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Learn note-for-note what Elton John’s drummer, Nigel Olsson, played on this iconic track. This new Premium Playalong, now included in your DC Membership, features the original track with a boosted drum mix and drumless track. Enjoy!
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Now on Netflix, “Count Me In” is a cinematic celebration of the quintessential role drummers have played over the past half-century of music history. This documentary features performances and interviews with nearly two dozen of the most important and influential drummers in modern music, including Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Samantha Maloney (Hole), Cindy Blackman Santana (Lenny Kravitz) and Emily Dolan Davies (Bryan Ferry), along with Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Roger Taylor (Queen), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Abe Lanoriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and many more.
Before his untimely death last year, drumming icon Neil Peart recorded this footage of the rehearsals for his DC Video On Demand, “Fire On Ice.” The clips show Neil and composer/pianist Matt Harris arranging, rehearsing, recording and filming the NHL Hockey theme song for the project. Now available to Drum Channel Members!
Playalong to this funk fusion song in 4/4 that features driving, rhythmic guitar melodies and musical improvised drum parts similar to the styles of artists including Wayne Krantz, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Allan Holdsworth. Follow the chart provided and utilize the ability to slow down and loop sections for deeper practice.
Our guest Liberty DeVitto, who’s played on over 150,000 selling albums with Billy Joel, listens and talks about all things drums and drumming with Amendola on recordings by Roger Hawkins as well as their own recording sessions and more. Enjoy!
Playalong to ‘Clarity’ a song from Angelo Pentaries’ series entitled ‘Empowerment Through Music.’ Angelo, diagnosed with cerebral palsy tetraplegia, shares his Idea of seeking clarity to become great at any craft and suggests the importance of utilizing a support system, and how its ok to accept help from others.
Playalong to this nostalgic Alien Ant Farm hit ”Movies,” from their 2001 record “Anthology.” Drummer Mike Cosgrove demonstrates an impressive use of ghost notes throughout the song, giving the groove and song an incredibly unique sound. Play to the “drums hot” version and follow along with a full drum transcription, available on each of our premium playalongs.
MusicRadar is giving away an extensive library of 1,000 high-quality, dynamic drum samples: single hits and complete kits that can be loaded into your electronic kit or drum machine of choice, and a selection of ready-to-go loops. The samples are also royalty-free, so you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like! Download them now on the MusicRadar website.
This week Billy Amendola is joined by friends, Denny Seiwell, Josh Roosin, Matt Starr, Todd Sucherman, Wally Ingram, Alvin Taylor, Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe to discuss what “12 Drummers Drumming” is. Listen and be inspired by their spirit of community and the power of music. Enjoy!
Give the gift of drumming this holiday season with 20% off of everything on Drum Channel! Drum Channel gift memberships are now available at 20% off, along with 20% off of everything in our Drum Channel Shop. Don’t miss out! Here’s to a great new year of drumming! Use code DC2022. Valid: December 20th – January 3rd.
Check out this amazing Roundtable with Terry Bozzio, Curt Bisquera, Alex Acuna, Brendan Buckley and Thomas Lang. Between them, they share over 250 years of experience. They get to ask each other questions that they have always wanted the answers to, discuss their history and shared experiences, and the importance of writing and performing on other instruments.
Gabor Dornyei is one of the most in-demand drummers who emerged out of Europe in recent years. Gabor’s diverse talent led him to perform all around the globe and perform with the London production of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Live World Tour. Don’t miss his Masterclass “30 Years Of Drumming Experience”.
This day in 2007, The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top-grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour. The tour which ran from late 2005 to August 2007, earned the band £247m, ($437m) with The Stones playing to over 3.5 million people at 113 shows. The previous high was set by U2’s Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning £220m, ($389m). Learn more about The Rolling Stones’ history in The Chad Smith Show featuring Charlie Watts! // photo by Jim Pietryga
What better way to start the day than with an epic drum solo? Blaque Dynamite is here to inspire and give us the urge to sit behind our drums and practice. Mike’s resume includes a variety of today’s top artists, including Stanley Clarke, Kamasi Washington, Anderson .Paak, and many more! We’re excited to share this unbelievable solo with you.
DCTV is one of the many added features to the new Drum Channel website– tune in anytime 24/7 to sample DC original shows you wouldn’t have thought to watch. A fun way to discover new artists and keep learning about all things drums!
The legendary Jeff Porcaro would have turned 67 today. In remembrance of Jeff, we asked Jim Keltner to share a few words to honor Jeff’s life and legacy: “Early on, Jeffrey and I would talk about drummers a lot. He enjoyed analyzing a part that someone played, and what it did for the song. That’s why I always loved turning him onto stuff that I would hear that would knock me out. Later, when I came to the realization that we drummers play who we are inside, not just what our credentials say about us, I realized what a tremendous blessing it was to have a young Jeff Porcaro enter my life and become every bit the inspiration to me, as he always said I was to him. His gifts as a player have been obviously very well documented, and so as you study and appreciate the beauty in his playing, know that is exactly what he was like as a person.” – Jim Keltner // Join us in celebrating Jeff’s legacy with our new Jeff Porcaro Stories video.// Photo by Peter Figen
Today would’ve marked Joe Porcaro’s 91st birthday. During a hall-of-fame career that covered nearly 50 years, Joe played on thousands of movie soundtracks, TV shows, records and commercials. In remembrance, watch his fascinating, 3-part Drum Channel interview with life-long friend Emil Richards— hosted by Terry Bozzio and Don Lombardi— where he tells the story of how he happened to end up in Los Angeles.
Yesterday, Neil Peart would’ve turned 69 years old had he been alive. Chad Smith takes a moment to reflect on his artistic genius and the legacy he left behind. A truly heartfelt tribute. Watch here on YouTube.
Neil Peart would’ve turned 68 years old had he been alive today. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honored. Let’s take a moment to reflect on his artistic genius and the legacy he left behind, by watching his course Frontiers of Composition and Articulation.
During a hall-of-fame career that covered nearly 50 years, Joe Porcaro played on thousands of movie soundtracks, TV shows, records and commercials. Joe told us the story of how he happened to end up in Los Angeles. “After growing up in Hartford, Connecticut and establishing myself as a drummer, percussionist and teacher, I was looking for a change. Emil Richards was already working in LA so I called him up one day and he said ‘Come on out.’ I went out to Los Angeles and hung out with him for a week. The first day Emil got up at 7 or 8 in the morning to go to MGM from 9:00 until noontime. Then he’d go to Sunset Sound to do an hour jingle. Then he went to United Artists to do a record date, 3 hours. Then, at night, he’d go to Capitol to record with a big artist like Frank Sinatra. This happened every day of the week. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I said ‘Oh my God, this is for me. I think I can handle it.’ I went back to Connecticut, canceled all my gigs, packed up my wife and kids and drove out to California.”
Recently, we had the pleasure to invite first-call studio and touring drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. to Drum Channel as part of The Chad Smith Show. He was totally surprised that the only drums we had available for him to play in his desired size were PDP Drums– and he loved them! Check out the kit in action on this amazing drum jam featuring Chad Smith, Stephen Perkins, Terry Bozzio, and special guest 2019 Hit Like A Girl Contest <13 runner-up Milana!
Watch this inspiring and entertaining Drum Channel exclusive concert that had Alex Acuña saying, “I haven’t felt this good since I played with Weather Report.” Joining Jazz/Latin Fusion drummer Alex Acuna is pianist Per Mathisen and bassist Jan Gunnar Hoff. It’s one of our most popular VODs— and is now included free with all Drum Channel memberships.
Our Drum Channel course “Add New Colors To Your Groove” includes lessons on how the pro drummers and producers “think outside the set” and add tambourines, cowbells, shakers, and other effects to spice up their tracks in the studio and their grooves on the road. With teachers Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Chicago, Santana), Gregg Bisonette (Ringo’s All Starr Band), Mario Calire (Ozomatli, The Wallflowers), and Richie Gajate-Garcia (Phil Collins) you will learn exactly what some of the pros do when adding percussion to their drum tracks or live grooves!
Practice your Cascara groove and jam with two legendary players, Gregg Bissonette (Ringo’s All-Star Band) on drums and Karl Perazzo (Santana) on congas. This exclusive Afro-Cuban playalong features both a chart and drumless version to help you strengthen your time and feel. Have fun!
This Premium Playalong is the original track from the original recording session ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The drummer is Uriel Jones. When you hear the drums hot you will hear how clean his technique is while still having a very loose, funky feel. When you play along to this track you will be experiencing history. Have fun!
John Ramsay, former chair of the percussion department at The Berklee College of Music, shares “The Rudimental Ritual” as taught to him by the great Alan Dawson. It was one of Alan’s most challenging and comprehensive exercises that he would give to his students. In this Course, John demonstrates the Rudimental Ritual, breaking it down into it’s component parts, showing you different ways to apply this to your practice routine.
Alex Acuña, Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff share the extraordinary story of how they met and started playing together in this incredible trio that reminded Alex of playing in the legendary jazz group, Weather Report. Enjoy the in-depth interview into each player’s musical mind, including how they approach playing, improvising, and composing.
Check out our recently released course, and learn classic Allan Holdsworth songs with long-time drummer Chad Wackerman. In this course, Chad extensively breaks down and performs “Metal Fatigue” and “Devil Take The Hindmost,” teaching you how he created and played each section.
We were fortunate enough to have two of the most virtuosic drummers on the planet join us for a live lesson, Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati! Check out this masterclass ‘Amazing Double Drumming Concepts’, which features great insight and advice on how the two master drummers orchestrate their drum duet.
Phenomenally skilled jazz and rock drummer, Chad Wackerman is an authority on the teachings of Murray Spivack, has amassed a remarkable body of work including a seven-year association with Frank Zappa, and his drumming can be heard on records by James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, and many more. In his lesson “An Introduction to 7/4 Time”, Chad breaks down a 7/4 rock beat into 4+3 and 3+4 patterns. The lesson is part of our “Odd Time Playing and Poly Rhythms” course, which teaches you how to get started with the essential odd-time rhythms!
Under DC Originals and Performances, Angelo Pentaris plays five original compositions with a theme that reflects his life story and his passion for playing and becoming a great drummer. Angelo has overcome a disability that could have taken over his life. He has never given up or stopped trying, and he has never taken “no” for an answer. “Inner Strength” is the first of five Playalongs that Angelo has on Drum Channel. Great for drummers who are looking to solidify their groove and pocket in a musical way. Stick to the original drum pattern or make up your own… And have fun!
Angelo Pentaris has overcome a disability that could have taken over his life. He has never given up or stopped trying, and he has never taken “no” for an answer. “Reflection” is one of two playalongs that Angelo has on Drum Channel with a theme reflecting his life story and passion for playing and becoming a great drummer. This playalong is great for drummers who are looking to solidify their groove and pocket musically. Stick to the original drum pattern or make up your own… And have fun!
Under DC Originals and Performances, Angelo Pentaris plays five original compositions with a theme that reflects his life story and his passion for playing and becoming a great drummer. Angelo has overcome a disability that could have taken over his life. He has never given up or stopped trying, and he has never taken “no” for an answer. “My goal with this video is to inspire people to be the best version of themselves. Disability or not, I want to encourage you to find your passion and pursue it fearlessly.”
This week, we feature another Jazz Rock playalong from Danny and his band C.T.A. entitled “Antonio’s Love Jungle,” taken from Seraphine’s documentary “The Art of Jazz Rock Drumming.” Playalong to a drumless version with click and utilize the drum chart to follow along.
Rich Redmond is one of the busiest drummers on the Nashville scene, backing such artists as Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, and many others. In his 30-minute masterclass ‘Applying Syncopation To The Set’, Rich discusses the pillars of syncopation and how to put them to great use in grooves and fills, all while practicing your reading chops.
Winner of Modern Drummer’s Reader Poll for five consecutive years as “Best Latin/Brazilian Percussionist” Alex Acuña is both a master and historian of Latin rhythms! Today’s recommended watch is Alex’s course “Authentic Latin Rhythms On The Drum Set”. Alex teaches you how to approach playing authentic Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms on the drum set, which will greatly challenge your independence and help build your vocabulary. A must watch!
Check out our new rock playalong, “Back To Life,” featuring multiple odd-time sections, and includes a full band with vocals. Mike Packer guides you through the detailed charts and breaks down his process for learning this song. The DC Academy features this and many other playalongs to help you on your path to becoming a more musical drummer.
Ralph Humphrey teaches you how to use your body to motivate and follow the bounce of the stick, which is an essential lesson for everyone, no matter what skill level. This series of lessons show you the foundation for developing your technique, time, and your groove.
Ralph Humphrey is a legendary session drummer and educator, known for writing the curriculum for the Los Angeles College of Music drum department. In his course “Basic Body Motion”, Ralph demonstrates how to use your body to develop your technique, time, and groove by motivating and following the bounce of the stick.
Rick Latham, esteemed educator and the author of “Advanced Funk Studies,” shares a Playalong from his documentary, “All About The Groove.” Rick and the band play a rock tune, which is great practice for those learning how to play a backbeat. Also, remember that an in-depth transcription is included, allowing you to follow along and play with Rick.
Join Chad and the Bombastic Meatbats and playalong to this recording of “Battle For Ventura Blvd,” featuring Chad’s amazing pocket and a driving rock/funk groove. Listen to the way chad approaches the song and then follow along and create your own signature beat.
Los Angeles based drummer and producer Adrian Cota (Cody Simpson, Donavon Frankenreiter) gives you important advice on how to develop your versatility on the bandstand in his masterclass. Learn how important it is to listen to your bandmates, and how to approach cues and arrangements in a musical way, with session musicians Jacob Scesney, Victor San Pedro, and Yuki Hayashi!
Learn what it takes to becoming a “bulletproof” drummer with Stephen Perkins LIVE tomorrow at 9am Pacific on Drum Workshop’s YouTube channel! Stephen will discuss his daily routine and overall concepts for being happy and healthy. This all translates into stamina and excitement behind the kit. You can definitely feel Stephen’s attitude in his drumming. Take the ideas that work for you too and learn how to enhance your super powers to become “bulletproof”!
Today Liberty joins Billy Amendola for episode 2 of their “Did You Know?” Series on “Billy’s Bubble” honoring the east coast session legend, Gary Chester. DeVitto, who’s played on over 150,000 selling albums with Billy Joel, talks about recordings with Chester, their recording sessions, and more. Enjoy this casual conversation between two long-time friends talking about their favorite drummers.
Blaque Dynamite and his band perform three ground-breaking original compositions that combine the diverse influences of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, James Brown, and George Clinton. The featured songs “Unheard,” “Bathroom Jam” and “Directions” create a new musical hybrid and change the direction of drumming in one giant step. The Blaque Dynamite band features Joe Cleveland (bass) and Chris Fishman (keys).
We are always thrilled to spend the day in the Drum Channel studios with drumming phenom Blaque Dynamite! Watch him give you a tour of his unique drum kit, featuring two bass drums, nine toms, two snare drums (including one snom), and a wide variety of interesting cymbals.
Bruce Becker is one of today’s most sought-after teachers for hand technique. His many years of experience and knowledge from studying with the legendary Freddie Gruber, infused with Bruce’s method, has served the drumming community well. In this Masterclass, Bruce shows you various techniques used to get a better sound and avoid injury when playing the drums.
Swing along with our Jazz/Blues big band playalong, “Blue Train,” featuring a jazz shuffle. Follow the chart and try to catch each figure without disrupting the groove. Listen to Mike Packer’s approach to playing and catching each figure, and remember to utilize our looping feature to practice any particular rhythmic figures.
Join Nandi Bushell as a student of Gregg Bissonette and Chad Smith as they break down a variety of classic grooves in this exclusive Masterclass. First, Chad teaches Nandi how to play the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hits, “Can’t Stop” and “Under The Bridge,” while Gregg Bissonette shows her the beats to the Beatles, “Ticket To Ride” and Led Zepplin’s “Fool In The Rain.” Later, Nandi tries her hand at improvising and ends up leading the boys in a breath-taking round of “Trading Fours.”
Reflecting on 2022, we want to share one of our favorite recent Masterclasses featuring Nandi Bushell as a student of Gregg Bissonette and Chad Smith and break down some classic grooves. First, Chad teaches Nandi how to play the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hits “Can’t Stop” and “Under The Bridge” while Gregg Bissonette shows her the beats to the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride” and Led Zepplin’s “Fool In The Rain.”
Watch as Brendan Buckley (Shakira) joins Terry Bozzio on his “Barney Rubble” kit for an incredible jam that seems like it could have been rehearsed and played on a movie soundtrack. It’s always a treat to hear how two drummers can come together to create an amazingly musical experience spontaneously. Enjoy!
Watch this incredible one-of-a-kind episode of Lombardi Live! featuring stories from Buddy Rich’s former piano player and Cal-State Northridge Director of Jazz Studies, Matt Harris. Most of us have heard about the Buddy Rich tapes, but this interview shares what it was really like being on the road with Buddy. Matt shares how he landed the gig and kept it, along with some memorable moments on and off the bandstand. Join us this Tuesday, January 11th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Often called “The World’s Greatest Drummer” by music critics, music lovers, fans, other drummers and, sometimes, even himself, Buddy Rich is universally recognized as a brilliant drummer with more than enough talent to back up the boast. “The Buddy Rich Show: Never Before Seen!” is perhaps the last unseen footage of Buddy that is out in the drumming world. In 1982, Buddy filmed three shows at the Statler Hotel– these are the remastered and edited tapes that highlight the master in his prime. Our “Love For Sale” Playalong was put together using the original tapes from this show– a must-play for any Buddy fans or jazz aficionados!
Playalong with Buddy Rich and his big band to the classic song ‘Bugle Call Rag,’ taken from our exclusive Video On Demand ‘Buddy Rich Up-Close.’ This playalong features drums hot and band hot versions and includes a big band drum chart.
Today’s featured lesson is Bruce Becker’s “Building Jazz Sensibilities” Masterclass! In this lesson, Bruce dissects a wide variety of jazz patterns and breaks down the different right-hand techniques used for each of them. He exposes some precious knowledge from Ted Reed’s “Syncopation” and how to apply it in a jazz context. A useful lesson for drummers not only looking to improve their jazz playing but also their overall technique and feel.
Check out our NEW series of playalongs featuring Mike Packer covering various styles. This song entitled ‘Calm Before the Storm’ features a great introductory rock beat to jam along with. Each song will work in tandem with our new and upcoming Drum Channel Academy Method, where you can learn everything you need to become a pro.
In honor of U.S. Hispanic Heritage Month, today we celebrate the life and legacy of internationally-renowned entertainer Tito Puente. A multi-talented artist of Puerto Rican descent, Puente was a percussionist, composer, songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader. With a career spanning five decades, he is often referred to as “El Rey de Los Timbales” and “The King of Latin music.” On this day in 2021, the Tito Puente Monument was unveiled in East Harlem, New York City. Coming soon, we will be featuring courses including Artist Giovanni Hidalgo, who was a great friend and performed with Tito for many years. Stay Tuned!!
Learn classic Allan Holdsworth songs with his long-time drummer Chad Wackerman. In this course, Chad extensively breaks down and performs “Metal Fatigue” and “Devil Take The Hindmost”, teaching you how he played each groove.
In August 1966, Charlie Watts began a nine-day recording session for The Rolling Stones’ album “Between the Buttons” at RCA Studios in Los Angeles, California. Some of the tracks recorded then included “Have You Seen Your Mother”, “Baby”, “Standing In The Shadow?”, “Let’s Spend The Night Together”, “My Obsession”, “Yesterday’s Papers”, and “Back Street Girl”. Learn about Charlie’s early musical development and favorite artists during his teenagehood in The Chad Smith Show with Charlie Watts!
