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Three Easy Bongo Rhythms

By · February 7, 2018 · Filed in Basic, Bongos, Latin, World Drumming · Comments Off on Three Easy Bongo Rhythms

Learn Three Bongo Rhythms for intermediate to any level players. Seriously? Yes! You can learn these easy bongo rhythm patterns and use them in a wide varity of music, from Latin, to afro-pop, and even rock and jazz. Drummers of all types can use these rhythms, no matter what instrument they play….even Kazooists. Find more and support this channel at


Percussion Sticks and Sound Effects

By · February 7, 2018 · Filed in African, Asian, Basic, Community Drumming, Pacific Islands, World Drumming · Comments Off on Percussion Sticks and Sound Effects

This lesson shows lots of different types of sticks, from clapper sticks to bundled sticks, pu’ili sticks and Devil Chasers. This will give you some ideas for DIY percussion instruments for Camps, Community Drumming and Music Education. Find more at

Introduction to the Bata Drums

By · February 7, 2018 · Filed in Latin, Uncategorized, World Drumming · Comments Off on Introduction to the Bata Drums

Cuban Bata are played in sets of three. The rhythms are rich and complex, challenging any drummer or percussionist. Discover the Bata drums, how to play, make basic tones, and get a feel for how they form a basic drumming ensemble. These rhythm patterns may be transferred to bongos, congas, cajon, and other types of hand drums and instruments.


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Double Bass with Charlie Zeleny

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in Basic, DrumSet, Rock · Comments Off on Double Bass with Charlie Zeleny

In this lesson, Charlie Zeleny shows us how to approach playing double bass drumming. He talks about using double bass in beats and fills and as a warm up. Make sure that when you practice this material, you do it with a metronome. If you’re not sure what that is, stop NOW and find out! ALL drummers need to develop their sense of, and ability to play in, time (keeping the pulse steady and not falling off the beat). This is a great starter video. If you have other favorites on Youtube or anywhere else, let us know and we’ll post them here. You can also become a DLC teacher and create your own lessons. Let us know what you think about this lesson below.

Basic Bongo Techniques & Rhythm

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in Basic, Bongos, Latin · Comments Off on Basic Bongo Techniques & Rhythm

World drumming specialist, Alan Dworsky, teaches us how to play the ‘habanera’ rhythm on the bongos. His teaching style is clear and methodical (moving from simple to more complex in a logical way that build skills). You’ll learn about the PULSE, the TONE and hear the rhythm pattern played with and without background music. Try this rhythm at home, then take it to the streets (or wherever you want to take it).

Basic Djembe Technique

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in African, Basic, Djembe, World Drumming · Comments Off on Basic Djembe Technique

Master drummer, Jim Donovan, teaches us how to play the basic strokes on the West African Djembe drum. There are three basic sounds played on the djembe; the bass tone, the open tone and the slap tone. Jim also demonstrates how to produce a flam technique, which is two notes played very close together. Check out more from Jim at his website.

Tony Williams Drumset Clinic (1985)

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in DrumSet, Jazz · Comments Off on Tony Williams Drumset Clinic (1985)

Learn from one of the true masters of Jazz drumming. In this three-art series, Tony Williams imparts some pearls of wisdom that every drummer, no matter what your preferred style, should take to heart. Tony plays, then talks about his philosophy of blending different aspects of play into a cohesive whole.

Alex Acuña plays the Cajon

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in Advanced, Cajon, Cajon, Latin, World Drumming · Comments Off on Alex Acuña plays the Cajon

This clip shows a master percussionist, Alex Acuña, playing a CAJON solo. The Cajon is a central and South American drum that is made from a wooden box. THe sound ranges from deep to bright and warm to edgy. Alex uses a variety of techniques to bring out all the voices of the Cajon. He also played different rhythms and grooves over a steady pulse. Notice that the basic pulse stays the same throughout his entire solo. The band members and audience clap along as he solos over the top and keeps the beat. Have you tried this? Try playing a solo while you maintain a steady beat. Don’t speed up, slow down, or stray from the pulse. Make a recording and see if you played as well as you thought you did!

Steve Gadd, Luis Conte and Alex Acuña Jam

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in Bongos, Congas, DrumSet, Funk, Latin, Latin, Timbales · Comments Off on Steve Gadd, Luis Conte and Alex Acuña Jam

This clip shows the importance of ACTIVE LISTENING within a musical jam session. Notice how the players support one another by playing complementary parts that help each other stay in the groove. They are also taking turns soloing (improvising) over the groove. All these players are master percussionists, but they don’t ‘show off’ or over-play. Their experience and skills in the art of drumming and music result in a very musical performance that is completely spontaneous. How did they get to be this good? They took time to learn about their instruments, played with lots of different people, listened to recordings of others and themselves and always worked to improve their drumming and LISTENING skills.

Consider ways you can take your listening and cooperative skills to the next level. Be open to feedback and improve each day.

The “Doubling” Technique for Fills

By · November 29, 2011 · Filed in Advanced, DrumSet, Rudimental · Comments Off on The “Doubling” Technique for Fills

This drummer shows you how to use a double-stroke to add some spice and variety to your drum beat and fills. Use doubles in both hands to add complexity and variety to your beats. As always, warm up and practice with a metronome.
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