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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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Uptempo Practice Log (PDF)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I know I’m throwing a lot at you at once with this uptempo course. Comping! Now Soloing! Now Listening!

So here’s a practice log to help you stay organized and focused.

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Why Memorize the Rudimental Ritual?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Search our site for “Rudimental Ritual” and you’ll find 13 lessons, 23 videos and over 6 hours
of material dedicated to learning the legendary Alan Dawson exercise.
Explaining it, breaking it down, and
generally rambling on about how to think of it… That’s a lot of discussion and
breakdown over something you can find a free PDF of with a quick online search.

So why spend so much time talking about how to memorize it?

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2014: the year of the “Shed”

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to take my practice time more seriously. More logs, more detail, more specific goals.

I want to share that with you guys in hopes that we all get better in 2014 and make some big leaps, no matter where we are in our climb.

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Phoning It In: Drummer’s Survival Kit!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Phoning It In | 0 comments

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part III

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Part III in a series of 3 videos designed to help you expand your vocabulary with just a single lick or phrase…

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part II

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Part II of a series of 3 videos to help you get more mileage out of a single lick…

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Anatomy of a Lick: Part I

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Vocabulary | 6 comments

Part I of a 3 part series on taking a single lick and creating your own variations that can be used in tons of different tempos, feels, etc…

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