Drum Lesson tagged with ‘Nick’s Drum Lessons’

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“Paper Planes” M.I.A. – Drum Lesson


Here’s my tutorial on this great two bar linear beat used in the M.I.A. song “Paper Planes!” Love this song and I have so much fun playing it as a linear groove. Linear drumming is when no two limbs overlap on top of each other, and never causes a compound note. By not playing two notes at the same time it causes the beat to flow in a unique way. This technique is used often in Fusion music. Players such as; Steve Gadd, Terry Bozzio and Dennis Chambers are just a few of the many top notch drummers who demonstrated this technique in well known songs.

Enjoy “Paper Planes!”

Paper Planes



“Green Onions” Booker T and the MG’s – Drum Lesson


“Green Onions” by Booker T and the MG’s  is an easy groove drums! Al Jackson Jr was the drummer and he kept it simple, clean and memorable. It’s just quarter notes on the Ride Cymbal, “2” and “4” on the Snare and Hi-Hat(left foot). Finally an “1′  “ah 3” on the Bass Drum. Enjoy!

Booker T





Rudiments – Full List

Here’s my complete list of Rudiments! Rudiments are the drummer’s version of scales. They are named stickings in which we build patterns and help orchestrate our movements around our instrument. There’s a long standing tradition of playing Rudiments slow to fast and then back to slow. Here’s my issue with that. What’s the most common complaint about drummers? “They can’t keep time.”  Well playing a Rudiment slow and then gradually fast is not helping us correct that.  I want to be the one to end this old school thought process. In my method, you stick to one tempo and play the Rudiments within all it’s possible rhythms. For example: Single Stroke Roll. Start with Quarter Notes, 8th, 16th and then finally 32nd notes and back down.  Now you are not only learning the Rudiment  but you are learning them in a set tempo to develop a great sense of “time.”  If you find you struggle with the 16th and 32nd notes then concentrate on Quarters and 8th. After getting better with those, add 16th to the cycle. Once comfortable, add 32nd to the previous 3 measures.


Click on this or the PDF icon above to get access to 5 pages of Rudiments!