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Frank Briggs: Building A Musical Vocabulary

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Percussionists have three different tools to work with when it comes to the creation of music: rhythm, dynamics, and orchestration. Without fully developing each of these concepts, building a musical and vast vocabulary is extremely difficult. In this lesson, Frank Briggs will teach you how to start doing so with the help of various rhythms, accent patterns, and groupings.

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Lesson Index:
0:07 – SONG: “Gonzo”
5:38 – Introduction
9:00 – Giveaway Details
11:12 – Lesson Begins
32:00 – Demonstration w/ song
58:29 – SONG: “Beezlebub”

About Frank:
Frank Briggs is best known for his top-selling instructional book/DVD package “The Complete Modern Drum Set,” which has remained in Mel Bay Publications’ top 10 percussion books for the past 22 years along with 6 other titles. His educational books and videos have been used worldwide by professional drummers, educators and music schools. He has traveled extensively giving master classes and clinics on drum set vocabulary and performance.

Frank has appeared on top record labels such as Universal, EMI/Sony (Japan), Warner Bros, Reprise, RCA, Tone Center, Immune, Higher Octave, MTM (Germany) and has played, recorded, and toured with such diverse artists as Atlantic Starr, Mike Keneally, Kit Walker, Chris Poland & Ohm, Jennifer Batten, 805, Engelbert Humperdinck, Pat Boone, Frank Gambale, St. Clair, and many more.

Frank plays:
Yamaha Drums
Istanbul Cymbals


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2017 was a great year for us! Here are the top 10 videos that were released to our YouTube channel. We clocked in just over 25 million views across all of our videos, so thank you so much for your support! Remember… These videos are just a taste of what we offer over in the Drumeo members area. For even more content by the drummers on this list, head on over to Drumeo.com.

Which one was your favorite?


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World-renowned marching percussionist John Wooton is going to teach you how to use rudiments musically around the drum set. This includes learning several variations of commonly used rudiments, rudiments for articulation purposes, as well as how to use snare drum solos to help you hone in on your technique and musicality at the same time.

John will also discuss the 4 “real” rudiments. Can you guess what they are?


9) David Garibaldi: Building Coordination

David Garibaldi has been one of our most highly requested guests and it’s an honor to have been able to host him in our studio. He’s prepared a lesson jam packed full of drum knowledge so download the PDF sheet music and MP3 tracks and buckle up!


8) 5 Tips For The Self-Taught Drummer

Today it seems more and more drummers are self taught compared to having taken drum lessons from a teacher. Whether or not this is a good idea is another topic for another time, but today, Jimmy Rainsford will be providing five tips for all of you drummers who decided to tackle this instrument solo. In fact, even drummers who have taken lessons should take these into account!


7) Derek Roddy: The Truth About Developing Speed

“How do I develop speed?” is probably the #1 question drummers ask, and even more so to Derek Roddy as an extreme metal player. The most common answer is to simply start slow and work your way up, but Derek brings forth some great insights on other efficient ways to hit those top speeds.


6) Anika Nilles: Grooves & Fills From Pikalar

It’s Anika Nilles’ second round at Drumeo! In this lesson, Anika will teach you to play beats and fills from four songs featured in her album “Pikalar”. Be prepared to learn odd-time patterns in 3/4, 5/4, 5/8 and 7/8, as well as a 4-over-5 groove! Click here to download the sheet music.


5) Luke Holland’s Favorite Drum Beats & Fills

Here’s a collection of TEN grooves and fills that have become Luke’s favorites throughout his drumming career – everything from his signature chops to grooves from his famous YouTube drum covers such as “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. Get the sheet music.


4) Dennis Chambers: Legendary Tips For Modern Drummers

It’s been a long time coming! We’ve received hundreds, if not thousands of comments from all of you requesting Dennis Chambers to come onto Drumeo. And it finally happened!

