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These lessons will teach you how the best drummers in the world approach different styles of music. In order to get the technique required to play these lessons, you should be working on the "Technique - Rudiments" lessons. It is also good to review the basics in our lesson plans on "Getting Started" and "Get Back Into It". New live and on-demand lessons weekly

 

ROCK

Show Thumbnail 101 - Transposing Right Hand for Bass Drum with Morgan Agren
Morgan shows a cool trick for practicing complicated patterns between the left hand and bass drum by first playing the bass drum part with the right hand. He even does this with grace notes. The opening and closing footage is from the DC Live Show with David Elitch and Morgan Agren. Also, you can check out the complete jam in DC Shows – Drum Jams. Advanced, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 99 - Thrash Beat with Jason Bittner
Jason breaks down the classic blast beat as a slow polka and takes you through various versions of the skank beats. He shows you a single stroke to keep your hand/foot combination even. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 91 - The Power of Short Fills with Chad Wackerman
This is an answer to a student’s feedback video on DC. Chad turned his answer into a lesson on how to orchestrate a short fill and how important it is to the song. Includes workbook download. Advanced, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 88 - Five Stroke Roll with Hi-Hat and Bass Drum with Zoro
Substituting the hi-hat and bass drum as part of the five stroke roll takes a basic rudiment to a whole new musical level. It is important to practice this exercise with a metronome to be sure the five stroke roll pattern stays in time. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 79 - Paradiddle-diddle as a Fill and Groove Part 2 with Jimmy DeGrasso
You have heard this pattern played by many great drummers. Jimmy breaks it down and if you start slowly you will eventually be able to master it. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 76 - Motown Classic Fills with Rich Redmond
Rich was in town on his award-winning Jason Aldean tour and stopped by to add some more “money fills.” Also check out his previous SFTP lessons, numbers 29 – 32. These classic fills are a must in every drummer's vocabulary. Includes workbook download for lessons 76 and 77. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 69 - Big Rock Ending with Stephen Perkins
The driving force behind Jane’s Addiction and many other great bands, this barefoot drummer knows what it takes to build a song and a big Rock ending, which could also be a cool part of your drum solo. Includes slow-motion breakdown. Includes workbook download. Advanced, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 55 - Getting Around Your Set Fast with Thomas Pridgen
Thomas shows his practice routine for gaining speed around the set, for endurance, strength and with dynamics. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Rich Redmond 46 - Shout vs. Rock with Eric Moore
Eric shows how the bass drum pattern is the key to the difference between church shout beats and straight ahead rock beats. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Rich Redmond 40 - Rock High-Hat Patterns with 8th and 16th notes with Gregg Bissonette
Opening the high-hat on the “an” of 1 and 2 with various bass drum patterns and Rock feels. There are also 16th note patterns on the high-hat. Advanced, 5 minutes.
Danny Seraphine 28 - Danny's Famous Drum Fill with Danny Seraphine
Gregg Bissonette has Danny in his studio showing him the classic four-bar fill as one of the trademarks of Danny’s unique Jazz Rock drumming style. Pay close attention to the sticking. Advanced, 4 minutes. Includes workbook download.
Show Thumbnail 24 - Mountain Song with Stephen Perkins
Stephen explains how he came up with the beat for the classic Jane's Addition track "Mountain Song," and then walks you through how to play it. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 8 minutes.

 

FUNK

 

Show Thumbnail 126 – Breakdown of Meters Song with Zigaboo Modeliste

Zig breaks down some helpful tips from when he was playing with The Meters. Intermediate, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 96 - From Africa To Cuba To Rock Part 1 with Burleigh Drummond
Burleigh breaks down a pattern from Ganya in South Africa and shows how 3 of the 20 parts are played. He discusses how this rhythm came to the U.S. and turned into what was called the "Nanigo" rhythm. Advanced, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 97 - From Africa To Cuba To Rock Part 2 with Burleigh Drummond
On the set with Cobus as a student, Burleigh plays the patterns in part one. He shows how it can apply to Jazz and half time shuffle using the feel of the Nanigo rhythm. Advanced, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 80- My Approach to Drumset with Zigaboo Modeliste
Zigaboo Modeliste is not only one of the innovators of “Funk,” he is the connection between the legendary style of New Orleans drumming and the many ways it has influenced popular music. Zig touches on his approach to drumset and breaks down one of The Meters’ songs, “Jungle Man.” Includes workbook download. Intermediate to Advanced, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 130 – What Is Funky? with Zigaboo Modeliste

During a roundtable discussion while filming Zigaboo's new DVD, Don asked the question "What is Funky?" to Zigaboo and James Gadson who are known for being the grandfathers of funk. Their answer has nothing to do with what you play. These are words of wisdom you only get from the best drummers in the world. The roundtable also featured Jim Keltner and Jonathan Moffett. Intermediate, 7 minutes.

