Useful Drum Stuff:

Here's where I post content that I find useful for my own practice: instructional videos from drummers I admire, how-to's, motivational stuff, anything that feeds my musical mind.

I needed a place to curate the material I like, so it's easier to revisit later without asking, "Hey, where the heck did I see that video with so-and-so doin' that groovy thingamabob?!" Hopefully you'll find something useful here, too.

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Crossover Fill with Michael Held

May 3, 2018

Here’s a quickie from Michael Held’s Daily Drum Lesson YouTube channel. Probably not something you want to play more than once during…

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Big Kid Independence Exercise with Mike Johnston

Apr 30, 2018

I’m a big fan of Mike Johnston, and I’m actually a subscriber on his lessons site. Mike has great material there…

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4 Note Kill Shot with Stephen Taylor

Apr 4, 2018

I’ve only recently discovered Steven Taylor, and I really dig his positive attitude and no-nonsense style of teaching. He’s quickly becoming…

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Chris Prescott’s 3 Birds With 1 Stone – Optimize Your Practice Time

Feb 1, 2018

Here’s a worthy piece from Chris Prescott for Modern Drummer’s “Strictly Technique” section. It’s not complicated; what appeals to me is…

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Emmanuelle Caplette’s Paradiddle-diddles and Paradiddles

Jan 30, 2018

Two in a row of Emmanuelle Caplette? Really dude?! Yes, really. Practically everything Emmanuelle posts is fun and immediately accessible to…

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Emmanuelle Caplette’s Cool Hertas Drill

Dec 24, 2017

Emmanuelle Caplette playing some hertas and double-stroke triplets. What a cool drill. I’ve been playing this for a few weeks now.…

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Stanton Moore RRLRRLRL Concept

Nov 27, 2017

Stanton Moore… so loose, so funky, plays drums with his whole body. I can’t help but think of him as a…

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Smooth triplet lick from Mike Johnston

Nov 24, 2017

Mike Johnston is one of my favorite instructors and is a major source of inspiration for me as a drummer and…

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Dave DiCenso – De-Mystifying Rudiments & Applications (DRUMEO)

Nov 16, 2017

Here’s an excellent (and lengthy) lesson featuring the six-stroke roll in some interesting ways. Dave DiCenso is an absolutely awe-inspiring drummer…

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Flam Fills with Michael Held

Sep 19, 2017

Michael Held’s Daily Drum Lesson YouTube channel has a nice collection of short, practical lessons. This one demonstrates flammed groupings of 3’s…

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Jazz Drum Lesson: Soloing with Rolls

Aug 17, 2017

Very useful intermediate lesson from Tim Metz with PDF notation. He wears a fedora. And sandals. I…like it? Either way, good…

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Dennis Chambers Inspired Lick

Aug 7, 2017

Here’s a nice fill based on an inverted paradiddle from Rob Brown. See kids, this is why you should learn to…

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Coordination Exercise from Drumeo

Aug 2, 2017

Drumeo posts some great videos. They are definitely one of my favorite follows. Here’s a relatively simple drum set coordination exercise…

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Emmannuelle Caplette Stick Control Exercise

Jul 25, 2017

This is a fantastic exercise for drummers of any level. The pattern is simple and easy to remember, but playing your…

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Sextuplets with Juan Carlito Mendoza

Jul 19, 2017

Juan Carlito is a monster drummer and great educator. Here he takes a paradiddle-diddle and orchestrates it in an interesting way.…

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2017 Carolina Crown Snares

Jul 1, 2017

I still geek out over marching bands and drum corps. There are tons of videos on YouTube featuring drum lines from…

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Zigaboo Modeliste with Vulpeck

Jun 9, 2017

After I typed that title it occurred to me that some (if not most) people will have no idea what the…

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Check Patterns with Tommy Igoe

Jun 1, 2017

Useful, simple “check patterns” for your double strokes from Tommy Igoe’s “Great Hands for a Lifetime.” I do the advanced warmup…

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Ash Soan (Adelle) Masterclass Video Excerpt

May 30, 2017

Nothing fancy here, just words of wisdom from Ash Soan. Here’s a juicy tidbit from the video, and one for us…

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Study the Greats – Peter Erskine

May 26, 2017

“Study The Greats” is a fantastic YouTube channel by Austin Burcham. He breaks down signature licks and techniques from the world’s…

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