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Tom Groove – Should I Stay or Should I Go

This lesson explores the tom groove used in Should I Stay or Should I Go, including some ideas for re-orchestrating the rhythm around the cymbals.

Funky Drum Beat On The Toms – Intermediate

This lesson explores a funky drum beat on the toms. Aimed at intermediate-level drummers, the groove consists of a single stroke sticking around the kit with some choked hi-hat stabs, sixteenth-note triplets, and some thirty-second notes.

Cool Drum Beat On The Toms – Beginners to Intermediate

This week we're building a groove with the classic four-on-the-floor pulse.

Rock, Pop Triplet Drum Beat On The Toms For Beginners

Learn a sweet little tom groove for beginner drummers. The beat sounds much more complicated than it is to play.

Hard Times – Tom Groove

This lesson explores the main tom groove used in the song Hard Times by Paramore and introduces an off-beat hi-hat foot technique.

Three Levels of Dynamics with Castle on the Hill

Learn the main tom groove used in the chorus of Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran.

We Are – Karnivool

"We Are" is the lead single from progressive rock band Karnivool's third album, Asymmetry (2013).


This week's lesson takes it to the toms with a fun, pop-rock-sounding drum beat. The kick pumps away on each quarter note while the hands move around the kit with some syncopated tom work.

Creativity on the Toms

Learn some exercises and techniques to get the most out of your toms.

Atavachron – Allan Holdsworth Style

"Atavachron" is the title track from Allan Holdsworth's classic fusion album, released in 1986. It was his first album which featured the SynthAxe — a guitar-like MIDI controller.


For this week's lesson we have got a sweet tom groove using single stroke sextuplets. Enough said.

Syncopated Melodic Tom Groove

This tom groove features a syncopated melody. Tom grooves are cool and adding a simple melody to the groove can bring it to the next level.

21 Guns – Green Day – Chorus

"21 Guns" is an anti-war power-ballad by Green Day. It was nominated for two Grammys in 2010—in the categories of Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.

Cool Rock Beat on the Toms

For this week's lesson we have got a great sounding tom groove this is much trickier to play than it sounds. The left hand is playing the 1/4 notes between rack and snare while we have a nice bit of syncopation going on with the right hand on the floor tom. The groove has got a punk, rock feel to it and sounds best when played at high tempos.

‘R L F’ Pattern Between the Toms and Bass

This two-measure pattern is based on a three-note motif; played with the right stick, then the left stick, then the foot (RLF). To make the phrase groove in 4/4, the snare is played on the back-beats. The pattern is rhythmically interesting underneath, yet easy for fellow band members and listeners to follow.