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SECRETS FROM THE PROS
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SECRETS FROM THE PROS - BEGINNERS
Steve Goold 161 - "Drummer's Disease" (Part 2)

Some basic tips on playing in a band and listening to support the music. Beginner, 6 minutes.
Chad Smith 160 - Playing with Another Drummer - Steve Goold (Part 1)

Steve joins DC's Adam Kuns with some basic tips on playing with another drummer. Try to record yourself and listen to the other drummer as you decide if you accompanied him or played over him. It is the same thought process used in Part 2. Beginner 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 144 - Rim Shots with Chad Smith

This is an answer to a question in DC Feedback about playing rim shots. It is a basic idea but watch closely how relaxed Chad is at the point of impact. That's the real lesson. Also his secret tip about hitting between the lugs - a real secret from a pro. Beginner, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 119 – Minimalizing your Drumset with Bob Gatzen
Here is a great practice idea. Just set up Kick - Snare Hat for a try. Then add on a tom and day by day add the rest of your set. Put them together in your normal setup, then set them up completely different. Beginner, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 118 – Changing Your Setup with Bob Gatzen
Changing your setup will change your sound which will help you discover your style. This is a unique concept to open your mind to creating different sounds by mixing up the way you set up your drums. Beginner, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 116 – Technique with Joe Morello
Don Lombardi and Ralph Humphrey talk with Joe Morello to discuss how he holds the stick, uses fingers and wrist turns. Joe's sense of humor is throughout this DVD clip. He is a legend and innovator musically and technically. Beginner, 14 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 115 – First Rock Beat with Efrain Toro
Efrain was in the DC Studios to share some tips on how to play your first rock beat. Beginner, 4 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 111 – Why Is Thomas Plugged In with Thomas Lang
Thomas stops by the DC Studios to tell us why he is “plugged in”. Beginner, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 110 – Stage Fright with Peter Erskine
Peter shares personal stories that helped shape his amazing career. There is no drumset required for this lesson, the whole point is simply to listen. Beginner, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 107 - Ghost (Grace) Notes with Don Lombardi and Cobus Potgieter Lesson 2 of 2
Getting a little more advanced, the fingers are added into the fulcrum, wrist, and forearm. In videos 2 and 3, we show how to use this motion in the paradiddle and 3 stroke roll. Beginner, 17 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 106 - Ghost (Grace) Notes with Don Lombardi and Cobus Potgieter Lesson 1 of 2
Don shows Cobus three different ways to follow and motivate the stick as it was shown to him by Freddie Gruber and as it is taught by Ralph Humphrey in the DC Academy Lessons titled "Hands". Beginner, 17 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 104 - Moving Around The Set with Chester Thompson
Chester shows how he holds the sticks and gives some simple but very effective sticking tips moving around the set with singles and using paradiddles for turn-arounds. The jam at the end is from the LAMA drummers roundtable DVD available in the Drum Channel store. Beginner, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 103 - Warm Up Routine and Paradiddle On Set with Chester Thompson
Chester breaks down his warm up routine in detail. It is also a great practice routine, Plus he shows how to play and move the paradiddle around the set. Beginner, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 100 - Basic Gospel Beat with Chris Kamrada
Chris Kamrada (There For Tomorrow) takes a break during a recording session with VersaEmerge to break down a basic gospel pattern. Beginner, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 73 - Floor Tom Trick with Don Lombardi
All credit goes to Jim Keltner who showed Don this amazing tuning trick. You can decrease the resonance of your tom without touching or muffling the drumhead – try it. You won’t believe it, but it really works. Beginner, 4 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 72 - Tuning Your Toms with John Good *FREE*
John Good gives Cobus Potgieter a lesson on tuning his toms, showing that the pitch of the shell relates to the relative tuning of the head, which then creates the desired pitch bend. After they left the studio, Don Lombardi jumped in to show his trick for tuning the floor tom in the SFTP drum lesson. Beginner, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 68 - Standard Drumset Microphone Techniques with Terry Bozzio
On a six piece kit Terry talks about his mic choices and placement, along with mic placement on his percussion setup. With DC 5-UP Player. Beginner, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 67 - Microphone Placement Selection on The Big Kit with Terry Bozzio
With his big kit Terry discusses ambient miking techniques and his long time relationship with AKG microphones, along with choices and placement. With DC 5-UP Player. Beginner, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 64 - Body Motion, Sound, and Style with Surprise Performance with Alex Gonzalez
Alex discusses his natural approach to the drumset and how your body motion can help you develop a sound and a style. With DC 5-UP Player. Includes workbook download for lessons 64-66. Beginner, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 61 - The Wrist Turn as a Natural Motion with Freddie Gruber
Freddie is a world authority on how the body works and analyzing Buddy Rich’s unprecedented technique. In this conversation he discusses the importance of natural wrist turns and how the stick in the right hand is supported at the thumb and first finger, while the true balance point of the stick is over the second finger. Fundamental theory, Beginner, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 60 - Inside Your Hands with Freddie Gruber
Freddie describes the theory of how you should think about holding the stick. As he would emphasize in his lessons, you do not “hold” the stick, you create a housing for it. Freddie has taught for decades some of the most successful drummers in the world. In later years his students have included Steve Smith, Dave Weckl and Neil Peart. Fundamental theory, Beginner, 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 50 - Visualization with Rick Latham
Rick is on the edge with this lesson. It is more about how to think about what you are playing and how important it is to hear what you play as you play it. Beginner, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 49 - Brushes on Ballads with Peter Erskine
How to play slow and make it swing is one of the many signatures of Peter Erskine. He discusses time, feel and brush strokes in this lesson. Beginner, 4 minutes.
Rich Redmond 48 - Swag – Your Swagger with Eric Moore
This two minute lesson could be the difference between getting the gig or not. What is swag and how does your swagger affect your feel. Eric explains. Beginner, 2 minutes.
Rich Redmond 47 - Two Sets in One with Eric Moore
