Using a Melody To Create A Groove and Fill

Using a Melody To Create A Groove and Fill

Thanks for checking out this video drum lesson about Using a Melody To Create A Groove and Fill.

In this video we get creative by taking a simple 1 bar melody and going through process of adding bass drums, ghost notes, and accent patterns to create the groove and fills in the video.

Download the FREE PDF below to learn the how to play this, and the concepts and processes applicable to make it happen so can use it with your own ideas to get more juice out what you already know!

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Thanks again, and enjoy!

Nick

Using a Melody To Create A Groove and Fill

Single Paradiddle Sextuplet Fill Ideas

Thanks for checking out this Single Paradiddle Sextuplet Fill Ideas video drum lesson.

In this video we get creative with a Single Paradiddle by applying a few concepts to it, in this case changing the Subdivision and using accents to create fun fills. You can download a FREE PDF to learn the how to play this, and the concepts and processes applicable to make it happen so can use it with your own ideas to get more juice out what you already know!

Go check out the full video on YouTube HERE

Download the free PDF HERE

If you dig this, make sure to check out my book Concepts by clicking on this link: www.drummingconcepts.com 

Thanks again, and enjoy!

Nick

Groovy half-time Paradiddle fill [Drum Lesson]

Groovy half-time Paradiddle fill [Drum Lesson]

Thanks for checking out this Groovy half-time Paradiddle fill video lesson.

Here we’re going to apply the concepts of Replacement and Modulation to a Single Paradiddle to create this groovy fill. Grab your FREE PDF here to learn the how to play this, and the concepts and processes applicable to make it happen so can use it with your own ideas to get more juice out what you already know!

Go check out the full video on YouTube HERE

Download the free PDF HERE

If you dig this, make sure to check out my book Concepts by clicking on this link: www.drummingconcepts.com 

Thanks again, and enjoy!

Nick

Awesome Funk Groove [Drum Lesson]

Awesome Funk Groove [Drum Lesson]

Thanks for checking out this Awesome Funk Groove video lesson.

In this creative video drum lesson we’re going to use the concept of Permutation to come up with an awesome funk groove. Grab the PDF below to learn the groove, but most importantly, apply the concepts and processes in this lesson to your own ideas to get more juice out what you already know!

Go check out the full video on YouTube HERE

Download the free PDF HERE

If you dig this, make sure to check out my book Concepts by clicking on this link: www.drummingconcepts.com 

Thanks again, and enjoy!

Nick

Spice Up Your Fills: Applying the Augmentation Concept

Spice Up Your Fills: Applying the Augmentation Concept

This blog and free drum lesson shows you a way to spice up your fills by applying the augmentation concept.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, you know, the whole thing about getting more out of stuff you already know? Well, it’s true! There’s so much juice you can squeeze out of things you already have in your toolbox (yes, I’ve just mixed metaphors).

If you’re not convinced by this idea, think of the licks that you already know, and how long it’s taken you to make them truly yours. They’ve been filtered through your “style filter” and personality, having practiced and played them countless times. Now think how easy it would be to change one aspect of this stuff and make it totally fresh; sounds great, right? The best part is that it will still sound like you, as you’re not reinventing the wheel.

The concept we’re going to apply here is augmentation; it’s easy to understand and apply. As the name suggests, it refers to adding something extra in order to, in this context, beef it up. So, we’re going to take a couple of linear ideas that I like, and augment them by doubling up a bass drum note. This will make them sound more “impressive”, but more importantly to help expand our phrasing.

Note that the examples in this article are a couple of phrases in my toolbox. Incorporate this idea into your own phrases, that’s the whole point here. That said, do feel free to learn the examples in the PDF, of course!

Now, allow me to be old and boring for a second here but, remember, never play something just for the sake of it. Be purposeful and make wise choices; both audiences and band mates will thank you for it.

So! Go ahead, use this free drum lesson and spice up your fills applying the augmentation concept. Download the PDF below.

If you liked this article, my new book, Concepts: A Guide to Essential Processes for the Modern Drummer is all about this. If you’re interested, please check it out and get yourself a copy HERE!

Thank you,

Nick x

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Developing Phrasing Ideas Part 2

Developing Phrasing Ideas Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of this free drum lesson about developing phrasing ideas using doubles on the bass drum over double strokes.

Like the exercises in Part 1, these are based on the concept of permutation, which gives us lots of practical mileage as it’s very multifunctional. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, you can read more about it in my new book Concepts or dive deep into it with David Garibaldi’s Future Sounds.

Getting stuck in you will 

  • Create fun and interesting grooves and licks
  • Gain a deeper understanding of hand / foot interplay
  • Develop increased control of hand and foot technique, time, and general co-ordination

Let’s do this

We’ll start where we left off by mixing things up, and combine patterns together to further explore possibilities. Check out Examples 1 and 2 to give you an idea, then come up with your own.

In Examples 3 and 4 we’ll use a 32nd note rate to play the same ideas, and explore the phrasing ideas developed in the context of a groove. This will help us achieve a Steve Gadd-like vibe or, depending how you choose to orchestrate your ideas, Gospel style chops.

As usual pay attention to your time, technique, and co-ordination. Remember to start slowly (perhaps 70BPM), to get the full benefit.

If you’ve enjoyed this free drum lesson, please share with other drummers!

Thank you,

Nick x

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DEVELOPING PHRASING IDEAS PT.2 PDF