Stone Killer Exercise

Here’s another exercise based on George Lawrence Stone teachings. The following hands workout is designed to build endurance, speed, and accuracy between your hands… a daily work routine useful to warm up before a gig or a studio session. In addition, put the accents on the downbeat or on the upbeat of every beat, it’s a … More Stone Killer Exercise

Ted Reed’s Syncopation – Jazz Interpretation (hi-hat in quarter note triplets)

It’s been a few weeks since my last post (since I’ve been working on different music projects), I’m back and for the next month I have interesting stuff to share with you: transcriptions, exercises and a book that I’m working on… But now here’s a very common Ted Reed method useful to develop your independence, that consists … More Ted Reed’s Syncopation – Jazz Interpretation (hi-hat in quarter note triplets)

Quintuplets Lesson – Part two

In the previous lesson I shared some exercises to master quintuplets, here’s the article: https://francisdrummer.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/quintuplets/ In this second lesson, I show you a system to play and interpret the exercises of the Ted Reed’s Syncopation (pages 38 to 45) using quintuplets with an alternate sticking (RLRLR LRLRL). What we’ll do is to read the pages of … More Quintuplets Lesson – Part two

Reed Interpretation: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter Rhythms

Ted Reed’s “Progressive Steps to Syncopation” (in particular the exercises in the middle of the book) is a great resource to study different things on drums: stickings, linear phrasing, coordination and music styles (jazz, latin, rock, shuffle, funk). There are many interpretations and the possibilities are endless…playing Afro-Cuban 6/8 moving the left hand around the … More Reed Interpretation: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter Rhythms

Murray Spivack technique

Murray Spivack was a Russian- born American sound engineer.He was also a drum teacher who’s students included Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, David Garibaldi, Phil Maturano, Josh Freese, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chuck Silverman, Chad Wackerman, Ed Shaughnessy and many more. Some years ago at his masterclass the drummer Phil Maturano (he also studied with Murray) spoke about … More Murray Spivack technique