Why should you use a side snare drum? Eric explains how he uses it and also how he has two sets in one, which he uses to cover any genre using his combinations of 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 with two bass drums, a 22 using a double pedal and a remote 24. Beginner, 8 minutes.
Rich Redmond 31 - Four On The Floor with Rich Redmond
Singing the pattern will bring the most basic patterns to life. Rich is one of Nashville’s first-call drummers, in this lesson you will see why. Beginner, 7 minutes.
Rich Redmond 29 - Money Beat with Multiple Voicings with Rich Redmond *FREE
From the #1 Country Drummer in DRUM! Magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Poll, Rich breaks down a simple beat using a variety of sound sources. Beginner, 9 minutes. Includes workbook download for lessons 29 - 32.
Show Thumbnail 22 - Defining Time with JR Robinson, Luis Conte & Abe Laboriel, Sr.
The ultimate definition of time from two of the most respected timekeepers in music. JR hosts a conversation with Luis Conte and Abe Laboriel, Sr. Beginner, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 17 - The Herta as a 2-Count and 4-Count Phrase with Glen Sobel – Part 1
Glen tours with Alice Cooper and is a respected private instructor. In this lesson you will learn the basic beat on the snare drum and apply it as a fill. Includes workbook download for lessons 17 - 21.  Beginner, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 11 - Basic Grip, Finger Down-Up Motion and German Double Strokes with Dave Elitch
Dave Elitch covers basic grip, finger down-up motion and German double strokes in this lesson. Dave is a drum instructor based in L.A. and recently toured with The Mars Volta. Beginner, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 10 - Bass Drum Technique with Colin Bailey
This will show you basic good habits for beginning your bass drum technique. Colin is author of Bass Drum Control, one of the most popular bass drum technique books ever written. For further studies, see his master class Bass Drum Technique. Beginner, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 9 - Allowing the Stick to Bounce with Ralph Humphrey *FREE*
With appearances with Joe Morello and Danny Gottlieb you will get an insight into what the best drummers in the world have mastered, following the bounce of the stick. Educators agree this is one of the most important lessons and concepts of your playing technique. A more in-depth analysis can be found in Hands Technique Lesson 4. Beginner, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 8 - Wrist Turns in Left Hand with Ralph Humphrey & Joe Porcaro
Henry Adler makes a cameo appearance showing you exactly how to turn the wrist in the left hand to prepare you for allowing the stick to bounce. Further explanation of these terms can be found in Hand Technique Lesson 2. Beginner, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 7 - Wrist Turns in Right Hand with Ralph Humphrey & Joe Porcaro
With a cameo appearance by Joe Morello you will get a unique insight into the proper way to turn your wrist for the right hand, or both hands if you choose matched grip. For further study, see Hands Technique Lesson 2. Beginner, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 6 - Holding The Stick in The Left Hand Traditional Grip with Joe Porcaro
Joe is joined by two legendary teachers, Murray Spivak and the great Louie Bellson. Learning how to hold the stick is the foundation for gaining speed and control. Beginner, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 5 - Holding The Stick in The Right Hand with Joe Porcaro
Joe is joined by legendary teacher Henry Adler, who wrote a book on technique with Buddy Rich. It’s important to learn technique from the masters. For further studies go to Technique Hands, Lesson 1. Beginner, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 4 - Quick Guide to Playing the Cajon with Richie Garcia
Richie is famous for his hybrid drum percussion set up. He shows you how to get basic sounds out to the cajon, his full-length DC DVD Play Cajon Now is available in the DC store. Beginner, 4 minutes. Includes workbook download.
Show Thumbnail 2 - Learn How To Tune Your Drums with Gregg Bissonette
Gregg is one of the top studio musicians in the world. He in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and gives you some professional tips on tuning your drumset. The full-length version of this lesson is in the DC DVD Your First Drum Lesson. Beginner, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 1 - Learn How to Set Up Your Drums with Stephen Perkins
Whether you are setting up your drums for the first time, or the first time in a long time, this lesson will get you comfortable and when you are done you will know as much as the pros. From the Your First Drum Lesson DVD. Beginner, 20 minutes.
SECRETS FROM THE PROS - INTERMEDIATE
Nate Morton 196 - Maximizing Simple Fills with Nate Morton
Nate gives an example of how you can take a basic concept or pattern, and maximize its effectiveness through creativity and voicing. Intermediate, 10 minutes.
Nate Morton 195 - Nate Morton's Favorite Fill
Nate Morton demonstrates a fill that he often uses due to its versatility and ability to groove. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Robinson 194 - 12-Bar Blues Soloing Ideas with Gregg Bissonette
This is a great lesson on 12-Bar Blues Soloing Ideas. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Robinson 193 - Inner Clock with JR Robinson
In this lesson JR Robinson shows you some techniques that will help you develop your inner sense of time and feel. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Robinson 192 - Fills Around The Kit with JR Robinson
JR sits down with Don Lombardi to give a lesson on fills around the kit. Intermediate, 11 minutes
Bisquera 191 - 3 Fills Every Drummer Should Know with Curt Bisquera
Curt Bisquera takes a break from touring with Sarah McLachlan to share 3 fills every drummer should know. Intermediate, 3 minutes
Bisquera 190 - Groove With Bass Pattern with Curt Bisquera
Curt Bisquera takes a break from touring with Sarah McLachlan to share some tips with you on groove with bass pattern. Intermediate, 5 minutes
efrain toro 189 - Make Your Fills Groove with Curt Bisquera
Curt Bisquera takes a break from touring with Sarah McLachlan to share some tips with you on how to make your fills groove. Intermediate, 3 minutes
JP Bouvet 186 - GC Drum-Off Tips with JP Bouvet
JP won both the Drum-Off and Roland's international V-Drum competition in 2011. This is a short clip of playing tips from JP. Intermediate, 15 minutes.
Cora Dunham 185 - Accents, Dynamics, Inspiration, Motivation with Cora Dunham
Queen Cora talks about a variety of inspirations that helped motivate her to enter the Drum-Off and become a better musician and drummer. Plus she gives some tips on dynamics and accents. Intermediate, 14 minutes.
Javier barrera 184 - Don't Rush Your Fills with Javier Barrera
It is very easy to come in on one a little ahead of the beat. Javier tells how he had to breathe and lay back to come in on one, an important lesson for you to hear and feel in your playing. Intermediate, 11 minutes.
Javier barrera 183 - Side Snare with Javier Barrera
Javier discusses the reasons he has a side snare and how he uses it as a defining back beat plus using it for fills. Intermediate, 14 minutes.
Javier barrera 182 - Inside His Head and His Hands with Javier Barrera
This is another look at the bounce stroke and the finger snap. Practice this in front of a mirror it is so important for developing good playing habits. Intermediate, 15 minutes.
Stewie C 181 - Get On A Mic with Stewart Copeland

