Category : Chops

The study and development of short rhythmic phrases and ideas.

Singles 1

When approaching singles, the main thing to focus on is relaxing. Concentrate on directing relaxed energy to the wrists. Avoid built up tension in the upper body. Once mind and body are relaxed, there is more energy to focus on the singles. This lesson demonstrates singles in duple and triple starting at 100 bpm. The key is to work at things that are difficult such as faster singles. Beginning at a slower moderate speed using simple exercises and then building up to faster tempos are demonstrated. This lesson is not edited so you will see a little production chatter. 

The Flam

This demonstrates my style of dragged flams from being inspired by the late great Tony Williams. I use a vast assortment of chants, solos, and licks inserting flams. Flams literally create drama! Flams can set up something, end something, intensify a phrase or just be out there alone.

Oh What A Drag

Here is a demonstration of the drag sound at the end of the single stroke roll by using doubles at the very end of the roll. This is a continuation of “Drum Rolls”. This is one of my trademarks and something I rarely hear and see in the drum world.

Drum rolls 1

The beginning of this lesson demonstrates drum rolls over top a jazz swing groove. Single strokes are used to create the rolls with one double stroke at the tail end of each roll. Although most of the drum rolls begin with the right hand, they end with a double stroke with the left hand. Sometimes, a double kick is used at the end of the rolls for emphasis. Example: RLRLRLRLL or RLRLRLRLLKK