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Monster Drum Fill

Learn an advanced two-measure sextuplet drum fill played between the kick, snare, hi-hat, and floor tom. The sticking pattern consists of a number of sixteenth-note triplet ideas that can be orchestrated or rearranged in a number of ways around the kit.
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Funky Drum Beat Inspired by James Brown’s, Super Bad

Learn a lovely four-measure loop that draws inspiration from the bridge section of James Brown's funky track, "Super Bad."
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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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Fun Jazz Independence Exercises

Learn four patterns from Ted Reed's Progressive Steps to Syncopation.
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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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Rock & Pop Drum Fill – Intermediate Level

Learn a two-measure drum fill for intermediate level drummers. The fill is meant to be played at high tempos in a rock or pop context. The pattern is predominantly between the kick, snare, and hi-hat with choked hi-hats occurring throughout.
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5 Great Beginner Drum Fills

This lesson explores 5 great drum fills simple enough for a newer player but slick enough for everyone to enjoy.
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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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Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lick

Happy New Year drummers! For the first lesson of the year, we've got a two-part drum fill lesson for intermediate to advanced players.
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How To Play ‘Song 2’ By Blur

This lesson takes a look at the verse and chorus and drum beats from the 90s Indie Rock classic Song 2 by Blur.

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