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Quick Travis Barker Drum Lick

This week's lesson explores a quick drum fill in the style of Blink 182's stickman, Travis Barker. The fill can be played as either 16th notes (2 bars) or a single measure of 32nd notes.
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Intermediate Linear Groove

Learn a sweet linear groove ideal for intermediate level players. The pattern is a single measure of solid 16th notes between the kick, snare, and hi-hat, but experimentation with other orchestrations can get you a lot of mileage out of this single idea.
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Quick, Advanced Drum Fill

This lesson explores a slick single-measure drum lick consisting of sextuplets and sixteenth-note triplets orchestrated around the kit. Every beat uses a different sticking pattern between the hands and kick drum, with dynamics being the key to making this chop sound great.
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Cool, Fun Drum Fill or Solo Idea

This lesson borrows the sticking pattern from the previous lesson, combining a number of paradiddle variations to create a drum n bass style groove. In this lesson, we use the sticking pattern to create a more conventional drum fill between the kick, ride and snare. You could also loop this pattern and combine it with other ideas in a drum solo context.
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A Short But Sweet 32nd Note Drum Fill

Learn a short 32nd note drum fill over beats 1 & 2 and ending on beat 3 with a big fat snare hit. Beat 4 is rested. The idea is to create tension via a fast drum fill followed by a dramatic pause before returning to our groove.
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Awesome Independence Exercise – Grooves

This lesson explores one of my favorite exercises/warm-ups. This groove is a great way to work on your ghost strokes and double kicks. With all four limbs playing different patterns, it's an awesome independence workout, as well.
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Five Essential Intermediate Drum Fills

This lesson explores five cracking drum fills, all of which have featured in some of the world's greatest rock tracks. Each of these sticking patterns include the kick drum, which is the main focus for these intermediate level drum licks.
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Thunder & Hi-Hat Technique

Learn to play the chorus groove from Thunder by Imagine Dragons and a simple hi-hat technique to bring a new feel to your grooves.
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This Groove’s Got Groove

Learn a "cracking" little groove using a five-note sticking pattern (RLRRL) along with a six-note (RLRRLL) played between the snare and floor tom.
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Another Epic Tom Groove

This tom groove consists of single-stroke sixteenth notes with accents between the floor, high tom, and hi-hats. The kick maintains a four-on-the-floor pulse creating a nice interplay with the accents.
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Tasty Intermediate Drum Fill

Learn a two-measure linear drum fill perfect for intermediate level drummers.
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How To Play “I Miss You” by Blink 182

For this week's lesson we are breaking down the core groove from Blink 182's 'I Miss You' from their self titled album.
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A Fun, Bonham-Style Drum Solo Exercise

Learn a fun solo idea inspired by Led Zeppelin's ferocious drummer, John Bonham.
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Crashing The ‘& Ah’

This lesson extends last week's lesson called Exploring The & Ah.
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Advanced Drum Lick Idea

For this week's drum lesson we have got part 2 of our intermediate to advanced drum lick. If you can smoothly combine the idea from last week with this idea you have got yourself a sweet sounding, advanced 2 measure drum fill that includes a number of sticking patterns — including a cheeky little stepped hi-hat idea. I hope you enjoy it, and I would love to hear how you get on with it!

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