot Combinations: single, double, paradiddle-diddle

In this lesson, I introduce a series of exercises to develop coordination and independence. We will apply rudiments to create hand-foot combinations and play jazz comping ideas inspired by Elvin Jones’ drumming style. We start with a preliminary exercise, playing a single stroke roll, double stroke roll, and paradiddle-diddle in 8th note triplets on the … More Jazz Comping Ideas – Hand/Foot Combinations: single, double, paradiddle-diddle

Steve Gadd: Chick Corea – Lenore (Full Drum Transcription)

In our daily practice routine, we should dedicate time to listening, studying, and playing the grooves and fills that marked the history of the drum set. That’s an essential part to improve our drumming. “Lenore” by Chick Corea, from the album The Leprechaun (1976), is one of the most iconic and creative Steve Gadd drum … More Steve Gadd: Chick Corea – Lenore (Full Drum Transcription)

2022 Recap

So proud to close the year with net growth in all aspects. Thank you for all your support! Francis’ Drumming Blog is on the podium, at the 3rd position, of the best drum blogs and websites based on traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness. The blog reached more than 43,000 visitors and 130,000 clicks, … More 2022 Recap

New Transcriptions (Tony Williams, Brian Blade, Steely Dan, Meshell Ndegeocello)

I spent the last two months transcribing new stuff, for a great variety of styles from jazz to rock, to fusion and pop. Some of these transcriptions are commissions, that helped me to discover new music and develop my transcribing ability with the impressive Tony Williams and Brian Blade drumming. The full/note-for-note drum transcriptions are … More New Transcriptions (Tony Williams, Brian Blade, Steely Dan, Meshell Ndegeocello)

The 5 Best Albums from the First Half of 2022

There’s a lot of music to be inspired by. The first semester of this year gave us interesting albums, especially in the last two months. From remarkable releases to impressive debuts, the following are my favorite 5 albums of the first half of 2022. Porcupine Tree – Closure / Continuation After a 12-year hiatus, Porcupine … More The 5 Best Albums from the First Half of 2022

20 Essential Drum Transcriptions for the Modern Drummer – Available Now!

My new book 20 Essential Drum Transcriptions for the Modern Drummer is now available in paperback and digital format. From jazz to pop, to rock and fusion, every sheet music is entirely transcribed note-for-note with an easy and clear interface, including a comprehensive notation key. 20 drum transcriptions plus extra content to inspire you to … More 20 Essential Drum Transcriptions for the Modern Drummer – Available Now!

2021 Recap

It was an intense and productive year. Thank you to all for buying my transcriptions and books, for the transcription commissions, and for the donations. Your support is amazing and truly appreciated. The blog reached more than 30,000 visitors and 100k clicks, with organic traffic from all over the world (a warm thank you goes … More 2021 Recap

Carlos Vega – Oasis (Drum Solo Transcription)

Here’s the transcription of the drum solo played by Carlos Vega on “Oasis” by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour, featuring Dave Valentin on flute, Larry Williams on saxophone and keyboards, and Abraham Laboriel on bass. The version of this tune was recorded at the Record Plant Studio C in Los Angeles in 1985 and included … More Carlos Vega – Oasis (Drum Solo Transcription)