DC Technique

The curriculum is developed by legendary educators, Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro.
These lessons will show you how the best drummers in the world develop their technique.




Technique1 Hand Technique Basic Body Motion - Part 1

It is important to understand that the drums are the instrument that creates the sound and the drummers body is the instrument that plays the drums. These lessons will show you how to use your body to motivate and follow the bounce of the stick. They are the foundation for developing your technique, your time and your groove.

Fundamental, Lessons 1-9.
Technique2 Hand Technique Basic Body Motion - Part 2

These lessons are the foundation for developing your technique, your time and your groove. We suggest you spend one week on each lesson so they become natural for you. At the beginning of each practice session you should quickly review the first three lessons to be sure you're holding the stick, turning your wrist and allowing the stick to bounce as you proceed.

Fundamental, Lessons 10-15.
Technique3 Hand Technique Basic Body Motion - Part 3

The more solid your foundation is, you will be able to play more musically with greater ease and flow..

Fundamental, Lessons 16-20.
Show Thumbnail Rudiments - Rolls and Ruffs

In these lessons, you will begin to apply the motions learned in "Basic Body Motion" to sticking patterns covering basic rudiments. Many of these lessons are in two parts. They are applied to a pad or snare drum and to the drum set.

Intermediate, Lessons 21-35.
Show Thumbnail Rudiments - Flams, Drags, Paradiddles

With more advanced rudiments in this lesson you will be adding to your vocabulary on the snare drum and drum set. The goal of this lesson system is to give you the tools to play whatever you hear.

Advanced, Lessons 36-47.
Show Thumbnail Chad Wackerman Master Class - The Murray Spivack Method Part 1

Murray Spivack was one of the greatest teachers of all time. Chad reflects on his experience studying with him and discusses Murray’s philosophy about economy of motion, the importance of relaxation and his unique approach to the rudiments.

Beginning to Advanced, 13 Lessons, 4 Hours, 30 Minutes.

Show Thumbnail Chad Wackerman Master Class - The Murray Spivack Method Part 2

The first 13 lessons in part 1 are more about Murray's system. These lessons let you apply the system using a series of rudiments. Remember it is not the sticking that is important, it is the way you use your body to produce the right and left hand strokes. Always think musically, listen to Chad closely.

Beginning to Advanced.

Show Thumbnail 128 – Paradiddle - Diddle with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg discusses the importance of reading and transcribing which he also covers in detail in his new DVD "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow". This SFTP is playing the paradiddle-diddle RLRRLL on the drumset. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Rich Redmond 45 - Paradiddle Fills on Snare Drum and Hi-Hat with Eric Moore
With a few days off from touring with Suicidal Tendencies, Eric shows you how he uses a paradiddle as fills by simply sticking between the snare drum and hi-hat, which he also does at blistering speeds. He also shows how changing the bass drum can change the entire feel. Advanced, 6 minutes.
Rich Redmond 36 - Fills Using Paradiddles with Hands and Feet with Matt Halpern *FREE*
Matt shows extended sticking patterns on the pad and combines these patterns on the set, creating fills that sound great by using various hand/foot combinations. Advanced, 10 minutes.
Rich Redmond 34 - Single Paradiddle Between Bass Drum and Snare Drum with Matt Halpern
This lesson introduces you to playing the paradiddle, sticking between your hands and feet to prepare you for grooves and fills. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Rich Redmond 33 - Paradiddle Stairsteps - Single, Double, Triple with Matt Halpern
Matt plays in the progressive rock band Periphery. In this lesson he displays blistering speed with amazing dynamics as he places the accent at the beginning of each double stroke. Includes workbook download for lessons 33 - 36. Intermediate/Advanced, 10 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 78 - Paradiddle-diddle as a Fill and Groove Part 1 with Jimmy DeGrasso
When Jimmy is off the road, he teaches at his drum shop San Jose Pro Drum. In this lesson he breaks down multiple independent patterns with the right-left-right-right sticking. It is great for fills and a “big finish,” plus using it in grooves as he explains in the next lesson. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 53 - Single Pedal Singles and Doubles with Thomas Pridgen *FREE
Muscle-ing out slow to fast singles and doubles, adding the snare drum with straight and reverse stickings, plus combinations of both will give you a lot to practice. Step 1 is singles, Step 2 is doubles straight and doubles reversed. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 66 - Singles Alternating with Kick Drum with Alex Gonzalez
Alex breaks down what he learned from Terry Bozzio, with singles between the snare and kick. Then he moves into the cymbals and toms. He shows you how he combines these patterns to become one of his favorite fills that he also uses in solos. Also check out the blistering fast grace notes he ads on the kick drum. With DC 5-UP Player. Advanced, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 87 - Five Stroke Roll with Hands with Zoro
Zoro covers many ways to musically use the five stroke roll sticking pattern with your hands as fills and grooves on multiple sound sources. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 5 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 19 - 3-Stroke Ruff with Double Pedal with Glen Sobel
Starting with basic rock beats, Glen shows you how to add in the auxillary pedal to create a double pedal 3-stroke ruff – it sounds a lot harder than it is. Intermediate-Advanced, 14 minutes.
Bass Drum Technique Bass Drum Speed with Marco Iannetta

This is a series on Bass Drum Speed. Marco has some of the quickest feet in the world! He shares some of his tips on how he plays. Pay close attention and start out slow.

Beginning to Advanced.
Bass Drum Technique Bass Drum Foot Technique with Mike Packer

At the completion of the DC Bass Drum Technique Series, students will have the knowledge and ability to play many commonly used bass drum rhythms and patterns accurately. Through detailed explanation of motion, control and weight distribution, students will understand how the pedal functions and the options they have when playing notes or patterns.

Beginning to Advanced.
Bass Drum Technique Bass Drum Foot Technique Secrets From The Pros

These are a series of Secrets From The Pros lessons on foot technique from Dave Elitch, Thomas Pridgin, Jason Bittner, Morgan Agren, Robert Brian and Narada Michael Walden.

Beginning to Advanced.
Show Thumbnail Colin Bailey Master Class: Bass Drum Technique

Colin Bailey's legendary book Bass Drum Control has sold over 50,000 copies. Now for the first time Colin explains his amazing bass drum technique, focusing on the critical principles of Speed, Control and Endurance.

Beginner to Advanced, 11 lessons, 1 hour 43 minutes.