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
Drum Lessons in London

Drum Lessons in London

We’ve compiled a set of useful resources for drummers and would-be drum students wanting to find out about drum lessons in London. There are many options to choose from and London is full of great drummers, teachers and courses. This guide is intended to help... Read More
Play in a band

Play in a band

One of the best ways to develop musical skills is to play in a band with other musicians. That’s why we created the JamSocial events which have been really popular across London. The events attract drummers, guitarists, bassists, vocalists and other musicians... 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
Drumming at JamSocial

Drumming at JamSocial

JamSocial is a music workshop for adults learning an instrument to develop band skills and break down the barriers to performing on stage. Hosted by Elephant Drums, the structure for the event includes skill-specific workshops in the morning, band / group sessions in... Read More
Live music venues in London (part 2): Brixton

Live music venues in London (part 2): Brixton

In this series about live music venues in London we offer an insider’s guide to some of the many live music venues across the city. In part one, we chose a few venues in Camden (see Part 1: Camden). This time we head south of the river to explore Brixton. This... 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
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
Where to find good live music in London (part 1)

Where to find good live music in London (part 1)

Want some recommendations for live music in London? Elephant Drums is here to direct you to a selected few of our favourite live music venues across the city. In part one, we start (predictably) with the area of the city most people associate with London’s live... 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
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
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