When you see drummers showing off their ‘chops’, those incredible skills often consist of linear patterns, which means no two limbs are playing at the same time. They can give the illusion of speed while adding cool textures and dynamics. Many linear fills and grooves break up patterns between your hands and feet, rather than the right hand/left hand or right foot/left foot combinations that you might be used to.
There are infinite ways to orchestrate the same thing around the kit. You can place the ‘voices’ anywhere, playing the patterns on whatever surfaces you want (stack, ride, hi-hats, toms) and get a completely different sound. Linear drumming can help you improve your independence too, where you get to the point where each limb has a mind of its own.
In this video, Jared goes through 10 levels – from easiest to most challenging – and grooves to teach you techniques while you move up. Each level builds on the previous one, and you should start at Level 1 if linear concepts are new to you. These are the levels we use at Drumeo, but you might categorize these skills differently.
Level 1: Basic groove
Level 2: Adding ghost notes
Level 3: More bass drum
Level 4: Bass drum double strokes
Level 5: Basic triplets
Level 6: 16th note triplets
Level 7: 32nd notes
Level 8: Switching up note values
Level 9: Adding the hi-hat foot
Level 10: Combining techniques
Now take the grooves you’ve learned and move them around the drums – the sky is seriously the limit!
* FREE VIDEO SERIES *
Fastest Way To Get Faster
The Fastest Way To Get Faster is a 10-Day routine that will help you rapidly improve your speed around the kit. You will need to practice hard, stick with it, and push yourself.
Top 10 Matt McGuire Drum Covers
Matt McGuire, drummer of The Chainsmokers and DrumeoCOACH is a prolific YouTuber. Here are some of his coolest covers!
Ash Pearson /
5 Iconic Neil Peart Licks
Ash Pearson teaches you how to play 5 of Neil Peart's most epic licks.
Domino Santantonio /
The Top 10 Pop Beats Of 2020
Domino Santantonio's energy-infused covers have turned her into one of TikTok's top drummers. Here are her top 10 pop beats of 2020!
Jared Falk /
Do These Popular Tuning Gadgets Really Work?
Do tuning tools actually help drummers tune better or faster? Watch Jared review and rate the most popular options.