Posts in category: Nasty Licks

6/8 Explorations with “Rhythm and Drumming Demystified” by Dave DiCenso

Dave DiCenso Rhythm and Drumming Demystified

I’ve been working out of Dave DiCenso’s great book, “Rhythm and Drumming Demystified” (aka RADD). One of the sections of the book I’ve been delving into is “Lesson 19,” which features a great pattern: FRLF RLRL (easily also played as RLRL FRLF). There are a lot of things I like about the book. One is […]


The Rock Drumming Six: A Simple and Solid Drum Fill Idea

The other day I was listening to Clem Burke, the drummer from Blondie. He’s one of my favorite rock drummers. The song was “One Way or Another” from the album “Parallel Lines.” Clem goes to town on this song–big 16th note drum fills, a really interesting and muscular drum break–it’s a great drumming song. Then […]


The Ultimate Monster Drum Lick?

The Ultimate Monster Drum Lick?

I know that “The Ultimate Monster Drum Lick” is a pretty provocative title. And I’m actually not particularly prone to hyperbole. But this idea, even at the stage I am at with it–which is admittedly early on my journey to master it–has so much power and holds so much promise for incredible speed and power, […]


Nasty Drum Lick 122: The Vinnie Colaiuta Chaka Khan Soundcheck Lick

This is a great lick that looks pretty simple on paper, but it sounds amazing when blazed! I stumbled upon it on YouTube, where master drummer and teacher, John Riley, was demonstrating it at a clinic. Have a look at the video: John plays the lick very slowly in the video; slow enough that you […]