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Groove Of The Week #3

Here’s Groove Of The Week 3:

This is one of my favourite grooves. It just feels great to play and has lots of forward momentum. It really pushes a song along. The most famous use of this groove is probably Europe’s “The Final Countdown” but it’s not the only song out there with this groove.

For Beginners the hard part of this groove is getting the 16th note bass drum on the “ah” of 1 and the “ah” of 3. Often the right hand will want to follow the right foot and they end up playing together.

When trying this beat for the first time, go slow (50 – 60 bpm) and count. Focus on keeping your right hand playing steady 8th notes & try to slot the 16th note bass drum in without disturbing your 8th note hi-hats.

Groove of the week #3 + Counting

For more advanced players, try playing the song with a quarter note hi-hat instead. Like this:

Groove of the week #3 + Quarter Note Hi-Hat

Playing quarter notes on the hi-hat will force you to think more about your bass drum placement. Try playing 4 bars of the groove with 8th notes on the hi-hat and then 4 bars with quarter notes on the hi-hat. Is your bass drum falling in the same place in both grooves? Do the snare and bass drum sound the same in both grooves? Record yourself and find out!

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Fill Of The Week #3

Here’s fill of the week #3:

That fill might seem pretty busy, it’s only 16th notes, but there is a lot going on. Let’s break it down and approach it one step at a time.

First up, lets look at what the right hand is doing:

Step 1 – Right hand

So the right hand is just playing a simple 8th note pattern between the snare drum and floor tom – snare, snare, floor, snare, floor, snare, floor, floor. Simple!

Now lets add in the left hand

Step 2 – Add the left hand

The left hand is just playing on the “ah” each beat. For the first 3 beats it’s on the high tom and on beat 4 it plays the floor time. This is a nice drum fill on it’s own & doesn’t sound as heavy as the full fill. I use this fill in lighter playing situations. The addition of the bass drum makes it sound heavier and more “Rock.” Let’s add the bass drum.

Step 3 – Add the bass drum

The bass drum just slots nicely in the space left by the hands on the “e” of each beat .

Once you’ve mastered this fill, try and come up with your own variations by moving your hands around the kit differently. Here’s some variations to get you started:

Four Variations

Keep the sticking pattern the same as the original fill when playing these variations (R K R L). Note that the last fill is just the original fill of the week with flams added on the snare drum. Adding flams to a fill can make it seem bigger and heavier again.

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Fill Of The Week #2

Here’s Fill Of The Week #2:

This fill uses 3 note groupings over 16th notes. This is a very common way of phrasing drum fills & this fill is a good introduction to it.

In any bar of 16th notes you can have 4 groups of 3 and 1 group of 4 notes. This fill is phrased as 3,3,3,4,3 to make the movement from the floor tom back to the snare drum easy. Here are some variations on this fill that moves the group of 4 around a bit.

Fill of the week #2 - phrased 4 3 3 3 3
Fill phrased 4, 3, 3, 3, 3
Fill phrased 3, 4, 3, 3, 4
Fill phrased 3, 3, 4, 3, 3
Fill phrased 3, 3, 3, 3, 4

Another good thing to practice when playing this type of 16th note fill is putting the bass drum on quarter notes underneath the fill. This helps to add more weight to the fill, makes it feel more complete and it keeps the pulse going so the listener doesn’t get lost (hopefully). Here’s the original fill with the bass drum added.

Fill with bass drum added on quarter notes

Now try adding the bass drum to the other variations.

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Groove Of The Week #2

Here’s groove of the week #2:

Like Groove Of The Week 1, this is a basic groove that is probably the 2nd or 3rd one that students learn when they first start drumming. It features in so many songs that you really need to spend the time to master it. You’ll have heard it in songs by Green Day, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragon and many many more.

As with all these grooves, make sure you record yourself playing it and focus on playing it as smoothly as possible. Remember that you are laying a foundation for a band to play on top of, if you don’t provide a strong & solid foundation the band isn’t going to sound any good.

This is also a great groove to start experimenting with accenting your hi-hat pattern. Use the shoulder of the stick to create the accent and the tip of the stick to play the unaccented notes. Try it on the on the downbeats…

…. and then on the upbeat

You may find this challenging at first, but it’ll give you 3 very useful variations of the same groove.

