We've all got that go-to beat that we play first every time we sit down at the kit. Here's my most recent go-to beat. For whatever reason, I've been attached to this groove lately. It's a lot of fun to play and is full of ghost strokes. What could be better than that?
This lesson takes a syncopated drum fill pattern and moves it around the kit. There are a lot of possibilities with this pattern. Try moving this pattern around the kit in your own ways to create more grooves.
Slapping the open hi-hat on the up-beats throughout the chorus really lights this song up. Further building that fun sounding energy, this groove uses a triplet swing feel (or sixteenth-notes to broken-sixteenth-note-triplets metric modulation, for those of us drum geeks!).
This week's The Pad exercise takes the sticks to two surfaces. You can use a second practice pad to replace the rim strokes. If you don't have a second pad, setting up an old book or pillow works, too.