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Practice Pad Creativity

The focus of this lesson is to teach you how we can use some of the basic concepts that the 40 essential rudiments revolve around to create our own patterns

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Double Stroke Roll Study

In this lesson we are going to learn how we can use different note values to practice and develop our technique, and timing, using the double stroke roll. In time,

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Paradiddle Combination

In this lesson we are going to combine the single paradiddle, and the first inversion of the single paradiddle to create a very fun, musical, and useful pattern. I will

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The Dilddle Turn-Around

Today?s lesson is a technique exercise that I call ?the diddle turn-around?. The purpose of this exercise is to help us feel more comfortable moving around the kit, regardless of

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Intro to 16th note Grooves

This lesson is an introduction to learning how to play 16th notes with the snare drum to create more interesting sounding grooves. I will explain what 16th notes are, how

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3s and a Diddle

Today?s lesson is focused on hand technique, and it is all about developing our ability to play 3 consecutive strokes with each hand. This is something that is very simple

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Basic Displacement

As I?m sure you already know, probably the most important thing we need to have as drummers is good time, a good, consistent sense of time. In order to work

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Your First Drum Lesson

This lesson titled ?your first drum lesson? is exactly that, a lesson geared toward people who want to play the drums and have never had the chance to take a

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The Pyramid of Pain

In this lesson I will teach you one of my all time favorite technique concepts. The pyramid is a very entertaining way to push our limits physically, while remaining focused

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Hi-Hat Control Part 1

In this lesson I will teach you what I consider to be the three most basic, and yet most important foot hi-hat patterns that we need to know as drummers.

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