Hi there, fellow drummer and welcome to “Blood, Sweat & Tears”. One of the goals of this book is to free up your timekeeping hand, moving your feel for groove and tempo from being a slave to the hi-hat to something you feel within. You will notice that not only your playing will become much more consistent but also you will improve your ability to listen and interact to what’s happening around you.
Each chapter in this book combines 19 sheets of snare and bass drum exercises with one of 34 (all very useful) hi-hat patterns, divided in three sections:
• Quarter and eighth notes kick and snare drum exercises (9 pages)
• Quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes (7 pages)
• Unison studies (3 pages)
All in all, we’re looking at 10’336 exercises... but don’t let that number scare you away, we’ve got time!
Artwork: Mark Kostabi
"Helter Skelter" is a free, small collection of exercises I wrote for my students. It's in no particular order so dive in at whatever page you wish.