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…
Here’s my latest video about the train beat. I made on years ago intending to follow up with a series of snare and bass drum variations. I wasn’t very productive YouTubewise though and it’s been waiting for me to get into the process seriously. The Covid thing has been a strong motivator for me to produce regular video content and so the world is about to get more Train Beat related video education content stuff. Here are a couple of… Read More »Train Beat Lesson – Basic Snare Drum Variations
My student Abishan has been working hard on his Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 4 repertoire and this is a great video of him performing Jump by Van Halen and Come Together by The Beatles. Abishan is a very creative drummer and has lovely feel on both songs. I feel very proud of him for working so hard on his drumming and bringing his personality into it too.
A new episode of Cooking with Rodrigo & Joe is out. In this episode we talk about And She Was by the Talking Heads. If you like it, please subscribe to our YouTube channel and like and comment on the video.
If I could be like any drummer in the world I think Kiko Freitas is the one I would want to emulate. I’ve been working on the first pages of his recent book – The Brazilian Groove Book. It outlines Kiko’s unique approach to playing Brazilian rhythms on the drumset and provides an in depth study guide to modern Brazilian drumset playing. I saw Kiko playing a couple of years ago at the Union Chapel with Joao Bosco. It was… Read More »Kiko Freitas Talks To Edu Ribeiro
I continue to turn out videos. The latest offering is a step by step explanation of the groove for Harry Styles’ recent hit, Watermelon Sugar. It’s a 16th note groove played with single strokes. It’s a cool song and a good opportunity to work on single stroke grooves.