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An avid drummer, educator and author on all things drums!
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Cymbal Cleaning Basics!

Cymbal Cleaning Basics!

Get the best sounds from your brass! Now I don’t know that many drummer’s that clean their cymbals but if you ask me, its the only way to get the sound they were made for. Many people believe that cleaning a cymbal can take the metal away, well in a way this is true, but [...]

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David Lemant snare solo, 2012 IPE championships, 1st Place

Amazing Snare solo from David Lemant! 1st place win from IPE championships. If you were wondering IPE is the Indoor Percussion Europe. Their sole purpose is on Indoor percussion and nothing else, dont expect them to go outside anytime soon… They are a non-profit organization that is building up the indoor competitive percussion activities throughout [...]

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Practice Makes Better…. But First Some Basics!!

Lots of people ask me why I’m so awesome at the drums (I promise I’m not conceded). My usual answer is, ‘because I have been playing forever’. But lately I have been thinking about this, and it’s only partially true. It’s not necessarily how long you have been playing that makes you a better drummer, [...]

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Playing With Proper Form?! Who Would of Thought?!

In this site we will be going over some Awesome Exercises you can play on the snare drum and practice pad! These exercises will help you build hand-eye coordination, stick control, speed, and overall dexterity on the snare and drum set! But if your not playing with proper form, it will only hurt you in [...]

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All Abord! The Double Stroke Train! Choo Choo!

To keep on board with the doubles bandwagon that we’ve been taking about lately, I figure that I would show you a cool exersice you can do bases around a simple triplet pattern. Although it may seem easy to play at higher tempos it gives your fingers a real workout. Lets take a look at [...]

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Get A Grip With Your Double Strokes!

A bunch of the rudiments (especially rolls ) are based around playing doubles i.e. a bunch of RR and LL sticking patterns. So this exercise was made to work on giving your fingers a workout and increasing your stick control when it comes to playing diddles, doubles, and rolls! Below is a warm up for [...]

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Flam Paradiddle Stick Control Exercise

The Flam Paradiddle is one of the more difficult rudiments to play well, most beginning drummer or student has trouble with the flam paradiddle. There is something about putting that grace note on that first hit that changes the feel and motions involved. Before playing the Flam Paradiddle or as I like to call “Flamadiddle”, [...]

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Double Paradiddle Accent Stick Control Exercise

Double Paradiddle Accent Stick Control Exercise. That’s quite the title! This is one of my personal favorite warm-ups. This exercise is based around the double paradiddle. Please note, when practicing this the notes should all sound like perfectly consistent sixteenth notes (with accents where written). You will need to subdivide for this rudiment. Along with [...]

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Paradiddle Stick Control Exercise

This lesson is one of my favorite warm ups, and all around exercise. I developed this exercise around the Single Paradiddle, and a few variants of it. The Paradiddle is a key rudiment that a lot of drummers use in writing fills, and groves all together! Some things to take in note, when practicing this [...]

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40 PAS Drum Rudiments

The Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments consist of the traditional 26 rudiments along with a number of drum corps, orchestral, European, and contemporary drum rudiments. These are broken into sections, Single stroke rolls and specialty strokes. Double stroke rolls, Flams, and Drag rudiments. Lets begin with the Single Stroke and Specialty Stroke Rudiments: Here [...]

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