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Exploring the “& ah”

This lesson explores adding a syncopated crash on the "&" of beat 4.

Orchestrating a Syncopated Rhythm

Learn six drum fills based on the same rhythmic pattern. The re-orchestration technique allows you to create many drum fills with different flavors.
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Syncopated ‘E’ Drum Fills

This lesson explores four drum fill ideas that feature the crash and bass to accent the Es.

Syncopated Sixteenths Rock Grooves

This syncopated groove plays the bass drum along with all of the sixteenth notes on the hi-hat. Be sure to play all of the hi-hat strokes with your right stick (or left with a left-handed setup).
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Wrapping Your Head Around Syncopated Notation

To a lot of drummers, syncopated notation (and playing the notation, for that matter) seems to be an alien concept. However, taking a step back to examine a few of the most common syncopated patterns can ease our syncopated woes. They're not as difficult to read as they may appear at first glance.

Have Some E Ands

This groove uses a funky, syncopated sixteenth note ostinato on the hi-hat.

Syncopated Hi-Hat and Bass Drum – Drum Beat

We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.

Simple Man – Lynyard Skynyrd – Verse

This two-measure groove is heard throughout the verse sections of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" – a fan favourite from the band's debut album "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd" (1973).

Hold Back the River – James Bay

This tribal groove appears in the second chorus of Hold Back the River (1:30). The right-hand rides in eighth notes on the floor tom – the left-hand plays the snare on beat 2, the 'and-of-3' and the high tom on the 'and-of-4'. Drummer, Gerry Morgan plays plenty of variations of this core rhythm throughout the song.

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin – Verse

This beat is heard throughout the second verse (0:57), then again in the third verse – embellished with crash cymbals and fills (3:22). Notice how the syncopation in beat 4 perfectly matches the guitar riff. This is a great groove for developing your ghost notes and displaced back beat skills.
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Syncopated Hi-Hat

In this lesson, learn a cool drum beat that uses syncopated hi-hat, snare and bass drum strokes.
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Drum Fill #10 – Standard Syncopated Sixteenths

Our 10th Friday Drum Fill Lesson focuses on the standard syncopated sixteenth note drum fill.
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Drum Fill #7 – Keeping It Syncopated

Keeping in-line with this week's Wednesday Pad Exercise, this fill pattern is syncopated.

The Pad – Exercise 5

Our 5th The Pad Exercise concentrates on syncopation. Appreciate those Es and Ahs!
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Syncopated 9/8 Grooves

In this drum lesson, learn a funky beat played in 9/8, techniques for counting 9/8, and also some cool variations of the 9/8 groove.

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