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    Odd Time Signature Exercise | Bass Lessons


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    Playing in odd time signatures: 11/8 Groove and exercises.


    Odd time signatures can be a real puzzle to get into, but over the years i have found a couple of ways to deal with them and feel more comfortable playing odd time. In this lesson I offer the TABs and notation for the groove featured plus some time division and accenting exercise to feel the signature and play with more confidence in odd time.

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    Play Bass Grooves in Odd Meters and Time Signatures - Bass Practice Diary - 21st August 2018


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    How to Approach Playing Bass in Odd Meters and Time Signatures - Bass Practice Diary - 21st August 2018

    This week I've been practising playing in odd meters and I want to briefly share my system for playing any unusual time signature. My system revolves around learning and reciting rhythmic phrases rather than counting beats, and if you use it properly it should make playing odd meters no harder than playing in 4/4.

    What Are Odd Meters?

    he term odd meter simply means any time signature that has an odd number of beats or subdivisions in a bar. Odd meters divide opinion amongst musicians. Some musicians (including me) love them and think they can flow and groove just as well as any groove in 4/4. Others hate playing them.

    I want to share an approach that I use to playing odd meters. It's actually not that different to my approach for playing in any meter, but I think that musicians who are not comfortable playing in odd meters often feel that they have to do something different when playing odd meters. And that might be the root cause of why they struggle with them.

    Think About Rhythmic Phrases

    What do I mean by rhythmic phrases? Every meter or time signature has a fixed number of subdivisions per bar. Check out my book Electric Bass: Improve Your Groove if you'd like to learn more about subdivisions and rhythmic structure.

    The rhythmic structure of a bass groove comes from how you organise these subdivisions. I'll use the examples from the video to demonstrate. The first one is in a very unusual time signature 15/16. Which means there are fifteen 16th note subdivisions in every bar.

    The Method

    In this example I've arranged the fifteen subdivisions into three groups of four and one group of three.


    If you've read my book or followed some of my previous videos you'll know that I like to use Indian Konnakol syllables to recite rhythms. The syllables for a group of four subdivisions are Ta-Ka-Di-Mi and the syllables for a group of three subdivisions are Ta-Ki-Ta.

    So, the rhythmic phrase for the above example is as follows.

    Ta-Ka-Di-Mi     Ta-Ka-Di-Mi     Ta-Ka-Di-Mi     Ta-Ki-Ta

    It's actually a very simple rhythmic phrase, even thought the time signature 15/16 might make you think of something very complex.

    An even more simple arrangement of fifteen subdivisions would be five Ta-Ki-Ta's. This creates the feel of a 5/4 shuffle.

    How Can You Apply This System in Any Time Signature?

    This idea can and should be applied to any groove in any time signature. Including the obvious ones like 4/4. It's not always easy because there are much more complex rhythmic structures than the examples above. But the key is to understand firstly, what is the subdivision (8th notes, 16th notes, triplets etc.) and secondly how many are there in each bar.

    Once you know the answer to those two questions you can work out rhythmic structures using basic maths and Konnakol.

    How to Practice Odd Meters

    I would suggest practising this in three stages. You don't need an instrument until the third stage.

    The first stage is to work out your own rhythmic phrases. Pick a meter that you want to practice and work out rhythmic phrases that contain the correct number of subdivisions. An old fashioned pen and paper might be the best way of doing this.

    Next, recite the rhythmic structures using Konnakol (or whatever system you prefer). My application of Konnakol involves using Da for one subdivision, Ta-Ka for two, Ta-Ki-Ta for three and Ta-Ka-Di-Mi for four. For more subdivisions you can just combine syllables. For example five could be Ta-Ki-Ta Ta-Ka. Six Could be two Ta-Ki-Ta's and seven could be Ta-Ka-Di-Mi Ta-Ki-Ta etc.

    The final stage is playing your rhythmic phrases on your bass!

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    Odd Time Signatures Guitar Lesson - Beginning 5/4 on a Jazz Blues in F


    Odd Time Signatures Guitar solos can be very difficult to get into if you are not used to them. In this lesson I am going to go over how to hear or feel a 5/4 groove, play it through a blues and then expand this into a way of building a vocabulary that you can use for playing a solo in 5/4.

    What we often forget is that we already have years of experience playing in 4/4 and that we rely on this whenever we play. It isn't until we have to deal with a another meter that we start to notice how much we really use our basic feel of 4/4. So to learn to solo in 5/4 it is useful to first check out how to play a groove and understand how the meter sounds.

