Teaser #5

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Hello Guys Today’s teaser is designed to test and improve limb independence. We will be looking at playing an offbeat groove using our left hand whilst adding in some tricky right hand patterns on the bell of the ride. Challenge: Once you have mastered adding in each ride pattern separately why not try adding them in sequentially  e.g. 2 bars of …

Teaser #4

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Hello Guys Today’s teaser is a linear drum fill with multiple sticking options. Remember changing the sticking of any fill will affect two things: The difficulty – it can make it easier or more difficult. Creativity – different stickings can open up more orchestration possibilities Challenge: Once you’ve mastered this fill experiment with different sticking options. What is the easiest …

Teaser #3

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Hello Guys Following on from yesterday’s teaser here is another groove based idea. This time we are looking at how the five stroke roll can be used to enhance a groove. Challenge: Try re-orchestrating the move stroke roll e.g. between the ride and hi hat. In the Ex 2 why not swap the double left for a double stroke on …

Another Teaser

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Hello Guys Here’s another quick teaser for you. This time we are looking at how one, well placed double stroke can drastically alter the sound and feel of a groove. Challenge: Once you’ve mastered the double stroke on the snare drum why not try re-orchestrating it e.g. the hi hat Have you got any other suggestions as to how this idea …

Bass Drum Teasers

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Hi Guys Just a little afternoon teaser for you all. Here are two linear semiquaver triplet fills. One is designed for single pedal and the other for double. Challenges: For all single pedal users why not try swapping two of the bass drums in the double pedal exercise for hi hats or the floor tom? For double pedal players why …

New Workbook Available

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Hot off the presses (well the virtual ones at least), comes the second title in the Drum Syllabus Series Workbook range. Syncopation Workbook 1 looks at adding syncopated snare drums to three previously studied groove types. With over one hundred exercises this workbook is ideal for any drummer looking to enhance their grooves and further develop their coordination and limb …

New Workbooks

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Hello Everybody! Very exciting news to share with you all today. The Drum Syllabus Series now offers workbooks designed to help with specific areas of your drumming. The first workbook, which focusses on open hi hat work is available now with more workbooks tackling a variety of different drum techniques on the way soon. But don’t just take my word …

Motown

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This week a few students have been looking at Motown. For drummers Motown is recognisable by it’s distinct ‘four snare drum’ groove. Check out tracks such as I Can’t Help Myself by The Four Tops and Aint Too Proud To Beg by The Temptations to hear this groove in action. For more info on Motown check out the official website …

End of Term Friend jam

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As a bit of fun (yes I know, fun in the classroom whatever next)?! Students have been taking part in some healthy competition against their peers using Roland’s drumming software ‘Friend Jam’. Friend Jam monitors a student’s performance whilst they play along to a backing track and gives them a score out of 600. Students are marked on five criteria; …

Stix Trix: Developing the Bonham

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Hi guys and welcome to another Stix Trix video. In this video we are looking at how to expand upon the classic Bonham triplet lick.. For more videos and lessons please subscribe to the Drum Syllabus Series you tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DSSVideoLessons?sub_confirmation=1 You can also find the Drum Syllabus Series at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ppstix http://drumsyllabus.tumblr.com https://twitter.com/DrumSyllabus https://www.facebook.com/drumsyllabusseries Also a big thank you to …