Watch an amazing performance from Blaque Dynamite performing “Bathroom Jam” featuring music inspired by GG Allen, John Coltrane, and James Brown. Our video player allows you to choose the camera angle and speed to see exactly what’s happening up close. Joining Mitchell are phenom musicians, Joe Cleveland on bass, and Chris Fishman on Keys. Enjoy!
Expand your Vocabulary with our DC Academy Instructor, Gregg Bissonette. Gregg’s courses, which are now included in your DC membership, are designed to help you expand your vocabulary. His DC Academy Course, “Classic Drum Beats” is a must for any serious drummer looking to study the greats.
Pedrito Martinez and Jhair Sala are two of today’s finest percussionists! Together, they demonstrate how they play traditional and modern Cuban grooves, fills, and breaks used in “The Pedrito Martinez Group.” In this Masterclass, you will learn how to interact in a percussion section with two incredible percussionists. // Photo credit: Guitar Center
Gregg Bissonette has built his legendary career as one of the world’s busiest and most versatile drummers by being able to cover just about every drumming style and situation. Our library of high-quality play-alongs features dozens of Gregg’s incredible tunes to help you develop your playing feel and vocabulary– try your hands at the Country Train Beat today!
This episode is a business theme featuring my guests, Chairman (and son of Creem magazine’s co-founder Barry Kramer) JJ Kramer, along with CEO/Publisher John Martin. Anyone from my generation may recognize the magazine or be reminded. I grew up reading it as a young teenager. It was around for twenty years and then disappeared for over twenty more. Now, it’s back in both monthly digital and four issues a year of print. Enjoy!
Original drummer and co-founder of “Chicago” closes out the Modern Drummer Festival with this classic song “25 or 6 to 4,” featuring his band C.T.A. Playalong to a drumless version with click and utilize the drum chart to follow along.
On this day in music, January 24, 2016, David Bowie proved his enduring star power weeks after his passing, when the final album of his lifetime, ‘Blackstar,’ topped the charts worldwide – released as a parting gift to fans. Blackstar was the artist’s only LP to top the Billboard 200 and hit No.1 in more than 20 territories, becoming the fifth best-selling album of the year worldwide. Bowie recruited a local New York jazz quartet led by saxophonist Donny McCaslin and featuring other musicians, including drummer Mark Guiliana, pianist Jason Lindner, and bassist Tim Lefebvre, as the backing band for the sessions. A must-listen for any music lover! R.I.P Mr. Bowie 🖤
Now in the DC Academy, as part of your membership, get access to specialized courses by Thomas Lang, Terry Bozzio, Gregg Bissonette and Chad Wackerman. They are step-by-step lessons. Chad will give you the foundation for proper technique, Thomas will take your technique to the next level, Gregg will show you how to turn your technique into amazing beats and fills, and Terry will take you from being a good drummer to a great musician. It’s everything you need to know.
Our documentary “DC Hangouts” is an exciting 8-episode series where drummers JP Bouvet and Cobus Potgieter go surfing and mini-golfing, discuss the music industry, their practice routines, soloing concepts, and visit the DW showroom.
This week’s featured premium Playalong is Deja Que El Alma Corra by Walfredo Reyes Jr.! The veteran drummer for Chicago, Santana, and many other top artists offers a fresh Afro-Cuban track that will get your hands and feet dancing on the set right from the first measure. Practice your traditional Cuban rhythms on the drum set with the fantastic percussion section featured on the track!
This week’s featured Playalong is “Deja Que El Alma Corra” (“Let The Soul Run”) which is an Afro-Cuban groove from Chicago drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. Be patient and practice the pattern slowly at first. Keep the clavé in mind as you gradually increase the tempo. DC Playalongs include the drum chart and minus-drums tracks.
In today’s featured drum feed lesson, the great Thomas Pridgen shares some exercises given to him early in his development that can help build control and speed with the fingers. Add these exercises to a daily warm-up routine to develop great finger technique in no time!
Accomplished drummer, Joey Peebles of Trombone Shorty, shares tips on how to strengthen your time and feel, and develop your own signature sound on the drums. In this Masterclass, he explains the three concepts that can help you become a well-versed drummer, including ways to adapt to your musical environment.
We took an incredible masterclass featuring the amazing Aaron Spears and broke it down into this 4-part course which covers both his philosophy and technique. In addition, He shares a variety of concepts including the importance of being yourself, approaching a song, speed, using grace notes, and much more. A must-watch for any Drum Channel Member!
Aaron Spears is full of words of wisdom in his invaluable 4-part course “Discovering Your Voice”. Learn how Aaron became one of today’s most successful drummers. In this course, he shares his philosophy and technique– covers a variety of concepts including the importance of being yourself, approaching a song, speed, using grace notes, and much more. // Photo Credit: Sonor Drums
James Gadson is one of the funkiest drummers of all-time. You have probably heard him drumming on some of your favorite records. His funky groove on “Kissing My Love” by Bill Withers is one of the most memorable drum grooves of all time, and it’s been sampled by Dr. Dre, J. Cole, Scarface, Jungle Brothers, MC Solaar, 2Pac, and countless others. Curious about James’ drumming? Watch him play the most authentic Texas shuffle you will ever hear… now on Drum Channel!
Yet another weekly live premiere! This week we’re thrilled to feature the great Virgil Donati. Join in TODAY, Tuesday March 23rd at 11AM PT on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages! Virgil Donati’s herculean work-ethic and never-ending curiosity made him one of today’s most well-rounded drummers and clinicians. Aside from touring with Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Allan Holdsworth, Virgil also maintains a busy schedule as a bandleader and member for Planet X, The Virgil Donati Band, The Virgil Donati Trio, and many more.
We are excited to bring our NEW Drum Channel Faculty together to share what they’ve been up to and how they are ready to help you on your journey to becoming a better drummer. Gregg Bissonette will help you build vocabulary through a series of courses in our academy. Chad Wackerman will teach you invaluable information needed to build a strong foundation, including the tried and true “Murray Spivack Method.” Terry Bozzio shares his in-depth studies of learning rhythm and musicianship and Thomas Lang shares his Drum Universe, an extensive dive into learning a variety of topics ranging from advanced coordination to how you should approach practicing. Study with them NOW in our DC Academy. You can also contact us about personally setting up one-on-one lessons with any of the four at [email protected]
In part two, each share really great advice on why developing the right technique is important to becoming a musical and well-rounded drummer. Join our NEW Drum Channel Faculty – Gregg Bissonette, Chad Wackerman, Terry Bozzio, and Thomas Lang to learn more about what they will teach you in our DC Academy. You can also contact us about setting up one-on-one lessons with any of the four at [email protected]
This week in our live stream FOR MEMBERS ONLY you will learn from legendary drummers, Thomas Lang and Terry Bozzio. They will be teaching and answering your questions. Terry Bozzio will be at 5pm PST and Thomas Lang at 6pm PST. This Saturday at 9am PST Thomas will also be live. Saturday’s live stream is available on Drum Channel’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitch pages. See you there! You can get into the chat or to be sure we ask your question, submit it here.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive FREE LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages. Tune in this Wednesday at 7 pm PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Learn from Drum Channel legends Thomas Lang and Terry Bozzio in an exclusive series of FREE LIVE streams this week on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages! Thomas Lang: Wednesdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 9 AM. Terry Bozzio: Wednesdays at 5 PM. Submit your questions in advance here. Note: all times are PST.
Learn from Drum Channel legends Thomas Lang, Terry Bozzio and Gregg Bissonette as all 3 go LIVE in an exclusive series of FREE streams this week on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages! Thomas Lang: Wednesdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 9 AM. Terry Bozzio: Wednesdays at 5 PM. Gregg Bissonette Saturdays at 10 AM. Submit your questions in advance. Note: all times are PST.
The winner of our drum set photo contest is @damonevansdrums! Congratulations Damon! Check out his awesome kit: a 13-piece DW Drums kit including 8 toms, 2 snares, 2 bass drums, and 1 gong drum. A full array of Sabian cymbals, Evans drumheads, and his Roc-N-Soc drum throne is powered by a Porter & Davies drum monitoring system for extra bass. Who wouldn’t want to sit behind that kit?
Women’s Equality Day is TOMORROW! Nearly three dozen of the world’s top female drummers and percussionists will be featured in a day-long, global celebration of drumming, gender equality, and the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Women’s Equality Day, Wednesday, August 26th. Presented by Drum Summit, an International organization dedicated to celebrating and cultivating female drummers, the 24-hour event will stream on the @drum_summit Instagram page.
We continue the incredible 7-part documentary mini-series interviewing “The Drummers of Frank Zappa”. In episode three, Ralph Humphrey talks about getting the right drum feel. He explains that there were times when it was necessary to play as clean as possible, and other times when it made sense musically to add some more “grease” to the groove.
Learn what inspires these great drummers and watch them geek out on Terry Bozzio and some of their favorite recordings, grooves, and fills from other various artists. Our special guest Charlie Benante (Anthrax) shares his unique creative process and how it shapes his songwriting and playing. Terry’s son Raanen also joins in and shows how much of an impact each of these incredible drummers has had on today’s generation of up-and-coming drummers.
Learn what inspires these great drummers and watch them geek out together and talk about their favorite recordings, grooves, and fills from various artists. Part two expands on how each drummer was influenced by the generations before them. Terry talks about how he would take ideas from Tony Williams, which later became the introduction to the Black Page recording.
Over a 20 year span, Hal Blaine played on 8 “Record Of The Year” Grammy Award winners, 40 Number One Hits, more than 150 Top Ten Hits and tens of thousands of other records, movies, commercials and TV shows. By any measure, Hal Blaine was one of the most successful and influential drummers of all time. In fact, Hal played on so many rock and pop hits that drummer Charlie Watts once remarked how shocked he was to learn that 6 of his favorite drummers were all Hal Blaine. Our 5-part panel discussion with Hal features special guests Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) and Jim Keltner (studio)– it’s a fascinating look at the history of studio drumming– what’s not to like?
In this very rare interview, drumming legend Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) sits down with Terry Bozzio to talk about his early days as a drummer, and his experiences with Pink Floyd and recording at Abbey Road Studios– a riveting four-part exclusive interview! // Photo by Jill Furmanovsky
This course teaches one of the most underused aspects of a drummer’s musicianship, but one of the most important tools a drummer can develop, Dynamics. Learn some tips on how the pros practice their dynamics with Thomas Lang, Jimmy Branly, Michael Miley, Cobus Potgieter, Peter Szendofi, Adrian Cota and Gerry Gibbs.
Dynamics are often one of the most underused aspects of a drummer’s musical abilities, but one of the most important tools a drummer can develop. Our course “Dynamic Control & Range” offers tips from Gerry Gibbs, Thomas Lang, Adrian Cota, Peter Szendofi, Michael Miley, Cobus Potgieter, and Jimmy Branly on how to practice and apply dynamics. Start your journey to gain control over your dynamics today!
Watch Eric Moore and Pete Lockett get together for an exciting, spontaneous drum jam where Pete’s world drumming diversity meets Eric’s rock/fusion musicality and technique! You’ll love Eric’s 6-piece acrylic PDP kit, and Pete’s world percussion setup featuring some LP Raw street cans! The genre-defying results are surprising, spectacular, satisfying — and definitely not to be missed.
Bruce Becker shows you how to get started with developing the Moeller Technique, a method designed to aid the economy of motion for drummers’ hands, allowing them to play faster and louder by staying relaxed. In this masterclass, you will get a variety of examples and exercises to help you practice.
Jump-start your drumming with DC Staff Instructor Al Velasquez in this exclusive masterclass teaching you the basic coordination required to start playing beats and fills. Al, along with his student, demonstrates various exercises that will help beginners progress quickly, learning multiple styles in the process.
Study with legendary instructor and former jazz educator at the University of North Texas, Ed Soph. Ed’s former students include Keith Carlock, Dave Weckl and Jason Sutter. In “Jazz Improvisation,” you learn how to interact within a rhythm section, improve your time feel, internalize melodies, what to practice, and how to improve your ability to play with others.
Welcome to an exclusive Drum Channel podcast featuring three top-notch educators and working drummers, Frank Bellucci, Joe Bergamini, and Jim Mola. Join in as three friends share their experiences and words of wisdom about being on both sides of the fence in this “drum world” we all live in. Listen as we discuss tips on the importance of reading music, staying professional, working club dates, performing on Broadway, the challenges of teaching feel, time, and much more. We send our love and speedy, healing wishes to our drum brother Dom Famularo; this one’s for you!
Elise Trouw brings her unique perspective of music and composition to Drum Channel and breaks down her new song, “How To Get What You Want,” featuring a drum chart and play along. In addition, she shares a few of her favorite fills and how she got started. It’s a great inspiration for any drummer trying to become a songwriter.
Join Angelo Pentaris for a new series of performances entitled, “Empowerment Through Music,” combining the two things Angelo is most passionate about, music and inspiring others. “When I started working on this project, my goal was to create songs that express who I was at that moment. During the songwriting and production process, I spent a lot of time thinking about what these songs mean to me and how to make this project as authentic and honest as possible. It occurred to me that if I shared my thoughts and dared to be vulnerable, I could bridge the gap between my two passions and create something that truly reflects who I am and what I am trying to accomplish.”
We are saddened to hear about the passing of legendary film composer Ennio Morricone. Mr. Morricone was an innovative composer who set the tone for a generation of spaghetti western and modern cinema composers– amongts his most popular releases are Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), Édouard Molinaro’s “La Cage aux Folles” (1978), Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” (1988), and Mr. Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” (2015).
Today’s featured lesson brings you the amazing Eric Moore! Moore shows how paradiddles can be used as intricate fills on the snare drum and hi-hat. It’s truly amazing how a rudiment such as the paradiddle can make your fills sound more musical when applied with dynamics and control. Don’t miss it!
E Family Live! is an exciting and exclusive live concert video presenting the world-famous Escovedo family of drummers and percussionists. This event features an electrifying, all-star band including guest vocalist Nayanna Holley. During the concert the Family— including Pete “Pops” Escovedo, Sheila E, Peter Michael Escovedo, and Juan Escovedo— wowed the audience with several of their favorite songs and talked about the creation of their new, go-to instruments!
Taken from our vast library of over 400 shows is an exceptional performance from none other than the queen of percussion, Sheila E., and her family. Pete Escovedo (Aka Pops), Peter Michael, Juan, and special guest, Nayanna Holley, join together to share a beautiful performance. Enjoy!
Our series of lessons “Essential Backbeat Grooves” covers an essential groove that every drummer should spend time working on, the backbeat. Learn with Chad Smith, Curt Bisquera, Gregg Bissonette, and Rich Redmond! Develop your fundamental backbeats and you will get hired. Simple as that.
Learn invaluable tips and tricks from session great, Curt Bisquera, on how to improve your groove and sound, which is paramount in today’s recording industry. Curt has worked and recorded with artists including Tom Petty, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Morris Day and The Time, and many others.
Get aboard this mini-masterclass as top Nashville drummer Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts) demonstrates and dissects the “Train” beat. Jim teaches you the traditional, hand-to-hand pattern for the rhythm. He also covers several different ways he’s modified the sticking to create various feels and tone colors.
Brendan Buckley is one of the busiest music producers, songwriters, and drummers around. He is the drummer and musical director for Shakira and has worked with many of the biggest names in the music industry. He is also a faculty member at Musician’s Institute. In this exclusive masterclass, he shares his advice for improving your rhythmic interpretation and application of straight eighth note versus swung triplet feels.
This Masterclass “Expanding Your Fill Vocabulary” is a re-broadcast of Cobus Potgieter’s live lesson in the DC Studios. Cobus demonstrates how to play one of his favorite flam fills as well as Gregg Bissonette’s version– which provided his inspiration.
Alex Acuna is known to many as one of the busiest and most successful percussionists and drummers in the industry, playing and recording on movie soundtracks like “Coco” and “Star Wars,” to his early years of playing with the iconic jazz supergroup Weather Report. His many years of experience are demonstrated in this Masterclass as shows you how to expand your rhythmic vocabulary in various styles from around the world.
Alex Acuna is known to many as one of the busiest and successful percussionists and drummers in the industry, playing and recording on movie soundtracks like “Coco” and “Star Wars,” to his early years of playing with the iconic jazz supergroup Weather Report. His many years of experience demonstrated in this Masterclass will show you how to expand your rhythmic vocabulary in various styles from around the world.
Learn the subtleties of playing various shuffle grooves with James Gadson, Mike Clark, Tony Braunagel, and Glen Sobel. You can apply shuffles to many styles, making this groove one of the most useful and recorded rhythms in drumming history. In this Pro Secrets course, our artists share tips on expanding your knowledge, versatility and time feel with the shuffle rhythm.
In our Pro Secrets course “Expanding Your Shuffle Vocabulary”, guest artists Mike Clark, James Gadson, Rick Latham, and Glen Sobel share tips on how to expand your knowledge, versatility, and time feel of the shuffle rhythm. There are many styles you can apply shuffles to, making this groove one of the most useful and recorded rhythms in drumming history.
Learn new vocabulary and odd-time grooves with Hungarian virtuoso Gergo Borlai in this exclusive masterclass. His incredible facility and musicianship demonstrate how far you can take some simple ideas to create an incredible solo.
Gergo Borlai is a virtuoso drummer from Hungary who has played with Tribal Tech as well as on hundreds of records. In this lesson, he describes ways that you can expand your vocabulary and use it to improvise on the drum set!
In August 1988, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US album chart with his fifth solo album ‘Roll With It’. We have the pleasure to bring you a masterclass featuring one of Steve’s long-time drummers, Walfredo Reyes Jr! In “Exploring Grooves From Around The World”, Walfredo breaks down patterns from his latest album and discusses the best ways to add them to your vocabulary in a musical fashion– a must watch!
In this Masterclass, legendary instructor Ed Soph shares invaluable information needed to improve your time-feel and ability to improvise musically. Ed Soph is a former drum set Professor at the University of North Texas, and is internationally recognized as an author, master teacher, and musician. Ed has also been inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame. His students include JR Robinson, Keith Carlock, Jason Sutter, and Rich Redmond, just to name a few. For even more from Ed Soph, we recommend his Artist Course, Jazz Improvisation, available in the Drum Channel Store.
Terry Bozzio, Drum Channel’s Artist in Residence, teaches you ways to incorporate the elements of music (melody, harmony, tone color and rhythm) into your drumming by using what he calls “melodic cells.” In this Masterclass, He also demonstrates some basic “rules” that you can apply to improvise more musically.
Terry Bozzio demonstrates musical concepts on his “Small Kit” in this Masterclass, “Exploring Melody, Ostinatos, and Improvising”. He shares his idea of melody, harmony, rhythm, ostinatos, and explains how to approach improvising. If it seems more advanced, remember you can use the slow-motion feature in our video player which will allow you to progress step-by-step.
Playing with multiple pedals can be quite a difficult concept to grasp. Thankfully, Drum Channel has the best in the game to teach you! Pedal-master Marco Iannetta shares his precious knowledge of foot technique and limb independence in this amazing Masterclass. There are a lot of unique tips in this lesson that can take your bass drum technique to the next level!
Session drummer extraordinaire Blair Sinta breaks down the importance of “how” you play, as well as being aware of “what” and “why” you play something in this featured masterclass “Exploring New Sounds & Grooves For Recording.” This lesson breaks down how Blair creates sounds and grooves when getting called for a session.