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Fill Of The Week #1

Here’s fill of the week #1:

I’ve always like fill with flams in them. They add a lot of power to a fill and are great for making a statement. The challenge of course is to get your flams sounding consistent across the fill.

Taking it further

As with any fill you learn, you want to experiment with it and make it your own. This fill is an easy one to change up. The first change is to the drums we hit. Here’s two examples of that:

Fill of the week #1 - Variation 1
Variation 1 – Changing The Drums
Variation 2 – Changing More Drums

You can experiment by changing the drums up as much as you like. Move the flams to a tom-tom, see how that sounds. Find the sound that you like.

When I have a 16th note fill with some space in it, I like to experiment with putting the bass drum in the space. Here’s two examples of that:

Fill of the week 1 - variation 3
Variation 3 – A Little Bass Drum Added
Fill of the week 1 - variation 4
Variation 4 – More Bass Drum Added

Adding the bass drum like this makes the fill sound more complex but also more complete. Variation 3 just adds a bass drum to help set up the flams and variation 4 fills in the space before and after the flam to keep the 16th notes flowing.

By changing which drums you hit and being able to add in bass drums you’ll be able to create lots of new fills from this one idea.

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Groove Of The Week #1

Here’s Groove of the Week #1:

It’s the first beat most people learn to play when they start playing drums. It’s been used in some of the biggest songs of all time such as Another One Bites The Dust, Billy Jean, Like a Virgin, Back in Black, Manic Monday, Raspberry Beret and many many more. This is groove deserves a lot of attention for that reason. Can you make it feel as good as the drummers on those songs could? The intro to Billy Jean is easily recognizable and instantly makes you want to dance.

Spend time with the beat and make it sound as good as you can. Make sure there are no flams between the hi-hat and bass drum or hi-hat and snare drum. Check you volumes… how loud is your hi-hat? Does it seem annoyingly loud? Is it overpowering the snare and bass? It shouldn’t, but a lot of beginners will play it that way.

Experiment with where and how you hit the hi-hat. Use the tip or the shoulder of the stick to get different sounds from your hi-hat. Try playing on the ride cymbal or crash instead. Experiment with getting different sounds from the those cymbals by playing on the edge, the body or on the bell. Practice the groove by playing it with rim shots or rim clicks.

Don’t forget to work with a metronome at different tempos, can you make it feel good at 60, 80, 100, 120, 140 & 160bpm? How’s your note spacing at 60bpm? Are you tensing up at 160bpm? Keep those hands relaxed. Get working on it!

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Learning & Practicing Drum Beats – A Beginners Guide

Let’s say your teacher has assigned you a page of drum beats to practice & you’re having some problems with them. You’re not sure if you’re playing them correctly, or they just don’t sound good. What can you do? Here’s some strategies to help you learn the beat, and some tips on practicing them so you can make them sound good and make them available to you when you’re jamming with your favourite songs or rocking out with your band.

Learning Beats

Imagine you’re having trouble learning this beat:

Troublesome Beat #1

Let’s look at 3 methods that may help you to learn this beat (I’m assuming you can read it)

Method 1: Write & Count!

Write the counting underneath the troublesome beat, then count out loud while playing the beat.

Troublesome Beat #1 + Counting

I find that for a lot of students this is all they need to do to realize where they are going wrong & to be able to correct themselves. Counting out loud reinforces the connection between the limbs and the brain and makes it more obvious where you are going wrong.

Method 2: Divide & Conquer

Let’s isolate the hi-hat part and play it and count out loud while doing it.

Just the Hi-Hat

Now add in the bass drum. Make sure to count while playing it

Hi-Hat + Bass

Now drop out the bass drum and practice the hi-hat & snare drum. Keep the counting going!

Hi-Hat + Snare

Our final combination is the bass drum & snare drum together. Are you still counting?

Bass + Snare

Finally, try to combine it all together. I hope you’re still counting!

Can you play it now?

Method 3: One Note At A Time

This idea is quite simple – you just build the groove up one note at a time. I find this really helpful for more advanced beats.

Play the first note – but be sure to count them all.

Great grooves start with a single note

Now add another – keep counting.

Two notes are better than one.

Add one more – still counting?

Starting to feel the beat?

Keep adding them one by one – here’s your next five steps. Count.

