Purdie Shuffle Part 2

Purdie Shuffle Part 2

This lesson is free to subscribers. Create your free account here.       In Part 2 of the half time shuffle or Bernard Purdie Shuffle I introduce some ways of developing the ability to improvise bass drum patterns to suit various situations. There are examples of 'Home At Last', 'Rosanna' and 'Fool In The Rain' [...]
Songo Lesson

Songo Lesson

I learned a lot about this groove from the Robbie Ameen/Lincoln Goines book "Funkifiying the Clave" which I highly recommend if your exposure has only been through contemporary fusion sources. This lesson is free to members. There are plenty of Songo lessons online, this is just one more plus my approach to dialing in the right feel, and 2 fills I used in the video are broken down as well
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Bill Bruford Stickings

Bill Bruford Stickings

I am calling this the Bill Bruford sticking because he is the first drummer I detected using it. However, RLRRLRRL split between ride and snare goes at least as far back as the BeBop era when the drummer took on an even more influential role in the jazz group at large and started to free the drums into a more expressive instrument allowing them to attain more equality and interactivity with the other parts of the ensemble.

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Easy Non-Boring Speed

Easy Non-Boring Speed

I have watched these 3 topics covered ad nauseam on the internet by numerous online instructors to the point of feeling I need to respond. I happen to like some of the people who promote this sort of thinking, I also have republican friends, So, it's OK to disagree I suppose, but much like an article I read recently on climate change being caused by fossil fuels and manmade/caused CO2 emissions, the statement "just because you have an opinion about something doesn't mean you aren't wrong" applies here..

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Free Lesson W/ David Anderson

Free Lesson W/ David Anderson

If you meet Dave Anderson you can truly feel how passionate he is about music and drums. Dave started playing drums at the age of seven years and had his first professional gig at the age of fourteen. Since that Dave did not only have several television appearances on FOX's “Melrose Place,” BET’s “Jazz Central,” VH1, CNN’s “Show Biz Today,” and NBC’s “Watching Ellie" - he also has appeared, recorded, and toured around the world with David Benoit, Kirk Whalum, Dionne Warwick, The Rippingtons, Larry Carlton, Don Menza, Tom Scott, Hubert Laws, Stanley Clarke, Eddie Harris, Eric Marienthal, Chaka Khan, David Pomeranz, Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous and many others. Dave's amazing talent for the drums was also supported through a full five year scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma.
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Drum Solo Transcription

Drum Solo Transcription

I received a request from a member for fill transcriptions, here is a transcription of an entire solo from the 1995 video companion to my book "Complete Modern Drum Set". All the vocabulary in this solo is in that book. See the side bar for a link to purchase at Amazon. I am including the drum chart and a version of the full tune (Sketch/Electric) with and without drums. I am actively working on a new book, online drum school and downloadable video lessons. Stay tuned. This is a members only post (membership is free). Big thanks to Hungarian drummer Zsolt Korompay for this very clean and accurate transcription. The transcription starts at :13
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Practicing Over a Loop

Practicing Over a Loop

In the video below I am practicing drums to a loop of guitar, bass and percussion to sharpen some ideas I have been playing for awhile, and to warm up. I played over this pattern for about 30 minutes. I am currently working on my video editing chops, so I filmed and cut up a random practice session for this lesson.

Practice for me involves problem solving, working on things I don't do as well as I would like. Since much of my recording sessions these days are to pre-recorded tracks, I work on playing to the grid a little everyday. It's totally different than getting a vibe with a live band, and has it's own unique set of challenges and considerations.
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Everything! – Lesson

Everything! – Lesson

A play along track from my album China Ranch, and drum lesson based on the drum performance. Includes video, jam track and isolated drum performance. I have had a few people ask me about the intro fill. I basically subdivided it into 2 groups of 7/16 (14) a group of 6/16 (6) and a group of 3/4 (12 16th notes) 14 + 6 + 12 = 32! This is a fun way to come up with unusual phrases.
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Kit Walker

Kit Walker

I first met Kit Walker on MySpace of all places. I friended him because I am a big fan. I owned his first 2 Windham Hill solo albums which featured Steve Smith & Will Kennedy on drums, and love his writing and playing. I still listen to those recordings regularly. Kit posted something on my MySpace page to the effect of "you're burning, we should play together".. Needless to say, I jumped on the opportunity and asked him to play on a song I was working on.
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712 Media

I am available to record, my studio or yours. My fee is reasonable. You can have the tracks raw or with my plugins embedded, stereo or separate stems. I can also provide custom loops and percussion. Send me your tune over the internet, or come to my studio with your project and musicians. Let’s make some music.

The Basics of Micing Drums

The Basics of Micing Drums

Recording, Sub Mixing & Microphone Selection   Introduction This article was written before digital audio workstations and deals with the fundimentals of miking and submixing a drumset for live performance and home recording. I never met a drummer who didn’t know how they wanted their drums to sound, and really that’s an advantage, it’s just […]
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