Our course “Exploring Percussion Pt.1” features a series of ‘Pro Secrets’ lessons that will get you started on fundamental percussion rhythms and techniques. Karl Perazzo of Santana teaches you various bell patterns, the phenomenally skilled Pedrito Martinez approaches Bata rhythms and how to apply them to congas, and if that’s not enough, Alex Acuňa will discuss the evolution of rhythm.
This masterclass will make you wish you had started practicing these concepts earlier– but it’s never too late! Virgil Donati (Planet X, Steve Vai, Scott Henderson) educates you and demonstrates a blend of chops, speed, and independence rhythmic challenges– check it out!
This week’s guest is one of NYC’s first-call-session-drummers of the 70s-80s and beyond, Allan Schwartzberg. Allan started playing Jazz at a young age and went on to record drums on many hits including; “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” (Tony Orlando & Dawn), “Cats in the Cradle” (Harry Chapin), “Working My Way Back to You,” (The Spinners), “Funky President,” (James Brown) Never Can Say Goodbye,” (Gloria Gaynor), “Star Wars Theme,” (Meco), and Rod Stewart’s “Great American Songbook,” (volumes 2,3,4), to name a few. Allan was also king of the jingles here in New York, as well as touring periodically with Stan Getz, Peter Gabriel, The Brecker Brothers and more. Enjoy!
This week’s Drum Channel Podcast features session and touring drummer Alvin Taylor. Taylor started his professional career at the young age of fourteen, touring with Little Richard, where he played drums for Richard. It was during this time that Taylor met keyboardist Billy Preston, who became his lifelong mentor. Always one to stay in the background and do his job, and do it very well, Taylor recorded and or toured with The Eric Burdon Band, Billy Thorpe, Elton John, Bob Welch, Sly Stone, Leo Sayer, Billy Preston, Little Richard, George Harrison and more. Let’s listen as Alvin shares his words of wisdom, tips, and advice on a lifetime of making it in the music business. Enjoy!
This week’s podcast features Billie Eilish/Finneas drummer, Andrew Marshall. Andrew has been touring with Eilish’s band for years, playing every festival and TV show (a few times) as Eilish and her brother Finneas grew into worldwide stardom. In between tours, Marshall records drum tracks remotely for songwriters and artists from his home studio. In this episode, Andrew joins us from the road where he is on tour in New Zealand to talk about the stage show, gear, playing, programming drums, and much more. Enjoy!
This week’s podcast features Antonio Sanchez, known for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny. Antonio is also a composer who wrote an extraordinary score for the 2014 film ‘Birdman.’ Learn about Antonio’s early days coming from Mexico and how he attended Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. We also hear about Antonio’s stellar career and his 2022 album SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. II). Enjoy!
This week’s podcast guest is one of the hardest-working drummers of the past few decades, a very in-demand “Hired Gun,“ and a good friend, Brian Frasier Moore. Host Billy Amendola talks with Brian about touring with superstars Madonna and Justin Timberlake, Brian’s company BMF, his many TV appearances as part of a killer house band, his words of wisdom to the younger generation, and his upcoming 2023 tour with P!nk. Let’s tune in!
This week’s podcast features the “Rock Angel” Brooke Colucci, one of drumming’s youngest and most talented up-and-comers. Brooke is nineteen years old with years of life experiences since posting her first video at age 12. A year later, her cover of a Tool’s “Forty-Six & 2” hit over 12 million views. Brooke is a co-founding member of the 4-piece rock band “Plush,” an all female band comprised of herself, Moriah Formica, Bella Perron, and Ashley Suppa. Plush has been out on the road touring for the past year to promote their new self-titled debut album. The future of rock bands is looking bright with Brooke and Plush. Listen to this episode and more by selecting “DC Podcasts” on your “Dashboard” page.
Today, we welcome Cherisse Osei, best known for her work with the band Simple Minds. We’ll talk about her joining the band and recording their latest album. We also chat about her early years growing up in the UK, getting a recording contract with The Faders, her gear setup, and touring with Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, Paloma Faith, Mika, Kelly Jones, and much more. Enjoy!
This week’s podcast features Corey Coverstone. Listen in as Corey shares personal, exclusive news for Dirty Honey fans regarding his recent decision to part ways with the popular band. We talk about Corey’s courage to let go, what he’s looking forward to accomplishing next, and much more. Enjoy!
This week’s Drum Channel Podcast Season 2 debut with Billy Amendola features the founder of Rock-N-Roll Fantasy Camp David Fishof, Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres, and a few special guests, including bassist Tony Franklin, Apple Records alumni May Pang, and Pier’s Plasskit, with Manny’s Music Holly Goldrich, and Barry Gibb tour manager, Carlos Guzman. This special “live podcast” from the Florida Rock and Roll Fantasy camp, recorded and filmed on March 13th, 2022 is a once-in-a-lifetime “fly on the wall” event. Let’s listen in!
Long-time friend, and former Paul McCartney and Wings drummer, Denny Seiwell talks to Billy & Don about his New York audition with Paul & Linda, and his recording of McCartney’s classic album RAM. Let’s listen!
Welcome back to Drum Channel’s podcast with Billy Amendola and DC founder Don Lombardi. Don and Billy met at Thomas Lang’s Westlake Studio to talk about what’s going on at DC. They also reminisce about teacher/guru Freddie Gruber, hand technique (matched, traditional), the late John Blackwell, the Buddy Rich tribute concert, and much more. Enjoy!
This week’s Drum Channel podcast with Billy Amendola features Ed Greene. Ed Greene is a session legend, up there with all the top studio drummers of the 70s. Besides playing on all of Barry White’s hits, he’s played on classic recordings (still relevant today) of The Jackson’s, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr., Steely Dan, John Mellencamp, Jeff Beck, and more. Let’s listen to one of “the masters” of recording. Enjoy!
Husband, father, brother, friend, and smooth-as-silk, Eric Hernandez is our special guest on this week’s podcast. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Eric is the son of Brooklyn native Pete Hernandez, percussionist for Love & Money and Cecilio & Kapono, and brother to Bruno Mars. Eric started drumming at the age of 4 and playing professionally at the age of 10 in Hawaii. Eric has performed on SNL, the Grammy’s, twice at the Super Bowl, and in front of sold-out concerts all over the world. Millions of record sales later, Eric joins us to chat before gearing up to go back out with Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak). Join us by going to your dashboard and selecting Podcast, where this episode and all previous episodes are.
This week’s podcast features Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow/session musician). We talk about Fred’s early years, from leaving Philadelphia, to attending Berklee College of Music, gigging in NYC and California, and ultimately landing in Nashville. Learn how Fred’s career frustrations led to becoming one of the most sought-after session drummers in Nashville, recording hit after hit. Fred’s been on tour with Sheryl Crow for the past ten years, and has also performed and recorded with Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, the Wallflowers, Willie Nelson, Ben Kweller, and many more. In 2018, Fred was named ACM’s “Drummer of the Year.” We caught up with the busy drummer a few days before he went back out on the road with Sheryl Crow. Listen to this episode and more by selecting “DC Podcasts” on your “Dashboard” page.
Our guest this week, Gethin Davies, talks about his life and career with British 70s/80s-influenced rock band The Struts. The band features the magnetic showman/lead singer Luke Spiller, bassist Jed Elliot, and guitarist Adam Slack. Together, they have racked up over 300 million streams here in the United States. Enjoy!
This week’s podcast features Gordy Knudtson, touring drummer with the Steve Miller band for the past thirty years. In addition to being an incredible drummer, Knudtson is also the former Head of Percussion at McNally Smith College, not to mention an author of numerous drum method books. If that weren’t enough, Knudtson also founded GK-Music.com, the first company to make and market hearing protection headphones for musicians called DrumPhones. His current model called UltraPhones is the isolation headphone of choice for top professionals across the country. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Gordy as we learn more about his life’s work and the journey that made him into the person he is today. Enjoy the show!
Today’s podcast features Billy chatting with Herman Matthews, also known as “The Hermanator.” Moving from Houston to Los Angeles put this “groove master” in the drum seat for Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Tom Jones, Timothy B. Schmit, Tower of Power, and more. As a touring band member with TOP for four years, Matthews also recorded their albums “Souled Out” and “Rhythm & Business,” along with his 2007 solo album “Home at Last.” We also talk about his “side business” gear, what’s next, and more. Thank you for tuning in; we’ll see you next week on the Drum Channel Podcast. Enjoy!
Today, Billy Amendola talks with Jacqueline Acevedo, daughter of famed percussionist/drummer Memo Acevedo, who has spent the last year on Broadway playing percussion with Talking Heads – A musical founded by David Byrne in his “American Utopia” Broadway play and concert film directed/produced by Spike Lee. We speak with Jacqueline about Byrne’s show, winning a Grammy and Tony awards, learning from her dad, and her advice for women and men who want to work in the music business.
Welcome to this week’s Drum Channel podcast with Billy Amendola and his special guest Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie. The band recently celebrated the release of its 50th anniversary remaster of their 1972 album ‘Smokin.’ Billy and the classic rock legend discuss Jerry’s early years with the band, Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton, and Fastway. They also talk about Jerry’s days as a radio DJ, interviewing Paul McCartney, going shopping with Keith Moon, Shirley’s 2011 autobiography “Best Seat in the House,” and much more.
This week’s podcast features Jim McCarty, co-founder and original member of the 60’s English band The Yardbirds. Not many can claim to have drummed for three early bandmates who went on to become the greatest guitarists in the world, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, who were all in the same band for a short period. Jim is currently on the road with a new line-up as we speak and was kind enough to take a bit of time between shows to talk about his early days and touring today. Let’s listen!
This week I’m speaking with award-winning singer/songwriter, author, keyboardist, and A-game touring and recording drummer Joe Vitale. He also happens to be one of my favorite people on the planet! Vitale has been close pals with his boss of 55 years and still tours and records with the legendary Joe Walsh. So let’s welcome Joe Vitale.
Today’s episode features filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann who directed the music documentary “Let There Be Drums!” featuring Justin’s dad Mickey Hart, Taylor Hawkins, Ringo Starr, Stewart Copeland, Stephen Perkins, Jason Bonham, Mandy Moon, Chad Smith, Matt Sorum, and many others. The film debuts today, October 28th, 2022, dives into the crucial role drumming plays in bands and how music passes down from generation to generation, showcasing incredible performances, recordings, and never-before-seen footage. Look for “Let There Be Drums” on your favorite streaming platform, and listen in to learn how it all came together. Check out the trailer!
We have two special guests on the podcast today – Rich Scannella and Kasim Sultan, both very successful working musicians over the past few decades. Rich discusses his recent biography “Ghost Notes,” playing drums on Jon Bon Jovi’s solo project, and touring with the 90s band Tonic. Kasim talks about his latest bass solo album, recording on one of the five greatest albums of all time, and shares advice on staying active in the business. Listen in and enjoy!
This week’s podcast features Matt Starr. Along with Matt’s solo career, he has also been a first-call-road and recording warrior for years, performing with the likes of Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Mr. Big, and many others. Starr shares his experiences touring and recording with KISS’ guitarist Ace Frehley and Mr.Big (filling in with and for the late Pat Torpey). Matt also tells us how he tracked down super-producer/songwriter Mike Chapman to learn about the business side of music and more. Let’s listen in.
On this week’s podcast, meet Nick Gross. Nick is one of the busiest musicians/entrepreneurs in the business, and co-founder of the band “Girlfriends,” along with his partner Travis Mills. They are currently touring, promoting their latest album, “(e)motion sickness,” as well as the band’s previous self-titled debut album, which accumulated over thirty million streams. Not only a leading band member, drummer, and producer, Nick also co-writes and plays just about every instrument on the record. You will learn how Travis Barker influenced Nick (Barker appears on a song from the duo’s debut), along with how Nick ended up running a record label. Let’s listen in for Nick’s words of wisdom as he takes us from the studio, to stage to behind the scenes of running a label and much more. Enjoy!
Welcome our guest Rikki Rockett, co-founder, drummer, and bonafide rock star for the past three decades with the band Poison. One of the few groups from the 80’s era with all original members, Rikki and Poison, sold over 50 million records. Listen in as host Billy Amendola and Rikki talk about the music business, Poison’s latest stadium tour with Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Joan Jett, and the best news of all, a clean-bill of health as a six-year cancer survivor. Enjoy!
Our guest today, the drummer/author Sandy Gennaro has written an inspiring book combining his music career with life lessons titled ”Beating The Odds: In Business & Life.” Sandy and Billy chat about the book, and discuss Sandy’s music career with The Monkees, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Benny Mardones, the legendary Bo Didley, and his advice breaking down the importance of B.E.A.T.S. Enjoy!
I’m Billy Amendola, and every once in a while, I like to step “out of the box” with music lovers and how they combine their love of music and their work. Our two guests, Schuyler “Sky” Traughber (professor, author, and bass player) and Rachel Nortwick (CEO, entrepreneur, and music lover), both share their careers and life in music. I hope you find something you can relate to and take away with our guests for this two-part show. Enjoy!
Taylor Carroll is a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed musician, producer, songwriter, vocalist and new member of the nineties SoCal hit band Lit. With a background in music spanning over two decades, Carroll’s credit as a drummer includes live and recorded work with Taylor Swift, Pillar, two-time Grammy award winner Bruce Carroll, and more. Lit’s latest album “Tastes Like Gold” featuring brothers Ajay [vocals] and Jeremy Popoff [guitar], Kevin Baldes [bass], and Taylor Carroll [drums]—continue to do what they do best on their seventh full-length album. The band will also be touring to support the album throughout the summer of 2022.
Next Saturday, November 19th, we are excited to bring you a special Live Masterclass with two of our DC Faculty Artists, Thomas Lang & Gregg Bissonette. Together they will talk about Music and Life. Get into the chat to get your questions answered!
In this new episode, we’re honored to introduce our guest, Tony Brock of the 70s supergroup “The Baby’s.” After having huge success and going their separate ways, Tony recorded and toured with Rod Stewart for close to fourteen years. Enjoy this look into Tony’s career. Find each new podcast now in your DC Dashboard!
This week’s podcast features drummers with three of the biggest country artists on the scene. Listen in as we chat with Mark “Taco” Annino, drummer/music director for Morgan Wallen; Jake Sommers, drummer for Luke Combs; and Joshua Sales who plays and records with Sam Hunt. All three were originally rock drummers but moved to Nashville around the same time, years ago. Mark, Joshua and Jake have become great friends and have shared the stage on different occasions. They recently got together in Nashville in between tours to speak with us. Enjoy!
This week’s Drum Channel Podcast with Billy Amendola features Zac Hanson who has been a star in the music business since he was a youngster. He and his brothers Taylor and Isaac, known as Hanson, have sold over 16 million records worldwide and have had three Top 20 albums.
Start the day off right with this powerful improvised drum solo from German drummer Felix Lehrmann! Also on Drum Channel: in this lesson, Felix demonstrates how he uses wrist and arm motions to create beautiful voicings around the drums.
For anyone new to Drum Channel, we encourage you to check out our courses, featuring a variety of topics from over 100 Drum Channel artists. Courses are an excellent method for a step-by-step approach to learning specific topics or studying with specific teachers. If you are looking to improve all aspects of your drumming, no matter what level, check out our DC Academy, which features a guided 16-week program.
This day in 1995, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with a song written by R. Kelly ‘You Are Not Alone’. It holds a Guinness World Record as the first song in the 37-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at No.1. The first tour that included this song as part of its setlist was the HIStory World Tour of 1996-97, which was the most attended tour of all time by any artist, having grossed over $165 million. His drummer was Jonathan Moffett!
This day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album after being on the charts for over a year. The album went on to sell over 5 million copies in the US and was the first of three No.1 albums for the group. In his exclusive DC interview, Mick defines what “pocket” means to him and tells a story that taught him a lifelong lesson. Today’s recommended watch is this educational two-part interview with Mick Fleetwood.
This Masterclass is designed for professionals and serious students and will open your mind to new concepts and help you to understand rhythm in a harmonic “natural” sense. From more on this concept check out Efrain’s Drum Channel Course, Harmonic Rhythm Part 1 and Part 2, where Efrain Toro discusses his progressive concepts of rhythm with Alex Acuna and Terry Bozzio.
Remembering “The Professor” Neil Peart today. His technical proficiency and creative ability to compose behind the drum set are what made him such an iconic drummer. His Drum Channel course “Frontiers Of Composition And Articulation” equips you with creative concepts and applications to expand your musical vocabulary as he shares what he has learned in the areas of composition and articulation.
Rick Latham, esteemed educator and the author of “Advanced Funk Studies,” shares a Playalong from his documentary, “All About The Groove.” The Funky Mambo is a fun groove that can be applied to various styles of music, including Latin and Funk. This accompanying chart features an in-depth transcription of Rick’s drum patterns.
Playalong to an original Fusion/Jazz-based composition of Gabor Dornyei’s that has a variety of challenging grooves and syncopated band figures to challenge your sight-reading. Check out what Gabor plays for each section by downloading the chart and then create your own take with the drumless track. Check out Gabor’s Masterclass to see him perform “Moving.”
Drum Channel brings David Garfield (Los Lobotomys, Karizma), his unique perspective, and three legendary drummers together for a series of exclusive, entertaining performances and discussions behind the drums. Gary Novak (Chick Corea, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson), Oscar Seaton (Lionel Richie, Lee Ritenour, George Benson), and Jeff Olson (David Benoit, Peter Tork) share stories of their experiences with the great Carlos Vega (James Taylor, Freddy Hubbard, Olivia Newton-John, Joni Mitchell) and many other great stories related to each of their careers!
Keyboardist and Musical Director David Garfield shares his unique insight on drumming and invites a panel of three amazing drummers for a series of exclusive, entertaining performances and discussions behind the drums. Gary Novak (Chick Corea, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson), Oscar Seaton (Lionel Richie, Lee Ritenour, George Benson) and Jeff Olson (David Benoit, Peter Tork) share stories of their experiences with the great Carlos Vega and other stories related to each of their careers!
Emmy award-winning drummer and percussionist Scott Pellegrom has been recognized by Modern Drummer as one of the leading drummer/educators in the world. His playing exudes creativity and, whether you are an intermediate, advanced, or beginning drummer, his new Drum Channel course “Gateway To Creativity” provides the tools for unlocking every drummer’s musicality and personality by making the ordinary extraordinary.
Check out Gerry Gibbs’ crazy setup! It includes a 7-piece main kit, a 4-piece mini kit, and a 5-piece snare-kit, as well as auxiliary percussion, a keyboard, a vocoder microphone, bells, chimes, and more! Watch Gerry make the most out of this kit on this epic episode of The Art Of Drumming with host Terry Bozzio.
As drummers, we know how hard it is to set aside time to practice. We often have limitations to our instruments that make practice challenging sometimes, whether the drums are too loud for our family/neighbors, or maybe our practice “shed” is too far away. Enter Drum Channel’s mouse/practice pad, a dual-purpose pad that works for practice anytime, anywhere. It also works great at your desk and serves as a reminder to make practice time a priority. Cheers to building new and better practice habits with Drum Channel!
This day in 1965, Charlie Watts and The Rolling Stones recorded their eighth single ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. The song peaked at No.1 in the US and the UK. Learn about Charlie’s early musical development and favorite artists during his teenagehood in The Chad Smith Show with Charlie Watts!
This day in 1966, The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart. The song broke new ground in many ways. It was one of the first commercial songs to use the word ‘God’ in its title and Brian Wilson used many unorthodox instruments, including the French horns that are heard in the song’s famous introduction. The legendary drummer featured on this track is none other than Hal Blaine, who Drum Channel is proud to showcase in a five-part interview featuring guests Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones) and Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Eric Clapton)– trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.
