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PART 1 - GRIP, BASS DRUM TECHNIQUE, POSTURE AND POSITIONING.

We answer some common questions on how to hold your sticks, how to use the bass drum pedal, maintaining good posture, and how to position your drums. This Special Feature shows you a practical grip to use to start your drumming adventure, two popular bass drum techniques, tips for maintaining good posture to keep healthy and be efficient on the drum set, and we answer some very common questions on the positioning of your set up. As always, Simon walks you step by step through the process, in easy, manageable segments.

 

PART 2 - DEVELOPING FINGER CONTROL.

Simon explains the relationship between fingers and stick control, pointing out common challenges for beginner drummers, and opportunities to improve this vital area of technique. It is highly recommended that you view the grip section in the accompanying Special Feature Video before applying the tips you see in this video.

 

PART 3 - STICK TRICKS AND SHOWMANSHIP.

Showmanship definitely has it's place in drumming, and in this video, we show you how to spin your drum sticks. Simon also references drummers that tastefully blend showmanship with the most important task of all - being a musical, solid drummer. His examples are Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean) and the late, great John Blackwell Jr (Price, Justin Timberlake). Have fun, and enjoy the challenge!

 

PART 4 - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TRADITIONAL GRIP.

Simon demonstrates the "Traditional Grip", including an explanation of the evolution of this technique, practical application, and some pointers on how to practice. In the introduction, some prominent drummers are mentioned that are considered Masters of the traditional grip. For your reference, these include Thomas Lang, Steve Smith, Keith Carlock and Cindy Blackman. Check out some YouTube footage of these great drummers - they take this approach to the next level!

 

PART 5 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - SINGLE STROKES.

Drum set rudiments are a series of sticking patterns that build control on the drum set, and help fine-tune your technique. They can also be used creatively in fills and grooves, and help make us a musical drummer. In this video, Simon takes you through the single stroke, including tips on practicing, developing technique, working with a metronome, and some realistic goals and expectations.

 

PART 6 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - DOUBLE STROKES, SLOW.

Continuing our theme on the "core-four" rudiments, we introduce you to one of the most versatile rudiments on the drums set; the double stroke. You can add so much musicality to your drum fills and grooves by learning and applying these strokes. There are two types of double strokes: picked doubles, and bounced doubles. This video covers the picked double, which is essential to fine tune the technique at slower tempos. Remember, a good fast double stroke does not happen unless the foundation has been set - this video addresses that very foundation.

 

PART 7 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - DOUBLE STROKES, FAST.

This episode covers the bounced double, which is the key to faster double strokes, and ultimately, a double stroke roll. In order to get the most out of this video, you will have already familiarized yourself with the picked double, the single stroke, and finger control videos. Have fun!

 

PART 8 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - FLAMS.

The flam is a great rudiment to embellish your drum fills, and is also a great stick control exercise. In this video, Simon shows you how to develop the technique to play smooth, balanced, and effective flams. As always, we discuss technique, practice and application. In the commentary, we refer to "dynamic strokes" and these are further discussed at length in Module 1, Lesson 20.

 

PART 9 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - DRAGS.

In the final installment of our "core four" rudiment series, Simon discusses the rudimental drag. Find out how combining a single stroke with a double stroke can give you some impressive results! Since this rudiment requires a good understanding of the slow and fast double strokes, we recommend that you take a moment to view Part 6 (slow, picked double strokes) and Part 7 (faster, bounced double strokes).

 

PART 10 - PARADIDDLE POWER.

The rudimental Paradiddle is a great opportunity to refine your technique, while giving you some very interesting groove and fill ideas at the same time. Since this rudiment is made up of single strokes and double strokes, it is recommended that you view the previous videos on these topics to give you the best preparation. The Paradiddle sticking is R L R R L R L L. Have fun, and don't forget to reach out if you need help!

 

PART 11 - FLAM ACCENTS.

Continuing our theme of "the best of the rest", Simon introduces you to the rudimental Flam Accent. This triplet based rudiment combines flams with single strokes to give you a somewhat tricky, but totally fun sticking exercise. As with all rudiments, this can be adapted to drum fills, and since this video is shot in Simon's teaching studio at Studio West, you can see first hand how this might work on the drum set! Have fun, and reach out if you need any help.

 

PART 12 - ASSEMBLING A YAMAHA STAGE CUSTOM BIRCH DRUM SET FROM THE BOX.

We teamed up with our good friends at Yamaha Drums to bring you this video on drum set assembly. Using a beautiful Yamaha Stage Custom Birch as our example, we show you the key moments in assembling a drum set directly from the box. From unboxing to identifying parts, assembling toms, fitting hi-hat clutches and basic tuning - we deliver the key information in a quick and easy 14 minute video. If you require guidance on positioning your new drum set, please refer to this additional video.

 

PART 13 - RICH REDMOND INTERVIEW.

Rich Redmond is a top call, Grammy nominated recording and touring drummer/percussionist, whose dynamic style is the sound behind many of today's top talents. Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan are some of his many credits. Simon sat down with Rich at Studio West to talk about early influences, teachers and education. In the last two minutes (10:10) of the interview, we had fun with some quick-fire questions not to be missed! You can find out more about Rich Redmond by visiting his website.

Your drumming adventure awaits.