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    Intro To Odd Time - Drum Lesson


    In this video, I'll be showing you ways to get comfortable playing in an odd time signature. This video is intended for those that are starting out and looking for ways to practice playing in something other than 4/4. I am playing a 1973-74 Ludwig kit with Ziljian cymbals and a 12 china from Wuhan.

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    How to Play Odd Time Signatures by Aaron Edgar


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    Johannes Weidenmueller - Playing Odd Meters MasterClass


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    Description: In this “playing in odd meters” masterclass, seasoned bassist Johannes Weidenmueller shows you how to become truly fluent in odd time signatures. Johannes discusses and demonstrates concepts aimed at helping you internalize odd time phrases, cross rhythms, clave and more. NOTE: Although Johannes is a bass player, this video is equally helpful for other instrumentalists looking to improve their odd meter playing!

    Topics Covered: Becoming Comfortable in Odd Meters, Developing Language, Understanding the Clave, Playing in 5, Playing in 7, Common Patterns, Cross Rhythms, Phrases, Rearranging the Beats, Internalizing, Playing Over the bar, “Filling in” and “Leaving Out”, Metric Modulations, etc.

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    Joe Crabtree Lesson: The Secret to Soloing in Odd Times


    In this video, Joe Crabtree demonstrates a concept you can use to make filling and soloing in odd times feel more comfortable.

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    11/8 Time Signature Rap HipHop / Trap Beat - Echo


    11/8 one of my favorite time signatures so far!
    Counted as 1-2-3-4*-5-6-1-2-3-4*-5
    Accents on the 4 count is what really makes these odd time signature beats sound least to me.
    Wanted to play around with high-hat rolls for the whole track just to see how it goes! Let me know what you like, or I should improve on! I'm all ways willing to learn new things and hear from yall!

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    What is WRONG With My Technique??


    What is wrong with my technique, and what can I do to improve it? These are excellent questions, which I do my best to address through 3 main points. Today we talk about GRIP, MOTION, and POSTURE, and how these three areas of technique are extremely important to your sound and fluidity as a player. Choosing your type of grip and where you form the fulcrum on the stick can actually depend on what dynamic or style you’re playing. The type of motion you use to hit the drum can determine the smoothness of your sound and your ease of playing. Posture, the super-important final point, may make the difference between back problems and fluid playing with good feel. This video is definitely a “crash course” in the truest sense, but I hope to give you the basic advice and information you may need to get your technique squared away. We close with a discussion on how to become your own teacher - how to evaluate yourself - which is crucial toward growing as a player (especially if you are self-taught).

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    How Do I Groove in 7/8?!


    VF Educator Stephen Taylor gives pointers on how to groove comfortably in odd time signatures!

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    Simple & Effective Major Scale Exercise for Bass Guitar


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    Sixteen-Note Quintuplets on a 3/4 Time Signature -Gary Chaffee- Sticking Patterns - page 19


    The exercise helps you to develop the feel of sixteen-note quintuplets and helps you to get comfortable with playing accents on these odd groups.

    L'esercizio aiuta a sviluppare il feeling sulle quintine di sedicesimi e ad ottenere scioltezza e sicurezza quando si suonano degli accenti su questi gruppi dispari.

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    16th Note Exercise Breakdown | Build Your Speed on Bass! |


    What's up Bass Nation?! In this week's lesson I'm bringing you a cool 16th note exercise that becomes a lick. This is FAST so definitely be sure to slow it down at your own pace and work your way up to speed as you feel more comfortable!

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    Blues Backing Track - Pink Floyd Style


    Thought I'd pay tribute to one of the coolest riffs ever...Pink Floyd's Money. Play-along starts 1:14
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    This backing track is basically a B minor Blues-derived progression in 7/4.

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    I F#m I Em I Bm I Bm :II

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    Polyrhythms Part 3 Feat. Odd Time Polyrhythmic Linear Breakbeat! - Advanced Drum Lessons


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    In this video you'll learn how to play two over five and two over seven, applying them to many different grooves and fill ideas. When you've gone through this in detail you'll be comfortable applying these rhythms as note placement parameters in anything you want!

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    Quick drum lesson: how to improve timing and note spacing


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    In this lesson Drumeo instructor Dave Atkinson presents a lesson on improving your timing and note spacing behind the kit.

