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How to play Dr Feelgood's She Does It Right on drums. Fast.

How To Play Dr Feelgood’s She Does It Right On Drums – Fast!

I got a request from A YouTube viewer to do a Dr Feelgood song and I was delighted to oblige. I think Brillaux et al’s She Does It Right is one of their best and is a great exercise in playing a nice brisk tempo. It’s pure rock n’ roll and needs to be done tight, crisp and energetic. Enjoy. Download the PDF with drum bits here. Look at my beautiful handwritten quickie chart here.

Slow down to play drums well

How Practicing And Playing Slowly Can Help You Learn Drums

This is funny, I’ve just discovred that putting the word SLOW into the title of a YouTube video is a guaranteed path to obscurity. Why do we fear the slow so much? It’s one of the best ways to learn anything. Playing slowly allows us to assimilate new vocabulary in a relaxed an leisurly fashion. Playing slowly allows us to be aware of the way our bodies respond to different layers of coordination. Playing slowly allows us to observe how… Read More »How Practicing And Playing Slowly Can Help You Learn Drums

Tony Allen’s Second Pattern Of Afrobeat

It’s Tony Allen’s second pattern of Afrobeat as presented to us by the master himself. I love Tony Allen’s drumming and Afrobeat music in general. The style is quite challenging to play and I guess it qualifies as a hybrid of jazz and funk or swing coordination with a funk sound, maybe? Listen to Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Dele Sosimi, Antibalas, Abayomy, The Shaolin Afronauts, Tony Allen, of course and so on and so on.

How To Play Hey Joe On Drums

How To Really Play Hey Joe On Drums

So many people getting their start on drums seem to grab a chart and attempt to learn to read and play note-for-note renditions of some person’s transcription of what was played by a drummer on a recording. With most pop and rock tunes, the drummer didn’t “compose” what they played by writing it out on a bit of manuscript paper and then read and play it. That would be ridiculous and no fun at all. So why should we attempt… Read More »How To Really Play Hey Joe On Drums

Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky – New Orleans Groove

Getting off to a great start to 2023 with this fantastic tune written by Allen Toussaint and performed by Lee Dorsey and many others. I first heard Everything I Do Gonh be Funky performed by Dr John with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in the TV series Treme which was a gritty drama made by the guy who did The Wire about life in New Orleans. A great deal of the show focused on the life of musicians in the… Read More »Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky – New Orleans Groove

How to play Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood On Drums | 12/8 Groove

How To Play Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood On Drums

Do you want to know how to play a 12/8 blues feel? Texas flood is a great introduction to playing 12/8 beats which means you’re playing a ride pattern in 8th note triplets. In this extended video I demonstrate the way the lovely Chris Layton plays the groove and fills on the original recording of the song. We’ll look at the ride pattern with skip notes, the bass variations and a few examples of the fills Layton plays throughout the… Read More »How To Play Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood On Drums

Improvising On Drums For Beginners

How To Improvise On Drums Using Accents

My latest YouTube video outlines an exercise that can help you develop your improvisational skills using accents. This method is pretty easy to get going whatever your level of ability, you just need to be able to combine softer and louder strokes or taps and accents. The trick is to start with the simplest thing you can do in a relaxed way. In this case we start playing 16ths as taps and then add a few accents, first with the… Read More »How To Improvise On Drums Using Accents

How To Play The Beatles’ Come Together

In my latest YouTube video offering I explain the vital drumming components for The Beatles’ Come Together. This is a great song to introduce you to Ringo’s fabulous drumming. The famous riff has a nice triplet run on the toms which you can play right to left or left to right and the rest of the verse and chorus are an exercise in minimalist groove making. In the solo sections and the outro Ringo’s groove is a thumpy-dumpy, sloshy, compressed… Read More »How To Play The Beatles’ Come Together