Some Thoughts on Push Pull Drumming Technique

In this installment of The Thinking Drummer, I take a little look at Push/Pull aka Open/Close hand technique. It’s something that I’ve been working on seriously for several months now. Let’s talk about what it is, what the possibilities are, and how you can learn it. First of all, I’ve

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A New Kind of Rock Drumming Independence Part 1

If you’re looking for something interesting and new to work on in the new year, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re going to dig into a new independence idea that I’ve seen Dave DiCenso use in some of his solos. If you don’t know about him, you have

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Drumspeak With Neil Peart

Is Neil Peart one of the greatest all-time drummers? Absolutely. Did he find that there were some things about his playing that he wanted to improve? Yes, absolutely. I find it inspirational that Neil would not find it below him to go take some drum lessons, even at his level

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Developing The Single Stroke Roll, 3

Here’s yet another set of exercises to help you with your singles. These focus on short bursts of singles that are triplet and sixteenth note based. Check the upper left hand corner of the worksheet for information on what tempos you should be working towards. There’s not that much else

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Understanding Half Note Triplets

That quirky rhythmic figure–the half note triplet–has confounded beginning drum students (and music students in general) for eons. In this post, we’ll dispel the mystery by explaining everything you need to know. Let’s dive right in. To understand how the half note triplet works, you need to use the eighth

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Paradiddle Cheat Sheet 1

Master the hand patterns of paradiddles effortlessly with this helpful cheat sheet. Perfect for beginner drummers looking to improve their skills.

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