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    4:5 Polyrhythm Practice


    I just recently downloaded the app Polynome by the great educator Joe Crabtree. This is just a little portion of my practice session trying to get comfortable with the 4:5 polyrhythm. Great stuff Joe!! Check out the app here:

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    5 ways to practice bass without your bass ANs Bass Lessons #16


    How can you practice without your bass? It's a question I've been forced to deal with a lot, and there are some pretty cool ways you can overcome not actually having your instrument with you.

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    Drum Guru: Mike Mangini Odd Meters Pack


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    In this pack, Mike breaks down all the odd meters between 3 and 19. Using his not quite doubled system, he shows you how to count each meter, then provides an interactive lesson for you to work with. In each lesson, Mike plays in the odd meter for two measures, then you play in that same meter for two measures (using a click)! You get to trade phrases with Mike and get comfortable in each odd meter.

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    Mel Waiters - Hole in the Wall - Bass Play along


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    Free Drum Lesson: Mark Letalien presents Bass Drum Workout Lesson


    This free drum lesson, brought to you by Mark Letalien and Learn Drums Live, demonstrates a challenging bass drum workout for single kick players. This is a great way to get comfortable playing the second and third notes of triplets (think John Bonham) against different patterns with the hands. Enjoy!

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    Accessing Musical Memory Through Writing Charts ANs Bass Lessons #15


    Learning a lot of music at once can be difficult, especially if you have to remember it all! Write well-thought out charts for yourself, and you will forever be grateful to yourself for preparing to play any song you have ever learned at a moments notice.

    Watch the whole video so you can see how I lay out my charts in real time as I learn a song by the Cure!

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    Lincoln Goines: Let’s Funkify! Applications to Other Styles


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    This pack is the fourth in Lincoln Goines’ seven part series Working With the Language of Rhythm: Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Groove Concepts for Bass. This pack teaches you three new Afro-Cuban rhythms: the Cha-Cha, the Slap Tumbao, and the Mozambique. Lesson seven also includes an important independence exercise that will help you solidify your understanding of the clave and the tumbao. In Practice Mode, the examples can be slowed down until they are at a comfortable speed and then, as you become familiar with these grooves, sped back up again to Lincoln’s tempo and beyond! Also, be sure to turn off the bass and use the play-along tracks to improvise and write lines of your own.

    Check out the rest of Lincoln’s series that takes you from the very basics of Afro-Cuban bass playing in Packs 1 and 2, all the way through advanced odd meter synthetic claves in Pack 7.

    Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

    - Rock: Cha-Cha
    - Rock Example 2: Blue Cha-Cha
    - Funk: Slap Tumbao I-IV-V 2:3
    - Funk: Slap Tumbao V-IV-I 3:2
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    - New York Style Mozambique
    - Lock in the Groove: Clave/Tumbao Independence Exercise

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    Daric Bennett and Fred Boswell Jr. on BASS SESSIONZ VOL.3


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    How To Play Polyrhythms - Learn How To Play 3 Against 4


    This video shows how to play polyrhythms and play 3 against 4. This method works for any time-signature where the quarter-note gets the beat.

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    Rhythmic accuracy with polyrhythms!

    Here is a simple method for creating polyrhythms for any time signature, where the quarter-note gets the beat.

    Step #1:

    Start out by subdividing your beats with the polyrhythm you are trying to do.

    For instance: If you want to play a polyrhythm of 3 against 4, first subdivide each beat by triplets (3-notes). If you want to do a poly-rhythm of 5 against 4, first subdivide each beat by quintuplets (5-notes)

    Step #2:

    Accent every 4th note!

    Step #3:

    When you feel comfortable with that, leave out all UN-accented notes! You will be left with your polyrhythm!

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    Round It Out - Drum & Bass Odd Meter Funk Groove


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    7/8+5/8+9/8 Drum & Bass grooves featured in Round It Out by Daniel J. Pelletier.

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    Daniel J. Pelletier - Vibraphone

    Daniel's compositions energetically spin the listener in circles. You never know what to expect, but the edge of your seat is actually pretty comfortable! Jazz is where out is in. You don't know where the music is taking you, but trust that the band is having fun and wants the audience to come with them!

    Recorded by Brad Thibodeaux at Auburn Recording Studios in Narragansett, RI.

