Posts Tagged "Rhythms"


The 12/8 time signature Following on from our previous article about the basics of constructing a groove in a triplet time feel, this article takes the idea a step further and suggests some ways to play grooves in the 12/8 time signature. Revisit Playing Grooves Using Triplets for an introduction to the concept. Getting started Triplets are groups of 3 notes. These 3 notes make up one ‘pulse’.  There are 4 pulses in one...

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Traditionally at this time of year we review our picks of free online drum lessons. These are some of best bits from the drumming archives: Popular topics in 2012 Most viewed topic: Practice Routine Topic with most social shares: Drum Techniques Most commented topic: Beginners Review of the year Besides our one-to-one lessons at our London studios we have been leading workshops, running events (including JamSocial), writing articles...

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By altering familiar drum beats using permutations and variations you can create new drum beats without a huge amount of effort. Take a drum beat or phrase you’ve got “in the bag” (one that you can play without even thinking about it), and alter it in some way. One way of altering grooves to create new permutations is beat displacement. Beat Displacement In its simplest form beat displacement is something most...

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This groove is based on the “Triceratops Triplets” idea we covered in the previous article. See the original post on Triceratops Triplets to get familiar with these. If you’ve followed through the previous post, the result is a pattern using three limbs playing on three overlapping parts of a group of three notes. Try other combinations by assigning the parts differently. Get the left hand in on the action. The...

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This is a ‘dinosaur’ of a challenge based around groups of 3 notes, hence the name Triceratops Triplets. It is deceptively simple when broken down into its component pieces, but as these components get layered the challenge develops some interesting properties. Try this out first of all by just reading the instructions and ignoring the notation. The notation has been included to reinforce and help explain the instructions,...

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A technical teaser with a creative twist for you this time… We’re going to combine the Bo Diddley rhythm with paradiddles – to give us “Bo Diddley Diddles”. First things first If you’ve never encountered the Bo Diddley rhythm or you’re unsure what paradiddles are, let’s give a bit of background.  We covered paradiddles in a previous article – read Paradiddle Mania for a good...

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It’s that time of the year when we delve into the archives and pull out some of the best bits from our free online lessons. Popular topics in 2011 Most viewed topic: A career in drumming Most educational topic: Drum lessons Most commented topic: Lifestyle / Practise routine Review of the year Besides our one-to-one lessons here at our studios we have been leading workshops, running events (including The Big Summer Bash), writing...

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Triplets are groups of 3 notes. They are used in many different forms of drumming, whether constructing drum fills, solos or grooves. In this article we’re going to look at using triplets to construct a groove. Andy Burt gives us an introduction to triplets and how to count, play and apply them in a groove context. The Triplet Feel Sometimes referred to as 6:8 or 12:8 Blues, or even the 6 Beat, there are a few different ways...

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In this edition of the blog, we’ll explore further into the world of drum rudiments. Previously we talked about single strokes and double strokes in the context of drum rolls (click here to read the article). The paradiddle is a versatile rudiment because it utilises both the single stroke and the double stroke within a particular sticking combination. Diddlin’ away The paradiddle pattern analysed under a microscope looks...

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The ‘highlights’ of the drum rudiments: Part 1 – Rolls. Drum rudiments are the building blocks of developing stick control. The rudiments are useful and relevant to almost every aspect of drumming. They help build drumming ‘vocabulary’, consistency, accuracy, and the tools for developing expressive playing. You use rudiments in fills, grooves and to create inspiring improvised drum solos. Think of drum...

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