Enjoy this exclusive playalong featuring alternative rock drumming, similar to the styles of 90’s bands Jimmy Eat World, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, and No Doubt. The drums are driving and powerful while keeping a rhythmically active bass drum pattern. Use the chart to follow along!
Check out this classic Frank Sinatra album from 1957, “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra.” A great way to celebrate this holiday season. Also, watch this interview featuring one of Frank’s former drummers, Harold Jones.
This course is designed to give you some unique and creative ways to create your own warm-up routine by studying what Drum Channel artists Thomas Lang, Michael Miley, Matt Garstka, Blaque Dynamite, Thomas Pridgen and others do to warm up before playing!
Three of the best drummers in the world get together in honor of the late-great Carlos Vega to share stories, experiences, and Jam. Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Spinal Tap, David Lee Roth), session-king JR Robinson (Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones), and Latin drumming specialist Jimmy Branly (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz) are joined by keyboardist and music producer David Garfield (Smokey Robinson, Cher, Steve Lukather) for a unique drumming experience you’re sure to learn from.
Gregg Bissonette has built his legendary career as one of the world’s busiest and most versatile drummers by being able to cover just about every drumming style and situation. We recently teamed up with Gregg to create a library of dozens of incredible, high-quality play-alongs to help you develop your playing feel and vocabulary– including the Bo Diddley Beat, the James Brown Funk, 12/8 Metal, and many more!
This week’s featured course is one of the most important aspects of drumming: Hand Technique. This series of lessons is designed to help you build a strong hand foundation. Doing this will prevent injury and help you play fast and controlled with little to no effort. Your hand technique has everything to do with your sound, feel, dynamics, speed and most importantly, your health. It’s important to understand how to naturally control the rebound and motion of your stroke!
Known for his incredible musical skills, Thomas Lang is one of today’s most influential drummers— constantly touring the world as a solo artist, clinician, and drum ambassador. If you haven’t yet, we recommend you watch one of our most popular masterclasses on Drum Channel, Exploring Hand & Foot Linear Coordination by Thomas!
Hosted by YouTube sensation Cobus Potgieter, today’s featured video is a powerful discussion and performance featuring drummer Hannah Welton and bass player/singer Nik West! Their 7-piece band will blow you away with their time, feel, groove and originality. // Photo Credit: Zildjian Cymbals
Hosted by YouTube sensation Cobus Potgieter, today’s featured video is a powerful discussion and performance featuring drummer Hannah Welton and bass player/singer Nik West! Their 7-piece band will blow you away with their time, feel, groove and originality. // Photo Credit: Zildjian Cymbals
Happy birthday to the one and only Ringo Starr! Ringo will be hosting an online celebration to benefit Black Lives Matter, the David Lynch Foundation, the charity MusiCares and other organisations today on “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show”. Join him and legendary musicians Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E and Ben Harper today at 5PM PDT!
Today we want to wish one of our dear friends, the legendary Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a very special Happy Birthday. We’ve had the privilege of having Chad out to Drum Channel numerous times over the past years, and one thing is for sure, when Chad’s here, It’s always going to be a fun and exciting show. “The Chad Smith Show” is an original series that features over 20 episodes of interviews and performances. Here is one of our favorite episodes, where we had the opportunity to interview chad backstage at a Chili Peppers concert.
Wishing our dear friend, the legendary David Garibaldi, a wonderful birthday. David has been at the forefront of drumming for decades, pioneering his own style of funky drumming with “Tower of Power.” In a recent interview, we had the privilege to sit down and talk with David about how his drumming career started and the many influences that helped shape his unique playing style.
Everyone join us in wishing the great Ian Paice the Happiest of birthdays! Fun Fact: Ian is the only member of Deep Purple to appear on every album the band has released. Happy Birthday!
Happy 85th Birthday to legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo! Pete broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. If you haven’t seen it yet, “E Family Live!” is an exciting and exclusive must-watch live concert video presenting the world-famous Escovedo family of drummers and percussionists. During the concert the Family— including Pete “Pops” Escovedo, Sheila E, Peter Michael Escovedo, and Juan Escovedo— wowed the audience with several of their favorite songs and talked about the creation of their new, go-to instruments!
Wishing or dear friend and artist-in-residence, Terry Bozzio, a Happy Birthday. In celebrating this special day, we want to share some of our favorite memories of Terry captured over the years at Drum Channel. Stay tuned because we plan to release many new lessons and episodes with Terry now that he’s back in town.
Today we want to wish virtuosic drummer, clinician and dear friend, Thomas Lang, a Happy Birthday! In addition to his work with Paul Gilbert, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson, StOrk and countless others, Thomas has won several awards including, “Best Educator,” by Modern Drummer. In celebration, we’re sharing an incredible masterclass titled “Exploring Hand & Foot Linear Coordination,” which dives deep into independence exercises that will challenge your technique and coordination. For a fully immersive learning experience with Thomas, check out “Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe,” his premium courses for both Hand & Foot technique.
Did you know Ian started out playing in his father’s big band in the early 60s? He then formed the original line-up of Deep Purple in 1968, being the only original member left in the band.
We want to wish our friend Virgil Donati a very special Happy Birthday and celebrate his day by sharing one of our recent exclusive courses “Rhythmic Facility.” This course will help you expand your ideas and creativity by integrating rhythmic tools and variations when building odd-time vocabulary.
Happy birthday to funk master Zigaboo Modeliste! Recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Zigaboo’s legendary recordings with The Meters are the definition of pocket. We’ve taken some of the amazing content from our DC original DVD, “Zigaboo – The Originator of New Orleans Funky Drumming,” and made it into a series of lessons that really dig into the essence of Zigaboo’s sound, feel, and authentic New Orleans style of drumming. In “Getting Funky With Zigaboo”, he breaks down, discusses, and demonstrates the feels and grooves that made him and the New Orleans second-line funk drumming sound famous around the world! // Photo Credit: Grateful Web
Happy Birthday to the one and only Chad Smith! Chad Smith’s “My Story” is a fascinating and exclusive look at the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer’s early years growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. From the musical influences of his hometown, to his move to Los Angeles, his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, and performances on the world stage, “My Story” will entertain and educate friends and fans alike.
Today we want to wish one of our dear friends, the one and only Chad Smith, an extraordinary Happy Birthday. To celebrate Chad’s day, check out his interview “My Story” – a fascinating and exclusive look at a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ early years growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. From the musical influences of his hometown to his move to Los Angeles, his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, and performances on stages across the world, “My Story” will entertain and educate friends and fans alike.
We want to wish funk pioneer and master drummer Clyde Stubblefield a Happy Birthday! Best known as the drummer for James Brown, Clyde has recorded many hits including “Cold Sweat”, “I Got the Feelin” as well as the world’s most sampled drum beat on “The Funky Drummer.” – Photo Credit: NYtimes
Daru Jones is one of the most respected drummers of his generation. Jones is a two-time Grammy Award-Winning musician for his work on Lazaretto by Jack White, and on Testimony by Gloria Gaynor. Happy birthday, Daru!
Happy Birthday to the one-and-only Dave Grohl. Recognized as one of the most influential rock musicians of the last 30 years, Grohl’s talent is showcased on drums, guitar, and vocals, in bands such as Nirvana, the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures, and countless others.
Today let’s wish the drumming legend David Garibaldi a Happy Birthday. David has been at the forefront of drumming for decades, pioneering his own style of funky drumming with “Tower of Power.” In a recent interview, we had the privilege to sit down and talk with David about how his drumming career started and the many influences that helped shape his unique playing style.
Today is truly special because we’re celebrating our very own Don Lombardi’s Birthday, founder of Drum Channel and Drum Workshop. Check out this interview paying tribute to Don, where he talks about his early years as a professional drummer and teacher. He shares stories about DW Drums, his passion for drum education, and his unique vision for Drum Channel. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday to our very own Don Lombardi, founder of Drum Channel and Drum Workshop. This interview is taken from a digital edition of Modern Drummer where Don talks about his early years as a professional drummer and teacher. He shares stories about DW Drums, his passion for drum education, and his unique vision for Drum Channel. Enjoy!
Wishing our dear friend, Gregg Bissonette, a very Happy Birthday. Every time Gregg is around, we know we’re in for a treat. His warm, easy-going, down-to-earth manner is both contagious and refreshing, not to mention he’s one of the best and most in-demand drummers in the world, now touring with Ringo Starr. Gregg has hundreds of lessons on Drum Channel. He also gives private and online lessons. One of our favorite courses with Gregg is, “Classic Drum Beats”. Check it out!
We want to wish our dear friend, legendary studio drummer, Jim Keltner a Happy Birthday. It’s been a privilege to spend many memories with Jim here at Drum Channel and we want to share this drum jam featuring Chad Smith and Terry Bozzio and interview with Charlie Watts, Hal Blaine and Jim to celebrate his special day!
We want to wish world-renowned session and touring drummer Kenny Aronoff a belated happy birthday and share an incredible interview with Kenny and Chad Smith about the music industry, how to stay relevant (and employed), and how to have fun while you’re doing it. Kenny also joins Chad and The Bombastic Meatbats for a high-energy jam session.
A happy birthday to our good friend Stewart Copeland! Stewart’s earned our most viewed video on YouTube for a good reason. His approach to modern drumming and world percussion is one of the most authentic we’ve had the pleasure to feature on Drum Channel. Check out our full roundtable interview “Dare To Drum” featuring Stewart, Chad Smith, Terry Bozzio and John Bryant under our Originals episode 47 to 50!
A happy 66th birthday to legendary drummer Steve Smith! Aside from his renowned achievements as part of the band Journey, Steve has also been voted across a variety of magazines as “No. 1 All-Around Drummer”, “one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time”, and was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steve developed his single and double bass drum playing by studying Colin Bailey’s book “Bass Drum Control”– and you should, too!
Today we’re wishing our dear friend, Russ Kunkel, a very Happy Birthday and sharing an incredible interview with Russ and Leland Sklar in celebration. Russ and legendary bass player, Leland Sklar, are the rhythm section for The Immediate Family. They have also been the secret sauce on multimillion-selling albums with Carol King, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, James Taylor, Phil Collins, and countless others. Join them for an in-depth discussion on “pocket,” and their experiences in the studio and on the road. The super group’s members also offer advice about what they look for when hiring and working with a drummer!
We want to wish drumming legend Steve Gadd a wonderful birthday! Known to many as one of the greatest of all time, Gadd influenced practically every modern drummer alive. Here at Drum Channel, we wanted to share a special lesson of Gregg Bissonette breaking down Classic Gadd beats and fills.
We want to wish Foo-Fighter drumming legend Taylor Hawkins a special birthday by sharing a special documentary featuring Taylor and other legendary drummers, including Simon Phillips, Gary Novak, Terry Bozzio, and Jimmy Chamberlin. They all separately create a drum part to Gannin Arnold’s song “Not From Here,” without hearing the other drummers’ parts. The result is quite fascinating; see for yourself. Here is Taylor Hawkins playing three of Gannin’s songs!
Happy Birthday to master drummer & educator Terry Bozzio! Terry’s drumming for Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Jeff Beck and a host of today’s top artists has become legendary. His solo concerts have been acclaimed around the world and his incredible drum set includes 26 tom-toms, 8 bass drums, 53 cymbals and 22 pedals. See and hear Terry as you’ve never seen or heard him before in his Reality Tour 2018 performance video— available exclusively on Drum Channel!
Today we want to wish virtuosic drummer, clinician, DC Faculty member, and dear friend Thomas Lang, a very Happy Birthday! In addition to his work with Paul Gilbert, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson, StOrk, and countless others, Thomas has won several awards including, “Best Educator” multiple times by Modern Drummer. In celebration, we’re featuring his fully immersive DC Academy course, “Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe,” which covers an in-depth study of Hand and Foot Technique, plus a number of Bonus courses.
Happy birthday to our friend Thomas Pridgen, one of today’s most musically and technically proficient drummers. In this featured lesson, Thomas shares his easy warm-up routine to get your hands moving!
Happy Birthday to our amazingly talented good friend Tony Royster Jr! Tony tours and records with artists such as Jay-Z, Big Sean, Awolnation, Katy Perry, and countless others. In today’s featured lesson, Tony explains how he warms up, practices effectively, builds his solos, and works on getting faster. He breaks down and explains some of the more intricate details regarding technique and playing, a must-watch for all serious drummers! // Photo Credit: Robert Downs
Wishing one of today’s most influential punk rock drummers a Happy Birthday! We would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t at some point enjoyed the style and creativity of Barker’s drumming with Blink-182. Recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time, Travis has paved the way for many drummers to come.
Happy birthday to legendary pop-punk drummer Travis Barker! Best known for his high-intensity drumming in blink-182, Travis has also been involved in playing live and producing with acts such as Machine Gun Kelly, TRV$DJAM, XXXTentatacion, Yelawolf, and more! // Photo by Ben Gibson
Happy birthday to our good friend Virgil Donati! If you feel like your grip strength is underdeveloped and your precision around the kit is off at times, watch this in-depth lesson, in which Virgil offers extensive advice on how to develop your wrist technique for better overall control around the drums!
Today is unique because we’re celebrating not one but two phenomenal drummer’s birthdays – Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Chicago, Santana) and Doane Perry (Jethro Tull). What better way to celebrate than by sharing their contribution to Drum Channel? Here is an excellent course with Walfredo and a great interview with Doane.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Drum Channel! 🎃 Tag us in your spookiest drum videos today on social media! @drumchannel
Wishing everyone an amazing Holiday season from all of us at Drum Channel. We hope you enjoy the rest of your year with family and friends! We’re excited to celebrate this season and ring in the new year with some amazing NEW content, including courses with JR Robinson and Giovanni Hidalgo – coming soon to Drum Channel! 🎄
Happy Holidays to you all– from all of us at Drum Channel! 🥁 🌲 🎁
For us drummers, the 4th of July is not only a national holiday to celebrate our country’s Independence but also a day to celebrate your drumming independence and coordination. Let’s reflect on how much our coordination has improved from the beginning of our drum journeys. If Independence is something you want to work on more, then Drum Channel is here to help. If you’re just getting started, “Independence 1” featuring Chad Smith & Val Sepulveda from our DC Academy is perfect. For those wishing to expand on their essential fundamental coordination. “Independence 2” featuring Ralph Humphrey & Terry Bozzio will help, and for those trying to push their coordination limits above and beyond Marco Minnemann’s courses “Six-Way Independence” and “Musical Independence” courses will challenge even the most advanced players.
Take your drumming to new heights and start the year off strong with our 20% discount toward memberships and the entire store. This offer expires on January 2nd. Here’s to a great new year of drumming! Use code DC2022.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get better at drums, we at Drum Channel are here to help you put your best foot forward. Reach out to our team for any questions regarding your drumming journey or scheduling a live lesson with our Faculty and Staff at [email protected] Let’s make this year an exceptional one! Cheers!
Today is a perfect day to remind ourselves what we are grateful for. All of us at Drum Channel are incredibly thankful for all of you, and we appreciate all your support. We hope that everyone enjoys this holiday season with family and friends. Time to eat, play and have fun!! 🍗
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Drum Channel! We are grateful to have such an incredible Drum Channel community and look forward to helping everyone grow as drummers. To get started, check out our course, “How and When to Practice,” which shares pro tips on practicing more efficiently. Much love!! ❤️ // Photo Cred: Fine Art America
Check out this sweet 36″ drum that SJC Drums custom built for Imagine Dragons! Who wouldn’t want to play that?
Check out this rebroadcast from a recent Live Masterclass with world-class drummer and educator, Thomas Lang. Thomas shares some new concepts that you can use to expand your sound palette with hi-hats, in addition to covering the fundamentals of hi-hat technique and some vocabulary.
Featuring singer/songwriter/producer/musician/mother and author Holly Knight. Her credits are endless. She was inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in 2013 and voted in Rolling Stone’s Readers Poll as one of the five best songwriters (at the time, the only woman on the list). She has 13 ASCAP awards and a top-selling book called “I Am the Warrior,” with a foreword by Tina Turner. Holly has written multiple Grammy award-winning hits for some of the world’s biggest superstars. She has worked with Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Heart, Aerosmith, John Waite, Rod Stewart, Hall & Oates, Animotion, Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, and many more. Get ready to be inspired!
Today would have been the legendary Tony Williams’ 77th birthday. Williams, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, joined groundbreaking jazz trumpeter Miles Davis’ band when he was just 17 and became one of the pioneers of jazz-fusion drumming. After a highly successful career playing live and recording with Miles as well as the Tony Williams Lifetime, Alan Dawson, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean, and many others, Tony was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1986. Watch our Tribute to Tony Williams, featuring an interview with Tony’s former drum tech Scott Garrison. // Photo by Jan Persson & CDJ
It’s important to understand how to build skills if you plan on getting better. Our series of lessons “How and What to Practice” teaches you how some of the best in the world achieved their success. They all agree on one thing: It takes hours of deep, focused, repetitive practice. The key to your success is about how focused and consistent your practice is. This series of pro secrets teaches you how to create goals to work towards and how to manage your practice regimen, from some of the world’s greatest drummers: Thomas Lang, JR Robinson, Curt Bisquera, Gregg Bissonette, Rick Latham, Rich Redmond, and Derrick Wright.
Let’s start the new year off right and look at some ways of maximizing your practice time with helpful tips from some of the best drummers in the world. You will learn how to create goals to work towards and how to manage your practice regimen efficiently.
It’s important to understand how to build skills if you plan on getting better. This series of lessons teaches you how some of the best in the world achieved their success. They all agree on one thing – it takes hours of deep, focused, repetitive practice. Enjoy this pro secrets course on how to create better practice habits and goals to work toward, and how to manage your practice regimen efficiently.
Neil Peart’s technical proficiency and creative ability to compose behind the drum set are what made him such an iconic drummer. “How do you learn a song?” is one of the three fundamental questions he answers in his Drum Channel masterclass “Frontiers Of Composition And Articulation“. Watch our latest YouTube video to find out his best tips and tricks to thoroughly learn drum parts! And did you know that Neil was the youngest person ever inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, at only 31 years old?
Watch this incredible Interview with the legendary drummer from “The Rolling Stones,” Charlie Watt’s, hosted by Chilli Peppers drummer, Chad Smith. In the interview, Charlie discusses the importance of jazz in his life and early musical development along with a few of his favorite artists from when he was young. A great way to celebrate the iconic drummer’s recent birthday. Enjoy!
In August 1962, unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decided to sack him. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool, UK. Ringo Starr who was nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes at a Butlin’s holiday camp received a telephone call from John Lennon, asking him to join The Beatles. Ringo gave Rory Storm three days’ notice and on August 18, appeared as a member of The Beatles for the first time.
After nearly a decade of strong work with The Beatles, could Ringo Starr pick one song with his favorite drumming? Ringo did, and he pointed to a track that never made it on a Beatles studio album. The song he picked was “Rain,” the B-side to 1966’s “Paperback Writer” single. How did The Beatles get Ringo’s massive drum sound on ‘Rain’? read the full article on Showbiz CheatSheet.
In this series of Masterclasses, DC Staff Member Adam Kuns will be focusing on different ways to count, play, and approach odd time signatures. Today, we examine How to Play in 3. This covers the basic counting, ways we can divide 3, as well as some common patterns.
Last week, DC Staff Member Adam Kuns demonstrated how to begin playing in 3. This week, we’re diving into How to Play in 9. This Masterclass covers the basic counting, ways we can divide 9, as well as some common patterns.
