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  1. Module 5: Lesson 10

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    In the final lesson of the Module, Simon explains how to identify, read and count the most popular 16th note Triplet groupings. This is a new study area, and while these fills may not be as prominent as regular 8th and 16th note options, they are important to know, a lot of fun to play, and even more fun to orchestrate. While the video breaks down the three most popular groupings, the secret sauce here is in the audio file… Read More

  2. Module 5: Lesson 9

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    With so many popular songs written with triplet based drum beats, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of this style. Examining the form, counting and sticking behind both closed and open 8th note triplet beats, Simon demonstrates five popular variations in this video lesson. The audio files below give you 10 more challenging beats using the same hand patterns, but with different bass drum scenarios. To accompany this video, it’s recommended that you watch Module 1 – Notation 10… Read More

  3. Module 5: Lesson 7

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    Having spent time on the last two videos, you should now be ready to accept the next challenge! Swinging a 16th note groove is a milestone in learning to play the drums. After a quick introduction using only the hi hats, Simon demonstrates four popular 16th note hi hat groupings that will get you in the flow. We keep the bass drum super simple in the video so that we can focus on the swinging hi hats, but as always,… Read More

  4. Module 5: Lesson 6

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    Now you have the basic concept down, it’s time to throw in 16th note bass drum notes to create some killer grooves. As usual, we ease you in with five video examples, and you’ll find the 10 audio files below challenging and fun, as the complexity of the grooves get interesting! Once you’ve got this feel down, you’ll want to play it all the time, but as always, some patience and practice will be needed to get to the reward!… Read More

  5. Module 5: Lesson 5

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    For the first time, Simon discusses what makes a regular 8th note groove straight or swung. It’s a critical part of your musical awareness, as songs from just about every genre of music can have this subtle, but very cool nuance. It’s difficult to play along to a song that has a swung feel if you can’t differentiate it from a straight feel – so this video is essential viewing on the journey to making you a well rounded musical… Read More

  6. Module 5: Lesson 3

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    Sometimes the tempo of the song dictates that we have to play faster. Closed sticking can have its limitations at higher tempos, and that’s when open sticking becomes your new best friend. In this lesson, we take the popular 16th note hi hat groupings from Lesson 2, and approach them in a new way. The additional audio files below feature 10 more examples, and will show you how simple bass drum lines can work perfectly with these groupings, while still… Read More

  7. Module 5: Lesson 2

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    Throughout our previous Modules, you have seen many examples of 8th note and 16th note grooves – the very foundation of countless songs. For the first time, we are going to add popular 16th note groupings to the hi hats, to give you some more musical ideas. We’ve intentionally kept the bass drum simple and consistent in the video examples, but as always, have added 10 additional audio files that will push you a little further, and challenge your new… Read More

  8. Module 5: Lesson 8

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    It’s really important that, as musical drummers, we have an understanding of what a basic jazz beat is. We can’t master this genre in one video, but we can have a set of basic tools to get us through a situation where a jazz beat is needed. Even if you are not a fan of jazz, don’t miss this video, because aside from learning basic practical beats, it will test your four way coordination in new, fun and interesting ways.… Read More

  9. Module 5: Lesson 4

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    In this lesson, we say hello to our old friend, the rudimental drag. Having learned about them in this Special Feature Video, we have previously seen how to apply them musically to drum fills. Now the groove really kicks into a higher gear as we add this skill to our 8th note beats. Used commonly in just about every genre of music, these beats are stylish, sophisticated, and of course – initially challenging. Once you’ve got to grips with the… Read More

  10. Module 5: Lesson 1

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    After a quick chat on the goals of Module 5, we get straight into a new style. In this first lesson, Simon introduces you to the Hi Hat Upbeat groove! Although these beats have a distinctively funky feel, they are used in many genres of music. After a quick warm up exercise, we jump into five examples to explain the basic concept. Then, once you have mastered the video lesson, the additional 10 audio file exercises throw in some old… Read More