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Hiding in Plain Sight - Musically Applying Odd Rhythms

Unless you’re playing in a technical prog-metal band, you may find it difficult to apply odd rhythmic ideas to songs without getting deathly glares from your bandmates. Although I wouldn’t suggest that you start cramming polyrhythms and septuplets into pop…

by Aaron Edgar
Jul 31, 2018

Multilayered Polyrhythms - Rhythmic Puzzles for Your Mind and Body

Last month we concluded our two-part introduction to polyrhythms with an example that combined multiple polyrhythms within one phrase. In this lesson, we’ll continue layering multiple polyrhythms to take the previous ideas to an even deeper level. These exercises will…

by Aaron Edgar
Jun 27, 2018

Style and Analysis: U2's Larry Mullen

Larry Mullen plays drums with the very popular three-piece band, U2. Larry and bassist Adam Clayton lay down a solid foundation for the guitar. U2 is a prime example of a drummer and bass player working together as a unit.…

by Michael Bettine
May 14, 2018

Introduction to Polyrhythms

How to Play Odd Groupings, Part 1

by Aaron Edgar
Apr 25, 2018

Burning on Double Bass — Basic Hand/Foot Patterns

There are no shortcuts in gaining control in drumming. Just as it takes time to develop speed and accuracy with your hands, the same applies to your double bass playing. The important things are to be focused in your practice…

by Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra
Mar 29, 2018

How to Play Odd Time Signatures

Part 1: 16th-Note Meters

by Aaron Edgar
Mar 28, 2018

Organic Odd-Time Patterns

A Smooth Method for Uncommon Phrases

by Aaron Edgar
Feb 28, 2018

Seven-Over-Three Polyrhythms

Exploring the Space Between an Odd Grouping

by Aaron Edgar
Jan 31, 2018

Double Bass Workout

Part 6: Paradiddle Patterns For the final lesson in this series we’re going to have some fun with paradiddles, double paradiddles, and paradiddle variations over 16th notes, 16th-note triplets, and 32nd notes. Remember to play to a metronome or click…

by Todd Vinciguerra
Jan 24, 2018

The Art of Soloing

I may as well admit the obvious: I am, indeed, a practitioner and partisan of that much maligned and oft-persecuted musical form, that thudding, plodding, torment of tedium, that dazzling display of passion and virtuosity—the drum solo. Much contempt has…

by Neil Peart
Jan 23, 2018

A Beat Study

The following musical examples comprise what I term a “beat study.” It is by no means exhaustive (every possible variation), but simply presents related time feels. Bar 1 is the pattern on which all the others are based. The focus…

by David Garibaldi
Jan 18, 2018

Exploring Five-Over-Three

Mastering a Difficult Grouping, Step by Step

by Aaron Edgar
Dec 28, 2017

Accented Three-Note Groupings

Unique Variations and Phrases

by Rick Gratton
Nov 30, 2017

The Military Sound

The application of rudimental/military type patterns to the drumset has added another dimension to contemporary music. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+…

by David Garibaldi
Nov 21, 2017