Posts in category: Independence

The Benny Greb Clave Challenge

Benny Greb Clave Challenge

The other day I saw a crazy video on Benny Greb’s Instagram page. He was playing Son Clave by making clicking noises with his mouth. And then he used his voice, while maintaining those clave clicks, to play rhythms based on 3, 5 and 7. All of those rhythms go over the barline. And if […]


Advanced Drumming Independence: The “1e-a2-and-a” Cymbal Ostinato with a Baiao Bass Drum Pattern, Part One

During my practice to develop independence with this cymbal pattern I’ve been calling the “1e-ah-2-and-a” ostinato, I’m continuously stumbling upon new ideas. I’ve been fascinated by this independence because the phrasing of the cymbal pattern, when played in 4/4, goes over the barline. That is not something you hear very often. It’s kind of weird […]


“E-And-A” Drumming Independence Part 2

Here is the follow-up to last week’s introduction to independence against the “e-and-a” cymbal ostinato. These 16 exercises offer every 16th note bass drum possibility before two and four on the snare drum. The “e-and-a” cymbal pattern is laid on top of these grooves so you can work on the mechanics of developing this independence. […]


“E-And-A” Drumming Independence Part 1

I’ve been writing a lot about independence lately. That’s because I’ve been thinking about groove and pocket and how to make stuff feel really good. I’ve also been thinking, as I often do, about how to sound different from other drummers. To combine these two thoughts, working on independence with unusual cymbal patterns began to […]