In this free drum lesson, I break down one of the basic building blocks of drumming: the flam. What is a flam? How can you ensure you’re playing it correctly? And how can you use it on the snare drum or the full drum kit? Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more free drum lessons!
The best musicians in the world are also the best practicers. But finding the time to practice is often harder than the actual practice. In this video, I demonstrate one of my favorite practice concepts that doubles my gains and cuts my practice time in half. Check it out!
Ok, sorry for the cheesy headline. I’ve been back stateside for a couple of days and I thought the best way to update everyone on my trip to Guatemala was through a blog post. So here goes . . .
The trip was everything I hoped it would be: inspiring, life changing, perspective switching, and soul stirring. Jimmy and Shelly Dinsmore hosted me on my trip. Jimmy runs the Kekchi Bible Institute, a school where local men and their families learn to be Christian pastors in the Peten Department of Guatemala.
The backside of the KBI with the married family houses in the back
Inside Pedro’s house at KBI
Sheet Music: http://www.phatmandrums.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/six-stroke-roll-builder.pdf
The final video in the series of rudimental “builders” focuses on the 6-Stroke Roll. This is one saucy little lick that can propel you into some crazy solo ideas. Be sure to check it out!
Remember: Slower than you have to, longer than you need to!
Sheet Music: http://www.phatmandrums.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Paradiddle-diddle-Builder.pdf
The second of the rudiment “builder” lessons, this video focuses on playing paradiddle-diddles faster and even applying them to the drum kit.
Sheet Music: http://www.phatmandrums.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Paradiddle-Builder.pdf
This video is all about breaking down and building up your speed with paradiddles. Remember to take it slow to start and gradually add speed. Slower than you have to, longer than you need to!
Rudiment (according to the dictionary): a basic principle or element or a fundamental skill.
Rudiment (according to Phatman Drums): the vegetables of drumming. You don’t always like learning them, but you can’t grow into a stronger drummer without them.
Have you ever really sat down and thought about the drum rudiments? Why are there 40? Who decided those are the best sticking patterns and techniques to learn? And what about Hybrid Rudiments? And don’t even get me going about the names! I mean pataflafla? Really?
!!!Warning!!! Controversial article coming! Brace for impact!
I love band! I grew up in band. I learned to love drumming in band. And I learned all the bandy stuff you’re supposed to learn in band: teamwork, self discipline, appreciation for the arts, hard work, etc… Heck, I even met my wife in band (ah, that magical bus ride home from marching festivals)! Band was as close to a sport as I ever got. And that’s my point… Continue reading
I was scrolling through some old posts and came across this one about Steve Gadd using paradiddles in a groove. I had some fun dusting off the groove and I felt like the post deserved an update. So here you go! Continue reading
Evelyn Glennie is one of the premier classical percussionists in the world. If you don’t know her story, check out these videos. There also some amazing insight on her approach to each piece she performs. Don’t miss these, they’re really well done!