You’ll be grooving in no time.

Practice each step until you find it easy before moving onto the next one.

Hopefully one of these steps will help you to learn the groove. If you’re still having trouble learning the beat, I suggest you message your teacher and ask them to send you a video or audio clip of them playing it. Sometimes you just need to hear it played correctly. Also you can just highlight the groove and be sure to ask your teacher about it on your next lesson.

Practicing Beats

So hopefully you can play your beats now, but that is just the start of the journey. Now we need to really master the beat.

Step 1: Play it a lot!

The more you play a beat, the easier it will become to play. Once it becomes easy to play, then you can start to adjust it to make it sound better. Play each beat you learn for long periods of time. Find a song that you like and play your beats along with that song to make it more enjoyable. Practice your new beats every day & soon you’ll be playing them with ease and at higher tempos.

Step 2: Make it sound better!

Does the way you play a beat sound the same as the way your teacher or favourite drummer plays it? Probably not. What’s the difference? Normally these two things – dynamics and precision.

Dynamics – how loud or soft is each individual voice you are playing? A lot of beginners playing rock/pop beats play the hi-hat too loud and the snare / bass drum not loud enough.

Imagine each of your limbs has it’s own volume control and has 2 settings – loud and soft. Now play your groove with the hi-hat loud, and bass and snare soft. Now make the hi-hat & bass soft but the snare loud. Now lets drop the snare & hi-hat down low but bring the bass drum up loud. Now lets try the favourite, hi-hat soft, snare & bass loud. You can work other combinations.

Getting dynamic control of your limbs will give you more control over each groove you play and will enable you to sculpt the sound of your beats.

Precision – hitting two or more things together at exactly the same (and right) time requires more practice than you’d think. Think you’re playing all your notes perfectly in sync without any unintentional flams? Try recording yourself playing (you just need one mic – you can probably use your phone) and then open the audio file in something such as Pro-Tools Lite or Audacity and then use the zoom function to zoom in on the beat… Does the wave form look nice and clean? Can you hear the beat just from looking at the wave form? Do you see the hi-hat on beat 2 just before or after the snare? Or do you only see the snare because the hi-hat is perfectly aligned with it and is hidden by the snare? Are your 8th note hi-hats evenly spaced or do they look uneven? What about the bass & hi-hat… and if you play a four-on-the-floor disco groove, are your bass, snare and hats all hitting perfectly together?

Playing things perfectly together at the perfect time is a critical skill for anyone who wants to be a recording drummer, but even if you don’t, it’ll just make your grooves sound cleaner and crisper.

To practice this skill, you just need to slow way down (40bpm), concentrate on each beat and listen. Use a metronome. Record yourself doing it. I found that intently watching the stick hit the hi-hat helped me to get the bass and snare in sync with it. Once you can get everything together 100% of the time then you can start speeding up. Can you bury the metronome each time? You should find that a bit of time spent working on this with just one beat will impact all your other grooves too because it’ll become a habit. As you learn more styles and beats, record them too and see if they create any issues with precision.

If you can record directly to something like Audacity while you’re practicing, then you’ll be able to get real time feedback while you’re playing and make adjustments more easily. I use a zoom microphone (I’ve got the H1, H4n, and H6 – they are all great) together with Audacity to help me work on this.

Step 3: Add Fills!

You need to be able to play drum fills with every beat you can play. And you need to be able play fills that start in different parts of the bar – on beat 3 or beat 4 for example – and not just beat 1. To practice this, just play simple 8th or 16th note fills on the snare drum starting on the beat 1, then beat 2, then beat 3, then beat 4. Here’s what it looks like with simple 8th note fills:

Rock beat with simple 8th note fills starting on each beat

Once you have mastered the groove with simple fills, then you can move on to more complex fill ideas and try starting on the offbeats as well.

Hopefully this blog post has helped you to overcome problems in learning grooves and given you some idea on what to work on when practicing your grooves. If you’re in Singapore and would like a free trial lesson with one of our teachers then please fill in the contact form on the contact us page.

AC/DC – Riff Raff – Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 5

It’s noise making time! Here’s AC/DC’s Riff Raff from the Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 5 exam syllabus.

AC/DC – Riff Raff – Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 5 Drums

Time To Crash!