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    Sweatn Drum Playthrough by Bryan Macaranas Track by Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins


    As the 1st video in a series of 3, this drum playthough of track 'Sweatn' by Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins pretty much required me to pull all stops; in my musicality, technique and even choice of sounds/equipment. There was a time when I never believe I can comfortably play in odd groupings and time signatures, let alone in '5's. But drummers that I look up to like Vinnie Colaiuta, Anika Nilles, Dave Weckl and Virgil Donati (just to name a few) made me think otherwise. Internalizing quintuplets was made easier by listening to these musical icons. I hope you enjoy my interpretations of this track. Dana Hawkins raised the bar with the original. This is just a different take of it.

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    Collection Minus Drums (2014) by Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins

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    Hear, Feel, Count and Play any Rhythm with Gamala Taki


    You can hear, feel, count and play any rhythm using the Gamala Taki counting system.

    Here's how it works:

    We're going to break these rhythms down into their smallest components. Now, one beat by itself is not a rhythm - the smallest components of rhythm are groups of 3 and 2, represented by the words Gamala for 3 and Taki for 2. Here's the key point - Every rhythmic phrase greater than Gamala, or more than 3 beats long, is a COMBINATION of Gamalas and Takis. Check it out: 4 beats is TakiTaki, 5 beats could be TakiGamala or GamalaTaki, 6 beats could be TakiTakiTaki or GamalaGamala and so on. There is NO rhythm that cannot be broken down with Gamala Taki.

    I'm going to play the opening riffs from some songs and them count them with Gamala Taki. Let's try some examples:

    Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck - TakiTakiTakiGamala *3 GamalaGamalaGamala - this part is in 9/8 time

    Opening beat - Binky - Snarky Puppy - TakiGamalaTakiGamalaTaki * 4 - 3/4 time

    Alice in Chains - Them Bones - TakiTakiTakiTakiGamalaGamala - 7/8 time

    Getting the idea?

    Here's something a little more challenging from Frank Zappa, although it's still pretty simple as far as Zappa is concerned!

    Let's try counting this with Gamala Taki:

    - start song after 1:40

    Bridge - Catholic Girls - Frank Zappa

    TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala *3

    TakaTakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiTakiGamala

    *** Play once, Repeat with GamalaTaki ***

    So, we just counted a part with odd groupings from a Frank Zappa song without talking about music theory at all, and that's pretty cool! It shows that you don't have to be a schooled musician to feel, count and play rhythms using GamalaTaki - this is something anyone can do.

    However, if you understand music theory and want to figure out the time signature, you can do this by simply adding up the syllables you sang. The subdivision in this bridge is 16th notes, so if this is a quarter note (play hihat) there are four 16th notes in each quarter note (play 16ths against hihat). And each syllable we sang in this bridge is one 16th note.

    The first part of the Catholic Girls bridge is:

    TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala TakiTakiGamala - 9, 9, 7, 7 - and it repeats 3 times. If we count up these syllables we get 9/16, 9/16, 7/16, 7/16, and that is how I usually see this bridge written out. Add the top numbers in the time signature together and we have 32 16th notes, which works out to 2 bars of 4/4 time! So, another way to look at it is that the whole phrase is actually in 4/4 time, but is phrased over the barline with groups of 9 and 7.

    Now let's look at the turnaround part:

    TakaTakiTakiTakiGamala TakiTakiTakiTakiGamala - we count up the syllables and we get 11/16, 11/16. This part is definitely in 11/16 - there's no way to fit it into 4/4 as played here.

    Whew! That was getting a bit complex. Cool thing is, that last part is optional, and its possible to feel and play rhythms without involving numbers at all.

    Although this isn't a lesson on the Catholic Girls drum part, here's a really basic version of what I hear Vinnie doing in that bridge.

    A few tips for counting rhythms with Gamala Taki:

    1. Sing a syllable on every beat, regardless of whether it's an accent, rest or ghost note
    2. If the song is fast, slow it down and count the rhythm with Gamala Taki, then gradually speed it up to tempo while counting and tapping it
    3. Don't worry about playing your instrument's part right away, getting comfortable with the feel first will make the playing much easier
    4. Use the notes from the melody with your Gamala Taki, it helps imprint the song

    To be clear, I did NOT invent Gamala Taki, and the idea of using syallables to sing rhythms has been around since ancient times. Just google Gamala Taki to learn more about the concept! I hope you try this out, and I really hope it helps your understanding of rhythm. It sure has for me. Check out the links below for the songs I used in the examples, and if you like the songs, please support the artists by buying their tunes.

    Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

    Links to song examples

    Blue Rondo a la Turk - - a great song for counting with syllables, see the comments!

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    Binky -

    Catholic Girls - - start song at 1:40, just before the bridge part

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    How To Play Let There Be Love - Oasis - guitar lesson


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    Eden 5 string disciple bass aka “baby girl”


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    How Long Does it Take to Lose Your Skill as a Drummer?


    At some point or another, we’ve all had to take time off from playing the drums. Whether we noticed any change in our playing after these periods all depends on a number of factors. These instances have left us all wondering… “how long does it really take to lose our drumming skill?” “Is it possible to eventually forget how to play the drums?” Most of us have experienced this first hand. Maybe we took a week off…a few days off…or even months or years off, and we noticed how our playing just wasn’t as comfortable as it once was. Today we take a look at some scientific points and apply them to us as musicians. We look at time spent playing, technical level, amount of drumming “immersion”, and quality of listening skills to try to better understand the factors that control our learning and forgetting.

    This article was a big resource in making sense of my personal observations on this topic. These quotes from experts in various fields have appeared in several online articles, and you may have read these before. Either way, if you’d like some more detail on this topic, check out this article on the Atlanta Journal Constitution website:

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    Rock Guitar Lesson - Heartbreaker Riff Led Zeppelin


    If you’re a beginning guitar player and want to learn some simple but famous rock guitar riffs, this video series is for you.
    In this 5 part series, I’ll show you 5 famous rock riffs, the scales that are used to create the riffs and how you can practice them to get your fingers moving more fluently.
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    Intro Video -
    Lesson 1 – Heartbreaker Riff - Led Zeppelin -
    Lesson 2 – Funk 49 Riff – Joe Walsh -
    Lesson 3 – Iron Man Riff – Black Sabbath -
    Lesson 4 – Voodoo Child Intro – Jimi Hendrix -
    Lesson 5 – Know Your Enemy Riff – Rage Against the Machine -

    If you like these videos and would like to see some more, let me know what songs/riffs you’d like to see.

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    Are Drumset Method Books NECESSARY?


    Are drum set method books absolutely necessary? Well…that depends. And because this isn’t a simple question to answer, I made a video. Today we talk about book-learning and all that entails. I talk about three of my favorite method books that I’ve worked through during my “learning career,” and we talk about the uses and benefits associated with these methods. Starting with “Stick Control” by George Lawrence Stone, we then work our way through “Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer” by Jim Chapin. We wrap up with “Progressive Steps to Syncopation” by Ted Reed. By giving you an overview of these well known method books and by showing you a few playing demonstrations, I hope to provide a clear picture of what these books are all about. From there we can talk about whether or not they are ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to you as a drummer. So stay tuned, then tell me what you think in the comments below!

    If you like what you’ve seen, I hope you’ll SUBSCRIBE! This channel is all about helping YOU become a better drummer, one week at a time, so you can impact your audience and the musicians you play with.


    Feel free to contact me at! This is a much better way to reach me than FB messenger, because I don’t get on Facebook much. Email me directly here so that I won’t miss it. Thanks guys!

    Connect with me on Patreon where you can support the channel AND receive cool rewards!

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    Introducing walking bass lines in 5/4 - Lesson


    ► - All our lessons & courses in one place + free double bass player resources!

    - In this lesson I cover the basics of playing walking bass lines in 5/4. To demonstrate I use a Bb Rhythm Changes chord progression and outline several common patterns and phrases.

    Download the chord chart:

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    BETCHA CAN PLAY THIS - Drum Lesson #3


    how many times do i say the word tricky? answer and win a prize!

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    LGFT 5-4 Em-D-C Chord Progression


    This is part of a 48 part FREE guitar course that I developed to help beginners learn the fundamentals of guitar and start playing most songs using only 6 basic chords.

    It covers all the necessary foundational knowledge you will need in order to start playing your favourite songs and learning the song tutorials that are on the website.

    The course is divided into 11 parts and covers the following:

    Part 1: Holding and tuning a guitar
    Part 2: Strumming fundamentals
    Part 3: Basic chords and how to press them
    Part 4: Easier chord variations
    Part 5: Common chord progressions
    Part 6: Simple strumming patterns
    Part 7: How to transpose songs into your comfortable singing range
    Part 8: How to find easy chords and lyrics online
    Part 9: Two additional chords to help you play more songs
    Part 10: A simple trick to add extra flare to your playing
    Part 11: Plucking fundamentals and exercises

    Links to additional free lessons and guitar song tutorials can be found below.