Stewart comments on the importance of being a part of the publishing and production of a song. He mentions things like regarding yourself as more than a drummer, learning other instruments, and being a "musician". Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 179 - Your Mirage with Luke Holland

Luke Holland is one of the most watched drummers in the world with more than 30 million views and more than 217,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. This Drum Channel exclusive lesson shows him breaking down some of his incredibly impressive and creative drum parts from songs on his band The Word Alive's latest release: Real. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 178 - Play The Victim with Luke Holland

Luke Holland is one of the most watched drummers in the world with more than 30 million views and more than 217,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. This Drum Channel exclusive lesson shows him breaking down some of his incredibly impressive and creative drum parts from songs on his band The Word Alive's latest release: Real. Intermediate, 4 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 177 - Fortune Teller with Luke Holland

Luke Holland is one of the most watched drummers in the world with more than 30 million views and more than 217,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. This Drum Channel exclusive lesson shows him breaking down some of his incredibly impressive and creative drum parts from songs on his band The Word Alive's latest release: Real. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 176 - Collapsing with Luke Holland

Luke Holland is one of the most watched drummers in the world with more than 30 million views and more than 217,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. This Drum Channel exclusive lesson shows him breaking down some of his incredibly impressive and creative drum parts from songs on his band The Word Alive's latest release: Real. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 175 - Glass Castle with Luke Holland

Luke Holland is one of the most watched drummers in the world with more than 30 million views and more than 217,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. This Drum Channel exclusive lesson shows him breaking down some of his incredibly impressive and creative drum parts from songs on his band The Word Alive's latest release: Real. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 174 - 94th Street with Luke Holland

Luke Holland is one of the most watched drummers in the world with more than 30 million views and more than 217,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. This Drum Channel exclusive lesson shows him breaking down some of his incredibly impressive and creative drum parts from 94th Street by his band The Word Alive, off of their latest release: Real. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 173 - Brushes To Stick Tricks with Jaz Sawyer

DW Drums, Remo and Sabian artist Jaz Sawyer shares his secrets using brushes and stick tricks. Intermediate, 12 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 172 - Brush Grooves with Jaz Sawyer

This is a lesson with Jaz Sawyer, he teaches you some great tips on grooves with brushes. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Gabor Dornyei 171 - Latin Grooves with Eric Boudreault

This is a lesson with Eric Boudreault of Odysseo ( Cavalia ) on Latin Grooves. Intermediate, 12 minutes.
Gabor Dornyei 170 - Hi Hat 16th Note Grooves with Eric Boudreault

