Guide To Roll Notation

This month’s free publication is our simple guide to the tricky world of roll notation!                      




Technology and Teaching – Teaching with the Yamaha EAD10

 A few months ago I started to see ads for the Yamaha EAD10, some form of new drum gadget that was supposed to make your kit sound better. Instantly I knew I wanted to see how that would effect the teaching studio. Overview EAD stands for Electric Acoustic Drum, and the system essentially consists…




Groove Of The Month – April 2018

“Hard To Handle” – Otis Redding – 1967 – Al Jackson, Jr. – 96 (192 bpm half time)  This month’s groove is “Hard To Handle”, no not the one you’re thinking of, the original “Hard To Handle”, by Otis Redding, with Al Jackson, Jr on drums. In fact, one of the best reasons to…




The GRID – Revised!

I know we just put out a grid last year, but over the year of really relying on my own version of it I realized how I was using it and what I could do to make it better, so for today we are releasing our new and improved grid!          …




Groove Of The Month – March 2018

“Express Yourself” – Charles Wright & The 103rd St. Rhythm Band – 1970 – James Gadson – 92bpm  This month’s groove comes to us from the king of the funky 16th note groove James Gadson and the classic “Express Yourself” recorded by Charles Wright and the 103rd St. Rhythm Band. This is also the…




Drummers You Should Know – Leon “Ndugu” Chancler

We were deeply saddened by the announcement on February 3rd that legendary drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler had passed away. While best known for his playing on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and specifically on the track “Billie Jean”, the news of his passing immediately reminded me of the first time I met him, and just how much…




Stroke Sound Types

To add to last month’s 4 stroke types handout and poster, we’re adding the stroke sound types to the mix! This handout gives a quick rundown of Singles, Doubles, and Buzzes, as well as the ‘advanced techniques’ of Multiples, Flams, and Drags, to round out the real basics of what one can do with a…




Standup For Drummers

We’re a little off of our normal schedule today, but we wanted to get this one out to you as soon as we finished it. Fred Armisen’s Standup For Drummers has been out exclusively on Netflix for a little over a week now. Armisen has said that it is made up of drummer humor but…




Groove Of The Month – February 2018

 “Prehistoric Dog” – Red Fang – 2009 – John Sherman – 150bpm This months groove comes to us from Portland stoner rockers Red Fang and their breakout song from 2009 “Prehistoric Dog.” As with many of our Grooves of the month, this song has many potential spots to be featured, but we’ll be looking…




I’m Not A … Musical Theater Guy

My interview with Matt Dudek about his life as a Musicial Theater drummer and his upcoming tour with the show A Night With Janis Joplin