Rudiments

Rob Knopper Shows Us 4 Steps To Build Machine-Gun Doubles

Here’s a great way of approaching double strokes. Rob Knopper explains a method to help you develop “machine-gun” doubles. In other words, a very even sounding double stroke roll. You need to figure out for yourself how you’re going to get the second stroke to be louder than the first. My doubles came together when I learned to use my middle finger as a spring. I can also use my fingers to help as well as a little whip of… Read More »Rob Knopper Shows Us 4 Steps To Build Machine-Gun Doubles

Rhythmania Snare Drum Solo From Charles Wilcoxon’s Modern Rudimantal Swing Solos

I’m working my way through Charles Wilcoxon’s Modern Rudimental Snare Drum Solos. I missed learning this stuff when I was a young drum student and am enjoying the challenge of reading and executing these solos. This piece has highlighted my weak Flam taps. I felt like I could make it feel a bit more groovy than the first two solos. Before you watch my version, here’s a couple of nicely played renditions I found. Gawd, I have some rok to… Read More »Rhythmania Snare Drum Solo From Charles Wilcoxon’s Modern Rudimantal Swing Solos

Charley Wilcoxon - Rudimental Swing Solos Cover

Learning Charley Wilcoxon’s Rudimental Swing Solos – Rolling In Rhythm

I haven’t done much by the way of learning drum solos such as those written by Charley Wilcoxon. I started learning Rolling In Rhythm and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I intend on working my way through the book slowly but surely. I’m not exactly sure what the end result is meant to sound like. There are a few examples on Youtube. This guy has the speed down, I guess this is how the marching drummer… Read More »Learning Charley Wilcoxon’s Rudimental Swing Solos – Rolling In Rhythm

WipeoutDiddles Sticking Exercise

A quickie for you: I was in the drum room the other day and was enjoying listening to a band playing some familiar covers one of which was the Ventures’ surf classic, Wipeout. Here’s a way of playing the pattern that happens in the solo drum break using paradiddles in a pattern that switches lead hands every two bars. Once you can play the pattern competently, do it with flams for the accents. Scroll down the page to hear the… Read More »WipeoutDiddles Sticking Exercise