This is a lesson with Eric Boudreault of Odysseo ( Cavalia ) on Hi Hat 16th Note Grooves. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Gabor Dornyei 169 - Double Pedal Hi Hat Breakdown with Gabor Dornyei

This is an awesome lesson with Gabor Dornyei on Double Pedal Hi Hat Breakdown. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Gabor Dornyei 168 - Cuba Libre with 3/2 Rumba with Gabor Dornyei

This is a an awesome lesson with Gabor Dornyei on Cuba Libre with 3/2 Rumba. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Gabor Dornyei 167 - Gabs Gadds Mozambique interpretation with Gabor Dornyei

This is a an awesome lesson with Gabor Dornyei on Gabs Gadds Mozambique interpretation. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Gabor Dornyei 166 - Kata Indian Groove with Gabor Dornyei

This is a quick lesson on the Kata Indian Groove from Gabor Dornyei. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Trevor Lawrence 165 - Single Pedal Doubles with Greg Garman

Greg shows you some tips for single pedal doubles! Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Trevor Lawrence 164 - Cajon As A Drumset with Mona Tavakoli

Mona T from Jason Mraz, breaks down some basic drum set patterns on the cajon. The jam they refer to at the end is located at the end of her DC Live Show with Curt Bisquera. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Steve Goold 163 - Syncopation For The Set with Rich Redmond

This is the re-broadcast of Rich's lesson in the DC Studios. He shares some great playing tips with you and answers some really great questions from Twitter and live chat. Intermediate, 30 minutes.
Steve Goold 162 - Floor Tom on Hi Hat side - Steve Goold

Steve shows some cool fills that lend themselves to having a second Floor Tom on the Hi Hat side. Plus a pattern he uses with Owl City. It's cool looking and worth a try! Intermediate, 9 minutes.
Chad Smith 159 - Chad Smith 16th's Chad's Way

It's only one minute long but Chad's feel is a lesson to be learned. the 16th note snare rim shot pattern uses a stress and release musical approach. Listen to how he holds back then grooves solid back into the time. It's just gotta make you smile!Intermediate 2 minutes.
Scott Pellegrom 158 - Build Your Weak Hand Part 2 with Steve Goold

Steve takes a break from Sara Bareilles to give us tips on how to build your weak hand (for right hand drummers it would be your left hand) This is a lesson to make you aware of how important it is to learn to get comfortable leading with either hand. Part two gives you some exercises to practice. Intermediate, 9 minutes.
Scott Pellegrom 157 - Build Your Weak Hand Part 1 with Steve Goold

Steve takes a break from Sara Bareilles to give us tips on how to build your weak hand (for right hand drummers it would be your left hand) This is a lesson to make you aware of how important it is to learn to get comfortable leading with either hand. Part two gives you some exercises to practice. Intermediate, 10 minutes.
Scott Pellegrom 156 - Dave Elitch & Elias Mallin - Great Lick

Dave hangs with Elias Mallin who asks him "What's the Dealitch?" with this cool lick. This is a "must-add" to your drumming vocabulary! Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Scott Pellegrom 155 - Latin Clave in 7 with Enildo Rasua

Enildo was showing his 7 pattern to Alex after taping his lesson and we thought it was a great way to get one pro sharing his playing with another, that's what Secrets From the Pros is all about! Intermediate, 3 minutes.
Scott Pellegrom 154 - Drumset Sounds with Scott Pellegrom

Scott is a very unique drummer. He shows you some very cool drumset sounds, trust me you have got to see it! Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Enildo Rasua 153 - Musical Paradiddles with Steve Goold

Steve takes a break from touring with Sara Bareilles and shows you some tips on musical paradiddles. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Marco Iannetta Bass Drum lessons 149 - Bass Drum Speed with Marco Iannetta

Maro Iannetta, the very talented Drummer from Italy who is known for playing with 10 pedals and mastering his own pedal technique, taught a few drum lessons here at the DC studios and here is one of three SFTPs and a Master Class coming out very soon. This first lesson talks about his foot technique as well as developing bass drum speed. Secrets from the Pros Lesson Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Gregg Bissonette drum lessons 148 - Tambourine Pedal with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg Bissonette demonstrates ways to the use the Tambourine Pedal for different grooves, and to make it a fun part of your kit.  Secrets from the Pros Lesson Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 146 - The Evolution of Rhythm with Alex Acuna Pt 2

Alex starts out showing the similar motion used between playing congas and drum set. He shows basic rhythms to get you started playing set and congas at the same time. A Spanish version of this lesson is available on the link below. Intermediate, 11 minutes. A SPANISH version of this lesson is available on the same page as the link to this video.
Show Thumbnail 146 - Tocando Conga y Batería - Alex Acuna Pt 2 (Spanish)

Alex empieza a mostrar el movimiento similar utilizado entre la reproducción en las congas y batería. El muestra ritmos básicos para que usted pueda empezar a jugar las congas y batería al mismo tiempo. Intermediate, 12 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 145 - The Evolution of Rhythm with Alex Acuña