 

SHUFFLE

 

Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 11: How to Play the Shuffle
In this lesson, Peter shares some tips with you on how to play the shuffle.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 12: Journey to Center of Blues - Various Shuffles
In this lesson, Peter shares Journey to Center of Blues.
Show Thumbnail 82 - The Detroit Shuffle with Tony Braunagel
Tony is joined by James Gadson, they discuss and play their version of the Detroit Shuffle and how it was performed on some Rock classics. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 81 - The Texas Shuffle with James Gadson
A simple and informative example of The Texas Shuffle as done by one of the masters. James Gadson is one of the most recorded drummers in history. This lesson also has a great bonus story by Tony Braunagel. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 51 - Funk Shuffle Groove with Rick Latham
The difference between a straight-shuffle triplet-groove and sixteenth note groove, along with a basic shuffle pattern for the beginner are all covered in this lesson. Beginner, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 20 - The Cheating Shuffle with Glen Sobel
A variation on the Texas Shuffle as he saw Mark Craney used it. Taught in two parts. You will be able to get great volume with this pattern. Advanced, 12 minutes.

 

LATIN

 

Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 1: Cha Cha Cha / Bolero / Salsa

Alex opens with some tips to get you started by reccomending ways to go through basic rudiments with the clave left foot. He then plays a simple Cha Cha Cha for beginners before getting into the authentic Latin rhythms of the Cha Cha Cha, Bolero (slower than the Cha Cha Cha) and Son Montuno or salsa (faster than the Cha Cha Cha)plus a tambo rhythm.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 2: Clave Pattern On Drumset

Alex gives examples of how to move the Clave around the set with some challenging independent patterns that turn into a rock beat, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Salsa from lesson 1.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 3: Caribbean Rhythm, Calypso, Bione

If you are asked to play a Carribean rhythm, there are 3 basic examples using mostly the long roll. A more specific rhythm would be from Jamaica and Trinidad, the calypso. Also from Brazil is the Bione. The flam tap is shown as a way to play the bione.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 4: Variations Of African Rhythms

Alex breaks down a basic African beat (sometimes called the Afro) similar to the roots of Rock N' Roll. When played in 4/4 it is most often felt in 6 or 12 pulse. Alex teaches you several variations using different sounds and with multiple B.D patterns. The lesson ends with a clip from a DC jam with Alex, Luis Conte and Alex Gonzalez.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 5: The Samba and Bossa Nova

The band leader says play a samba on the set. This is usually played on all hand drums but Alex shows how to adapt them to the set. First he breaks down the easier bossa nova that is more conducive to the set. The lesson ends with a clip of Alex and Terry Bozzio from a DC jam.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 6: The Rumba

Alex discusses a short history of the time feels of different cultures. The Rumba is a Cuban rhythm based on the Clave pattern. The traditional Rumba is fast.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 7: The Tango

The Tango is a South American rhythm from Argentina. Alex plays a basic Tango on the snare drum, then on the set.
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 8: The Merengue

The Merengue is from the Dominican Republic. It is traditionally played with one stick and one hand. Alex adapts it to the drumset and plays it up to speed - which is fast!
Show Thumbnail Alex Acuna Master Class - Lesson 9: The Mambo

The Mambo is shown as a basic quarter note pattern then as the traditional pattern playing the right in an eighth note type jazz pattern. This lesson and Master Class ends with a 5 minute piece from the Acuna-Hoff-Mathisen DVD that we have played segments from during this class. It is a concert you will not forget. It is truly musically amazing!
Show Thumbnail 70 - Thickening Your Groove and Adding Percussion Toys with Mario Calire
Thickening your groove and adding percussion toys is easier said than done. Mario shows you the difference between playing a basic pattern with and without grace notes, and another great way to thicken your groove by adding percussion toys. Includes workbook download for lessons 70 and 71. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 59 - Gil Sharone and Stanton Moore - Mixing a Funk and Brazilian Groove
Stanton discusses beats shown to him by Johnny Davockovich and how he added Brazilian reverse patterns to it. There’s also a good lesson on listening when double drumming. Includes workbook download. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 58 - Gil Sharone and Stanton Moore - The Heartbeat of Reggae
Gil is his generation’s master of “Wicked Beats.” No coincidence it is the title of his DVD. Here Gil breaks down the most basic concept of the Reggae feel. Stanton likewise is a master at New Orleans style drumming. Their jam is a lesson in itself. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 7 minutes.

 

JAZZ

Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 1: Jazz Drumming 101
Lesson 1 in this series is Jazz Drumming 101.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 2: Jazz Drumming 101
Lesson 2 in this series is Jazz Drumming 101 Continued.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 3: Goldilocks & The Three Grooves
Lesson 3 in this series is on Goldilocks & The Three Grooves.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 4: Competing Thrills Part 1
Lesson 4 in this series is on Competing Thrills Part 1.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 5: Competing Thrills Part 2
Lesson 5 in this series is on Competing Thrills Part 2.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 6: The First Brush Lesson
Lesson 6 in this series is on The First Brush Lesson.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 7: From Pulses to Beats
Lesson 7 in this series is on From Pulses to Beats.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 8: More Simple Strokes
Lesson 8 in this series is on More Simple Strokes.
Show Thumbnail Peter Erskine Master Class - Lesson 9: More Simple Strokes
Lesson 9 in this series is on Adding Notes + Adding Motifs.
Rich Redmond 41 - Jazz Rock Drumming with Danny Seraphine
As a founding member of the band Chicago, Danny pioneered the style of Jazz Rock drumming. He gives some examples of patterns and discusses the feel. This is an excerpt from his DVD, The Art of Jazz Rock Drumming. Advanced, 6 minutes.

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