R L L Flow Development Exercises

This lesson covers a straightforward but super-effective pattern I use to put together drum fills. It’s especially effective when combined with other rudimentary patterns to create more musical fills. The pattern is R L L – super simple. However, we’re playing the pattern as 16th notes, not as a triplet. Exercise transcription and Guitar Pro …

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Ghost Note Dynamics & Patterns

In this lesson, I’m going to walk you through a handful of my most-commonly used ghost-note patterns and the techniques I use to achieve them. I’m also going to talk about how to use ghost notes and where to place them. As you work through these exercises, we’ll gradually build up into using all of …

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Quintuplets – Lesson 1

In this lesson, we’ll explore the world of quintuplets. We’ll start by answering the first question: “what is a quintuplet?” This is a quintuplet – or more precisely, this is five quintuplets within one bar of 5/4. In the same way that you’d play a triplet (a group of three) within a quarter note count, …

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Double Stroke Groove

In this lesson, I’ll show you how you can start to use double strokes within the context of a groove. Ultimately, we want to be able to use double strokes wherever and however we want behind the kit, and this is just one example, but this example is a great way to realize how effective …

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Lifestyle tips for drummers

I am not a lifestyle coach – but there are a few things that I swear by that I’d like to share with you as I’m absolutely convinced they’ll help a number of people other than myself. Sleep Make sleep your number 1 priority. Getting good deep sleep (specifically, slow-wave sleep) has been proven to …

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