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    7/8 time - applied paradiddles - Tim Bragg HD


    7/8 easily rendered by playing paradiddle/paradiddle/paradiddletap...I may well explore this time signature - but this is an easy way to feel comfortable with it. Let your hands dictate what your feet do!

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    Performance Spotlight: JC Bryant Soria Moria


    J.C. Bryant, the drummer for progressive-rock band Scale The Summit, performs Soria Moria at the Drumeo studios.

    Check out the full session on Drumeo's channel, where J.C. breaks down his creative approach to coming up with drum parts, becoming well versed with odd time signatures, and how to play comfortably in whichever musical setting you’re in!

    Study with your favorite drummers with Drumeo's 30-day FREE trial:

    Follow J.C.:


    #vfSRHI - Signature Ralph Hardimon Indoor



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    Quarter Note Grooves with 16th Note Bass - Beyond the Beat


    Free drum lessons from - Learn the beginning steps to applying 16th Note Bass Drum hits to your Quarter Note Hi-Hat grooves

    PDF available at

    Demonstrations played using Pearl Drums with Sabian Cymbals and Pro Mark Sticks.
    Audio recorded with ZOOM H4N. Video Captured by Sony Handycam HD.

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    8 String Guitar Lesson - Chords from the Deep


    Chords from the Deep! Let's explore some wide registered, 8 string chord voicings through a simple four chord progression. Specials thanks to Kiesel Guitars for lending me one of the most comfortable 8 strings I've ever played.


    If you enjoy and appreciate what I do here at the Axe the best way to support is to buy my music, lessons or donate anything you see fit. It all helps and all goes into making each video better than and better! Thank you for your continued support!!!

    Make sure to Like, Follow, and Stalk me everywhere you can…

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    The Doors - Light My Fire Drum Cover


    Free sheet music for subscribers!

    The Doors - Light My Fire
    from the 1967 album The Doors
    is the copyrighted property of its owner(s)

    Yamaha Drums (Stage Custom Birch)
    22x17 bass drum
    14x5 Dave Weckl Signature Snare

    Saluda Cymbals (Glory Series):
    14 Medium Fusion Hats
    17 Medium Thin Crash
    16 Medium Thin Crash
    15 Medium Thin Crash
    21 Hand Hammered Dry Ride

    Yamaha 9500 strap drive pedal, Rock N Sock Throne

    Recorded with:
    Zoom h4n (audio) with Shure Beta 52 kick mic and SM57 snare mic
    GoPro Hero3 (video) and Sony Bloggie (video)

    Edited with:
    Cool Edit Pro 2.1 (audio)
    Adobe Premiere Elements 11 (video)

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    5 Reasons Why Your Live Playing is LACKING...


    Click the link to pick up YOUR free copy of “The Non Glamorous Drummer’s Ergonomics Checklist”!

    (btw - If you already downloaded the practicing e-book, downloading this e-book will not “double-subscribe” you. You’ll still be on the same, one, email list you originally signed up for.)

    We’ve all been there… We prepare and practice, and we prepare and practice some more for the gig. But then it actually comes time to perform, and we feel like we just don’t sound as good as we did in the practice room. Did our nerves get the best of us? Did we lose our focus? Did we not actually practice well enough? What’s going on? If you find yourself in this scenario all the time, I hope to offer some tips to help you get out of this frustrating place. Today we’re talking about preparing for a gig…but more importantly we’re talking about mindset DURING the gig. Here are the 5 reasons why your live playing might be lacking, and here are 5 solutions to help solve the problem. We’re talking about all the common performance ailments, from anxiety to nervousness to adrenaline. Learn how to PRACTICE PERFORMING.

    If you like what you’ve seen here on the NonGlamorousDrummer, I hope you’ll SUBSCRIBE! This channel is all about giving you the tips and skills you REALLY need to help YOU become a better drummer.


    If you haven’t gotten it already, pick up your FREE copy of the previous e-book, “Why You’re Struggling to Get Better at the Drums!” This booklet provides simple, very followable steps toward how to practice more efficiently.

    Support the channel on PATREON! Receive the short “Making Music By Hitting Things” e-book, and get a special reward if you’re among the first 25 Patrons…

    Contact me here at my NEW EMAIL! It’s always great to get mail.