Because a great drum solo can be the highlight of the show no matter what style of music you play, the ability to create a great solo is an integral part of every drummer’s toolbox. Join Nate Wood, Zoro, Chad Wackerman, Colin Bailey, Blaque Dynamite, Paul Wertico, and Gregg Bissonette for their essential tips on how to improvise and compose a drum solo!
Playalong with Elise Trouw for her single, “How To Get What You Want,” featuring a unique pop shuffle pattern and driving linear tom groove. This song includes a full-length transcription, so remember you can slow down any specific part for deeper practice.
Eric Boudreault is currently the drummer for the hit production Cavalia from Cirque du Soleil. In his Drum Channel Masterclass, he invites guest violin player Louis-Pier Racicot to perform and discuss their experiences being part of this fascinating live production!
Enjoy this masterclass and dive deep into Nate Wood’s (Kneebody) approach to becoming a multi-instrumental one-man band. Watch performances of his project “Four,” which demonstrates his ability to play drums, bass, keyboards, and sing simultaneously! Yes… all at the same time. A truly incredible and inspirational masterclass for those looking to push their musicianship to new heights.
Nate Wood (Kneebody, fOUR) brings all of his multi-instrumental talents together for this very special Masterclass, “How to Play Multiple Instruments Simultaneously”. He performs on vocals, drums, bass, and keyboards at the same time. He is truly an amazing musician. You don’t want to miss his performance or what he has to say about playing one-handed and improvising! Also, you have to check out his band’s Masterclass, “Exploring How to Communicate Musically”.
With so many of us making New Year’s resolutions to practice more, we wanted to share Thomas Lang’s lesson on practicing more effectively. In this inspiring lesson, Thomas shares the methodic, highly-disciplined practice routine he created to turn his weaknesses into strengths, and make his strengths even stronger. This lesson is taken from the Drum Channel course “How and What to Practice.”
In this special Masterclass “How To Sight Read A Drum Chart”, Chad Wackerman shares his concept of sight-reading charts. In addition, he reviews and answers questions about Drum Channels most popular course, The Murray Spivack Method, available in the store inside the “Chad Wackerman Drum Room.”
Hey drummers! Post a picture of your kit on Instagram and TAG US @drumchannel. A panel of DC artists will then pick their favorite kit, and the kit’s owner will see his kit reposted on our Instagram! Ready, set, grab a pic! (International contest with no age limit, anyone can enter! Contest is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Contest will be closed at 11:59pm PST 7/20. Winner announced on 7/21. Good luck!)
This week’s featured Premium playalong is the iconic Motown track “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5. The track features a syncopated bass drum part that tightly matches the bass line, played by drummer Gene Pello. Listen to how the percussion carries the groove on the verses, and have fun!
This week’s featured Premium playalong is the iconic Motown track “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5. The track features a syncopated bass drum part that tightly matches the bass line, played by drummer Gene Pello. Listen to how the percussion carries the groove on the verses, and have fun!
In this Masterclass, Danny Seraphine, the original drummer and one of the founding members for the band Chicago, shares some of the iconic grooves and fills that can be heard on many famous Chicago songs. Danny’s drumming helped define a genre by pioneering the art of jazz rock drumming. For more on Danny Seraphine check out his documentary, “The Art of Jazz Rock Drumming.”
Mike Packer’s course “Foot Technique” is a must-watch for drummers who want to improve their feet agility. Whether it’s to boost your speed, coordination, or sound, this course’s foundational bass drum technique topics will help you develop your weaknesses. Mike dives deep into step-by-step processes to develop the perfect bass drum sounds and pedal motions!
This brand new three-part Drum Channel interview features drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Leland Sklar– the rhythm section of The Immediate Family. They have been the secret sauce on multimillion-selling albums with Carol King, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, James Taylor, Phil Collins and countless others. Join them for an in-depth discussion on “pocket” and their experiences in the studio and on the road. The super group’s members also offer advice about what they look for when hiring and working with a drummer!
Chad Smith welcomes Carlos Santana for an inspirational interview discussing the language of the drum from Carlos’ perspective. An insightful view into what Carlos expects from a drummer and how each can impact and inspire his playing.
World-renowned session and touring drummer Kenny Aronoff sits down with Chad Smith for a discussion about the music industry, how to stay relevant and employed— and how to have fun while you’re doing it. Kenny also joins Chad and The Bombastic Meatbats for a-rockin’, high-energy jam session.
You don’t want to miss this highly entertaining and inspiring episode of “The Chad Smith Show,” featuring Gregg Bissonette and young drumming sensation Nandi Bushell. The drummers go deep with the story of Chad’s wild audition for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and how Gregg fell into the gig with Ringo. Nandi shares the story of how she learned to love music. In Part 2 of this interview, Chad and Gregg give her a great lesson breaking down some classic rock grooves. That is also on the DC site under Masterclasses.
In remembrance of the late-great Taylor Hawkins, we’re sharing a special interview featuring Taylor, Chad Smith, Gary Novak, Stephen Perkins, and appearances from Terry Bozzio throughout. Listen to how incredible Taylor’s story is and who his influences were in this 7 episode interview. Taylor’s drumming influenced an entire era of drummers worldwide, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest and most explosive rock drummers to have walked this earth. Our hearts go to his family and friends. RIP Taylor Hawkins.
Our dear friend Cobus Potgieter shares one of his favorite rudiments, The Inverted Paradiddle, and how he applies it to a variety of fills. Adam Kuns also shares his approach to playing the inverted paradiddle and hosts a Q&A session, answering questions regarding sound technique and more.
Learn various shuffle grooves with James Gadson and Tony Braunagel. James shares a few of the shuffles he recorded with Bill Withers and The Supremes, while Tony discusses his work with BB King, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Rickie Lee Jones and more. This Masterclass is a must-watch for anyone who wants to improve their pocket playing and gain a greater understanding of this essential beat.
Learn with jazz drumming master Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John Scofield) as he goes in-depth on developing an authentic jazz sound and vocabulary. Mike guides you through his approach on the ride beat in various tempos and discusses his and many other traditional jazz drummer’s comping methods.
In this masterclass, you will learn Jess Bowen’s creative process for writing drum parts and how she adapts to playing them live versus the studio. Watch Jess Bowen of “The Summer Sets” breaks down the hit song, “Lightning in a Bottle!”
Join master drummer Terry Bozzio, Thomas Lang and special guest Jimmy Keegan as they discuss Terry’s prolific and highly-influential career in this brand-new DC show. Learn about Terry’s legendary work with Frank Zappa and Missing Persons as well as a sideman and solo artist. Join us today March 22 at 5PM PST on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages.
Joe Travers, currently playing in The Zappa Band, blew us away with his incredible musical sensibilities in this amazing two-part drum jam with Terry Bozzio. This jam is a great reminder of how important it is to use your ears if you want to be a musical working drummer. In addition to his contribution to Zappa drumming, Joe has gone on to play for many acts, including Duran Duran, Lisa Loeb, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Billy Idol, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani.
Currently playing in The Zappa Band, Joe Travers blew us away with his incredible musical sensibilities in part 2 of this amazing jam with Terry Bozzio. This drum jam is a great reminder of how important it is to use your ears if you want to be a musical working drummer. In addition to his contribution to Zappa drumming, Joe has gone on to play for many acts, including Duran Duran, Lisa Loeb, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Billy Idol, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani.
Watch Jonathan Barber and his band “Vision Ahead” perform an incredible concert of all original music. The group’s blend of classic and modern jazz with elements of gospel, rock, soul, and fusion is a compelling showcase of Barber’s broad stylistic range as a composer and performer.
As drummer with The Who, Keith Moon powered one of the most explosive bands in rock history. If Keith was still alive today, he’d be 74 years old. A huge admirer among his peers was Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, who would always watch Moon as closely and as often as he could. “Bonzo” sat in on the entire ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ recording session. Townshend later revealed that A-list jazz drummers such as Buddy Rich and Tony Williams were also fans!
Fans of tight 70s Funk drumming will be hooked by the grooves on Khruangbin‘s new album ‘Mordechai‘, brought to you by Houston-raised drummer Donald Johnson. Paul Simpson from AllMusic says “Khruangbin’s music can still work as an ebullient, sun-baked soundtrack to daily activities, social gatherings, or cross-country road trips, but their songs have gotten more expressive and soul-searching, and Mordechai rewards closer listening more than any of their previous recordings.”
Join Gerald Heyward, Nisan Stewart, Queen Cora Coleman-Dunham and Aaron Spears for a unique Documentary. Learn what inspires them, drives them, and what’s helped them succeed. Kick Snare Hat includes tons of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and playing footage with the genre’s elite. If you love Hip Hop and R&B drumming, you’ll love Kick Snare Hat.
Join top Gospel/R&B drummer’s Gerald Heyward, Nisan Stewart, Queen Cora Coleman and Aaron Spears to learn what inspires them, drives them, and takes them to the top of their game. The Documentary includes tons of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, individual performances and, for the first time ever on film, a drum shed featuring all four elites.
Live Premiere Tuesdays! In this week’s new Kirkee B. on DC episode, host Curt Bisquera invites two of the drum industry’s leading personalities, Don Lombardi and John Good. Join in TODAY at 11AM PT / 2PM ET on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages!
Top Gospel/R&B drummer Gerald Heyward joins Curt Bisquera for a new episode of Kirkee B. on DC on this week’s DC Live Premiere. Gerald discusses growing up in church, talks about life on the road with Beyoncé and Michael Jackson, and shares his other passion: a collection of more than 600 pairs of sneakers. Join in TODAY at 11AM PT / 2PM ET on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages!
Watch our highly anticipated new show “Kirkee B. on DC”! The first episode of the series features host Curt Bisquera and special guest Eric Hernandez. Together, they unveil treasured memories and experiences from Eric’s early years in Hawaii, all the way to playing the Super Bowl twice with his brother Bruno Mars. Eric also runs you through his massive setup and what it takes to make it work musically on an arena stage.
In this week’s new Kirkee B. on DC episode, host Curt Bisquera invites session drummer extraordinaire Matt Laug. From his studio work with Alanis Morrisette and Alice Cooper to his arena and festival tours with Vasco Rossi, Matt has accomplished and mastered what all drummers dream of. In this joyful interview, the two pro drummers discuss a lesser-known aspect of drumming: keeping the gig– and Matt shares a challenging paradiddle warm-up exercise.
Mona is the percussionist with Jason Mraz, she plays the Cajon in untraditional genres like Rock and Pop. Check out some of her tricks, solo and jam. In addition, she talks about recent projects and her work with “Rock Camp for Girls – Los Angeles,” a social-justice and non-profit organization that offers music education workshops for young girls. Join us this Tuesday, July 20th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages, and check out more “Kirkee B. On DC” with artists including Eric Hernandez, Gerald Heyward, Matt Laug, and much more; available as an original under DC Live!
Grammy-nominated band Kneebody has created a genre and style all its own crafted by improving. “For the Fallen” is one of many songs captured at DC, representing how the band communicates musically. Watch for a superb show of skill and musicality from drummer Nate Wood! If you’re curious to learn more, watch our Masterclass “Exploring How To Communicate Musically” with Kneebody.
Grammy-nominated band Kneebody has created a genre and style all its own crafted by improving. ‘Drum Battle’ is one of many songs captured at DC, representing how the band communicates musically. Watch for a superb show of skill and musicality from drummer Nate Wood! If you’re curious to learn more, watch our Masterclass “Exploring How To Communicate Musically” with Kneebody.
Rick Latham’s course “Learn Serious Shuffles” is a must-watch for any drummer looking to improve their vocabulary. In this series of lessons, he will show you different stylistic interpretations of the shuffle, as well as exercises to improve your groove and coordination as it relates to the shuffle. Rick Latham has played with some of the biggest names in the music industry– from Edgar Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan! He is also the author of the legendary book “Advanced Funk Studies”.
Val Sepulveda is joined by world-class drummers Chad Smith, Gregg Bissonette, and Greg Garmen to get you to play the most important beginner rock beats. If you’ve never played drums before, we suggest you take this course before moving on to “Basic Rock Drumming Chad’s Way”!
Watch this lesson from Jim Riley teaching you how to create a danceable groove in 7/8, a pattern inspired by the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta. Each groove demonstrated will help expand your odd-time drumming vocabulary. Taken from the popular Drum Channel course, “Odd Time Playing and Poly Rhythms.”
Dig deep into several authentic types of shuffles with jazz and funk master Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock). The key is to hear and learn each pattern’s subtle but significant differences.
Thomas Pridgen explains his thought process when playing and soloing, plus all the experiences that have shaped him into one of today’s elite drummers. Instead of just teaching you “licks,” Thomas’s masterclass dives into his philosophy of being both creative and developing your own sound.
Being able to read musical notation is an essential skill for all professional musicians and is a great way to upgrade every drummer’s playing. Top drum teachers Joe Porcaro, Gregg Bissonette and Don Lombardi break down music notation into the basic notes and rests that make up the language of rhythm and then show how to create exercises, beats and fills by combining them. This Includes a downloadable note/rest value chart and sight-reading test. Taken from the Drum Channel Course “How To Read Music“. If reading is not your thing, this would still be a fun lesson to check out, it might change your mind.
For all the John Bonham fans here – in August 1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England. Some of the songs featured in the setlist were Black Dog, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love, and more!
In case you weren’t able to catch Thomas Lang’s live lesson last week, you can now watch the re-post on Drum Channel, including a download for each exercise. In this masterclass, Thomas demonstrates his method for developing speed and smoothness with symmetrical, ascending and descending tom-tom fills. Watch a new, live lesson from Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe Thursdays (Intermediate) at 6 PM PST and Saturdays (Beginning) at 9 AM PST on YouTube & Facebook throughout February. Also, Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe is now INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP. The course includes over 200 lessons and is available exclusively on DrumChannel.com.
Ask Thomas anything live on Thomas Lang’s all-new Drum Universe streaming live on Drum Channel’s YouTube and Facebook TODAY at 6 PM PST. This week, Thomas answers your questions and does a deep-dive on his simple method for developing faster, smoother ascending, and descending tom-tom fills on the drum kit. Then, join us for a Saturday morning workout session in Thomas’ Drum Camp.
Tomorrow, join in for the second round of Live Lessons with Thomas Lang on Saturday, February 12th streaming on Drum Channel’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Thomas invites Al Velasquez to do a beginner lesson at 9 AM PST, followed by Thomas teaching an intermediate lesson at 11 AM PST. Thomas will cover learning symmetrical patterns designed to help you move fluidly around the drums. You can ask Thomas questions in our live chat. Don’t miss it!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclasses on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, December 17th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Thomas Lang will catch up on unanswered questions and feedback in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, December 3rd, at 9 am PDT.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. This week we have a surprise guest; our DC staff instructor Elias Vasquez will join Thomas for a fun and insightful lesson, including a new fill of the week. Tune in this Saturday, November 26th, at 9 am PDT.
Don’t miss this opportunity. Chad Wackerman will be teaching and answering your questions about “The Murray Spivack Method” and his amazing career in this week’s LIVE Masterclass. Tune in this Saturday, August 6th, at 9 am PDT!
Gregg Bissonette is joined by one of his friends and best students Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires) for a special LIVE Masterclass. Find out what Glen learned that makes him a great drummer and teacher. Ask them questions live before they both take off on the road. Tune in this coming Saturday, August 20th, at 9 am PDT!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, July 2nd, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, September 24th, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, June 11th at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, October 1st, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive FREE LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & Twitch pages. Tune in this Saturday, May 7th at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity. Thomas Lang will be answering your questions LIVE and a lot of questions he hasn’t answered yet in this week’s Masterclass on Drum Channel. Thomas will be joined by 10 campers who will be starting off their 2-day course with him. Tune in this coming Saturday, August 13th, at 9 am PDT!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this coming Saturday, July 9th, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, October 8th, at 9am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive FREE LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & Twitch pages. Tune in this Saturday, May 14th at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, May 21st at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, October 22nd, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered, and submit your feedback for Thomas here.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, October 29th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered, and submit your feedback for Thomas here.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this coming Saturday, July 16th, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, August 27th, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity. Thomas Lang will be answering your questions LIVE along with a lot of questions he hasn’t answered yet in this week’s Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, September 3rd, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, November 12th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered, and submit your feedback for Thomas here.
Don’t miss this opportunity. Thomas Lang will be answering a lot of questions he’s not gotten to in this week’s Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this coming Saturday, July 23rd, at 9 am PDT!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, June 25th, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
TODAY’S LIVE STREAM HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS. THOMAS WILL BE BACK ON 6/4.
Don’t miss this opportunity. Thomas Lang will be answering a lot of questions he hasn’t answered yet in this week’s Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this coming Saturday, July 30th, at 9 am PDT!
Every Thursday at 6 PM PST and Saturdays at 9 AM PST: Take a lesson with Thomas Lang Live on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages. In this FREE Live Masterclass, Thomas dives into his method for developing speed, power, and independence on the drum kit, in addition to answering viewers’ questions. Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe is now INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP. The course includes over 200 lessons and is available exclusively on DrumChannel.com.
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 19th, 9 AM PST, join us for the second LIVE Masterclass with Thomas Lang, streaming on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages. You can ask Thomas questions in our live chat. Don’t miss it!
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, June 4th at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered! If your question isn’t answered this week Thomas will answer it in the next Live Stream.
Tune in this Saturday, June 18th for an exciting Masterclass double-header! Join us at 9am PDT for a Masterclass with Thomas Lang, and then stick around to learn from world-renowned drummer and educator Chad Wackerman at 10am PDT. Chad has amassed a remarkable body of work, including a seven-year association with Frank Zappa, and has recorded albums and toured with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Barbara Streisand, Steve Vai, Alan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, Albert Lee, Pasqua/ Holdsworth/ Haslip/ Wackerman Group, Carl Verheyen, David Garfield, and many more. Get into the chat to get your questions answered.
Joining Thomas in this week’s LIVE Masterclass is the drummer for Alice Cooper and The Hollywood Vampires, Glen Sobel. Together they share ideas and teach rock/metal vocabulary. Tune in this Saturday, September 10th, at 9 am PDT to get into the chat to get your questions answered!
This week Thomas will be catching up on questions from our previous streams, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass for Drum Channel Members only. If your question wasn’t answered, tune in to have Thomas answer this Saturday, January 21st, at 9 am PDT.
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s upcoming Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass for Drum Channel members only. Tune in this Saturday, January 28th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s upcoming Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclasses on Drum Channel. Tune in this Saturday, January 7th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered!
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask the legendary Thomas Lang questions in this week’s upcoming Live Stream, an exclusive LIVE Masterclass for Drum Channel Members only. Tune in this Saturday, January 14th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered!
If you missed our Live Stream last week with Terry Bozzio, you can now catch up on Drum Channel. Terry discusses his life’s work and answers many great questions from the chat regarding his career, practice and much more. We look forward to bringing you more inspiring and educational shows like this on Drum Channel soon. Enjoy!
Terry Bozzio is one of the modern-day masters of the drum set. His drumming for Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Jeff Beck, and a host of today’s top artists has become legendary. His solo concerts have been acclaimed around the world as entertaining and inspiring. His incredible drum set includes 26 tom-toms, eight bass drums, 53 cymbals, and 22 pedals. Watch this live Q&A on Drum Channel’s Youtube & Facebook today at 5 PM PDT.
Catch this week’s re-broadcast of one of our favorite Live Masterclasses with special guest Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper). Tune in this Saturday, December 10th, at 9 am PDT. Thomas will be back next Saturday for another Live Masterclass. Cheers!