From the “Afro-beat” to the “Festejo” to the “Shuffle” Alex shows an African rhythm as it evolved and was played on congas, cajon and adapted to the drum set. It gives an amazing insight into the African based time feel that Elvin Jones applied to the set. He ends with his signature style of playing drum set and congas at the same time. Intermediate, 11 minutes. A SPANISH version of this lesson is available on the same page as the link to this video.
Show Thumbnail 145 - La Evolución del Ritmo - Alex Acuna (Spanish)

Del “Afro-beat” al “Festejo” a los espectáculos "de Arrastre" Alex muestra un ritmo africano que evolucionó y se toca en congas, cajon y se adaptó a la batería. Da una perspicacia asombrosa en la sensación del tiempo basada africana que Elvin Jones aplicó a la batería. Él termina con su firma estilo de tocar batería y congas al mismo tiempo. Intermediate, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 143 - Practicing with a Click Track with Curt Bisquera

Curt Bisquera talks to us about his practicing techinique using the Click Track, while attending Musician's Institute. Sercrets of the Pro's, Intermediate, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 142 - Playing with a Click Track with Curt Bisquera

Curt Bisquera talks to us about the Click Track and demonstrates different ways to play along with it. Sercrets of the Pro's, Intermediate, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 141 - Play One Hand, One Stick with Chad Szeliga

Chad Szeliga showing Gregg Bissonette how to use a one hand stick pattern on the drum set. They have a fun time showing off those patterns in a cool perfomance at the end. Secrets of the Pros Lesson, Intermediate, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 140 - Double Bass Shuffle with Glen Sobel

Glen shows you some tips on Double Bass Shuffle. Intermediate, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 139 - 4 Hi Hat Tricks With Chad Szeliga

Chad shows us some awesome tricks to add to your Hi Hat routine and practice. Intermediate, 14 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 138 – Soundcheck Groove with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg answers some questions about his soundcheck groove. You can ask Gregg questions in his DC Forum. Intermediate, 4 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 137 – Fireshaker Groove with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg answers some Facebook questions about the Fireshaker groove. You can ask Gregg questions in his DC Forum. Intermediate, 4 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 136 – Brushes with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg shows basic to intermediate brush technique. He adds in bass drum notes with hi hat on 2 and 4. Check out all Gregg's lessons in his DC classes "Gregg Bissonette Drum School". Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 133 – Sing While You Play with Gregg Bissonette

