There comes a point in every drummer’s life when they have outgrown rudimentary techniques. Everyone wants to challenge themselves.
The reason most of us are so drawn to our instruments is solely due to the fact that they are so complex and bring forth so many possibilities. Learning how to play the drums takes persistence, patience, and some good lessons..
There also comes a point when you may have hit ‘the wall’ and run out of new ways to challenge yourself. No matter what your reasoning for wanting to advance your skills and open your mind, these advanced drum lessons will help you do just that.
We will be taking an outside approach to doubles bass and snare using concepts such as odd time signature and syncopation. Get ready to have your body and musical spirit pushed to the limits!
Using Guitar Pro 6 to transcribe, this lesson involves the usage of odd drops in note value. Using only your bass pedals, we will also be exploring an uncommon time signature; 12/4. This exercise uses thirty second notes, sixteenth notes, and eight notes.
Notice the oddness of the groupings of notes. This exercise has a very progressive metal feel to it, utilizing experimental, yet functional, groupings. The twenty two thirty-second notes followed up by the four eighth notes makes for a very difficult exercise.
This exact tactic was employed to help you open your minds to drastic tempo changes and the ways that they can change the overall feel of the piece. It is important that you use a metronome to practice this exercise, starting off at around 80-100bmp.
This exercise is a lot more difficult. Using the snare to accent the thirty-second note bursts, this exercise could take you months to learn. The syncopated sixteenth notes in place of eighth notes make for an interesting flare, as well.
Not only is this exercise extremely difficult, it is also in an abnormal time signature; 7/4. Before you even sit at your kit for this one, try clapping out the beat to memorize the rhythmic pattern. Another highly progressive and jazz influenced exercise, the best way to approach playing this is to learn it in sections.
The first section is fairly attainable, but the last half after the third grouping of thirty second notes will take a lot of time and practice. This exercise was built to teach usage of odd rest placement and syncopation, as many modern experimental and progressive bands today use these techniques to add tremendously technical variation throughout their songs.
Our final lesson has a more improvisational feel to it. The piece doesn’t have a groove, but more of an experimental feel. Once more, this piece utilizes both odd rests and note groupings.
The hardest thing for a drummer to learn is to not always play like a drummer. If you listen to bands like Spiral Architect or Spastic Ink, you will see the full scale of this. When playing this last piece, as with the others, use a metronome, and be patient.
They may seem wild at first, but these pieces will be invaluable tools in helping you to create your own image as a drummer. Once you have mastered these exercises, your will find it easier to approach music from a whole new level.
#1 – Essential Snare Techniques And Drills You Need to Know
Most drummers use the snare drum as a method to keeping time but the use of the snare isn’t limited to only that. In this lesson, we will explore the different ways in which the snares could be used.
#2 – 3 Steps to Increase Your Level of “Drum-manship”
Do you want to get better at your drumming? Using 3 simple tips, we will give you the tools that will help you achieve a higher level of playing in no time.
#3 – Advanced Tom Tom Beats to Challenge Your Skills
Tom toms are often overlooked beyond the beginner beats. In this article, we will show you 2 examples of advanced tom tom patterns that will enable you to challenge yourself and have fun at the same time.
#4 – Drum Fills to Spice Up Your Playing
How do you breakaway from the repetitive beats and rhythms in songs? As drummers, we can apply fills and improvisations to spice up your style and create your own signature sounds.
#5 – 6 Common Traits Among Great Drummers
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Did you know that learning from the pros is one of the best ways to get educated and develop the skills that you already have? We list a series of positive traits that all great drummers should have.
#6 – Accented Semi Quavers Rhythms to Spice Up Your Style
The sixteenth note is very commonly found in different types of genres like speed metal, jazz, hard rock. Discover how you can make use of accented semiquavers to add dynamics into your playing.
#7 – Off Beat High Hat Rhythms For Additional Flair
Learning how to play an off beat can really add flair and uniqueness to your style due to the nature of the timing. Besides standing out with your own style, it can help you improve on your cymbal skills too.
#8 – Produce Unique Sounds With Advanced Cross Sticks Rhythms
Cross-sticking is an interesting way to create new sounds and tones. Not only is it easy to learn, it can also add a whole new library of complex rhythms to your arsenal.
#9 – The Benefits of the Moeller Method
The Moeller Method is one of the most versatile and useful technique that was ever created. Since the 19th century, it had stood the test of time and is regarded as an essential technique in every drummer’s skillset.
#10 – Creativity in Your Drum Beats
Whenever the discussion of improvisation and creativity is brought up by my students, I always tell them that they need to keep an open mind and experiment with things that they had never tried before.
#11 – Imagination And Identity
If you want to establish your own unique style for people to identify you with, it is time to start thinking outside the box. Setting yourself apart from other drummers is the best way to build up your reputation.
#12 – 7/8 Grooves And Unconventional Time Signatures
When we talk about odd timings, many drummers cringe at the thought of expanding their play to new areas of music. In 7/8 measures, it can create an impression of unfinished music and help expand your musical knowledge.
#13 – Basic Syncopated Grouping Patterns
Syncopation patterns can be attained through the additional off-beat strokes in a bar of music. This changes up the groove by making it slightly un-ordered and the trick here is to make it sound natural.
Successful Drumming is a step-by-step program which builds on each lesson and holds you by your hand as you learn. You can easily track your progress and see the improvements you made overtime.