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Stevens Four Mallet Grip Tutorial

Today we feature our favorite four-mallet grip, the Stevens Grip, in our series.




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Groove Of The Month – August 2017

“Maps” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2003 – Brian Chase – 120 bpm This month’s groove is an interesting take on the 3-3-2 that comes to us from Brian Chase and Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2003 hit “Maps.” A 3-3-2 is a 4/4 groove that instead of dividing the pulse into four quarters or a faster…




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Publication – Traditional Cross Grip

Today is the first in a series of three on the most popular four mallet grips. We start with the oldie but okayie ‘Traditional Cross-Grip!’




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Percussion In Pop Culture – Hired Gun

A look at the newly released documentary about live and studio musicians   Percussion In Pop Culture is about those rare times when the drummer gets to step out from behind the kit and into the spotlight.




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Teaching Tips – You’re The Student

A studio I teach at has a policy where if I can’t make a lesson, if at all possible that lesson gets subbed by another teacher who works at the store. It’s not an uncommon thing, and besides some of the details of how the policy is applied at this particular studio, I like the…




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Publication – Blues Scale

To add to our 12 bar blues progression handout we decided to add in an easy chart explaining the Blues Scale to help mallet players with their beginning improvisation skills.               Also, I know we missed our publication last month, we’re going to double up in August!  




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Groove Of The Month – June 2017

“My Wave” – Soundgarden – 1994 – Matt Cameron – 126 bpm This month’s groove is comes to us from Soundgarden’s 1994 masterpiece Superunknown. Matt Cameron is a master of odd time signatures and “My Wave” is the perfect doorway in for a student new to that concept. This is what I call an additive…




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Groove Of The Month – May 2017

“Young Folks” – Peter, Bjorn, and John – 2006 – John Eriksson – 138bpm This month’s groove is Swedish group Peter, Bjorn, and John’s 2006 hit “Young Folks.” This song has a straight ahead eighths groove with snares ghosted around in a fairly common pattern. During the intro, chorus’ and outro however, there is a…




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Note Reading Chart

This month’s free publication is an easy note reading chart. It is a great companion to our Beginning Bell Kit/Five Note Songs page.




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Groove Of The Month – April 2017

“Foreclosure Of A Dream” – Megadeth – 1992 – Nick Menza – 136 bpm This month our groove comes to us from the chorus of Megadeth’s “Foreclosure Of A Dream.” This was the first double bass song I heard as a young inexperienced drummer that wasn’t an unapproachable display of speed and stamina, and still…