This is one of the "words of wisdom" Secrets From The Pros. No sticks are required, in fact you are to "play" without them as Gregg discusses the importance of singing your parts. Intermediate, 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.
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.
Show Thumbnail 127 – Double Bass Shuffle with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg shows you one of his favorite double bass patterns leading with his left foot. Switch 2 is exercises for you to practice and switch 3 is the same exercises in slow motion. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
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 125 – 4 Limb Examples Of Inner Drumming with George Marsh
This is a little closer look at this concept using four limbs. To understand his ideas more, see Don's interview with George in DC Shows. It is all about improving your feel. Intermediate, 13 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 124 – Basic Ideas Of Inner Drumming with George Marsh
Inner Drumming is a book, a concept and method of playing that closely mirrors George's experience with T'ai Chi Chuan. It may sound like a far out approach, but give it some time. Many great drummers are fans of The Inner Drumming Linear Flowing System. Relaxing is a key to your performance. Intermediate, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 122 – First Multi Pedal Pattern with Robert Brian
This breaks down a simplified half clave with the left foot to get started. Then you add samba and various grooves keeping the clave. Finally you add another bell pattern with your right foot. Intermediate, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 121 – 3 Bar Warm up On Set with Robert Brian
You will learn how to move the 3 bar warm up exercise to groves on the set. They are simple but very effective and are great for building a solo (the 3rd bar is often used by Buddy Rich). Intermediate, 15 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 120 – 3 Bar Warm up with Robert Brian
Robert is a busy studio drummer in England. He is currently in the studio with Simple Minds. Notice the slightly different scooping motion of his outside release motion. This motion is taught by Freddie Gruber and will be broken down on DC in upcoming lessons. This is a great warmup routine. In his next lesson, Robert will take it to the set. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 113 – Singles Vs. Doubles with Chad Szeliga
Chad shows you when he uses a single pedal vs. a double pedal and the difference in sound. He suggests that you develop single pedal technique and use it as much as you can before playing the same pattern with a double pedal. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 112 – Four Minutes To Great Flams with Chad Wackerman
His is a great concept for playing flams. It is an excerpt from lesson 7 of the DC Master Class "The Murray Spivack Method". This is an insight into the lesson plan of one of the most respected teachers of all time. He describes the flam as one of the four basic elements of drumming. Intermediate, 4 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 89 - A Short History of The Drumset with Daniel Glass *FREE*
Daniel takes you through a history lesson to show how the same song might be played in different decades. It will open your eyes to how genres of music and different styles have affected the ways drummers approach the instrument.
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 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 84 - A “Killer” Lesson on Feel with Peter Erskine
A “Killer” Lesson on Feel with Peter Erskine. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 83 - 5/4 Time with Peter Erskine and Joe Morello
A lesson on 5/4 Time with Peter Erskine and Joe Morello. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
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 77 - Moving Sixteenth Notes to Create Fills with Rich Redmond
Along with basic Motown fills in the last lesson, Rich breaks down a simple way to move a rest within four sixteenth notes, then adding grace notes to make the simple patterns very cool. They could be used as fills, as intros to tunes, or in combination as part of your solo. Intermediate, 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 75 - Home Studio Recording Part 2 with Terry Bozzio
Terry works with Chris Denogean, Drum Channel’s engineer, and shows you how he writes out a guideline for what he is going to play and you will hear portions of his drum tracks. Intermediate, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 74 - Home Studio Recording Part 1 with Terry Bozzio
Terry begins to take us through the process of doing a home studio recording where a client has sent him a track and in return he will be recording several versions of drum tracks that they may choose from, or any combination of those tracks. He also touches on the business aspect of studio recording and his microphone choices. Intermediate, 9 minutes.
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 65 - Straight and Cross-Stick Singles with Alex Gonzalez
These basic fills are a great lesson to emphasize that it is not just what you play but the subtleties of time, phrasing, and dynamics that will give you a great feel like Alex. He also talks about playing with a metronome and demonstrates a great cross-sticking pattern. With DC 5-UP Player. Intermediate, 12 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 62 - Hear His Live Drum Mix with Mika Fineo of Filter
During the Filter rehearsal, Mika took a break and took us through the monitor mix that he hears in his in-ears as he plays with the band. Intermediate, 6 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.
Show Thumbnail 57 - Analysis of "Malignant Narcissism" with Neil Peart
This Secret is an excerpt from Neil's DC Master Class Lesson 5 - Analysis of "Malignant Narcissism." Listen to Neil's time, which is uniquely fluid, yet precise; along with subtle dynamics that make basic patterns into deep grooves. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 56 - Stick Grip Affecting Your Style with Thomas Pridgen
Thomas discusses how holding the sticks can influence the style of your music. Along with leading with either hand as he uses exercises as examples with figures in seven. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 54 - Slide Technique and Single Pedal Triple Strokes with Thomas Pridgen
This opens with more of Thomas having fun and shows the techniques he developed for playing three notes in a row as fast sixteenths, or triplets. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 53 - Single Pedal Singles and Doubles with Thomas Pridgen
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.
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 44 - Playing with Another Drummer, Part 2 with Brooks and John Wackerman
Soloing versus jamming with another drummer would include trading fours or eight bar phrases while one drummer plays grooves and the other drummer improvises. This lesson includes some great jams between the two brothers. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Rich Redmond 43 - Playing with Another Drummer, Part 1 with Brooks and John Wackerman
There is a great drum jam at the end of Part 2 of this lesson. In Part 1, they discuss the importance of listening and sharing the lead when jamming or playing in a band with two drummers. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Rich Redmond 39 - Rock Beat with “Disco” Open High-Hat with Gregg Bissonette
Gregg shows the traditional Disco pattern with various high-hat sounds that make it authentic. This lesson will prepare you for the next lesson using various high-hat patterns. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Rich Redmond 37 - The Jazz Ride Spang-Spang-Spang ‘a’ Lang with Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette recently toured in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band and is one of the most versatile, in demand, drummers’ drummers of today. This is the introduction to the basic Jazz cymbal pattern. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Rich Redmond 35 - Grooves with Single, Double, Triple Paradiddles with Matt Halpern
On a three-piece drumset, Matt shows how he applies the patterns from his first lesson, Paradiddle Stairsteps (Secrets From The Pros Lesson 33). Moving the sticking between hands and feet, he creates complicated rhythmic patterns that are all based on the paradiddle. Intermediate, 6 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 30 - Heartbeat by Jason Aldean - In The Studio with Rich Redmond
Using a classic beat with multiple feels, Rich shows you how you would play it in an arena or in a studio. Record yourself and compare your groove to his. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 27 - Advice for Young Drummers and A Story About Gene Krupa by Jim Chapin
Marco Minnemann, Tony Royster and many more professional drummers have shared stories about Jim Chapin having a profound impact on their playing. Listen as Jim touches on what he has shown them, along with examples he shared with Gene Krupa. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 26 - THE Moeller Method: How Sanford Moeller Taught Jim Chapin
Jim Chapin was a student of Sanford Moeller and in this short lesson, Jim gives a brief explanation and discusses the misleading pictures of Sanford’s method along with playing and talking about independence. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 25 - Applying 5-Stroke Roll to Congas with Alex Acuna
Alex is a master of both drumset and percussion. His career includes milestone performances with Weather Report, Elvis Presley and as a first-call studio musician on over 1,000 records and movie soundtracks. This lesson is a quick guide for drumset players to learn how to play congas. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
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.
Show Thumbnail 23 - Exercise on Time with JR Robinson
JR Robinson - timekeeper on over 100 million records sold - gives you his tips on how to keep time on drumset. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 21 - Linear Drumming Using Eighth Notes Around The Set with Glen Sobel *FREE*
This is a simple pattern that sounds complicated. Glen opens his live lesson (in Live Lesson Rebroadcasts) with a pattern, plus other lessons and a live chat Q&A. Intermediate, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 18 - The Herta as Voiced on The Drum Set with Glen Sobel – Part 2
Teaches at Musician’s Institute when he is not touring. This lesson moves the “herta” pattern on different voicings of the drumset. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 15 - 25 or 6 to 4 with Danny Seraphine *FREE*
Danny discusses how he played and recorded the song along with insider stories about the session. This sample lesson is the first in a series of lessons on DC where you can play the original multi-track recording from Jammit.com. Beginner/Intermediate, 5 minutes. Includes workbook download.
Show Thumbnail 14 - Hand & Feet Combinations and Basic Fills with Dave Elitch
Dave Elitch covers hand and feet combinations and basic fills in this lesson. Check out the article on Dave and Tim Yeung of Hate Eternal in the DC Beat. Intermediate, 7 minutes. Includes workbook download.
Show Thumbnail 13 - Bass Drum Technique, Single-Double Strokes and Toe Ball & Heel Toe Technique with Dave Elitch
Dave Elitch covers bass drum technique, single-double strokes and toe ball and heel toe technique in this lesson. Dave is a drummer and educator based in Los Angeles, giving lessons to everyone from beginners to professional drummers. Beginner/Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 12 - French Grip, Finger Control and Single Strokes with Dave Elitch
Dave Elitch covers French grip, single strokes and finger control in this lesson. Check out Dave on DC LIVE with Host Terry Bozzio in our On-Demand Shows! Beginner/Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 3 - Learn Your First Rock Beat with Chad Smith
Chad is the drummer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and shows you how he uses the outside release motion. For more studies on this motion, see Lesson 9 in Hands Technique. Beginner/Intermediate, 9 minutes.
SECRETS FROM THE PROS - ADVANCED
efrain toro 188 - All About Elvin Jones with Efrain Toro
Efrain Toro and Don Lombardi sit down and discuss "All About Elvin Jones". Advanced, 27 minutes
JP Bouvet 187 - Warming Up, Speed, Solos with Tony Royster Jr.
Tony Royster explains how he warms up, practices effectively, builds his solos, and works on getting faster. He will break down and explain some of the more intricate details regarding technique and playing. Advanced, 12 minutes.
Jaz Sawyer 180 - Music Track Interview with Virgil Donati

