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Drums and Music Blog

Drums, Music, and Loops.

Browse my drums and music blog below to find free drum lessons, articles about the music industry and musicianship, and free drum loops. You’ll also find other fun content such as the occasional review, and news.

I believe in quality content, and you’ll see my educational articles have been published by magazines such as Modern Drummer, whilst the lessons based on my book Concepts, published by Hudson Music.

I hope you enjoy my drums and music blog, and if you’d like to learn to play drums, you can also check out my drum lessons. Or, if you’re looking for a drummer to play on your songs, explore my remote recording services.

DRUM LESSON: DRUMMING INDEPENDENCE

DRUM LESSON: DRUMMING INDEPENDENCE

As drummers one of the skills we look to develop is drumming independence. By this of course we mean, broadly-speaking, the ability to play multiple rhythms at once, or also being able to play notes between beats to spice up grooves and fills. To me, this is one of...

TIPS TO PRACTICE YOUR PARADIDDLE CHOPS

TIPS TO PRACTICE YOUR PARADIDDLE CHOPS

In this post we take a look at some tips to help you develop your Paradiddle chops using the "outward" Paradiddle inversion (RRLR LLRL).   PARADIDDLE MELODIES Every sticking has melodies hidden inside them. These are useful because they help us think of "dry...

DEAD DRUM LOOP WITH RINGY SNARE: FREE DOWNLOAD

DEAD DRUM LOOP WITH RINGY SNARE: FREE DOWNLOAD

Thanks for checking out this month's free dead drum loop @ 86 BPM download: this one's got a nice and open, ringy snare and a tambourine on the hats for extra flavour! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops. You can also sign up to my mailing list to...

Should I play drums barefoot or with shoes?

Should I play drums barefoot or with shoes?

In this blog post we explore whether to play drums barefoot vs play wearing shoes; the debate rages on!   POP QUIZ! Why don’t we start off by getting you to answer the questions below?   Question: Would you wear Answer Jeans to the bath or shower?   Thick...

ODD TIME DRUM LOOP: 7/8 GROOVE

ODD TIME DRUM LOOP: 7/8 GROOVE

Thanks for checking out this month's free odd time drum loop download: this one's in 7/8! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops. You can also sign up to my mailing list to receive a one every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up at...

The Only Way Out Is Through: Groove Breakdown

The Only Way Out Is Through: Groove Breakdown

I recently posted a fun 1 minute track called The Only Way Out Is Through. It caught some drummers' attention, so I thought I'd offer a quick breakdown of the grooves that shape the entire piece. MELODY: INVERTED PARADIDDLE (RRLR LLRL) The basic melody of the groove...

Heel Toe Technique: Pro tips

Heel Toe Technique: Pro tips

Here’s a quick drum lesson about with pro tips to help you nail the Heel Toe technique! It’s not as tricky as you think it is, and once you get it you can’t unlearn it, so let’s dive straight into it.   WHAT IS THE HEEL TOE TECHNIQUE? It's a technique that helps...

SAMBA DRUM BEAT – FREE DOWNLOAD

SAMBA DRUM BEAT – FREE DOWNLOAD

Thanks for checking out this month's free drum groove download: Samba Drum Beat loop! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops. You can also sign up to my mailing list to receive a one every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up at the...

MASSIVE ATTACK TEARDROP DRUM LOOP

MASSIVE ATTACK TEARDROP DRUM LOOP

Thanks for checking out this month's free drum beat download: the Massive Attack Teardrop drum loop! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops, and sign up to my mailing list to receive a one every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up...

CREATIVE DRUM BEAT AT 87 BPM: FREE LOOP DOWNLOAD

CREATIVE DRUM BEAT AT 87 BPM: FREE LOOP DOWNLOAD

Thanks for checking out this month's free drum beat download! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops, and sign up to my mailing list to receive a one every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up at the bottom of the page. And of...

Christmas Gifts For Drummers 2021

Christmas Gifts For Drummers 2021

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR DRUMMERS 2021 Is there a special drummer in your life? Not sure what to get ‘em for Christmas? Here are some great Christmas gifts for drummers 2021! I mean, I hate to say it but the festive season is approaching fast, and as a drummer...

3 Top Tips for Teaching Drums to a Child with SEN

3 Top Tips for Teaching Drums to a Child with SEN

TEACHING A CHILD WITH SEN   You know, teaching drums to many a child with SEN (Special Educational Needs) isn’t something I ever intended to do a lot of, yet I’ve had the opportunity to teach my fair share. Similarly, it’s also not something I ever expected to...

BLACK BEAUTY SNARE: FREE DRUM LOOP

BLACK BEAUTY SNARE: FREE DRUM LOOP

Thanks for checking out this month's Black Beauty Snare free drum loop! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops, and sign up to my mailing list to receive a one every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up at the bottom of the page....

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome Do you get imposter syndrome? It sucks, doesn’t it… Not sure what I’m talking about? It’s that deep-seated doubt in your skills, talents or achievements and the fear that people will find out you’re a fraud. It’s essentially a thought pattern, one...

Tambourine and Cowbell Drum Loop!

Tambourine and Cowbell Drum Loop!

Thanks for checking out this month's free drum loop! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops, and sign up to my mailing list to receive a one every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up at the bottom of the page. And of course, if...

Keith Carlock Lick-Inspired Groove Drum Lesson

Keith Carlock Lick-Inspired Groove Drum Lesson

Thanks for checking out this Keith Carlock drum lesson! You can find other great, free drum lessons throughout my blog. Also, sign up to my mailing list to receive a free drum lesson every month. Head to my drum lessons page and sign up at the bottom of the page....

Drum Beats Online: Massive, Wide Open Snare

Drum Beats Online: Massive, Wide Open Snare

Thanks for checking out my free drum beats online! Explore my blog to download other free drum loops, and sign up to my mailing list to receive a free drum loop every month. Head to my remote recording sessions page, and sign up at the bottom. And of course, if you'd...

Alice In Chains’ Dam That River Drum Chart

Alice In Chains’ Dam That River Drum Chart

Thanks for checking out this drum lesson on Alice In Chains' classic 1992 track Dam That River. Read some of the background below, make sure to read the tips that will help you nail the song's feel, and download the free PDF transcription below.   ALICE IN CHAINS...

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