101 Ways to Practice Paradiddles (The Complete Guide)

The paradiddle is my favourite rudiment. The way that the pattern flips back & forth between lead hands gives a lot of character and can be used to great effect in drum grooves, drum fills, drum solos etc…. 

Today

The Alan Dawson Rudimental Ritual (pt. 2)

 

 

Here is an educational article that I wrote for Drumhead Magazine for their August 2019 issue.

Check for the video below for examples of each exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

Check the examples

How to Practice Drums without Drums (14 ways to do it)

I often have people contact me to take a couple of lessons before jumping in and buying a drumset. A topic that often comes up with these students is “How can I practice the drums without drums?”. I always welcome

Top 5 Drummers to Study in Each Genre

For all the drum teachers out there who offer private lessons to students of all ages and abilities, here is a resource you can use with your students when they ask about a genre of music that maybe is not

The Charley Wilcoxon Challenge

Charley Wilxoon is my absolute favourite snare drum composer, and is a favourite of many drummers worldwide. Today I wanted to talk about why I appreciate the work that Charley Wilcoxon put into the art of drumming, and into drum

How to Get Gigs

Booking gigs is a very time consuming and often frustrating process. We talk to dozens of venues, send emails, make phone calls, and usually don't hear anything back. And then there's the question of how to get paid gigs.

How to Practice Groove (for drummers)

Some people have it, some don't, that deep sense of groove that seems to be reserved only for a select few musicians. Steve Gadd, Clyde Stubblefield, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, these are just a few of my favourite groove

12 Minutes to Stronger Hands

One of the more commonly asked questions in my drum lessons is: “How do I strengthen my weak hand?”, or “What are some exercises to strengthen my weak hand?”. As most drummers are right-handed, they are usually referring to improving

What You Need to Get Started On the Drums

Do you want to start playing the drums but don’t know what to buy or where to look? Are you thinking about learning to play the drums on your own, but need help selecting the proper gear and methods? 

How to Reach the International Stage as a Touring Drummer

Reaching the international stage as a drummer, or as a professional musician in general, is extremely difficult, and an insane amount of work. Often times, even after putting in all of the required work to become an international superstar, there