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    Cant Find My Way Home : Clawhammer


    Here is one for my dear friend Cathy Cress .. She had Stevie Wildwood’s original up on her page and I said we can do that in Double C on banjo .. Sorry about the other words ; I just heard them in the shower the other day .. A mind is an awful thing to lose … This is in Double C tuning or gCGCD on David Oakes’s Stratacaster necked banjo with Nylgut strings.. I'm turning off that GPS cause I can find my home address .. Finding my way home !

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    Avril Lavigne - He Wasnt


    🔥Avril Lavigne - He Wasn't (Guitar Cover)
    Album: Under My Skin 🔥
    Release date: 2004
    💥Genre: Punk Rock, Postgrange💥

    Gear / Equipment
    - Boss OS-2 OverDrive / Distortion overdrive
    - Preamp AMT Electronics AMT SS-11B (Modern)
    - AMT Pangea CP-100 Cabinet Emulation
    - record Steinberg UR22 mkII
    - Mixing Steinberg Cubase Le Ai Elements

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    How to Play Artificial Harmonics


    A quick explanation on how to achieve Artificial Harmonics or Pinch Harmonics aka Squeals. A common and widely used technique in heavy guitar playing. Throw in a dash of heavy vibrato and you have the makings of a great riff!


    If you enjoy and appreciate what I do here at the Axe the best way to support is to buy my music, lessons or donate anything you see fit. It all helps and all goes into making each video better than and better! Thank you for your continued support!!!

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    Developing Safe Left Hand Technique for Bass Guitar


    A lesson on developing on safe and comfortable left hand technique for bass guitar. My own problems with RS injury lead me to develop my concept of neutral position, which I teach to my student in hopes that they don't have the same problems I did.

    Here are some of the things I talk about in the video that are important to keep in mind.

    1. The shoulder holds up the arm, and allows all the rest of the arm to relax and go limp.

    2. The elbow is most relaxed when it is bent at moderate angle.

    3. The wrist is relaxed, flexible and straight.

    4. The joints of all the fingers are curved, and the finger tips are all on the same horizontal plane

    5. The thumb is to the left of the index finger and is roughly perpendicular to the second finger segment.

    Hope you enjoy!

    EDIT: Here are some photos of me playing in the lower positions on a 7-string bass. The same lessons apply for all you ERB people.

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    Beat Displacement Tutorial Part 2 : 16th displacement - Advanced Drum Lessons


    Take lessons with me every week on Drumeo :
    * FREE .PDF transcription!

    This video demonstrates in depth practice methods to help internalize and become comfortable and musical with sixteenth note displacements!

    The drumset in this video is : Sonor SQ2 Beech Vintage, Makassar Ebony with SQ2 Birch Thin and XRay snares.

    Suspended toms : 8x7, 10x7, 12x8
    Floor toms : 14x14, 16x16, 18x18
    Bass drums : 18x18, 22x19
    Gong drum : 22x16
    Snare drums : 10x4.25 BT, 12x4.25 BT, 13x8 XRay

    Cymbals : Hammerax

    9, 12, 16 FlyHats
    18 Hell Hats
    23x19 Atom Oval Crash
    20 Indigo 7 Button Crash
    21 Whipcrash
    12, 18 Boomywangs
    28 Meanie
    6, 7, 8, 9.5 Nice Bells
    5, 6, 7, 8 NuBells
    9 Photon Splash
    9 UV Splash












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    Excercise #1


    This is my first experiment making videos..... If people like this one, then I will make more!

    This one is designed to build independence specifically for the right hand, also try switching hand/foot combinations for more possibilities. It also acts as a basic introduction to becoming comfortable with odd time signatures and rhythms. Good practice for non-drummers as well!

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    Derek Lee Final Project - Mikes Lessons Drum Camp July 2012, 7/8 Playalong


    This is the final project that I performed at Mike's Lessons July 2012 Drum Camp. Please take the time to read the full description to learn more about this song.

    This is the 7/8 Playalong written by Tony Windle for Mike's Lessons ( I chose this song for my final project because it targets what I believe are two of my major weaknesses: playing in odd time and soloing. And there are still lots of improvements to be made in these areas for sure.

    Most of what I practiced to prepare for this, thanks to Mike's guidance, was simply to try and feel more comfortable playing and soloing in 7/8 as well as in 7/4 (essentially trying to solo over the barline). Also, around the 2:40 mark I attempted to add in the 1-2-3-4 lick, though I wasn't able to quite work the left-foot hi-hat into the solo just yet.



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