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Applying The Paradiddle-diddle

As a student, I always try to seek out new ways to use rudiments on the drumset, and as a teacher, I encourage my students to do the same. The following ideas came about when my teacher, Ray Fransen, showed…

by Jeff Macko
Nov 14, 2018

Paradille Funk

There seems to be a lot of controversy today concerning the usefulness and importance of drum rudiments. This column is not an attempt to justify all of the 26 American Drum Rudiments but, rather, to demonstrate how we can take…

by Joseph E. Forthome
Oct 16, 2018

Study In 8th-Note Triplets

This month’s Rock Perspectives examines some time feels involving the use of the 8th-note triplet. When practicing these examples, remember to concentrate on the two sound levels (dynamics): Accented notes should be played forte (f), and unaccented notes pianissimo (pp).…

by David Garibaldi
Sep 14, 2018

The Five-Note Fill/Solo Concept

Here is an idea for use in either fills or soloing. The study is based on the following five-note pattern: The five-note pattern, when played as consecutive triplets or 16th notes in 4/4 time, comes back to where it began…

by David Garibaldi
Aug 30, 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

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

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

Live Drum Soloing

Getting Started   In this article we’ll give some insight into how to conceive, construct, and execute a drum solo in a live rock context. For those who’ve never performed a solo, it can be a very scary idea. But…

by Paul Wandtke
Nov 6, 2017

Rock Perspectives - Playing Simple

The following material is a presentation of some simple ideas I’ve developed for use with my private students. These exercises have been quite successful with my students, so I thought I’d pass them on to you. The simplicity of this…

by David Garibaldi
Oct 19, 2017

Rock Perspectives - Three Beats

The following two examples are simple hand/foot patterns that can be put together as one. 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+ Issues)…

by David Garibaldi
Jun 19, 2017

Rock Perspectives - "Playing Rock Music Is Not Dumb"

The following material is similar to the Rock Perspectives column regarding Swiss Army Triplets (July 1981). It's different enough to present additional technical challenges. These particular exercises can be of special benefit to the right foot (bass drum) because of…

by David Garibaldi
May 25, 2017

Rock Perspectives - Modular Rock

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May 10, 2017

Rock Perspectives - A Practical Application of Swiss Army Triplets

The Swiss Army triplet was shown to me several years ago by Keith Knudsen of The Doobie Brothers. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of…

by David Garibaldi
Apr 24, 2017