Drum lessons in Portland and Seattle with Todd Bishop

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Seven useful rudiments

People always seem to want to know what’s the deal with rudiments, what do you use them for, and which ones are the best, coolest, most valuable. So…

Page of Ten-stroke rolls

Here’s a pretty straightforward page of ten stroke rolls, open, in a variety of rhythms and meters. A ten stroke open roll consists of four doubles and two…

My Vinnie Colaiuta transcription in Drum! Magazine

Judging by this check I just received in the mail, I apparently have an article in the April, 2013 issue of Drum! Magazine— my third. Hopefully that’s still…

Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave on practicing

If you come to my house and walk into the room where I’m practicing, you’re going to hear me sound like I can’t play. That’s because I’m working…

How to get real cymbals when you’re poor

  This is really a good time to buy used cymbals– thanks to the wonderful recession, and the proliferation of extremely high-end cymbals, prices for used merely-pro-quality cymbals…

Transcription: Aretha Franklin — Chain of Fools

You’ve probably never heard of the drummer here, Roger Hawkins, but he played on a bunch of huge records, and must have one of the most divergent personal…

Varieties of stickings

Here’s a nice geekish piece at by E.W. Flack at The Drumslingers, in which he goes in depth on the history and usage of the three basic sticking…

Groove of the day: Predator by Omar Hakim

Here’s a very hip groove from Predator, played by Omar Hakim on Weather Report’s 1984 Domino Theory record– a very under-rated album, and one of my favorites at…

How to be a jazz drummer

Here are some tips for a rock drummer who wrote to me wanting to begin learning jazz, but is unsure how to go about it: 1. Play a…