Traditional Tuesday 9

TT09 Today’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ video is a combination of two simple stickings which you can use to execute swung 8th note phrasing. In the first part (#9a) I demonstrate downbeat and upbeat accents over a two bar pattern. In the second part (#9b) I use this formula to interpret the 16 bar exercise played at…

Traditional Tuesday 8

TT08 It’s that time again! Today’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ is a four bar pattern featuring single paradiddle and paradiddlediddle sticking. Any questions DM me. Enjoy! If you’re interested in private lessons in either London or Birmingham please click here. Q: What is Traditional Tuesday? A: ‘Traditional Tuesday’ is a collection of improvisations and exercises documenting my…

Traditional Tuesday 7

TT07 Today’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ is a short improvisation. Improvising is an important part of making technical ideas musical. Here I’m using phrase based motifs to give a sense of form. If you’re interested in private lessons in either London or Birmingham please click here. Q: What is Traditional Tuesday? A: ‘Traditional Tuesday’ is a collection…

Traditional Tuesday 6

TT06 Today’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ features a classic down and up-beat musical line inspired by the Jim Blackley book: Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer. Played in 16th notes, this pattern features the Single Flammed Mill rudiment. Any questions hit me up! If you’re interested in private lessons in either London or Birmingham please click here….

Traditional Tuesday 5

TT05 Today’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ features a subdivided triplet phrase taken from the fantastic Jim Blackley book: Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer. If you’re interested in private lessons in either London or Birmingham please click here. Q: What is Traditional Tuesday? A: Traditional Tuesday’ is a collection of improvisations and exercises documenting my practice of…

Traditional Tuesday 4

TT04 This week’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ features the Jim Blackley downbeat/upbeat cycle, this time in 16th notes with paradiddle stickings. These exercises help to develop a phrase-based approach to rudimental patterns. If you’re interested in private lessons in either London or Birmingham please click here. Q: What is Traditional Tuesday? A: ‘Traditional Tuesday’ is a collection…

Traditional Tuesday 3

TT03 Today’s ‘Traditional Tuesday’ features another phrase based paradiddle exercise that works both sides of your technique. Enjoy! Q: What is Traditional Tuesday? A: ‘Traditional Tuesday’ is a collection of improvisations and exercises documenting my practice of traditional grip. From 1984 to 2009 I played predominantly traditional grip and now I have a regular practice/recording/teaching…

Traditional Tuesday 2

  TT02 Big up to the late, great Bob Armstrong for introducing me to ‘Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer’ by Jim Blackley. This book promotes a phrased based approach to sticking patterns across a variety of subdivisions. I’ve used many of lessons learnt in this book to keep my practice creative. In this video…

Traditional Tuesday 1

TT01 Welcome to ‘Traditional Tuesday’. A collection of improvisations and exercises documenting my practice of traditional grip. If you’re interested in private lessons in either London or Birmingham please click here. Q: What is Traditional Tuesday? A: Traditional Tuesday’ is a collection of improvisations and exercises documenting my practice of traditional grip. From 1984 to…

My Top 10 Practice Tips

One question I get all the time from students is how to structure practice routines and maximise the effectiveness of their practice time. Here are 10 practice tips that have worked well for me and my students.