The Shuffle

Looking for a fun, challenging and worthwhile beat to work on?  The Shuffle is based on triplets, so getting comfortable with triplets first is the way to go.  When counting triplets we say: "One And Ah, Two And Ah, Three And Ah, Four And Ah."  As with any new rhythm, counting out loud is highly recommended when working on the Shuffle as it helps us to know where we are within the rhythm and where any mistakes are occurring.  The first type of Shuffle shown utilizes "Up/Down" technique in both hands which presents a challenge.  Take your time and be sure you maintain the steady "Up/Down" on the Hi Hat while working on bass drum placement.  I've also included some alternate approaches where the cymbal treatment differs.  Have fun and go for it!

A Fun Drum Fill

A Fun And Powerful Drum Fill.

This three beat lick is super fun and a very powerful drum fill that will impress your friends and relatives!  This fill idea goes by the name of "Herta".  Here I show it in three positions, most students find the first position to be the most accessible.  Once again 'Up/Down" technique is involved, as an accent is part of it.  In these examples I play the lick in it's three positions as a full 4 count fill in both the 16th note and triplet setting.  This idea can also be played for a shorter duration or mixed with other fill ideas that you might have.  Get this lick under your belt for a thunderous effect that is sure to dazzle!

Basics of Rock 2

Interpreting Rhythms For Rock Fills

There are many ways for drummers to interpret rhythms for creating fills, beats and solos.  In this video lesson I will show a few easy ways to use a common and very musical rhythm for Rock fills.  First, make sure you understand the rhythm by practicing it slowly while counting out loud.  Once you have a firm grasp of the rhythm you can begin interpreting it for use around the drumset.  Comprehensive knowledge of the many popular rhythms available is something which all drummers need.  There are several excellent resources for these rhythms including Ted Reed's "Syncopation For The Modern Drummer" and Louis Bellson's "Modern Reading Text In 4/4".  Go get yourself a copy of one of these classic rhythm studies.

16th Note Hi Hat

16th Note Hi-Hat

In this video lesson we will be checking out some 16th note hi-hat possibilities based on alternating sticking.  Often drummers will utilize different cymbal treatments over any given snare and bass drum pattern.  This approach allows us to create different cymbal textures while maintaining the underlying rhythmic pulse.  There is much drummers can do to create interesting textures while having both hands playing the hi hat.  We can play on top of a tight hi hat for a clean sound, or for a more rough sound loosen it up a bit and play on the edge.  Likewise, adding accents and double stokes can really spice things up.  Syncopating the snare by bringing some lefts down to snare is really fun too!  Take a look at the possibilities presented in this video and then go practice and see what you can come up with.  Have fun!


Basics Of Rock

Snare Placement in 8th Note Rock

In this video lesson I demonstrate how snare placement in a Rock beat can dramatically alter the feel of the beat.  Snare placement is a tool drummers use to influence the overall feel of the rhythm, creating a double time or half-time feel or something more syncopated.  It is a very useful tool for arranging sections of a song where the pulse is consistent but there is a desire to change the feel.  Counting is of utmost importance when first working on this concept in order understand where the alteration is occurring in the bar.  Start with a simple beat as I did in this video and remember that there are many more possibilities than outlined here - Have Fun!