Educational

This page contains a selection of free online lessons. You will find links to YouTube videos, PDFs and backing tracks. The lessons presented here are for a range of playing abilities and are not planned as a structured course. Students attending my 1 to 1 lessons can of course expect an organised course of lessons aimed at their individual needs.

Notation guide

Fills

  • RRL Lick – Get Creative with Just Three Notes     pdf   |   video

Foot Technique

  • Triplet Bass Lick (Dennis Chambers Style)     pdf  |   video

Grooves

  • Ghost Notes, part 1 – Rock “8-Beat” Feel     pdf   |  video
  • Ghost Notes, part 2 – Swung 8th Feel     pdf  |   video
  • Inverted Paradiddle Beats (RLLR LRRL)     pdf  |  video
  • Paradiddle-diddle Linear Grooves     pdf   |  video  |   audio

Miscellaneous

  • Get Inspired! – Develop Your Passion For Drumming     pdf

Music Theory

  • Time Signatures Explained     pdf

Play-Alongs

  • Will’s Jungle/DnB Play-Along     pdf  |   audio  |   video

Rudiments / Hand Technique

  • Drags: 3/4 Dragadiddle Exercise     pdf    
  • Single Stroke Roll: Alternating Lead, Bounce Workout     pdf
  • Swiss Ruff     pdf    

Snare Drum Pieces

  • Rainy Afternoon (feat. The 5-Stroke Roll)     pdf
  • Reading Exercise 1 – (beginner level)     pdf
  • Snare Duet No.1 – (beginner level)     pdf     audio: Full | Sn1 | Sn2
  • The Magic Pizza (feat. The 4-Stroke Ruff)     pdf

Time Exercises

These bass lines are designed to challenge your sense of time. In each track the bass line will drop out for a set number of bars, when this happens there is no click track to keep you in time.

  • Funk, 110bpm, 2 bar breaks         audio
  • Funk, 110bpm, 4 bar breaks         audio
  • Rock, 130bpm, 4 bar breaks         audio
  • Rock, 130bpm, 8 bar breaks         audio
  • Shuffle, 120bpm, 4 bar breaks     audio
  • Jazz, 160bpm, 12 bar breaks        audio

The following click tracks will gradually give you less and less information, making it harder and harder to stay in time.

  •  Click Challenge     bpm:     90   |  100  |   110   |  120   |  130   |  140   |  150  |   160

World Grooves

  • Afro-Cuban 6/8 – Double Paradiddle     pdf  |   video
  • Bossa Nova (Brazil)   pdf  |  video

. . .more coming soon