In this behind the scenes video, we look into the filming and recording of a music video drum mime. Don Lombardi talks with Virgil Donati about his process from step 1 to completion on this grueling drum part. Advanced, 9 minutes.
Enildo Rasua Authentic Songo on Set with Enildo Rasua

Enildo shows us the authentic Songo rhythm from his native land, Cuba. Showing the basic pattern and adding conga and stick. In a ridiculous, amazing pattern. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Enildo Rasua 151 - Enildo Rasua - Third Hand

Enildo talks about the third hand drumming and gives examples in 6/8 with 2 sticks in right hand and playing conga with left hand. See other SFTP lessons by Enildo to work on your third hand technique. There is also a bonus Drum Solo switch.Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Marco Iannetta 150 - Linear Combinations with Marco Iannetta

These are two quick tips on Linear Stroke Combinations and adding Tambourine from Marco Iannetta. Secrets from the Pros Lesson Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 147 - Fake Double Bass Drumming with Greg Garman

Greg Garman demonstrates ways to get the double bass sound using mainly right hand patterns along with the right foot. There are many variations he shows which will totally make you want to try them all! Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 135 – Groove From I Will Not Bow with Chad Szeliga

From an upcoming DVD with Chad, this is a great pattern from a classic Breaking Benjamin song. It's a great one to add to your vocabulary. Advanced, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 134 – Take 5 in 7 with Efrain Toro

When he was at DC filming, he had us all playing 5 and 7 at the same time by singing us through it. Count it in 5 and in 7 then try and get one hand going in 5 and the other in 7 always singing the pattern. Be sure to check out Efrain's Master Class on DC and his website. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 132 – Double Bass Technique with Tim Yeung

Tim Yeung of Morbid Angel shares some tips with you on double bass technique. Advanced, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 131 – Double Bass Left Lead with Narada Michael Walden

Narada shows you some tips on double bass left lead and explains how important he thinks it is to have a connection with your bass player when playing live. Advanced, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 129 – Led Boots with Narada Michael Walden

When Narada was in the studio for a DC Live show, he surprised us all after playing a track by playing his legendary drum part from Led Boots. It was so good that we put it into slow motion for you. It would be a great foundation for a drum solo and will give you ideas for several really cool fills Advanced, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 123 – Slow Motion with Buddy Rich

This is a truly unique Secrets From The Pros lesson. Watching Buddy is always a lesson. Drum Channel is preparing a series of lessons as Freddie Gruber had taught them about Buddy's technique. Advanced, 13 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 117 – Why 3 Snare Drums with Bob Gatzen

Bob shows his unique 3 snare drum setup and how he uses them as seperate instruments with compound strokes, something you may not have thought of. Advanced, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 114 – Advanced Sticking Exercise with Travis Orbin

