Online Drum Lessons

16th Note Accents

Sunday, March 24, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Technique

Accents are used to emphasise certain notes in a phrase.

This exercise is used to get you familiar with the 16 possible accent locations in the Master System.

You can find this exercise and more variations on page 21 of Basic Drum Kit Studies.

Practice each exercise with a metronome.

All non-accented notes are to be played as low as possible. All accented notes are to be played from a higher position, using the velocity of the stroke to create the accent.

Accents can also be played as rim shots by striking the snare rim (with the centre of the stick) and drum head (with the tip of the stick) at the same time.



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8th Note Rock Beats

Monday, March 18, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Grooves

In this lesson we're adding bass drum variations to the basic 8th note groove.

These are the kinds of grooves you will hear in many of your favourite rock and pop songs.

Practice these grooves between 80-120 bpm.

Count 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &.

In this exercise the bass and snare play through the master system with 8th notes and quarter notes.

The snare is always on counts 2 and 4, while the bass drum plays everything else.


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16th Note Fill Orchestrations

Sunday, March 10, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Fills

16th Note Fill Orchestrations

This weeks lesson comes from pages 64 and 65 of Basic Drum Kit Studies, using exercises 3 and 4.

We are working on half bar and one bar fills using 16th notes.

Once you have the basic fill under control, try the following orchestrations.

An orchestration is a musical term for using different instruments, or in this case different parts of the kit.

Basic - Play the fills as written along with the groove scribe links. Start slowly and gradually increase the tempo (30-120 bpm).

Intermediate - Play the fills as part of a 4 or 8 bar phrase. Experiment with different groove variations and play along to drumless tracks from Groove Essentials, Survival Guide (go to online resources) or a song of your choosing.

Advanced - Create your own orchestrations by entering them into groove scribe. Play along to drumless tracks from Groove Essentials or Survival Guide (go to online resources) and improvise the orchestrations while keeping to the original half bar or one bar format.