DOUBLES TO TRIPLES

Hello again! I trust all is well in the land of drums. This exercise is nothing new but I feel it’s a valuable one. Double and triple strokes are something of an obsession of mine. There’s nothing like a perfectly executed roll with the sound and precision of a machine gun!  Start this exercise slowly. We’re…

WARMING UP AND THE 90 DEGREE BOUNCE

The importance of warming up cannot be overstressed. I always warm up at the start of my practice ritual. Without dedicating several minutes to warming up, your hands and arms will be tightening up in no time. A warm-up routine helps to increase elasticity of the muscles in your arms and hands. It warms muscles,…

TRAIN

The basic sticking pattern of this exercise is a Flam followed by 3 strokes on the alternate hand. This exercise also lends itself to the drum set when you substitute a foot (or two) for all the single strokes (i.e. the L in the first and third exercises and the R in the second and…

ACCENTED QUINTUPLET OR FIVELET ROLLS

In a past lesson I showed you quintuplet or fivelet rolls. If you haven’t seen that lesson yet, follow this link > Chicken In a Fivlet Roll. We will continue with a quintuplet roll drum lesson by adding accents. Will Taylor is an author, educator and session musician based in London, UK. Find him online…

CHICKEN IN A FIVELET ROLL

This is a great way to learn how to play fivelet rolls based on the classic Chicken in a Roll exercise. If you haven’t seen that lesson yet, follow this link > Chicken in a Roll. Will Taylor is an author, educator and session musician based in London, UK. Find him online at willtaylordrums.co.uk. SUBSCRIBE TO…

CHICKEN IN A ROLL

Hello again! This is a classic drumcorp/marching band exercise, Chicken in a Roll. This is a great exercise for working on your single to double stroke rolls. It’s a basic roll using 8th to 16th notes and the sticking is laid out below the exercise.  I’ve played the exercise using four tempos. Below is a guide to…

POLY-RUDIMENTS

This lesson is actually a warm up I do before a show, but it can also be a very effective practice routine during those days where you know you won’t get a ton of time to practice and still want to feel like you challenged yourself in some way. I am calling this routine poly-rudiments,…

BASIC BRUSHES

Brushes are fun to play and it’s a good idea to learn how to play them. You never know when you’ll need to dredge ‘em out of your stick bag. They’re fun to play and give you a whole different feel when drumming.  The first thing you should remember is that you can use each…

ACCENT TO PARADIDDLE

This exercise is focusing on accent to taps to accented paradiddles. It’s a simple 1/8– 1/16 note piece, but we are using odd groupings of 5,7, and 9 and then filling in the gaps with single paradiddles and then double paradiddles. For those who don’t know, a single paradiddle is RLRR or LRLL and a double is…

8TH NOTES MAKE THE GROOVE GO ROUND

If this exercise appears to be something you’d learn in your first drum lesson, that’s because it is. It’s a simple three-bar exercise that is repeated. The main point I want to get across is, as simple as it seems it’s actually quite hard to play well with a relaxed grip, good technique and precision. …

ACCENT TO PARADIDDLE

Hello, I hope all is well in the world of drums.  This exercise is focusing on accent to taps to accented paradiddles. It’s a simple 1/8– 1/16 note piece, but we are using odd groupings of 5,7, and 9 and then filling in the gaps with single paradiddles and then double paradiddles. For those who don’t know,…

3 AND 6

Hello, I hope all is well in shred land. This week’s lesson is a nice, little, short one but I think it’s still pretty fun.  We’re once again shedding our double paradiddles (something of an obsession of mine, if you hadn’t realized). I’ll make this short and sweet, it’s a really simple exercise, 8th notes to…