This is a unique series of sticking exercises. Start them very slow as they are difficult. We reccomend you see Ralph Humphrey's lessons on Hand Technique and Chad Wackerman's Master Class "The Murray Spivack Method" to help build your speed. Advanced, 3 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 109 – Popular Triplet Fills Phrases with Rich Redmond

Rich shows you a great Bonham triplet phrase that is one of his favorite patterns as a fill, in a solo, or at the end of a song. Advanced, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 108 - Fills That Can Be Solos with Rich Redmond

Rich shows cool fills that can be used to build a solo, start a song or play them between your hands and feet as a pattern. This shows how you can get a lot of mileage out of basic drum fills. Advanced, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 105 - Roll Routine with Chad Wackerman

This SFTP is from Chad's Master Class "The Murray Spivack Method As Taught To Chad Wackerman" which honors his teacher Murray Spivack. This daily roll practice routine is for pros. Check out the entire Master Class series. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 102 - Three Sets in One with Morgan Agren

We thought Morgan’s unique drum set would open your mind to some new musical ideas. Dave Elitch asks him questions as Morgan explains his kit and plays examples. Advanced, 8 minutes.
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 98 - Beat Displacement with Jason Bittner

A difficult independence exercise is created by simply displacing or moving the beat patterns against time keeping. Advanced, 5 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 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 95 - Multi Pedal Patterns with Jason Bittner
Jason talks about playing with multi pedals using double pedal and Hi Hat/Cow Bell pedals and remote Hi Hat on right side. He shows a practice routine of 1's, 2's, 3's, and 4's. Advanced, 9 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 94 - Double Bass Basics with Jason Bittner
Jason discusses the importance of starting slow using a metronome and practicing for endurance. He covers four basic beats with right and left foot lead. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 93 - Introduction of Odd Times Part 2 with Chad Wackerman
Adding fills to the seven 4 odd time signature he breaks down in part 1, Chad teaches you some very musical fills in straight and half time. Advanced, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 92 - Introduction of Odd Times Part 1 with Chad Wackerman
Focusing on playing a rock beat in seven, Chad breaks it into 4 plus 3 and 3 plus 4 concentrating on the bass drum for keeping the feel of the pattern. Chad’s history from Frank Zappa to James Taylor to Barbra Streisand makes him one of the most versatile drummers of all time. Advanced, 8 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 86 - The Black Page Performance Critique with Terry Bozzio
This Secrets From The Pros is a DC Feedback video from Daniel Bedard with Terry Bozzio’s answer. It includes a short workbook download. Terry is often asked about his iconic performance of The Black Page with Frank Zappa. This is a detailed breakdown of the piece, which we thought should also be included in Secrets From The Pros. Advanced, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 85 - Six-Way Independence with Marco Minnemann
This is an insight into the world of Marco Minnemann as he starts you on a journey to expand your independence. This drum lesson is a good introduction to his master class on Drum Channel. As simple as it sounds, it is challenging and will give you new patterns and melodies to add to your playing. Includes workbook download. Advanced, 11 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 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 71 - Analysis of Cumbia De Los Muertos with Mario Calire
Breaking down this classic Ozomatli song will challenge your independence and give you a great pattern that you will have as a permanent part of your drumming vocabulary. Advanced, 12 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 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 63 - Leading with the Left 'KLRLLRKLRLLR' with Mika Fineo
You will love this. Start slow, it’s harder than it looks, then it will fly. If you want, once you get the hang of it post it in DC Feedback and let us check you out. Plus, there’s some great music with the band Filter at the end of the lesson. Includes workbook download. Advanced, 6 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 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.
Show Thumbnail 52 - Not a Secret with Thomas Pridgen
This possibly would not qualify as a Secret From The Pros lesson, but then again, seeing Thomas warm-up before we started filming was hard to leave out. The biggest thing in this lesson is learning how to simply go for it. Advanced, 9 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 42 - Fills with Unison Hands and Feet with John Wackerman
With brothers Chad, Brooks, Bob and dad Chuck, all professional musicians, John is from one of the most ‘drumnistic’ families ever (Bob plays bass – but that’s okay). This lesson is an amazing fill in 7, that also works in 4. Intermediate to Advanced, 6 minutes.
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.
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.
Rich Redmond 38 - Jazz Basic 4-way Coordination with Gregg Bissonette
Adding the snare drum and bass drum on the “an” of 4 is the “salt and pepper” to the “meat and potatoes” of the ride on high-hat. Intermediate to 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 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.
Rich Redmond 32 - Money Beat with Hi-Hat Variations with Rich Redmond
Rich shows you how to change the hi-hat pattern on a basic beat by introducing the splash hi-hat technique. Intermediate/Advanced, 8 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 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.
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.
Show Thumbnail 16 - Splash High-Hat with Splash on “one”, “an” and “E” with Mike Cosgrove
In addition to playing with Alien Ant Farm, Mike is a respected teacher, learn 3 basic splash patterns and see how they are applied to the grooves. Intermediate/Advanced, 9 minutes.
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