A collection of articles, short think-pieces, long-form essays and in-depth notated lessons. We go all in - exploring the craft of drumming and the mindset of being a drummer.
Learning to practice well is the drummers most important skill. We explore techniques for guiding ourselves through productive, challenging, mildly uncomfortable but rewarding practice sessions, that leave us better than before we started, and inspire us to return.
Often the hi-hat pedal is under-used because adding a fourth rhythm is hard and the pedal is often controlled by our weakest foot. With work, we can forge the left foot to be both an anchor and to add new depths of flair. Ostinatos help us develop that control.
Consistency is a drummer's most valuable skill, and perhaps the hardest to capture. Without it, your playing will be a house of cards. But despite how much life tries to get in the way, a habit for practice is something that can be learned and developed. Here's some thoughts on how.
We're all chasing independence between our limbs. Coordinating your hands and feet to play against the grain of each other opens the window to that kind of freedom. These exercises pit our left side against our right. One plays groups of three while the other plays it straight. Independence ensues.
Continuing the series of basic linear patterns, designed to develop stroke quality, timing, counting and syncopation skills - this library of beats explores 8th-note triplets. These triplet patterns are played against a quarter note pulse, challenging our sense of time.
This lesson steps up our triplet game, developing combos of doubles and single strokes, played around the kit. We work from basics to more advance, while exploring the placement of our accents and shifting our left-foot pulse.