The first challenge this song presents is crashes during the introduction. The crashes are on the & of 2, & of 3 and the & of 4. Getting these tight with guitars is essential. At 182 BPM that’s no easy task though. Work with a metronome that counts 8th notes and start slow.

All Tied Up

The crashes continue throughout the main guitar riff and are played in sync with the guitar. Be careful with the tied notes during this section; It looks as though the crash and and bass drum are playing the same rhythm but sometimes both the crash and bass drum are tied over the bar line, other times it’s just the crash that is tied, so you’ll have to play the bass drum without a crash.

You Will Be Syncopated

In addition to all the syncopated crashes with the main riff, the verse also features a 2 bar syncopated groove. The unusual part of this groove is that hi-hat and snare drum play the syncopated hits together on the & of 3 and & of 4 every two bars and then there is no hi-hat on the following beat 1. It’s not so hard to execute but if you’re used to keeping a steady quarter note pulse on your hi-hats while playing this kind of groove, it may throw you off a little.

Let’s Go Solo

At the end of the guitar solo we get the chance to throw in a short drum solo. However, we’re not free to play exactly as we want, we need to hit some crashes every 2 bars. If you haven’t attempted this kind of solo before, I suggest starting with some simple 8th note rhythms & getting used to hitting the crashes in time with the band. Then orchestrate those simple rhythms around the kit. Once comfortable with the simple rhythms then try it with more complex rhythms.

Riff Raff Solo Ideas
Create your solo here!

Finally try stringing your ideas together. Here’s some examples, start slow, work with a metronome until you can hit the target tempo of 182 (or even a little faster).

As directed in the score, don’t make your solo too busy, make sure to leave some space – you don’t need to play anything faster than 8th notes really, but a few 16th notes sprinkled here and there can add a bit more excitement. Also, note that on last bar of the solo there is a rest on beat 3 & no crash on the & of 3.

Rock till you drop!

The rest of the song is just a repeat of things you’ve already played and shouldn’t present any problems. Just make sure you can keep your energy up throughout the whole song.

This song is very satisfying to play & offers a chance to really rock out whilst working on your syncopation. Learning how to solo while hitting crashes with the rest of the band is a really valuable skill that you can develop while playing this track.

The 2018 version of the Trinity Grade 5 Rock & Pop book is great to work through if you’re around 3 years into your drumming career. You don’t have to take the exam to benefit from the book. The songs are great to work on & fun to play and will help to improve your drumming. In Singapore you can find the book at Robert Piano – Paragon Shopping Centre (and probably their other outlets). It’s also available from Amazon if you’re happy to pay the shipping!

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A Guide To Buying Your First Drum Kit

So, you’ve started taking drum lessons – hopefully with Rhythm House if you’re in Singapore – and you’ve decided it’s time to buy your first drum kit. Pots & pans, cushions & pillows, practice pads & the occasional trip to a jamming studio no longer sate your desire to make noise. But… where to start?  It comes down to two main questions:

Do you want Acoustic or Electronic drums?

What’s your Budget?

Let’s get on with it!

Acoustic or Electronic?

Ask any drummer and the answer will always be acoustic. The main reason is the feel. Electronic kits just don’t feel as good to play; The sticks bounce differently, the pads are too small, you can’t hit it as hard etc…

However, Acoustic kits are highly impractical, especially in a densely populated country like Singapore. The sound from a drum kit travels a long way & you’ll get a lot of complaints from your neighbours.

Of course, there are solutions for the noise, you can build a sound proof room – it’s gonna cost you quite a lot of money though & making it totally soundproof is almost impossible. Cheaper solutions include things such as rubber pads, mesh heads, volume reduced cymbals  etc, but they all change the feel (which was our main reason for going acoustic) & you don’t get to enjoy the sound of the kit.

That’s the main reason why I would choose to go for an electronic kit, you get to enjoy the sound of the kit & don’t have to worry so much about neighbours complaining all the time.

That doesn’t mean that electronic kits are totally silent though, you’ll still be hitting a rubber pad with a wooden stick, but the noise is more manageable and doesn’t travel as far. Pro-tip: Place your electronic kit on these 1m x 1m x 4cm rubber martial arts mats to prevent vibration from the bass drum travelling through the floor (the link takes you to a Singapore based sports shop – it’s where I got my rubber mats from).

