Drums, Lessons — February 15, 2012 1:01 am

Variations on Pickering

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Hi everyone, and thanks for tuning in today. In this video I demonstrate ways that drummers can embellish their grooves, or change styles within the same groove. Often times drummers get stuck thinking that one way may be the only way, and these examples could guide you towards opening the doors to new opportunities.

I demonstrate one groove several different ways. (groove #1 on page 14) You can find this groove enclosed in this article, or you can buy the book – it’s titled “The Drummers Cookbook” by John Pickering. In addition, you can use these concepts with grooves that you already play, or you can transcribe grooves that you hear your favorite drummers playing, then apply these concepts to those as well.

The video is clear and speaks for itself, so there’s not much reason for me to continue writing about it. However, I will suggest that you have a pencil in hand as you watch through it, because you may want to write down the times (3:47 for example) in which the patterns change – this would be for easy reference when going back to study in a particular style. Enjoy, have fun, and most of all, try to come up with patterns of your own.

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