Posts in category: Drum Lessons

The Ladder Part One

“The Ladder” is a technique building exercise created to help drummers work on the development of the single stroke roll. Download the pdf of this exercise by clicking here: The Ladder Part One By continually moving up and down the rhythmic ladder, the drummer is forced to speed up and slow down, but all while […]


Tony Williams solo on “City of Lights”

“Tony Williams in New York” is a great DVD document of Tony’s Blue Note era band. This was when Tony was playinig his big yellow Gretsch kit with two mounted toms and three floor toms. He had a big sound and of course, Tony played very aggressively, as he always did. This DVD is full […]


Steve Gadd’s Drum Solo on “Cappuccino”

For me, it was initially about rock….John Bonham. But when I first discovered Steve Gadd, a whole new world opened up. The first solo of his that knocked me out was on Steely Dan’s “Aja,” and then I was hooked. I had to hear it all. Steve’s playing on Chick’s stuff was always great. Gadd’s […]


Seven Gadd Licks

Steve Gadd is one of the most imitated and revered drum soloists—and with good reason—his solos are always exciting. Steve has a number of great signature licks, seven of which are included here. Click on the link to the right to download the PDF: Seven Gadd Licks Take ’em to the practice room, then to […]