If you missed the opportunity to watch the past few Thomas Lang streams, here is your chance in this exclusive LIVE Re-Broadcast of the Masterclass Thomas filmed on Saturday, October 4th, at 9 am PDT. Get into the chat to get your questions answered, and submit your feedback for Thomas here as well.
Thomas Lang is currently out of the country and will resume his weekly stream when he returns next week. We figured this opportunity would be great to rebroadcast one of our favorite streams from the past. Enjoy this Masterclass from April 4th, and remember to tune into upcoming Masterclasses every Saturday at 9 am PDT, where you can get into the chat and ask your questions!
Check out this unique chance to engage with streaming drummer Richard Rey as he goes live and takes on-the-spot drumming requests while sharing ideas and tools to help drummers learn songs faster and more efficiently. Tune in today, December 8th, at 2 PM PDT on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch pages.
Check out this unique chance to engage with streaming drummer Richard Ray as he goes live and takes on-the-spot drumming requests while sharing ideas and tools to help drummers learn songs faster and more efficiently. Tune in today, December 29th, at 2 PM PDT on Drum Channel’s YouTube page.
Check out this unique chance to engage with streaming drummer Richard Ray as he goes live and takes on-the-spot drumming requests while sharing ideas and tools to help drummers learn songs faster and more efficiently. Tune in today, January 5th, at 2 PM PDT on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch pages.
Check out this unique chance to engage with streaming drummer Richard Ray as he goes live and takes on-the-spot drumming requests while sharing ideas and tools to help drummers learn songs faster and more efficiently. Tune in today, January 12th, at 2 PM PDT on Drum Channel’s Live pages.
Every Tuesday it’s Lombardi Live at 11am PT! This week Don interviews the amazing Camille Bigeault. Camille discusses how she developed her ability to play poly-rhythms and how she achieves a solid feel in odd-times and 4/4. She also shares some challenging exercises aimed at building coordination and rhythmic independence. Join in May 11th at 11 am PT on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages! This episode can also be viewed in Originals under DC Live here.
Join us every Tuesday at 5PM PST for a new episode of “Lombardi Live.” This week DC founder Don Lombardi interviews the legendary Danny Seraphine, original drummer and founding member of “Chicago.” Danny talks about his life before the band, its early days, how music saved his life and much more. Join in May 18th at 5PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube and Facebook pages! In addition, this episode can be watched on DC Live, under Originals.
In this week’s “Lombardi Live” Don interviews the legendary Giovanni Hildalgo, along with his student, Fausto Cuevas. Fausto recalls studying with Gio while he was attending Berklee College of Music and the invaluable information he got that shaped his career. Gio gives insights into being a professional and overcoming adversity. Get to know the Master who is respected by musicians worldwide. And, of course if you know Gio, you know he is going to play. Join in May 25th at 5PM PST on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages! In addition, this episode can be watched on DC Live, under Originals.
Listen in on the amazing stories Alex Acuña shares about his work with his groundbreaking lifetime achievement projects. Join us this Tuesday, May 3rd, at 5 PM PST on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages, and stay tuned for more great interviews coming soon!
In this week’s “Lombardi Live!” Don interviews drumming legends Dennis Chambers and Terry Bozzio. They share stories that have never been heard before and offer tips that will help young drummers become working drummers. Join us Tuesday, June 8th at 5PM PST on the Drum Channel’s Facebook and DC Live page! And remember to check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5PM PST.
It’s Lombardi Live! This week we’re super excited to feature our great friend Gregg Bissonette. Join in TODAY at 11AM PT on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages! Gregg Bissonette is known as one of the most versatile drummers in the business, his broad experience ranging from big band, blues, and rock, to Latin, fusion, and much more. He’s been touring with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band for over 10 years!
In this week’s “Lombardi Live!”, Don shares one of his favorite and most memorable interviews: a conversation with iconic drummer, Mick Fleetwood. Mick explains what pocket means to him and why it’s so important for every drummer. He also tells a great story that became an important life-lesson. Check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5PM PST. Join in June 1st at 5PM PST on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages! You can also watch the show on DC Live.
Nick D’Virgilio shares an in-depth look into his playing career with Tears for Fears, Cirque Du Soleil, and current gig with world-renowned music retailer Sweetwater. Join us this Tuesday, August 31st, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
In this week’s “Lombardi Live!” Don interviews producer, entrepreneur, author, and international drummer, Queen Cora Coleman. Queen Cora talks about performing with some of the greatest artists of all time, such as Prince, Beyonce, Pink and many more. She also shares her experiences from being a young female drummer to being one of the most respected drummer’s in the world. Queen Cora also plays an amazing solo using just kick, snare and hat. Plus, some fun surprises. Join us Tuesday, June 22th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages! And remember to check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5 PM PST.
It’s Lombardi Live! This week on Drum Channel’s Live Premiere Tuesday, we’re very excited to feature our friend Scott Pellegrom. Join in TODAY at 11AM PT on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages! Scott Pellegrom is known throughout the drumming community as the “mad scientist.” His playing as a soloist and band leader exudes creativity, from surprising ideas to blinding hand speed, using found objects to pulling unconventional sounds from conventional instruments.
In this week’s “Lombardi Live!” Don interviews the newest Hit Like a Girl contest champion for ages 18-39 category, Wiktoria Bialic. Among other great stories, Wiktoria shares a truly inspirational story about how she came to be a successful drummer and started recording and touring with many top musicians in Europe. Join us Tuesday, June 15th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages! And remember to check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5 PM PST.
Tuesday, March 8th at 5PM PST, on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live learn from Multi-Platinum Grammy & Emmy winning Producer and Musician, Narada Michael Walden, with host Don Lombardi. Narada began his career with fusion super-band Mahavishnu Orchestra and since then has gone on to produce and record with artists including, Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck, and The Temptations, plus many more. In the interview, Narada shares his passion and love for music and how important it is to listen and learn from those who came before us.
Enjoy part 2 of an amazing interview with Alex Acuña sharing stories about working with legendary artists, including Weather Report, Elvis Presley, The Supremes, and much more. Join us this Tuesday, May 17th, at 5 PM PST on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages, and stay tuned for more great interviews coming soon!
Drummer, music director and producer Antoine Fadavi reflects on his years of touring with King Princess as well as his role as Drum Channel’s production manager. Antoine also shares his perspective on his work as music director and playback engineer in a music industry that is increasingly relying on the use of technology. Enjoy this interview and join us every Tuesday at 5 PM PT for a new episode of Lombardi Live!
Virtuosic drummer and percussionist, Antonio Sanchez, has been awarded 4 Grammys® and nominated for a Golden Globe® as best original score for the movie “Birdman.” In this new episode of Lombardi Live!, he and Don discuss the difference between being a great drummer and a great musician while Antonio also relates stories from his days as a student at Berklee. Join us this Tuesday, August 3rd, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages.
Watch this NEW exclusive episode of Lombardi Live! with metal drumming extraordinaire Aquiles Priester. Aquiles shares his inspirational journey toward becoming a successful drummer and what helped him develop his style and killer double-bass chops along the way. Enjoy!
Our special guest Billy Amendola reflects on his playing career, years of being “Editor At Large” for Modern Drummer Magazine, and his new role as weekly podcast host for Drum Channel. Join us this Tuesday, April 5th, at 5 PM PST on Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages.
Blaque Dynamite shares a unique story about how he got his first gig with Stanley Clarke at age 17 and the mentors that guided him. He also shares his philosophy of always challenging yourself no matter what skill level you’re at. Join us this Tuesday, September 7th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Don talks with award-winning drummer, author, historian and educator, Daniel Glass, also recognized as an authority on the evolution of the drumset and popular music. The conversation includes a discussion of Daniel’s efforts to bring the history of modern drumming to life in books, DVDs, and seminars, as well as his work with many of the world’s top musical artists. Join us this Tuesday, November 30th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Pianist, composer, and producer, David Garfield shares his stories of remarkable sessions with legendary drummers including, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, John ‘JR’ Robinson, Gregg Bissonette, Carlos Vega, and many more. In addition, he shares his perspective on the state of music education in the drumming community. Join us this Tuesday, November 23rd, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages
Derrick Wright sits with Don to discuss his life on the road as Adele’s drummer and the process it took him to get the gig. He also shares some tips for playing stadiums and arenas and how he uses a hybrid acoustic and electronic set-up to get his sound.
Joining us for a new episode of Lombardi Live! is the amazing multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Elise Trouw. Over the years, Elise built an incredible following by sharing her original music and mash-up covers using live looping. In the interview, Elise goes in-depth with how she uses live looping to express composing her music visually. In addition, she talks about her drumming education and the influences that helped shape her songwriting and drumming style. Join us this Tuesday, December 21st, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
How did Gary Wallis get the gig with Pink Floyd? Find that out today at 5 PM PST on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages. Wallis also shares his experiences with other artists like Nik Kershaw, Spinal Tap, and many others and talks about adapting and integrating electronics into his drumming.
We have the absolute pleasure of bringing you an extraordinary interview with the legendary conguero, Giovanni Hidalgo. Gio shares many inspirational stories of playing and pioneering his style – making him one of the most influential percussionists of this century. Watch to learn more about Giovanni’s exclusive DC course – coming soon!
Today we have drumming royalty among us! We are honored to have Harold Jones share stories about his life and career as one of the world’s busiest drummers – working amongst many of the best jazz singers and musicians in history, including Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, and many others.
I am on vacation this week so my long-time friend Johnny ‘Vatos’ Hernandez will be sitting in. First time I saw John with Oingo Boingo was an amazing 3 hours concert, all fast tempos with everyone standing, the entire time!! His special guest is his friend Jim Riley, Drummer and Musical director for Rascal Flats. Join us this Tuesday, July 20th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages
Our special guest, Jimmy Chamberlin, was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time,” and is known to many as the drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins. Don catches up with Jimmy to see what he’s been up to lately, and together they talk music, life, and drums. Enjoy!
In part two, Jimmy and Don discuss how much personality reflects in a drummers playing and what that brings as an artistic statement and choice within a playing situation. Our special guest, Jimmy Chamberlin, was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time,” and is known to many as the drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins. Enjoy this exclusive episode of Lombardi Live!
Please welcome our special guest on today’s Lombardi Live!, Mark Schulman. You may know him as a drummer for various artists such as, P!nk, Cher, Simple Minds, and Foreigner, but today we also learn about his life as a producer, composer, engineer, author, and keynote speaker. Mark shares the key to his success and what quality of life principles he’s adopted to become a seasoned professional.
Let’s catch up with “Animals As Leader’s” drumming phenom, Matt Garstka, and learn how he continues to push the drumming world’s boundaries. Learn what has motivated and inspired him in his personal and drumming career. Enjoy!
In part two, Matt shares his educational background at Berklee College of Music and how he utilized tools like transcribing to develop his vocabulary on the drums. Watch now!
Our special guest, Max Weinberg, is not only known as the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen but has accomplished an incredible career in television as the bandleader for Conan O’Brien on Late Night and The Tonight Show. Together Max and Don discuss what has led to Max’s success and a few key principles that have helped him prepare and land the audition with Bruce and Conan O’Brien.
In episode two, Max Weinberg discusses the 17 years of working with NBC, leading his own band, and how that prepared him for future gigs, including public motivational speaking for corporate functions, charity organizations, and more.
Learn to relieve and prevent performance-related injuries and pain. Get increased flexibility, mobility and strength as Michael shares the benefits of yoga for drummers and talks about the importance of his new Drum Channel course, “Yoga for Drummers.” Internationally recognized Senior Practitioner and Yoga Instructor Michael Lear joins Don for a new episode of Lombardi Live! Join us this Tuesday, July 27th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Don’t miss this special edition of “Lombardi Live!” featuring “The Queen Of Percussion”, Sheila E. Sheila and Don discuss her music education and strong family background before announcing the details of her upcoming shows with the E. Train band in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. Join us this Tuesday, January 25th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
NEW on Drum Channel! Sterling Campbell tells the story of how he got started drumming and how his curiosity and passion led him to play with artists like the B52’s, Duran Duran, David Bowie, and many others. Enjoy another exclusive episode of Lombardi Live! – Spotlights this Tuesday, October 5th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Bozzio is back and better than ever! We’re glad to feature our dear friend and Drum Channel artist in residence as he returns to the DC studio after a 2-year absence due to the COVID pandemic. Catch up with Don and Terry for an in-depth discussion of drums, life, and art this Tuesday, December 14th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Get inside the minds of four of the greatest musicians of all-time and see them analyze their playing from Drum Channel’s exclusive “Jazz Ministry Concert.” This inspiring discussion with The Jazz Ministry features studio masters Abe Laboriel, Jr., Abe Laboriel Sr., Michael Landau and Greg Mathieson. This lesson is truly a unique opportunity to learn from the best. Join us this Tuesday, August 10th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages!
In today’s Lombardi Live! were highlighting a special roundtable featuring three of LA’s top studio percussionists (Dan Greco, Wade Culbreath and Brian Kilgore) as they join legendary drummer/percussionists Alex Acuña and Terry Bozzio for a discussion and series of inspiring performances.
Thomas Lang advocates the importance of online and in-person drum lessons, and how combining them with Drum Channel’s library can help you learn more effectively. You will find out by emailing [email protected] you can schedule a lesson with Thomas or one of our other DC Artist or staff instructors. There is a challenging “on the couch” practice session you can join in on. And you will learn Thomas’s practice schedule as he developed his technique. Join us this Tuesday, November 9th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages
One of today’s leading and most influential drummers, Thomas Pridgen, shares how he grew up learning and studying the masters before him, helping shape his sound and style. Enjoy this special episode of Lombardi Live!
Check out a recent episode of Lombardi Live! featuring drumming virtuoso Tony Royster Jr.
Were excited to share a NEW exclusive episode of Lombardi Live! featuring the amazing Tony Royster Jr. He shares his stories of landing the Jay-Z and Katy Perry gigs and what it took to keep them, all valuable information for any working drummer. Join us this Tuesday, May 24th, at 5 PM PST and stay tuned for episode 2 – Don has a special surprise for Tony.
In Part 2 of this NEW exclusive Lombardi Live! featuring Tony Royster Jr., Don reveals his surprise, and Tony’s reaction is priceless. Learn how it is to be on the road with major artists and what kind of tools and skills are necessary to keep working. Join us Tuesday, May 31st, at 5 PM PST.
Learn about the life and journey of our special guest, Trevor Lawrence Jr. This interview is packed with many valuable life lessons for any inspiring musician, including stories of what led Trevor to his success as a drummer and producer for artists including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Stevie Wonder, Leann Rimes, Herbie Hancock and many more. Enjoy!
Join us Tuesday, June 14th, at 5 PM PST, for part 1 of 2 episodes featuring multi-grammy award-winning drummer from the band “Living Colour,” Will Calhoun. Will talks about researching and studying the roots of music and how he uses his music library to become a better musician. As a teacher, Will constantly challenges his students to think outside the box. Enjoy!
In episode 2, Will talks about his method for getting his student at NYU to think outside the box. Terry Bozzio joins as a surprise guest, and together they discuss the beauty and art of innovation. They also share their love of collecting unique ethnic percussion instruments, and much more! Join us this Tuesday, June 21st.
In the newest episode of “Lombardi Live!” Don interviews all 4 Champions from this year’s “Hit Like A Girl” contest. Representing the best drummer’s in the world and based in Poland, Taiwan, China, and the USA, we were blown away by their talent and we’re confident you will be too. Log on to hear their unique stories and see their incredible performances this Tuesday, July 6th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages! And remember to check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5 PM PST.
In the newest episode of “Lombardi Live!” Don interviews the multi-talented Marco Minnemann. They discuss how Marco always manages to keep incredibly busy – writing, recording, and producing various projects from his home studio, even during the pandemic. Don surprises Marco with a special gift. You will also see him play and demonstrate the fundamentals of his “Six-Way Independence” course on Drum Channel. You can join him right from your couch. See you Tuesday, June 29th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook & DC Live pages! And remember to check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5 PM PST. // photo credit: Rubén G. Herrera
Every Tuesday it’s Lombardi Live at 11am PT! This week Don talks with three Drum Channel staff instructors, Adam Kuns, Elias Vasquez, and Al Velasquez. They discuss the importance of a teacher’s role in customizing and augmenting your development using Drum Channel. Join in TODAY at 11AM PT on the Drum Channel YouTube and Facebook pages!
Grammy-nominated band Kneebody has created a genre and style all its own, crafted by using improvisational elements mixed with their own unique musical language. In this spotlight, they demonstrate how they use their musical language live. It will blow your mind. The band consists of Ben Wendel (tenor), Nate Wood (drums), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Adam Benjamin (piano), Kaveh Rastegar (bass). Join us Tuesday, June 7th, at 5 PM PST.
We had the privilege of having Will Power, Indianapolis 500 champion and one of the world’s most elite IndyCar drivers, join us here on Drum Channel for a truly remarkable interview featuring special guests Jimmy Chamberlin and Cole Marcus. Learn interesting similarities between being a race car driver and a drummer as Will shares his passion for both.
Angelo Pentaris shares his story of being diagnosed with cerebral palsy tetraplegia and how he overcame its challenges to become a proficient and influential drummer. This week’s episode of Lombardi Live! is an excellent lesson on staying focused and pushing yourself to accomplish any goals or dreams. Join us this Tuesday, September 14th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Watch highlights from an informative and inspirational interview with JR Robinson, Gregg Bissonette, Jimmy Branly, hosted by Don Lombardi and legendary keyboardist David Garfield. The three drummers share stories, jam and answer each other’s questions. Enjoy another exclusive episode of Lombardi Live! – Spotlights this Tuesday, September 28th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Join Don Lombardi for a look into the life of the late, great Buddy Rich. Hear untold, inspirational stories from Don Lombardi, Danny Seraphine, Gregg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio and Buddy’s lifelong friend, Frank DeVito. Join us this Tuesday, October 26th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Freddie Gruber was one of the most influential drum teachers of the late 20th Century. His students included Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Neil Peart, and many more. In this episode of Lombardi Live!, Don shares a video with Freddie specifically discussing Buddy’s technique and touching on how Freddie explained Buddy’s technique to him. This is an introduction to a course coming to Drum Channel early next year. Join us this Tuesday, November 2nd, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages
We had the incredible honor of paying tribute to legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb. This Lombardi Live! is part one of a six-part interview on Drum Channel. Join Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Roy McCurdy as they talk about Jimmy’s life and the great contributions he made to music history. Also, we spotlight some classic footage of Neil Peart as he rehearses and performs the NHL Hockey “theme.” Join us this Tuesday, January 18th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Kicking off this new series of “Tony Williams Stories” is former drum tech, Scott Garrison, who shares incredible and rare memories of working with Tony. Learn more about the life of one of drumming’s most significant contributors and enjoy another exclusive episode of Lombardi Live! – Spotlights this Tuesday, October 12th at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
In addition, check out David Garfield’s “Tune for Tony,” a documentary discussing the recording and performance of ‘Tune for Tony,’ which features Gregg Bissonette and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.
Here is one of our favorite performances of Tony Williams from Nov 7th, 1967.
Listen in on the fantastic stories Alex shares about his work with the groundbreaking jazz-fusion band Weather Report, including how he first met Joe Zawinul and auditioned for the band. In addition, legendary drummer Terry Bozzio talks about his memories of Alex and how Weather Report was a significant influence on his playing. Join us this Tuesday, October 19th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages. For more content watch our Drum Channel exclusive concert featuring the Alex-Hoff-Mathisen Trio, a group that has Alex saying “I haven’t felt this good since I played with Weather Report.”
