Drumming with backing tracks and sample pads

Drumming with backing tracks and sample pads

In this article Dan Peranic gives us an insight into the world of working with backing tracks and triggering samples on live gigs. He explains a great approach to constructing effective drum grooves whilst using samples and he discusses the merits and drawbacks of... Read More
The 3 ‘H’s – Head, Hands and Heart

The 3 ‘H’s – Head, Hands and Heart

This article follows on from the previous ariticle about the 3 ‘M’ Words which apply to learning a new pattern on the drums. You may want to recap the concepts on that page as a point of reference. See Creative approaches to drumming – the 3 ‘M’ words The... Read More
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
Developing grooves in 12/8

Developing grooves in 12/8

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... Read More
The A Team: drum cover

The A Team: drum cover

A great way to improve your drumming is to play a drum cover. A drum cover is a version of a song where you lay down new drums over the top of the original recording. The drum parts for a drum cover might stick faithfully to the original drummer’s playing or you... Read More
Using beat displacement to create drum beats

Using beat displacement to create drum beats

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... Read More
Internal Dynamics

Internal Dynamics

Dynamics are an important part of playing drums. There are two basic ways to use dynamics in your playing; short dynamics that apply to a specific note, or long dynamics which apply to a series or group of notes across time. “Short” dynamics A loud note... 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