Category: Education

Educational materials on drumming from Modern Drummer.

Video Lesson! Groove Construction, Part 3: Linear Patterns with Jost Nickel

Video Lesson! Groove Construction, Part 3: Linear Patterns with Jost Nickel

In this lesson, we’ll create linear grooves by following three simple rules. Linear grooves never have more than one voice played at the same time. In general, I feel that the two most important elements of a groove are the bass drum figure and the snare accents. We’ll start building linear patterns using a skeleton groove that consists of these two components….

Basics - Advanced Disco

Video Lesson! Basics – Advanced Disco with Rich Redmond

Disco, a style of music popularized in the 1970s, launched dance crazes, drove up record sales, and sometimes caused a lot of frustration among the era’s working drummers. (Some players found the repetitive rhythm to be mind numbing.) Much of today’s music also heavily relies on repetition. Pop, dance, R&B, and even country music make use of strong four-on-the-floor pulses. In this lesson we’ll explore ways to spice up the basic disco feel….

Progressive Drumming Essentials, Part 12

Video Lesson! Progressive Drumming Essentials, Part 12: Double Bass Boot Camp

This routine takes a little over an hour and is split into two thirty-minute sets. Each set consists of six bass drum patterns that are played for five minutes each without stopping. Even if your technique starts to fall apart, dig deep and push through until the end. The goal is to reach your breaking point and then push a little further….

Video Lesson! Six-Stroke Success with Rich Redmond

Video Lesson! Six-Stroke Success with Rich Redmond

For this lesson, we’ll use a six-note grouping that begins with an accented stroke, continues with two sets of unaccented (tapped) double strokes, and closes with another accented stroke. This grouping has a powerful sound and really swings. At first, try playing the rudiment on the snare, and play the accents as rim shots. Also, practice these with a variety of ostinatos on the kick drum….

Video Lesson! Basics - Five-Stroke Glue with Rich Redmond

Video Lesson! Basics – Five-Stroke Glue with Rich Redmond

This lesson starts off with the five-stroke roll on the hi-hat as it dances around these “money-beat” feels. The rudimental cornerstone also sounds great on the snare after a strong backbeat. As the exercises progress, we’ll voice the five-stroke roll between the hi-hat and snare drum, experiment with hi-hat openings, and apply bass drum variations. The five-stroke roll is the super glue of the drum world, so make it stick!

Basics - Backstage Warm-Ups

Video Lesson! Basics – Backstage Warm-Ups with Rich Redmond

In this lesson, I’m sharing some of the warm-ups I use before hitting the stage with Jason Aldean each night. I improvise with rudimental figures that isolate both sides of my body, which helps me focus on my weaker hand. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these exercises continually find their way into my routine….

Jeff Salem

Video Tour: Building a Teaching Business with Jeff Salem

I’ve owned and operated my own teaching school, Jeff Salem’s Music Studio, for eleven years. Prior to that I taught percussion lessons at a local music store for twelve years. When I decided to branch out on my own, the decision was made after being on tour with a band for five months. When I returned home I wanted to start teaching again. My first thought was, “If I was just starting to learn the drums, where would I want to go for lessons?”

Squashed Stickings

Video Demo: Squashed Stickings with James Murphy

Finding creative ways to apply rudiments to the drumset can be a great way to discover new vocabulary. In this lesson, we’ll discuss what I call “squashed stickings.” A squashed sticking applies a specific roll to a steady subdivision but inverts it so that the accent starts the phrase.

Jazz Drummer's Workshop - Crossovers

Video Lesson: Jazz Drummer’s Workshop – Crossovers with Steve Fidyk

This month’s lesson focuses on the crossover, a technique that legendary drummers such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson, Jo Jones, and Sonny Payne popularized in their extended solos. Employing crossovers can help maintain the continuity and flow of single-stroke phrases you play around the kit without altering the sticking.