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 …

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 …

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 …

New Stix Trix Videos

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Hi guys here is the first in a new series of lessons ’Stix Trix’. Each video in the series will be quick look at a specific drum technique, idea and / ‘trick’. In this video we are looking at how diddles can be added to a groove. For more videos and lessons please subscribe to the Drum Syllabus Series you …

New Video

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  Hi Guys Here is a quick video of Rockschool’s Hot Rocks piece Live and Let Die. This piece was written for grade 4 but is ideal for those of you looking for a GCSE performance piece. Sadly my foot camera didn’t work for this video. I will get that sorted out for next time! Watch this space… For more …

Adding Rolls To A Fill

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Here we are looking at adding rolls to a simple half bar semiquaver fill. Example one is the semiquaver fill played with no rolls. Note that the final semiquaver is played on the crash cymbal with the non-dominant hand. Example two adds the five stroke roll to the fill. The first two semiquavers are replaced by four double stroke demi-semiquavers. …

Recomended Listening List

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Listening List Rhythm magazine recently published a bookazine book entitled ‘The 100 Greatest Drum Beats and How to Play Them’. All though arguably not conclusive the list is certainly an ideal starting point for any student(s) looking to broaden their musical horizons. I recommend that all students take the time to listen to these great songs and check out the …