In this second course of Drums Basics, we focus and expand on groove drumming. We explore adding more texture and substance to grooves by using open and closed hi-hat techniques (hi-hat “barking”) and incorporating the bell of the ride cymbal for accented patterns that will take your grooves to the next level. We also dedicate lessons to sixteenth-note-based grooves, focusing on new and exciting sixteenth-note bass drum patterns as well as techniques for playing up-tempo sixteenth-note grooves using alternating hand patterns.

Course Details

Must have access to drum sticks, a full drum set (floor tom, rack tom[s], snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hi-hat cymbal), and drum throne; a way to make a digital video recording of yourself playing the guitar; and a webcam for appointments with the instructor.
Drums Basics, Part 1 (MUSIC 053)
Course Outline
Unit 1: Sixteenth-Note Grooves
Unit 2: Disco Grooves
Unit 3: Bell-Accent Grooves-Downbeats
Unit 4: Bell-Accent Grooves-Upbeats
Unit 5: Alternative Hihat/Ride Patterns-Part 1
Unit 6: Alternative Hihat/Ride Patterns-Part 2
Unit 7: Breakbeats
Unit 8: Hihat Barking-Part 1
Unit 9: Hihat barking-Part 2
Unit 10: Gadd Grooves