Learn to play off, between, and around the beat! Our all-in-one syncopation guide will have you creating masterpieces with intricate rhythms in no time.
Whether you play a rock drum kit, simple hand drums, or a full orchestral percussion section, percussion players must train their ears in various ways if they want to sound great and be precise with their playing.
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Open your ears to the beautiful complexity of polyrhythms, and learn how you can internalize these rhythms and put them to use in your own songwriting.
We interview Evelyn Glennie, an internationally-acclaimed solo percussionist who lost most of her hearing at a young age, on the art of “musical listening”.
Grid notation is an easy, visual way to understand drum beats and create your own rhythms. Learn the basics of this notation with Groove Pizza!
Did you know that the rhythmic backbone of pop music is borrowed from Afro-Cuban music? Discover the connection between African drumming and pop radio!
Most beginning transcribers go for melody first, but starting with drums offers many advantages. Learn why and how to transcribe the drum parts like a pro.
From samba to salsa, Latin music is unbelievably energetic and diverse. Learn about the rhythm and instrumentals that give this music its distinct groove!
Cover master Pieter Schrevens uses looping to turn himself into a one-man band, creating a rich, dreamlike cover of Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen”.
Nate Smith teaches drummers how to get maximum results with minimum effort using the powerful 80/20 principle. Learn his 3 tips for rapid success for drummers.
Is drummer John Clardy a mathematical genius? His lifestyle of learning and teaching show that with practice, patience, and time anything is possible.
Percussion can make or break a track, making something dull and lifeless into an exciting number you can’t help but dance to. Here are five great examples.