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!
• 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
Counting 16th notes + 3 basic grooves
Bass drum on the "e" and "a" subdivisions: 4 grooves
2 groove combinations
Cool idea for a nice subtle change of texture
Bass drum and snare drum on the "e": 3 grooves + incorporating "ghost" notes
Bass and snare on both the "e" and "a" subdivisions: 3 grooves
Bass and snare on both the "&" and "a" subdivisions: 3 grooves
2 bonus grooves
2 bonus grooves
Counting cut-time + 3 basic grooves
3 bonus grooves
A few common ways that these "compound" time signatures can be counted.
3 grooves, incorporating some 16th notes on the hihat or ride cymbal + some additional embellishments to try
Creating a more dense shuffle feel
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)!