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Rock Drumset Grooves: Level 1

Always wanted to play the drums? Master several essential rock drum beats fast with this jam-packed drumming course!
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Created by Mark Powers
Last updated 9/2014
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No messing around at all here. In this "Rock Drumset Grooves: Level 1" course, we will dive straight into learning a huge variety of grooves that are essential to the aspiring rock drumset performer.

Featuring video content and downloadable PDF files of each groove taught, this course will have you rocking out—impressing your friends and family with your new drumming skills—in absolutely no time!

We'll cover:
• Basic drumset groove coordination exercises
• 8th-note grooves
• 16th-note grooves
• Hihat combinations
• Funky beats
• Linear grooves
• Cut-time signatures grooves
• 6/8 and 12/8 time signature grooves
• Shuffle grooves

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning drumset players
  • Intermediate players who would like a refresher on a variety of basic rhythms
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to perform a variety of grooves commonly found in Rock styles of music.
Basic drumset groove coordination exercises
8th-note grooves
16th-note grooves
8th-note and 16th-note hi-hat combinations
Funky beats
Linear grooves
Cut-time signature grooves
6/8 and 12/8 time signature grooves
Shuffle grooves
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  • Drumset and sticks
  • Computer with internet (or smartphone with Udemy app installed): for viewing each lesson and downloading the PDF files.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 38 Lectures Collapse All 38 Lectures 02:07:49
Getting started
1 Lecture 00:27

A quick look at the primary parts of the drumset that we'll be using during this course.

Preview 00:27
Groove coordination and independence exercises
4 Lectures 05:28

4 exercises

Snare drum and hihat

4 exercises

Bass drum and snare drum

4 exercises, incorporating all three of our primary groove sound sources

Bass drum, snare drum and hihat
8th-note grooves
5 Lectures 15:25

4 basic grooves

Preview 05:26

2 groove combinations

8th-note set #2

3 bonus grooves

More grooves for you!

Time to move the right hand around

Incorporating ride cymbal and floor tom

2 grooves

Doubling up on the snare drum

Section 3 check in
2 questions
16th-note grooves (one- and two-handed hihat variations)
4 Lectures 21:26

Counting 16th notes + 3 basic grooves

16th-note set #1

Bass drum on the "e" and "a" subdivisions: 4 grooves

16th-note set #2

2 groove combinations

16th-note set #3

Cool idea for a nice subtle change of texture

Splitting the hands between the ride cymbal and hihat

Section 4 check in
2 questions
8th-note and 16th-note hihat variations
2 Lectures 06:19

2 grooves

Upbeat 8ths and 16ths

3 grooves

More variations!
Funky Beats
5 Lectures 17:42

Bass drum and snare drum on the "e": 3 grooves + incorporating "ghost" notes

Funky set #1

Bass drum and snare drum on the "a": 3 grooves

Preview 03:04

Bass and snare on both the "e" and "a" subdivisions: 3 grooves

Funky set #3

Bass and snare on both the "&" and "a" subdivisions: 3 grooves

Funky set #4

2 bonus grooves

Bringin' on even more of the funk!
Linear grooves
4 Lectures 14:27

4 grooves

Linear set #1

3 grooves

Linear set #2

3 grooves

Linear set #3

2 bonus grooves

Some fun linear combinations
Cut-time signature
3 Lectures 12:21

Counting cut-time + 3 basic grooves

Basic cut-time grooves

2 grooves

Cut-time combination grooves

3 bonus grooves

More cut-time variations

Section 8 check in
1 question
6/8 and 12/8 time signatures
4 Lectures 18:53

A few common ways that these "compound" time signatures can be counted.

Counting 6/8 and 12/8

4 grooves

Basic 6/8 grooves

3 grooves

Combining those to create longer 12/8 phrases

3 grooves, incorporating some 16th notes on the hihat or ride cymbal + some additional embellishments to try

Common cymbal pattern variations

Section 9 check in
1 question
Shuffle grooves
5 Lectures 14:59
Counting our shuffle grooves

5 grooves

Basic shuffle grooves

2 grooves

Combination shuffle grooves

Creating a more dense shuffle feel

Unison "ghost" notes

3 grooves

"Ghost" notes in the middle of the triplet
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About the Instructor
4.9 Average rating
12 Reviews
701 Students
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A percussion artist/educator and world traveler, Mark Powers has studied, performed and taught throughout North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He has shared the stage with everyone from Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries and America's Polka King- the late Frankie Yankovic, to disco sensations The Afrodisiacs and 80’s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics.

As a Tycoon Percussion artist and REMO Education Artist, Mark facilitates a variety of percussion programs (including his popular “Junk Jam” and “Sights & Sounds of Ghana” classes), educating students of all ages in schools around the world. He also presents at youth/adult correctional facilities and leads businesses and organizations through leadership and team building training in his highly interactive “Rhythms at Work” workshops.

He has spoken at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, is co-author (along with drum legends Walfredo Reyes, Sr., Elliot Fine and David Stanoch) of the book “The 2-in-1 Drummer” (published by Alfred Music) and author of “Solo In Style,” a collection of original drumset solos for beginning/intermediate performers. He has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine, Percussive Notes and a variety of other percussion publications.

Fun fact: Mark is also former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group (shared with Namiah Tribolini, Peter Buxman and Pat Flanigan)!

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