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Two-Handed 16th Note Grooves on Drumset

Earlier this year, Alfred Music invited me to contribute a lesson to their Ledger Lines educational blog. I wanted to share it here for any drumset students and/or teachers who might be reading! A number of groove exercises are included in the article, as well a...

11s sticking

Wanted to share a quick little rhythmic somethin’-somethin’ with you here! This has been my recent default when sitting down at a pad to warmup. An 11-note sticking (22 in all, before repeating)… RLLRRLRLLRR LRRLLRLRRLL One way to think of it is as a...

Check Your Gig Triangle

Modern Drummer Magazine occasionally has the Education Team they’ve assembled weigh in on a variety of topics. Most recently: what advice each member would give to a student who’s considering pursuing a career in the music industry. Drummers Mike...

Antonio Sanchez on Having Superhero Technique

Antonio Sanchez. If you’re a drummer, you’ve likely heard of him. If you’re not, or somehow haven’t, you’ve still almost definitely heard him. From his solo jazz percussion composition work for the film Birdman . . . to his mind-blowing...

Setting Unrealistic Deadlines

Useful to all of us – whether in our musical lives, work and other professional endeavors, or day-to-day personal goals – is a principle called Parkinson’s Law. In a 1955 article in The Economist, C. Northcote Parkinson stated that: “Work expands so as to...