Don interviews the great Neil Peart, Jim Keltner and Doane Perry, covering each drummer’s relationship to composition as it applies to both music and drums. Join us for another exclusive episode of Lombardi Live! – Spotlights this Tuesday, September 21st at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
This special spotlight episode highlights multiple interviews we’ve had in the past featuring Chad Smith talking about his childhood, background, and some amazing backstage footage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. Enjoy this episode of Lombardi Live! Spotlights and stay tuned for more coming every Tuesday.
This Lombardi Live! Spotlight includes highlights from popular shows featuring Terry Gibbs, Gerald Heyward, and a special roundtable that collectively shares 250 years of experience with drumming legends Alex Acuña, Terry Bozzio, Thomas Lang, Brendan Buckley and Curt Bisquera. Join us this Tuesday, August 24th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages
This “Spotlight” edition of Lombardi Live! features a great story from our roundtable interview “Honoring Zigaboo Modeliste” with Zig, James Gadson, Jim Keltner and Jonathan Moffett. I asked the question what is funky, and after James and Zig gave their answers, Jim and Jonathan said they said it all. Then Tony Braunagel joins Gadson as we look at part of their Masterclass, “The Story of the Shuffle.” Also, Chad Smith blows your mind as he kicks a big band from “The Buddy Rich Memorial Concert.” It’s fun and educational; enjoy. Join us this Tuesday, August 17th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages
Tune in to this unique episode of Lombardi Live! and watch the tables turn as Terry Bozzio Interviews Don. Learn about how Don’s career as both a musician and music teacher all got started. Don shares the story of inventing the DW 5000 pedal along with how DW grew from the bottom up, and some interesting stories about patents. Join us this Tuesday, February 1st, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages.
Don’t miss part two of this unique “Lombardi Live!” series, where Terry Bozzio becomes the host and interviews Don Lombardi. Together they share some intriguing stories and how Don started DW drums. Join us this Tuesday, May 10th, at 5 PM PST on Drum Channel’s YouTube & Facebook pages, and stay tuned for more great interviews coming soon!
In the newest weekly episode of “Lombardi Live!” Don catches up with renowned educator and percussionist Efrain Toro who joins him from Puerto Rico. Efrain discusses his new Premium Course on Drum Channel, “Rhythm In Essence,” an in-depth study on rhythm. He also talks about his course, “Linear to Harmonics,” which is included in your Drum Channel membership. Efrain performs from his home studio and offers some examples of what you will learn in these courses. Join us this Tuesday, July 12th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube , Facebook & DC Live pages! And remember to check out a new episode of “Lombardi Live!” every Tuesday at 5 PM PST.
Sit in the driver’s seat and Playalong with the legendary Buddy Rich Big Band! This song was taken from one of Buddy’s videos on-demand, “Buddy Rich: Up Close,” available in the DC store. Download and follow along with the Big Band drum chart and learn about Buddy’s unique ability to set up and support the band. For deeper learning, utilize the looping and slow-down feature that’s available on every Drum Channel Playalong. For more content with Buddy, check out “The Buddy Rich Show,” available as a streaming digital copy and DVD.
Watch this incredible performance of “Tendinitis” by Luke Holland (Word Alive, YouTube Influencer) & Jason Richardson (All Shall Perish, Born of Osiris, and Chelsea Grin). This episode is one of seven performances available under Concerts & Live Performances.
Legendary session drummer, JR Robinson, teaches you how to make your time feel more danceable and lively in this Masterclass – a must watch for any working drummer.
Walfredo Reyes Jr., whose career has included stints with Chicago, Santana, Steve Winwood and many others, shares a playalong featuring the Northeastern Brazilian “Maracatu” rhythm. Enjoy learning this tricky but fun pattern and take advantage of several DC upgrades, including a drum chart, drumless playalong track and looping function, available on all DC Standard and Premium Playalongs.
Looking for Maroon 5 Playalongs? Head over to the Drum Channel Store to purchase our Playalong bundle featuring the songs “This Love”, “Harder To Breathe”, and “She Will Be Loved”, which includes drumless and drums hot versions, and drum charts. Other Playalong bundles in the Store include original tracks by Michael Jackson, Anthrax, Hinder, One Republic, Three Doors Down, Fall Out Boy, Kool & The Gang, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BB King, and many more.
To master the brushes, you must understand the history and those who have pioneered the art of brush playing. In this Course, learn the motions with some of today’s best modern brush players including Gregg Bissonette, Jaz Sawyer, Pual Wertico, Peter Erskine, and Hakim Ludin. This course will teach the history behind the brushes, how to switch from brushes to sticks musically, and playing a ballad on brushes – plus much more.
What if we told you that you could master the grooves to all the essential music genres in just a few courses– would you believe us? Because you can. With DC Staff Member Adam Kuns’ “The Essential Genres” series of courses, you can broaden your knowledge of drumming and become a more well-rounded player. It’s no secret that Adam’s courses are some of our most popular courses on Drum Channel!
As our way of saying thank you, we hope you will enjoy 20% off everything in Drum Channel’s store! This includes The Murray Spivack Method, our most popular course. In 63 lessons, Chad Wackerman teaches you Murray’s unique approach to rudiments, the economy of hand motion, and the importance of playing relaxed. In addition, when you purchase the Murray Spivack Method, you will receive three bonus lessons covering Chad’s method to “Modular Drumming.”
After Mike Clark filmed his course “Jazz Insights” on Drum Channel he had an idea to do a funny video channeling Buddy. He had no idea the Drum Channel editors could actually make it work. Buddy’s probably getting a good laugh out of it also! We also recommend you watch Buddy Rich’s amazing performance of “Dancing Men” from the Drum Channel “Buddy Rich: Up Close” DVD, available in the DC Store.
Educator and drummer Mike Packer sits down with former student Angelo Pentaris to share Angelos’s incredibly inspirational story about overcoming Cerebral Palsy to play drums. Angelo has had to overcome many challenging obstacles in his life to achieve his ability behind the drums. Angelo says “My Cerebral Palsy tetraplegia diagnosis never stood in the way of my dreams that have become a reality as I am in Los Angeles College of Music. Nothing was accepted as an obstacle. I walked aided at the age of seven, sat in a wheelchair part-time for two years in my teens, and then I got up again.”
In August 1982, Fleetwood Mac started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with “Mirage”, the band’s third US No.1. album. If you’re curious to learn more, today’s recommended watch is our amazing, two-part interview with Mick Fleetwood, in which Mick dives into the band’s debut and claim to fame.
Danny Seraphine’s “Legends” provides an exclusive look into the musical mind of this drumming icon and member of the Roll & Roll Hall of Fame. As drummer and co-founder of Chicago, Danny shares a 25-page interview that takes a deep dive into his various influences, his equipment, the many record producers he has worked with, and the musical concept behind Chicago. “Legends” also features 40 pages of transcriptions of his unique fusion of jazz and rock drumming, with Danny explaining his thoughts behind each song. For more exclusive content with Danny, check out his recent interview with Don Lombardi on DC Live.
We will resume Live Streams with Thomas Lang following the holiday season on Saturday, January 7th, 2023. We hope you enjoy the holidays and look forward to teaching you more on Drum Channel in 2023!
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has signed an endorsement deal with DW Drums, the Southern California company announced today. He previously endorsed the company in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. The hard rock superstar will be playing DW drums, pedals, and hardware for the foreseeable future. Read more on DRUM! Magazine.
They say it’s essential to take breaks from working or studying at the computer every hour or so… So we’ve made it easy for you. Utilize that time to keep your hands moving and try new rudiments and exercises while on your break with the Drum Channel mouse pad that can also be a practice pad: Mouse/Practice Pad!
In his new Drum Channel course, drumming virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator Marco Minnemann demonstrates a fresh approach to building musicianship, independence, and coordination. By following this step-by-step 14-lesson method he used to create the drum parts for his song “To All New Ghosts In Town” you’ll learn a new system for turning rhythmic exercises into musical patterns.
We’ve recently had the pleasure to welcome 13-year-old Nandi to Drum Channel to meet some of her drum heroes including Chad Smith and Gregg Bissonette. Were proud to see her fulfill another dream of playing with her favorite band the Foo Fighters. “As the Foos show at The Forum, Inglewood came to its close, Dave Grohl invited Nandi on stage to rapturous applause and chants of her name from the audience, before she sat behind a specially-set-up kit and launched into the band’s 1997 hit, Everlong.” – Music Radar. Stay tuned for an episode of “The Chad Smith Show,” featuring the story of Nandi Bushell.
Check out this documentary featuring Legendary studio drummer JR Robinson and his band Native Son. Together they share performances and discuss the concepts of time, feel, groove and style. Joining JR are seasoned studio musicians Greg Mathieson (organ), Michael Thompson (guitar), and Bobby Watson (bass). See more of JR and the band in his full-length documentary “The Time Machine” available in DC “Originals.”
Check out rehearsal footage from Neil Peart’s Video-On-Demand “Fire On Ice,” which documents the process of getting the NHL “Hockey Theme” arranged, rehearsed, recorded, and filmed by Neil Peart with the help of composer and pianist, Matt Harris. “Fire and Ice” is coming soon to Drum Channel Members.
In a very rare interview, Nick Mason sits down with Terry Bozzio to talk about his early drumming days and playing experiences with Pink Floyd, and recording at Abbey Road Studios. He discusses the use of drugs and their effect on the band’s history. It’s a riveting four-part Drum Channel exclusive interview.
Congrats to Matt Garstka for winning #1 Prog/Metal Drummer for the 2021 MusicRadar Awards. Along with being the drummer for progressive-metal band “Animals As Leaders,” Matt’s dedication to education and drumming as an art form has landed him at the forefront. Check out Matt’s Drum Channel course “State of the Art,” which features seven performances and song breakdowns with guitarist Joshua De La Victoria.
Chad Wackerman is joined by bandmates, Mike Miller on guitar and Doug Lunn on bass, for an exceptional performance, Chad Wackerman Trio “Hits Live”. Learn by listening to three of the best musicians in the world. Also, search Chad Wackerman to check out everything else he has on DC.
Learn how to approach odd-time signatures with Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth). In this NEW exclusive course, Chad introduces you to his method for playing and creating odd-time vocabulary and patterns by applying 2’s & 3’s.
This day in 1968, working at Trident Studios in London, Ringo Starr recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle’. Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track. The song was inspired by Eric Clapton’s love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh’s Good News. Did you know that Abe Laboriel Jr. has actually played with Paul McCartney longer than Ringo? Check out Abe on The Chad Smith Show on DC Originals.
Blaque Dynamite talks about the importance of orchestration when soloing and how great drum solos incorporate orchestration along with melody, rhythm, structure, dynamics, and other musical elements. (Taken from the Drum Channel Course: How To Create A Great Drum Solo.)
Iconic Singer/Songwriter Otis Redding recorded ‘Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay’ today in 1967. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn’t see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash. The legendary Al Jackson Jr. recorded drums for Otis that day. Al Jackson Jr. was known as “The Human Timekeeper” and can be heard on countless other records with artists including Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. For lessons on improving your internal time check out our course “Solid Time Feel.”
In “Pad Exercises For The Kit”, Matt Garstka invites you to spend some time behind the practice pad to work on exercises that will strengthen your hand technique, tighten your ghost notes, and help you develop a unique rhythmic vocabulary– all of which can be used on the drum set!
Paradiddles are among the most useful rudiments in a drummer’s arsenal. Our course “Paradiddles From The Pros Pt. 1” shares some of the ways the Pros have applied the paradiddle into their playing! You’ll be learning how to expand your paradiddle vocabulary with Chad Wackerman, Felix Lehrmann, Chester Thompson and Steve Goold.
Paradiddles are among the most useful rudiments in a drummer’s arsenal. Our brand new course “Paradiddles From The Pros Pt. 1” shares some of the ways the Pros have applied the paradiddle into their playing! You’ll be learning how to expand your paradiddle vocabulary with Chad Wackerman, Felix Lehrmann, Chester Thompson and Steve Goold.
Paradiddles are among the most popular and valuable rudiments in a drummer’s arsenal. This Drum Channel course features explanations, demonstrations, exercises, and practical modern applications of single, double, triple, and other paradiddle permutations from top professional drummers Chad Wackerman, Felix Lehrmann, Chester Thompson, and Steve Goold.
Get in drummer Mike Cosgrove’s seat and try our Premium playalong of the tune ‘Movies’ by SoCal-based rock band Alien Ant Farm! This song requires careful attention to the coordination between the hands and feet. For example when opening the hi-hat while playing syncopated bass drum figures throughout the bar. Have fun!
Jumpstart your playing in the DC Academy course, “Playing 1,” featuring various standard drum grooves that are fundamental for drummers of all ages and levels. Each lesson systematically builds on the skills acquired in the previous lesson, technically and musically challenging players who are willing to put in the time required to master the patterns and rewarding them for their effort.
On this day in music, legendary band ‘The Police’ hits No. 1 on the charts in the UK with their second album ‘Reggatta De Blanc,’ staying at the top of the charts for four weeks straight. The album, which features the band’s first two No.1 hits, ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Walking on the Moon,’ cost only £6,000 to record. We highly recommend listening to Stewart Copeland’s drumming on this album, which pioneered a style that influenced many of today’s top drummers.
If you love playing in odd time signatures, today’s Drum Channel YouTube video is for you! It features French drummer/polyrhythms expert Camille Bigeault. Camille plays-along to her instrumental composition “Room 8” that she produced on Logic Pro X, and came to Drum Channel to film. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more gem videos like this one!
Have you tried Drum Channel’s Patented Practice Assist Metronome™ yet? When we say “It Makes You Go Faster,” it really does. The default setting is 120 bpm and then in five minutes it increases to 123 bpm, and then to 126 bpm. You can choose your own starting tempo. This is a system used by the best teachers in the world. And remember, the most important thing when increasing your speed is staying relaxed. You will be amazed at how much faster you will get your rudiments by doing this 15 minutes a day. Watch our tutorial on how to use the metronome on the right-hand column of the metronome page, and have fun!
Have you checked out our new-and-improved Practice Assist Metronome™? It features everything you need from a standard metronome plus the ability to customize your practice sessions and learn rudiments more effectively. You can launch the metronome from your dashboard or as an App on your Mobile device, go to drumchannel.com/metronome. For more info WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW.
Playalong to some of the funkiest drummers in history with our Premium Playalong Bundle #4, which features the original drum part, including a drumless version and drum transcription. This bundle includes Jackson 5 songs ‘ABC’ and ‘Dancing Machine’ as well James Brown’s ‘Sex Machine,’ available in our shop for purchase.
Practice your pocket with Drum Channel’s Premium Playalong Bundle #8 featuring original tracks by the original artist. This collection features 3 pop-hits by Maroon 5 (“Harder To Breathe”, “She Will Be Loved,” and “This Love”) and includes drums and drumless tracks, plus a transcription of the entire song.
Our Premium Playalong Bundle #9 features four premium playalongs from legendary artists, including various genres. Bundle #9 includes Rober Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love,’ Angels and Airwave’s ‘The Adventure,’ Elton John’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,’ and Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff.’ These exclusive playalongs feature drums hot versions with a transcription to learn each drum part.
Using our premium playalongs are a great way to learn legendary grooves in addition to improving your time-keeping, grooves, fills, coordination, and other drumming essentials. 6 of Drum Channel’s Premium Playalongs featuring the original artist and original drummer are included with your DC membership. These classic tracks include drum and drumless versions, plus a full-transcribed chart.
These six original track Premium Playalongs (included with a Drum Channel membership) feature a variety of classic rock, pop, and R&B tracks that have been specially selected to help improve your drumming and musicianship— and increase your passion for playing. Included are “Drums Hot” and “Drumless” versions and fully-notated transcriptions of the original drum parts. Check out the additional 22 tracks available in our Store.
We are proud to congratulate Drum Channel founder, Don Lombardi, on being selected to receive the Percussive Arts Society’s prestigious “President’s Industry Award”! The Award is given each year to recognize outstanding leadership in the drum industry as well as significant contributions to drums, drummers and drumming. Having built Drum Workshop into one of the largest and most influential drum companies in the world— with more than 30 advanced design patents and product development for DW, PDP, LP, Gretsch and Slingerland brands— Don established Drum Channel to share his passion for drumming, expand the level of drum education and grow the community. That mission continues to this day.
Anthony LoGerfo and Promise of the Real discuss what it’s like being in the studio and playing live as the rhythms section for many legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, and Lady Gaga for the movie “A Star Is Born.” Together they share their insight and break down songs they’ve created with band leader Lukas Nelson. This course teaches you how to create parts and play with a rhythm section and provides insightful knowledge on playing live and in the studio!
Rick Latham is known as one of the music industry’s most in-demand studio and touring drummers, an exciting solo artist, acclaimed composer, globally renowned author, and drumming guru. At just 25 years of age, it was the success of his ground-breaking drum text, Advanced Funk Studies, that launched him into the international percussion spotlight. Today’s featured drum feed lesson is “Ramp Up Your Snare Drumming”– a useful way to develop great technique, with exercises such as the single drag, double drag, ratamacues, and flam accents.
Didn’t get to catch all of the Thomas Lang Live Masterclasses? You can now watch, rewind, and slow down any missed live masterclasses in Thomas’s Drum Universe Course, “Bonus Lessons” – Exclusive to all Drum Channel Members!
This day in 1979, ‘Reggatta De Blanc’ the second album from The Police started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK. The album which features the band’s first two No.1 hits, ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Walking on the Moon’, cost only $7,560 to record in today’s U.S. dollars. Learn from one of history’s most influential drummers and see what he has to say about drumming and composition, in Stewart’s Drum Channel course “Understanding the Music Business”!
We’d like to pay our respects to legendary drummer and longest-remaining member of the band “Yes,” Alan White, who recently passed. Alan’s contribution to the progressive rock genre, recording and touring with “Yes,” granted him a well-deserved entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. We extend our condolences to Alan’s friends and family. R.I.P Alan White (14 June 1949 – 26 May 2022)
Today we celebrate who many call the greatest drummer of all-time, the legendary Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917–April 2, 1987). Buddy would’ve turned 104 today. In memory of Buddy, we want to share our very own Drum Channel exclusive, “2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert,” which was a historic night of drumming with performances from Chad Smith, Neil Peart, Tommy Igoe, Peter Erskine, Terry Bozzio, Efrain Toro, John Blackwell, and Nick Rich. Also, be sure to check out this extremely rare footage of our exclusive Buddy Rich Show, which features Buddy playing with a number of artists, including Woody Herman, Ray Charles, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, and Gerry Mulligan.
Today would’ve marked legendary LA studio drummer Carlos Vega’s 64th birthday. Carlos was a major influence on the great Jeff Porcaro and, among his many other credits, he toured and recorded with James Taylor, was featured on Olivia Newton-John’s double platinum album, “Physical” and performed on the soundtrack for the film “Grease”. Our David Garfield Roundtable shows feature interviews and jams with Gregg Bissonette, John JR Robinson, and Jimmy Branly, who join David to discuss and honor the memory of Carlos Vega.
Today we honor and celebrate the life of legendary LA studio drummer Carlos Vega. Carlos was a major influence on the great Jeff Porcaro and many of today’s elite drummers. His vast body of work includes touring and recording with James Taylor, being featured on Olivia Newton-John’s double platinum album, “Physical,” and performing on the soundtrack for the film “Grease.” Our David Garfield Roundtable features interviews and jams with Gregg Bissonette, John JR Robinson, and Jimmy Branly, who join David to discuss and honor the memory of Carlos Vega.