This video is a little different from our traditional lessons. We won’t be talking about any specific grooves, fills, or exercises; but rather essential tips and concepts that will help you better understand this beloved craft. Dennis covers everything he thinks some modern drummers are lacking these days such as playing in the pocket, having good technique, and overall developing a better understanding on how to serve music.

There are only a few drummers who come to mind who could justify this lesson title. Dennis Chambers is one of them.


3) Todd Sucherman: “Sounds & Choices”, More Methods & Mechanics

Todd Sucherman will be discussing the mental and physical approach to playing the drums so you can enhance your rhythmic vocabulary. This includes going back and ensuring you have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of drumming. Todd’s approach will make you re-think what you “know”, and what you actually apply in your drumming.

Take the time to watch the full lesson! His body of work and continued growth as a musician (and teacher) have earned him an insurmountable wealth of knowledge which he’s going to expose you to during this lesson.


2) The Most Important Beat I Ever Learned

As David and I were discussing his lesson material for Drumeo, he began talking about a drum beat that heavily influenced his own playing and was popular amongst drummers in the early 70’s: the “King Kong” (created and coined by Pete DePoe).

Today, David’s here to show and teach you this groove that inspired his overall sound that we’ve all come to love. Download the sheet music!


1) Gavin Harrison: How To Create Amazing Drum Parts

Arguably the most requested drummer by our viewers, Gavin Harrison is here at Drumeo to share his tips and methods for coming up with tasteful drum parts, how to improve your creativity, and your general mindset when playing the drums whether in the studio or performing live.

This hour-long lesson is jammed full of incredible drumming knowledge, so pay attention! He also plays several tracks from his solo project “Cheating the Polygraph”, as well as a track from The Pineapple Thief.


JP Bouvet: Tools For Creative Writing With A Band

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At Drumeo we’ve done a countless amount of drum lessons on how to improve your technique and repertoire as a drummer, so we thought it would be a good idea step out of our comfort zone and start discussing the drums within the context of a band. The countless hours you’ve spent in the practice room alone all pays off when you play with a band and get to share the fruits of your labor.

JP Bouvet and his band Childish Japes are here to discuss how to be more creative when coming up with drum parts and how to compliment what the other instruments are doing. Included in this video are musical examples of the topics discussed, as well as several song performances from their latest album titled “Before You’re Born”!

Lesson Index:
0:09 – Improv. Jam 1
3:56 – Introduction
5:58 – Lesson Begins
9:28 – Tool #1: Subtraction
16:18 – Tool #2: Matching
22:29 – Tool #3: Contrast
29:12 – Tool #4: Less Common Rhythms
39:55 – Musical Demonstrations
44:30 – Tool #5: Inspiration
48:30 – Improv. Jam 2
1:00:43 – Song Title Pending

About JP:
Jean-Pierre “JP” Bouvet is a drummer, educator, and clinician based in New York City. After studying for two years at Berklee College of Music, JP made a splash in the drum scene in 2011 when he won both the Guitar Center Drum-Off and the Roland V-Drums Competition. Currently he’s apart of the brand new band “Childish Japes” which he describes as being “committed to fearless musical exploration and a blurring of genre lines”. Be sure to check out their debut album “After You’re Born”!

JP plays:
DW Drums
Meinl Cymbals
Remo Drumheads
Vic Firth Sticks


One Groove That Influenced Anika Nilles

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I always love asking our special guest artists what drum groove had the biggest influence on their playing and overall sound. Funny enough, the groove Anika brought up is from one of my favorite drummers as well: Jeff Porcaro!

Now I know what you’re thinking… “Oh it’s the Rosanna Shuffle!” – but it’s actually from the song “These Chains” by Toto. It’s a shuffle groove as well, however it’s a slight variation from the classic shuffle you’re probably used to hearing.

What’s one groove that influenced YOU?

Other videos from Anika:
Anika’s Top Two Warm-Up Routines
How To Make A Living Playing The Drums
Grooves & Fills From Pikilar


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