Additional bonus points for electronic kits also include:

  1. They are generally smaller in size & therefore take up less space in your home.
  2. The electronic modules often come with lots of helpful tools such as metronomes, rhythmic training games and songs in a range of styles for you to play along with.
  3. The ability to connect to other devices so you can play along with your favourite songs.
  4. The ability to record your practice so you can listen back to your performance – do you really sound as good as you think? Hopefully even better!

Onto our second question:

What’s your budget?

Less than $1000?

Here’s where acoustic kits have the advantage. If your budget is tight , you can pick up a cheap acoustic kit (SGD $500 – $700) & then slowly upgrade it.

How to upgrade it?

1. Buy some good drum heads. The heads that come with budget kits are normally not so good. Changing out the batter head (that’s the one you hit) for something good will make a big difference to the sound. It’ll cost you around SGD $120 – $150 to change all the batter heads. You may also wish to change the resonant head (the one on the bottom) too, but that’s not so essential. If you can’t change them all, I’d start with the snare & the bass as these are the drums you’ll be hitting the most.

2. Change the cymbals. If your budget kit comes with cymbals they will probably sound awful. All the top cymbal manufacturers (Zildjian, Paiste, Sabian, Meinl) have budget cymbal ranges that will sound better than the ones that came with your kit. You can often find these in complete sets (Hi-hat, ride & crash) that’ll be cheaper than buying them individually (available from around SGD $300).

3. Change the snare drum. A good snare drum helps you to find your signature sound. Maybe you want a warmer sound, or perhaps a tighter funkier sound, or maybe you need more volume. A good snare will help you find that sound, most professional drummers have several snare drums for use in different musical situations.

Electronic kits start around SGD $599 and are harder to upgrade – especially in Singapore because often the parts aren’t available –  you’re pretty much stuck with what you get & you’ll have to buy a whole new kit in order to upgrade.

For electronic kits there are 3 main brands I recommend, Yamaha, Roland & Alesis. All three offer budget kits and more expensive options.

Alesis tend to be cheaper and offer more bang for your buck – they have features such as mesh heads at a much lower price point than the other two brands.

Yamaha & Roland have a higher pedigree, they are the brands the professionals use.

There are other brands that are cheaper but most don’t sound or feel anywhere as good & you’ll probably not enjoy playing them.

My advice would be to do your due diligence and go & play a few different kits that are within your budget & check out reviews on YouTube. If you are on a budget, my main recommendation for buying a kit is to make sure you get a kit that has a proper bass drum pedal. Some of the budget kits (such as the Yamaha DTX 400) have just a simple electronic pedal for the bass drum & not a proper bass drum pad/pedal combination. The simple electronic pedal may be quieter, but it’s not going to help you develop proper bass drum technique.

$1000 – $2500

If you’re buying an acoustic kit in this range, you need to choose between the kit & the cymbals. Do you want a better drum kit with budget cymbals (which you can upgrade later)  or a budget drum kit with better cymbals? I would more than likely go for the better drum kit & then upgrade the cymbals at a later date. If I had $2000 to spend, I’d spend around $1500 on the kit and then $500 on the cymbals.

When you’re buying an acoustic kit, check what comes with it. Some kits are shell packs only – meaning you have to buy the hardware – snare stand, cymbal stands, bass drum pedal etc – separately. That can massively inflate the cost – the shop will probably have a pre-packaged hardware pack that goes with the kit available for SGD $300-$400. You may wish to source your own hardware & you may be able to do it cheaper. You might need to buy a stool too – good ones start around $200.

For an electronic kit in this range, at the lower end ($1200 – 1400) I’d look at the Alesis Kits as they offer more bang for the buck (the Crimson II model has had good reviews).

At the higher end of this range, I’d look at the Roland TD17KV (or KVX). It’s a new kit this year & it seems to have a set a new standard. I’ve played it, I liked it and I’ve only seen glowing reviews of it. If I was buying an electronic kit this year, that’s what I’d get

Yamaha also have offerings in this price range – the DTX 502 series – these are worth checking out, you may prefer the feel of the Yamaha DTX pads.

Again, when buying an electronic kit, check if it comes with the stool and bass drum pedal. If not you need to budget SGD $250 – $500 to get both these items.

