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The Elvin “Sweep” (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Technique | 0 comments

Jim asked for some more Elvin. That’s a request I can’t ignore!

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MD Series: The Other Half, Parts 1 & 2

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Technique | 0 comments

In the second article I published in Modern Drummer, I addressed a technique issue that many have to deal with when making the switch from playing contemporary grooves (pop, funk, country, etc) to playing swing. Swing uses the “Other Half.”

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Doubles on the Floor Tom (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Technique | 1 comment

This is a common issue we all have to work on. I delve into how I practice it, but pay close attention at the end when I break down WHY I like practicing it this way.

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Footloose: Heel Up Hi-Hat Technique

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Technique | 1 comment

I got a request for some lessons on hi-hat technique, so I wanted to start with the Heel Up method. I play this one a lot and I’ll show you why, as well as some of the issues you might be having with it and how to correct them.

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Down-Up Stroke on the Hi-Hat

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Technique | 4 comments

Here’s a Member Request Video, where I explain how to use a Down/Up Stroke to play faster patterns on the Hi-Hat. I’m big on being able to break up the accents in this stroke so that it doesn’t get monotonous. In this lesson I show some of the ways I’ve found useful to make it sound musical and relaxed.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 10: The Complete Rudimental Ritual

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

This is the final segment of the Rudimental Ritual. We cover the end of the Chops Builders section with a flurry of flams. Like, 15,000 of them. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 9: Chops Builders

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

FINAL SECTION!! We break this up into two parts (as usual) so that leaves us on the cusp of completing the Ritual.

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One Handed Buzz Roll Trick

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Technique | 3 comments

In trying to work more buzz rolls into my playing, I discovered this little move that helped smooth out my buzz when I play it one-handed.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 8: Innovations 2

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

For this segment of the Rudimental Ritual, we’re finishing out the Innovations section.

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Footloose: Heel Up – Beater in the Head

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Here’s a look at the most common way to hit a big drum laying on the floor using your foot. We’ve all done this a thousand times (eh, probably more), but there are a couple of common issues that can be resolved that can take this technique from good to great.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 7: Innovations 1.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 7 of the Rudimental Ritual. Here we break into the “Innovations” section. Long sequences of stickings but there’s good reason: These rudiments are very flexible and useful!

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Better Singles

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Technique | 1 comment

Here’s an exercise I use to keep my Single Stroke Rolls sharp. Playing singles requires the fast twitch muscles of the fingers and the endurance of the wrists. Blending those two can pose problems, and this exercise helped. It also helped me overcome that fear of “I hope these fast singles come out OK!”

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 6: All Swiss Rudiments

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Part 6 of the Rudimental Ritual. Here we tackle the rest of the Swiss Rudiments. Lots of flams, kids.

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Footloose: Bass Drum Exercise

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

I created this bass drum exercise to work through all pedal techniques and to help me gain consistency in my bass drum playing. I think you’ll gain a lot from this – I know I did! My bass drum felt much more solid after mastering this exercise.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 5: Swiss Rudiments Thru Flam Rolls

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Now that the 26 American Rudiments have been covered, it’s time to crack open a bottle of Swiss Rudiments. We’ll add these in 3 parts. Part 1 starts with Tap Flams and ends with Flam Rolls.

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Footloose: Heel Down Technique and Basic Stroke

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Technique | 4 comments

One thing that was a mystery to me for years is what my feet were actually supposed to be doing! So much time on hands, hands, hands… So I went on a scavenger hunt for knowledge. Information about the physics, mechanics, and techniques of the various food strokes. This series is the result of what I found.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 4: All 26 American Rudiments

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

How are those hands feeling? I hope pretty good after the first 3. Well, we get a break this time. Just a few left and we’re finished with the first major section: the 26 American Rudiments.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 3: Rolls

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Prepare to get your doubles together…we roll for about 5 minutes straight in this section. But man, does it feel good once we’re finished. My wrists and fingers get loose and then when I pick up sticks to play, my hands feel great.

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Rudimental Ritual, Part 2: Flams

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Technique | 1 comment

Part 2 deals with flams. Flams, Flam Taps, Flam Accents…you’ll be flammed out after this one. But this section is short and sweet, so enjoy it. We’ll have some heavy sledding coming soon…

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Rudimental Ritual, Part I

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Technique | 0 comments

Welcome to the Ritual. The Rudimental Ritual.

This is a rite of passage for drummers. It’s designed by jazz drumming great Alan Dawson. He taught Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jeff Sipe, Terri Lynne Carrington, and countless other badasses. And most of them had to pass through this lengthy exercise as part of their training.

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