In my latest video I demonstrate a simple exercise counting quarter notes, 8ths, triplets and 16ths around the drums. I highly recommend spending some time learning to count time and the subdivisions while improvising around the kit. This video is aimed at beginners but more advanced players might benefit from learning to play and count. It can really help your timing in terms of accuracy and feel. Learn to count out loud and also sing while you’re playing your drums.… Read More »Subdivisions Exercise Around The Kit
Here’s the drum chart I made for Prisoner by Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa. It’s a big hit and my students have really enjoyed working on it. A really fun chart to learn, it’s got a few solid fills and some cool hihat splashes. The video is about vampires or, er, something. Download the chart here
In my latest video I explain the groove for Dua Lipa’s massive hit, Levitating. It’s a cool disco number with a four-to-the floor beat that should get any foot tapping. Here’s the PDF. Check it out here:
I bought a cheap snare on eBay. It cost me £23, brand new! I made a video about it and stuck it up on YouTube. This was a more complicated video than I’ve made before (not that you’d know to look at it) and it was fun to work on. I’m working out how to make videos and there’s a long way to go, I think, before it starts looking good. I say too many ummmmms and uhhhhhhs, I feel… Read More »I Bought a Cheap Snare on eBay
My teacher, Asaf, has released the instrumental tracks from his recent series’ of YouTube videos as drum playalongs. This is a really cool collection of original music that gives drummers something interesting to play along to. Time For Space Vol. 1 is not for “comfort playing”. You won’t be able to just stick a track on and play your favourite funk grooves and fills. Each tune needs a dfferent approach to filling the space and playing along to these will… Read More »Time For Space Drums Play-Along by Asaf Sirkis
Here’s my recent offering on YouTube. The accented triplets exercise is a really great way to develop stick technique on the pad and then on the kit. In this video I explain the accented triplets, inverted accented triplets and the accented triplet combo. These exercises are fun to play so get stuck in and learn them. You can get the PDF with these exercises here.
Here is my latest offering, it’s an explanation of the up stroke and down stroke for beginning drummers. I am still being too serious in my videos. But I’m working on it. Enjoy.
I’m very proud of my student and very funky drummer, Sam Goldman who recently achieved the 1st runner up position in the Tommy Igoe Groove Essentials 15-year Celebration Competition run by Hudson Music. Sam played this very funky track and impressed the Judges who included Tommy Igoe and drumming legend David Garibaldi. Check it out…