I’m not going to consider more expensive options for kits because most people buying their first kit won’t be looking to spend that much money.

So… What would you buy?

In Singapore, it’s more than likely that you’ll be buying an electronic kit because of the noise constraints. My advice would be to save up your money and stretch your budget as much as you can to buy one of the mid-range electronic kits. As stated above, right now (November 2018) I would buy the Roland TD17KV or KVX. I’ve played it, and I thought it was great. If I didn’t have the money for that, I’d look at the Alesis kits in the $1200-$1400 range.

I personally wouldn’t buy an electronic kit under $1000 because often they lack the ability to do things a real kit can do such as cross sticks, rim shots & cymbal choking; and the cymbals often only make one sound no matter where you hit them. Also often they just don’t feel that good to play. I’ve had students tell me they don’t practice as much as they should because they don’t like their cheap electronic drum kits. I’d rather you spend more money and get something you enjoy playing on.

A good electronic drum kit isn’t cheap but if you take care of it, it should last. I bought a Yamaha DTX Express II in 2003 (for around $2000) and in 2018 it’s still working fine. I’ve used it to practice on, to teach on in my  studio & to rehearse with my band. It’s now with one of my students & getting used regularly.

The best thing you can do is go and try a range of kits that are within your budget (and maybe one or two that are just outside it) and see which one you enjoy playing the most.

 

 

 

 

The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary – Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 2 Drums

She Sells Sanctuary by the Cult is now part of the Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 2 Drums syllabus. Here’s my attempt at it:

The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary – Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 2 drums

Let’s Rock!

This is a fairly straight ahead rock song, the key thing in performing this song is to get the feel correct. It’s time to hit hard. The bass and snare want to provide a solid, steady, unrelenting groove throughout the song. The dynamic for this song only slips below forte (loud) for the breakdown section of the song.

This is a good song to practice playing heel up on the bass drum; it’ll help to get more weight into your groove. Switch to heel down during the quieter breakdown section to help control your dynamics.

Hopefully you’ve been playing your basic rock beats with a metronome and can absolutely nail this song. There isn’t too much about this song that is  challenging, but you need to really commit to the beat & make it rock.

Hard Hitting Hats

To help drive a song forward & make the groove feel heavier and rock solid, rock drummers often accent the quarter note pulse on the hi-hat whilst playing eighth notes. This is achieved by using a whipping motion to generate the strokes that play the downbeats (1,2,3,4) and then hitting the upbeat strokes (the “&s”) as you reset the motion for the next downbeat.

Watch powerful rock drummers such as Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Matt Sorum (Guns n’ Roses, The Cult, Velvet Revolver), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) or Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) and observe the motion of their arms; you’ll see all of them accenting the quarter note down beat in this manner. Try and copy their arm motion and you should hear more dynamics in your hi-hat playing that’ll help to solidify the pulse of the song and power it forward.

Flams & Fills

The song, like many a great rock song, starts with a flam. It’s a strong statement to make at the start of a song and tells the listener it’s time to rock. Make sure you really nail the timing and get it perfectly on beat four to give a secure & powerful start to the song.

All the fills in the song are performed solely on  the snare drum. As a rock drummer I’ve always loved snare drum fills, they have an aggression to them that you can’t get through hitting tom toms. They may be simple to play and don’t look so flashy, but musically they really make an impact.

The big fill at bar 48 – the end of the breakdown section – is a classic rock fill that you want to have in your vocabulary. It’s been featured in songs by AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Queen, Poison, Guns n’Roses and countless others. Flams are used again to make it more powerful and to make more of a statement, focus on getting all 3 flams sounding the same.

Did You Find Sanctuary?

Hopefully you enjoy yourself rocking out to this track, it’s one of the simpler songs to play on the grade 2 syllabus, but it’s needs commitment to making the beat feel as good as possible & providing a solid back bone for the rest of the band to sit on.

The 2018 version of the Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 2 Drums book is great to work through if you’re around 6 months to a year into your drumming career. You don’t have to take the exam to benefit from the book. The songs are great to work on & fun to play and will help to improve your drumming. In Singapore you can find the book at Robert Piano – Paragon Shopping Centre (and probably their other outlets). It’s also available from Amazon if you’re happy to pay the shipping!

Check out other Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 2 songs such as:

Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd

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