Posts in category: Nasty Licks

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 […]


Nasty Drum Lick #119 | Duh-Ga-Duh-Ga-Duh-Ga-DaaaaaH

NEW VIDEO ADDED! Welcome back to the wonderful world of Nasty Drum Licks. Today we’re going to check out a really cool sounding idea that is based on 32nd notes. It combines double strokes or paradiddle-diddles with a hand foot pattern: FRLRLF. This hand/foot pattern is something I’ve heard Dave Dicenso play, and it’s something […]


Nasty Drum Lick 121

Hey Everyone! This past week I was still obsessing about 32nd note drum lick ideas and one of them really stood out. I tested it out on a gig last week and I loved it, so today I present it to you. It’s #121 and it combines a left-handed paradiddle with the pattern Foot-Right-Left. The […]