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Drumming Explained®

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    Intro to the Single Stroke Roll

    Rudiments are technical sticking exercises that can be creatively applied to the full drum kit. In this series we will look at these basic sticking patterns and see some of the ways drummers approach voicing them around the kit, and how this can be applied to drum programming. The single stroke roll is the most basic, utilizing straight hand to hand sticking (right - left - right - left).

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    Single Stroke Sticking Patterns

    See how the single stroke roll is used as the basis for basic grooves and beats, as well as several variations.

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    Single Stroke Roll Fills

    Learn some different ways of applying right - left sticking around the kit for fills and variations, and how left or right feet (hi-hat or kick) can substitute for one of the hands in the pattern.

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    Double Stroke Roll

    Also referred to as a 'drum roll', the double stroke roll is achieved by tapping twice with each hand in rapid succession. At faster tempos, the stick is bounced off of the drum head, and controlled with the fingers.

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    Triplet Singles & Doubles

    Interesting three against four patterns are created by using either single or double stroke patterns in triplet based values. Watch as complex triplet based figures built around single and double stroke rolls are programmed up in half-time, and then doubled within the DAW.

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    The Single Paradiddle

    Learn how single and double strokes are combined to form the single paradiddle, and how the sticking leads to naturally alternating hands every four beats.

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    Single Paradiddle Grooves

    Watch as paradiddle sticking is used on different surfaces within a phrase to add drive and complexity to otherwise straight ahead grooves.

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    Single Paradiddle & Shifting Accents

    See how adding some accents on top of different kick drum patterns can generate a wealth of ideas and variations to add color and drive to a groove.

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    Single Paradiddle Voicings

    Learn some of the ways paradiddles are voiced on the drum kit for soloing and longer fills.

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    Paradiddle Inversions

    Discover how to create further variations of the single paradiddle by displacing the start of the pattern within each four note grouping.

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    Paradiddle Fills

    See a double time triplet fill idea programmed up between the kick, snare, and floor tom, using each of the four paradiddle inversions.

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    Inverted Paradiddle Grooves

    Learn how to use the inverted paradiddle sticking within grooves in order to form longer patterns with irregular accents.

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    Paradiddle Style Linear Grooves

    Watch as various single paradiddle sticking permutations are applied to kick, snare, and hi-hat in 'linear drumming' style - meaning no two sound surfaces play together at the same time.

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    The Double Paradiddle

    See how double paradiddle sticking is used in both triple based meter ( ex: 12/8) and duple based meter.

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    Afro Cuban Double Paradiddles

    Watch as some afro cuban style beats are developed from the double paradiddle sticking pattern voiced on various elements around the drum kit.

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    My Favorite Double Paradiddle Fill

    Watch as a straight double paradiddle is converted into an exciting, blistering fast drum kit fill.

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    The Triple Paradiddle

    See how this eight note sticking pattern is used both in grooves and in fills.

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    The Paradiddle-Diddle

    This six note grouping adds an extra pair of double strokes onto the end of a regular paradiddle. See some of the ways drummers use this chop busting rudiment for some flashy movement around the kit.

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    Paradiddle-Diddle Continued

    Watch as this six note sticking pattern is used in mid and uptime swing, as a busy 32nd note based fill, and as the basis of a half-time shuffle.

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    The Single Drag

    Learn how the closed drag is used to add two quick ghost notes before a main tap or accented note.

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    The Open Drag

    Explore the drag sticking pattern as it is played in rhythmically even divisions, and applied to grooves and fills around the kit.

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    The Five Stroke Roll

    Learn how this simple rudiment is used to add ornamentation to hi-hat parts and funky grooves, and how it can be used to create some double time fills.

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    Five Stroke Roll In Action!

    Watch as an interesting, continually evolving drum kit part is created based on the five stroke roll sticking pattern.

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    The Six Stroke Roll

    Learn how to apply the six stroke roll creatively in fills and grooves in both triplet and duplet based meter.

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    Useful Grooves

    Learn how to program some interesting versions of standard beats, complete with the use of realistic accents and ghost notes.

Product Overview


Learn to program drums like a real drummer! Eli Krantzberg, musician and DAW extraordinaire, shows you all of a drummer's "secret weapons" that make real drumming sound, well... real! Your beats and fills will be so much better and authentic sounding after watching this series... Eli guarantees it!

Eli starts off simple with single stroke sticking and fills, the backbone of all drumming and beats. He then gets into double stroke rolls, triplet singles and doubles, and paradiddles. He shows you how to creatively use these drumming basics when programming drums in your DAW, making your beats and fills groove and sound like a real drummer.

Next Eli gets into more complex rudiments such as inverted paradiddle grooves, afro-cuban double paradiddle grooves, his all-time favorite fill, tripple paradiddles, single drags, open drags, five stroke and six stroke rolls, useful grooves and much, much more.

If you want to program realistic sounding drums with all the nuance of a real drummer, look no further. Eli shows you all this and more in this power packed offering, "Drumming Explained". Get yours today.


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Drumming Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Content, but notation? I 'm a drummer, I love the content, really good. I'd recommend to my students but.... Could the notation be update to follow Standard Drum Notation? Snare on C5 position on the stave for example.
Date published: 2021-01-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent course for non-drummers This was really useful for someone like me who's never played drums. Helped me understand how to create drum parts or fills that I could hear but couldn't figure out how to program. I sat and programmed in each part or variation as he described it and that's what made it all click for me.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I was deaf but now I hear (and feel)! This is GENIUS. I even feel like givin it a bad review to steer people away because it is so good I wish I was the only one who had access to this. It is pretty much the difference that makes a difference in programming drums... awesome.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good stuff I have no prior experience to drumming (apart from knowing what a paradiddle is), so this felt like a good choice to fill a gap in my knowledge, and I was right. Only gripe comes from the moderate amount of splelling erors in the instruction texts in the videos (but don't let this stop you from buying this!) But overall there's a good amount of quality material here.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great info for more realistic drum tracks So many drum tracks (especially mine) sound sterile and machine-like. I believe the knowledge from this course will help vary and improve the feel of my music.
Date published: 2016-08-28
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