Thursday, October 25, 2012

Question on Easy Linear Triplet Pattern

I had a question come in on this lesson, and it's a problem I had when I was coming up and learning basic subdivisions.  Thought the discussion might benefit some of you guys as well.

"Hi stephen, hows it going bro? got a question on this fill. cant seem to catch or feel the fill when i try to input the fill in over the beat. it confuses the heck outta me! how is counted? im thinking cuz its triplet fill in a eigth note feel it's counted like this (1 e ah 2 e ah 3 e ah 4 e ah) but i could be wrong. is there something i can do to get this corrected. really cool fill and i'd love to get it down! thanks for your time Stephen!"

What's up John!

Great to hear from ya man!  To your question...

Yes, this is a triplet fill over a duple time signature.  It's naturally gonna feel "weird"...or naturally have a push and pull to it.  You can count triplets "1 e ah, 2 e ah, 3 e ah, etc" but that gets confusing to me (since you also count 16ths "1 e & ah, 2 e & ah, etc).  I prefer to count them "1 la lee, 2 la lee, 3 la lee, 4 la lee".  That way there are different sounds for different subdivisions.  The easiest thing to do to get this to feel right is to play 3 bars of groove and then play a simple alternating triplet fill between the hands for a measure and back into the groove.  It's natural to have a hard time "feeling" triplets in 4/4 time.  I had trouble with it for the longest when I was coming up.  Once you get that to feel natural, then I would advance to an alternating triplet fill between the right hand and right foot (R-F-R-F-R-F etc).  Finally, once you've mastered that, I would then move on to the actual linear pattern that I break down in the lesson.

Don't know if any of that will help you get it under your belt, but hopefully it will!  Go Practice!!!


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 Essential Reggae Drum Fills Every Drummer Should Know

Keeping with the reggae theme we've got going on the YouTube channel this week, here's a lesson on 5 essential reggae drum fills that every drummer should know.  Simple and effective.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reggae Drumming How To - "She's Gone" by Bob Marley and The Wailers

Ever since I put my first online drum lesson up that addressed the Reggae One Drop, I've had requests to do a couple of follow ups.  So, here ya go.  A breakdown of the groove for "She's Gone" by Bob Marley and The Wailers.  Have fun mon!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Purdie Shuffle - Online Drum Lessons

I've NEVER had a lesson as requested as this one.  So, here ya go.  A simple breakdown of a really classic and applicable groove.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Linear Triplet Fill - Online Drum Lessons

A completely new online drum lesson for you to check out!  We're looking at a linear triplet pattern.  This is the debut lesson for the new studio, and as my way of saying "thanks" for all of the support I'm offering a 7 day free trial of the online drum lessons that I stream on my website.  This is your chance to check them out, hang with some of the other students, and see if they might be a fit for you and your drumming.  I'd love to see you in there!  Now GO PRACTICE!!!

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