The ‘Chops & Grooves Library’ contains intermediate and advanced-level grooves, fills, warm-up exercises, snare drum solos and more. Each lesson includes detailed ‘how-to’ instructions, notated worksheets in pdf format and video demonstrations.
Following is a table of contents including links to the individual lessons. Take a look around the library…you’re sure to find something challenging and cool to keep you busy. New material is constantly being added to the library so be sure to check back often. Have fun!!!
NEW!!! Interpolation – 3rd Break Spotlight
Demonstrating the 3rd break section to Ripside’s ‘Interpolation.’ Includes the isolated drum track and written notation.
NEW!!! Abruptus Majoris – Intro Spotlight
Demonstrating the intro section to Ripside’s ‘Abruptus Majoris.’ Includes the isolated drum track and written notation.
NEW!!! Double Bass Drumming – Play Faster With More Control
Challenging exercises to help you improve your double bass drum speed and control.
Single Paradiddle Fill Fun
In this lesson we explore a variety of single paradiddle fill ideas using the conventional RLRR LRLL sticking and the inverted RLRR LRRL variation.
Drumset Warm Ups – “Wally Hands”
In addition to loosening up the muscles used in drumset playing, these drills improve hand/foot independence, unison playing between the hands and feet, balance, concentration, and your transitions from drum to drum.
Single Paradiddles with Bass Drum Permutations
Exercises to improve your groove by helping you gain control and confidence with your bass drum work.
Groove and fill ideas using 5-stroke rolls played as continuous 16th’s. The 5-stroke rolls are strung together for two, four and eight beats.
The Zip 6
Use the ‘Zip 6’ when a groove or fill needs a little ‘zip,’ but not too much. It can be started with either hand and can be used almost anywhere there are three consecutive 16th notes.
Using the single paradiddle – including various sticking variations and accent schemes – to create some funky-cool grooves à la Dave Garibaldi.
Hard Rock Rudiments Applied to the Drum Set
Drumset solo comprised of nine standard rudiments, two 4-over-3 polyrhythms and more. Lots of inspiration for groove and fill ideas here.
An irritating rudiment solo for snare drum.
Snare Drum Warm Ups – “Wally Hands”
Drills for loosening the muscles of the arms and hands and improving the uniformity of your single stroke roll.
Killer warm up exercise first used by the 2014 Blue Devils drumline.
Single Paradiddle & Inversions
The single paradiddle and its inverted variations are versatile rudiments that can be used to create an endless number of cool grooves, fills and hybrid rudiments.
Frank Zappa’s “The Black Page” for Solo Snare Drum
A snare drum adaptation of the classic Zappa drumset solo.