Charlie Watts was truly the gentleman of rock and roll. From a drummer’s perspective, his ability to swing a rock band made you feel the music far beyond what you were hearing. We will continue to honor the legacy he left behind.
“A dear friend of mine, legendary jazz drummer and educator, Colin Bailey passed away yesterday. I had the opportunity to study with Colin for about a year when I was 19 years old. He was a first-call studio musician who played on many legendary jazz recordings with Joe Pas, Clare Fischer, and Terry Gibbs, to name a few. He also recorded several Charlie Brown soundtracks with Vince Guaraldi. He was the first back-up drummer for Ed Shaughnessy in The Tonight Show Band, and authored the iconic book, Bass Drum Control. Colin was known for his amazing bass drum technique. I encourage every drummer to become more familiar with his playing. His sense of humor and musicianship will make you feel good, just as he did for all who knew him.” – Don
Colin Bailey’s Bass Drum Control Course
Today we want to celebrate the life and legacy of the late-great Ginger Baker (August 19, 1939 – October 6, 2019). The legendary drummer would have been 82 today. Ginger co-founded Cream in 1966 with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. They were one of the most popular and influential bands in the 60s, releasing four albums before splitting in 1968. Their album “Disraeli Gears” features the song “Sunshine Of Your Love”, where Ginger created a legendary drum track by playing a tribal beat with the snare drum on 1 and 3 instead of on 2 and 4. Ginger was also one of several top drummers in that era who used hard-felt timpani mallets on the drums instead of sticks. Our DC Founder, Don Lombardi knew Ginger personally, and there are some funny stories in the latest The Chad Smith Show episodes!
Today we’re celebrating the late-great Jim Chapin, renowned educator and drummer. Watch Jim talk and break down the Moeller Technique in this incredible lesson and interview. Jim spent his life teaching Moeller Technique as taught to him by Stanford E. Moeller. His knowledge and expertise inspired anyone lucky enough to have taken a lesson with him. This video was filmed when Jim was 82 years young, and as you can see, his excitement for life and drumming had not diminished. Without question, Jim has given more lessons than any other drummer in the world, as it would be impossible to run into him without shortly getting into a subject that would lead towards him sharing invaluable information with you. This conversation is an excellent example of that. Listen and learn from one of the most iconic drummer educators of all time. (July 23, 1919 – July 4, 2009)
“Two years ago today, we lost the great Neil Peart. His loss was devastating to the entire drumming community. Before every tour, Neil would block out a Drum Channel studio for a full month to practice before Rush rehearsals even started. One big lesson I definitely learned from Neil is to always be prepared. While he was at DC we would have lunch every day in my office and he would always want to know what other drummers might be coming in to visit or record. It was always amazing to me that he was just as excited to meet his drumming idols as they were to meet him. Neil cared greatly about education for drummers and the importance of having a good private teacher. He almost quit drumming at one point but his teacher encouraged him to keep going. There is a lot that we can learn from Neil as a person and a drummer. We will do our best to continue our mission… as he wanted it.” — Don Lombardi
Remo is a true pioneer in the drum industry. He was a dear friend and an important part of the success of DW. In our early years, he mentored me in business decisions and was always encouraging that we had a good chance of success. I learned having great ideas, and then turning them into a successful business requires two skill sets. No better example than Remo when you look at the mylar head and how he turned that invention into a successful business almost overnight. I think we both felt being drummers was a huge asset to our business lives. Remo was a great player and the original drummer in the legendary Lighthouse Allstars. – Don
We are devastated to hear about the unexpected passing of legendary drummer Taylor Hawkins. His drumming influenced an entire era of drummers worldwide, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest and most explosive rock drummers to have walked this earth. Our hearts go to his family and friends. RIP Taylor Hawkins. In remembrance, check out Taylor performing ‘Not From Here,’ ‘Drop Out,’ and ‘El Niño’ from our original documentary, the “Gannin Arnold Project.”
Today would have been legendary jazz drummer Tony Williams’ 75th birthday. Williams, who was originally from Boston, Massachusetts, joined groundbreaking jazz trumpeter Miles Davis’ band when he was just 17 and went on to become one of the pioneers of jazz-fusion drumming. After a highly successful career playing live and recording with Miles as well as The Tony Williams Lifetime, Alan Dawson, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean, and many others, Tony was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1986. // Photo by Jan Persson & CDJ
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary Joey Jordison. His musical character influenced millions of drummers throughout the world. The master drummer will be remembered as an innovator on his work with Slipknot, and as one of the most skillful metal drummers in history. Our thoughts go to his family and close friends. // Photo Cred: Billboard
Legendary drummer/ DC Artist In Residence, Terry Bozzio, explains the permutations of triplets and sixteenth notes, demonstrating how you can orchestrate them on the drums using various ostinatos. “Rhythm 1” is the first of 3 courses on Terry’s approach to independence and ostinato development. “Rhythm 2” and “Rhythm 3” are coming soon to Drum Channel.
“DC Artist-in-Residence,” Terry Bozzio, expands on eighth-note triplet and 16th-note permutations previously discussed in Rhythm1 and adds ostinato variations to challenge your coordination and creativity. Terry progressively plays these basic ostinato patterns on a pad, a 5-piece kit and then his monster kit— bringing home the message that the music, not the size of the drum set, is what matters. Start slowly, and gradually increase speed as you learn from the master in this incredible course.
The third system, which expands on Terry’s previous courses, Rhythm 1 and 2, is now available! In Rhythm 3, Terry Bozzio expands on the different mixed sticking permutations in both the triple and duple realm by integrating unique ostinato and limb patterns he has applied in his own studies. Upon completing this course, you will have learned a strong foundation for applying rhythmic ideas, allowing you to free up your limbs and coordination when soloing and improvising.
Rhythm master, Efrain Toro, brings his friends out for an incredible Masterclass to explore harmonic rhythm. Together with four different groups, he demonstrates how you can start to apply the principles from his book and course, “Rhythm In Essence,” available in Drum Channel’s Store. You will learn various concepts to help you hear and feel rhythm multi-dimensionally from a harmonic standpoint.
Join Master-Drummer Virgil Donati as he explains and explores his advanced system for developing Rhythmic Facility. In this new course, Virgil offers an in-depth analysis of how a dot affects the value of a note as well as the way it forms the groundwork for understanding more complex polyrhythms and how it can be used to create syncopated, hypnotic rhythms.
In anticipation of Virgil Donati’s second “Rhythmic Facility” course, coming soon, we wanted to share the first recent course introducing “Dotted Eighth Notes.” In this course, Virgil offers his advanced system that covers, how a dot affects the value of a note, how it relates to understanding more complex polyrhythms, and how it can create syncopated hypnotic rhythms.
As a sequel to Virgil Donati’s “Rhythmic Facility” series, we bring you his NEW exclusive Drum Channel course covering “Dotted Eighths in Odd Times.” Virgil guides you through various musical applications and improv examples, showing you just how far you can take his concept in 5/8, 7/8, 11/8, and beyond!
NEW Drum Channel Course! Learn this mind-blowing approach to hand technique and speed development from Italian drummer, Riccardo “Wizard” Merlini. He shares a step-by-step guide for building the correct form and muscles to play his technique with control and blazing-fast speed.
Ringo Starr announces “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show,” a broadcast to benefit 4 charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. It will air on Ringo’s YouTube at 5pm PST on July 7, 2020, Starr’s 80th birthday. Read more on Moderndrummer.com.
This week’s Premium Playalong is from Bundle #2 (included with membership) and features Peter Criss’ original drum parts from the classic KISS track, “Rock & Roll All Nite.” Every DC Premium Playalong includes “drums hot” and “drumless” versions, along with a transcription to optimize the learning process.
Check out this great Premium play-along: “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss, featuring drummer Peter Criss! You might recognize this song for its classic tom groove, that’s highly contrasted with a driving hi-hat groove. Listen to how Criss sets up and catches the guitar figures in the verse, just as a big band drummer would!
Check out this great Premium play-along: “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss, featuring drummer Peter Criss! You might recognize this song for its classic tom groove, that’s highly contrasted with a driving hi-hat groove. Listen to how Criss sets up and catches the guitar figures in the verse, just as a big band drummer would!
Playalong with one of the greatest session players today and practice your rock fills. This Playalong will help you develop your fill vocabulary appropriate to rock music. Listen to how Gregg plays his fills, and then try your approach on the drumless version of this Playalong.
The iconic and influential drummer of the band Queen releases his solo album “Outsider” today. “Taylor’s world-class skills as a composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist served him well during the enforced isolation of the last 18 months.” – Cision
Composed by incredible French drummer Camille Bigeault, “Room 8” features an incredible odd-time playalong that will challenge both your reading and independence. “I found this groove in 9 on the drums and I wanted to compose original music over it. It actually fits in 2 bars, so the last group of 9 has to be shortened in 5. There’s a long time slot in the middle of the track, allowing improvisation and progressive solo construction”, explains Camille. Have fun!
DC Staff Member Adam Kuns’ “Rudimental Crash Course” is one of the most popular and practical courses on Drum Channel. Adam dives deep into the 40 standard rudiments and how to practice them effectively. It doesn’t matter what level you are at, it’s important to have these all under your belt so that you can be well rounded and will have a wide variety of sticking choices and different ways of playing and approaching music. Don’t forget to use our Practice Assist Metronome™ to get these rudiments under your hands properly!
Alex Acuña (Weather Report, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross) is one of the masters of combining Latin Percussion and drum set while being fully accomplished at both. In this unique series of 13 lessons, he shows you how the rudiments can be applied to congas, giving every drummer the foundation for being a well-rounded percussionist!
In this step-by-step introductory course to playing congas, Alex Acuña breaks down the 8 basic tones, traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and applying rudiments to the congas. This course will open your eyes to many possibilities and expand your vocabulary on hand percussion.
Musicians can’t play on the road and music programs have all but closed due to the pandemic. Russ Kunkel, renowned drummer and producer for many of rock and roll’s biggest stars, sat down with fellow drummer and his personal photographer for an interview to raise money by selling signed drums at auction. See links below to help out any way you can for the Guitar Center Music Foundation‘s #Relief4Musicians benefit! // Auction: http://ow.ly/TPaz50AthGo [Ends 7/16 @9pm PST] // Musicians apply for help: http://ow.ly/WMiV50AthSv // Donations: http://ow.ly/Zo5A50AthJt
Rock out to one of our DC Academy featured playalongs, “Security Alert.” This song features a driving rock groove with a few intricate sections and hits. Follow along with the chart, and remember you can loop any section for deeper practice.
Any Prince fans out here? The re-release of the pop legend’s 1987 double album, “Sign O’ The Times”, features a remaster by Bernie Grundman and a disc of single mixes/edits. A super deluxe box set adds three discs of previously unreleased music from the vault, a recording from a 1987 concert in Utrecht’s Stadium Galgenwaard, a DVD of 1987 New Year’s Eve concert at Paisley Park, and a 120-page hardcover book with previously unseen handwritten lyrics. All the drumming and percussion features the great Sheila E. and Bobby Z!
Playalong to this bonus track entitled, “True Believers” from our documentary, “The Gannin Arnold Project,” featuring the drumming of Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who). Listen and learn how Simon approaches this song and then utilize the drumless track and drum chart to create your version.
Check out this driving rock playlong, “Drop Out,” featuring the amazing Simon Phillips. This video was taken from our Original Documentary, “The Gannin Arnold Project.” The playalong includes an in-depth drum chart, along with a drumless version for you to practice with.
We’re excited to bring you a brand NEW exclusive Drum Channel course featuring Nick D’Virgilio teaching you the invaluable skill-set of becoming a singing drummer. Lesson topics and exercises include breath control, pitch accuracy, and time-keeping while singing. So whether you are singing background vocals or leading a band, this course will help you build the vocal foundation and abilities to sing and play drums simultaneously.
Marco Minnemann is a master drummer and educator known for his exceptional technical skills, creativity, and coordination. His Drum Channel course features eight lessons that will open your mind and body to his advanced concept of six-way independence. It’s time to practice!
Marco Minnemann is a master drummer and educator known for his exceptional technical skills, creativity, and coordination. His Drum Channel Masterclass features eight lessons that will open your mind and body to his advanced concept of six-way independence. It’s time to practice!
“Slip and Slide” is a melodic hard rock song that features heavy drum and guitar parts with a fast tempo that incorporates a lot of flams, as notated on the chart. This song is also a great playalong for developing your bass drum double-strokes – popular to the styles of punk-rock and metal drumming. Have fun!
Jay Weinberg, drummer with band SLIPKNOT, has to keep his drumming and physical fitness in top shape. Touring with SLIPKNOT is the drumming equivalent of being asked to run a marathon, night after night. Playing a show this demanding without a warmup can lead to injuries, which could be game over for the tour. That’s why Jay chooses to take his Roland V-Drums on tour — so that he can maintain tour-readiness and warm-up before every live show. Check out this killer playthrough:
The quote “time is not just a magazine” is valid. In this Pro Secrets course “Solid Time Feel”, we share incredible tips from some of the best timekeepers in the world. While it’s important for all musicians on the bandstand to develop good time, it’s also our mission to keep the time feeling solid. In this course, JR Robinson, Curt Bisquera, Peter Erskine, Derrick Wright, Javier Barrera, and Michael Miley share tips on how they developed incredible time feel and what you can do to work on yours. They cover the importance of developing your internal sense of time, as well as utilizing a click track to help you progress!
In this course, top jazz drummer Jonathan breaks down examples of easy additions to your comping and soloing vocabulary by using accents and phrasing ideas. He also shares the method he uses to create unique comping patterns based on the “The Rhythm Matrix” drum book.
Rated #1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018 by Modern Drummer, Jonathan Barber has landed his name as a first-call musician, playing with a variety of artists including Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, and Buster Williams. In his recent trip to Drum Channel, Jonathan comprised his course, “Soloing,Comping and Accent Options.” This course teaches you how to solo over a vamp, add accent options to rudiments, and shares what he calls “The Rhythm Matrix”. For more from Jonathan Barber on Drum Channel, check out his interview and concert featured in Originals.
Play with legendary studio drummer JR Robinson and his band Native Son and perform “Son Talk.” This Playalong is from JR’s documentary, “TheTime Machine,” which digs into his concept of time, feel, groove and style. Joining JR in this performance are seasoned studio musicians Greg Mathieson on Organ, Michael Thompson on Guitar, with Bobby Watson on Bass.
In July 1957, Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at The Cavern Club playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group, and Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men. Check out this picture of Ringo at The Cavern Club, in Liverpool, UK! Gregg Bissonette’s Dream gig is playing in Ringo’s All Starr Band. Check out one of the many lessons he has on Drum Channel, Using Fingers to Add More Texture!
If you’re a fan of dynamic, intricate drumming, you will love Matt Garstka’s course “State of the Art”. Matt is the drummer for Animals as Leaders and his personal project Victoria with guitarist Joshua de la Victoria. In his course, Matt performs all seven songs from Victoria’s debut EP “Modern Value”, does a breakdown for each song, and is interviewed alongside Joshua by Drum Channel founder Don Lombardi!
If you’re a fan of dynamic, intricate drumming, you will love Matt Garstka’s course “State of the Art”. Matt is the drummer for Animals as Leaders and his personal project Victoria with guitarist Joshua de la Victoria. In his course, Matt performs all seven songs from Victoria’s debut EP “Modern Value”, does a breakdown for each song, and is interviewed alongside Joshua by Drum Channel founder Don Lombardi!
In 1962 – Stevie Wonder (aged 12 at the time) released his first single “I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old People Call It The Blues)” featuring the legendary Marvin Gaye on drums! To this day, Stevie’s most recognizable drummer is Stanley Randolph, who we had the pleasure to feature on Drum Channel for a series of episodes– and his most recognizable percussionist is Fausto Cuevas, who will blow you away with his masterclass “Learn Drums & Percussion Symbiosis”!
Stewart just released his own podcast series “My Dad The Spy” which includes nine episodes all about his father Miles Axe Copeland II’s career as a secret agent for the CIA. Stewart says, “My childhood wasn’t a regular upbringing. We moved around the Middle East and mixing with so many fascinating people. I shared my father’s passion for music, which eventually led to my career in The Police and beyond, and his job shaped me too. In sharing his story, and my family’s story, I hope to shed light on what it is truly like to be the son of a CIA agent.” Listen to the podcast series now on Audible!
Today’s featured lesson is Bruce Becker’s “Stickings, Melodies, and Modulations” Masterclass! In this lesson, Bruce dissects a wide variety of patterns and breaks down the different techniques he uses to play each of them with grace and confidence, sharing how to apply all of them in a musical context. A useful lesson for drummers not only looking to improve their technique but also their overall feel.
Have you tried your hand at our exclusive Drum Channel premium play-alongs yet? The drumless tracks feature the original tracks by the original artists. One of our favorites is Super Bad by James Brown. The iconic groove was created by legendary funk drummer Jabo Starks and has influenced generations of drummers and producers.
Have you tried your hand at our exclusive Drum Channel premium play-alongs yet? The drumless tracks feature the original tracks by the original artists. One of our favorites is Super Bad by James Brown. The iconic groove was created by legendary funk drummer Jabo Starks and has influenced generations of drummers and producers.
Playalong with odd-time specialist Camille Bigeault’s original composition, “Super Moria Bros.” The track features a challenging groove in 9/4, including “Drums Hot” and “Drumless” versions and a drum chart. “The ambiance of the track made me think about the crossing of the Moria in the Lord of the Rings, but more in a video game way, so I named it ‘Super Moria Bros,’” Camille explains.
Check out this recent masterclass with Thomas here on Drum Channel. Stay tuned for more live Masterclasses every Wednesday at 6 PM PST and Saturday at 9 AM PST beginning March 9th, available on Drum Channels YouTube & Facebook Pages. Also, Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe is now INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP. The course includes over 200 lessons and is available exclusively on DrumChannel.com.
If you didn’t get a chance to catch Taylor Hawkins’s Tribute concert live at Wembley Stadium, you may have another chance to celebrate the life of one of music’s greatest drummers. In addition to the Sept 3rd concert being streamed on Paramount+, there will be another concert Tuesday 27 September, at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles with the likes of Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miley Cyrus, and Alanis Morissette set to make an appearance.
Watch this exclusive drum jam that blew us all away here at Drum Channel. Eric Moore and Terry Bozzio, drummers from two completely different backgrounds, get together to make music on the drums. Their level of musicianship brings together an incredible jam of what sounds like it could be on a movie soundtrack. Enjoy!
Terry Bozzio is an icon, maverick, and modern-day master drummer. This concert features a virtuosic performance of his original compositions on his 90-piece “drum orchestra” (with 22 pedals!). Also included: Bonus footage of Terry’s solo performances on Cajon, auxiliary percussion, and Taiko drums. Enjoy this Drum Channel exclusive, now available FREE to all DC members.
Terry Bozzio is one of the modern-day masters of the drum set. Available on the Drum Channel Store as a VOD, his Reality Tour 2018 concert features solo performances on cajon and auxiliary percussion, as well as taiko and thumb piano! Terry has shown the world why he is at the forefront of solo melodic drumming for decades, and this performance takes it to another level.
Terry joins Don for another interview and looks into the history of Don’s career as founder of DW drums. They also discuss some unique and funny memories from each other’s past. Join us this Tuesday, April 26th, at 5 PM PST on the Drum Channel’s YouTube, Facebook & DC Live pages, and stay tuned for more great interviews coming soon!
Dave Elitch is highly in-demand both as a performer and educator. With his years of teaching, Dave shares the 5 most common mistakes he sees drummers making and how you can improve those areas!