The drum rudiments

The drum rudiments

A guide to Drum Rudiments Think of the drum rudiments as the “building blocks” of drumming. They are roughly equivalent to a pianist or a guitarist learning and practicing their scales. The rudiments are important to help a drummer develop technique,... Read More
When Flams Meet Paradiddles

When Flams Meet Paradiddles

When you’ve got to grips with the basic form of the main drum rudiments you could try out a bit of cross-breeding. Hybrid rudiments can be a lot of fun. Take a couple of old friends of ours, the Flam and the Paradiddle. Fuse them together and you get the... Read More
Online drum lessons 2012 – editor’s picks

Online drum lessons 2012 – editor’s picks

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:... Read More
A to Z of drumming definitions

A to Z of drumming definitions

Some of the most commonly misinterpreted drumming terms are covered in this mini-dictionary of drumming definitions. We’ve chosen one drumming-related word for each letter of the alphabet for this drumming dictionary. Learn these if you’re starting out on... Read More
Triceratops Groove

Triceratops Groove

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... Read More
Triceratops Triplets

Triceratops Triplets

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... Read More
Spicing up Paradiddles

Spicing up Paradiddles

Paradiddles can add a fun and unique sound to your drumming. We’re going to explore how to spice up paradiddles and move them from the practice pad onto the drum kit. A paradiddle is two single strokes then a double stroke. When paradiddles are played after each... Read More
Teaser: Bo Diddley Diddles

Teaser: Bo Diddley Diddles

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... Read More