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Posts in category: Drum Licks

Counter Clockwise Drumming with Nasty Drum Lick #136

I really like the sound of drums going low to high. The lick I’m offering to you today is an example of that. It’s a new one and I’m pretty certain it’s going into my current notebook of “permanent” vocabulary (yes, I have a notebook like that…You can read more about that here: Your Notebook […]


Buddy Rich Drum Solo Transcription: Killer Lick from “920 Special”

Buddy Rick Drum Solo Transcription: Killer Lick from "920 Speical"

Buddy was a master technician.  But he was also extremely musical. I had an argument/debate the other day with someone about technique.  The person I was debating was arguing that focusing on technique could rob one of creativity and musicality.  I strongly disagree with that sentiment.  Technique is a means to an end.  How one […]


Milking Your Drum Licks Dry 2: Permutations

The last time I wrote about trying to get the most mileage from your drumming ideas (a notion that I think is very important to one’s drumming), I shared a PDF with one specific lick. Then, we “milked” it by changing the underlying rhythm from 16ths to triplets and beyond. No doubt, that works. Here’s […]


Want to Sound Like Keith Carlock? Try This Drum Lick.

Want to Sound Like Keith Carlock? Try This Lick.

There was a good year or so that I was obsessed with Keith Carlock’s drumming. And who could blame me? Keith has got it all: a killer pocket, chops for days, and a truly unique sound. There is a particular lick that Keith plays a lot, and I’ve written about that before. You can find […]