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Back to Basics: Part I

Technique by Ryan Carver // January 02 2010
Back to Basics: Part I

I decided to throw a curveball out here. You can easily say "I can play these" and ignore the lesson here, or you can take the challenge and see what you can do with them. Almost every drummer has a hard time laying back. First, you have to want to lay back. I play in a lot of groups, and I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills if I did not enjoy putting my all into making these grooves feel good. Try to play each one for a couple minutes straight without budging. Try to swing each one. Then try to groove on each one and slowly start to embellish on it. Be true to the challenge because you will only be hurting yourself. I can name hundreds of songs that use these drum beats and take almost any complete pattern and break it down to one of these. Think of this as your foundation in drumming. Enjoy this exercise. It is what you make of it. All of the true masters of the drum set have a mastery of the basics. Enjoy. Let me know how you do.




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Ryan Carver

Ryan Carver is a world-renowned educator with a private practice based out of Ocean County New Jersey, USA. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums, providing drum repair and custom drums. Ryan can be seen performing with the Shores top bands 4-5 nights a week! Ryan proudly endorses Beatnick Rhythm Analyzer from Onboard research and Carver Drums custom snare drums. Ryan is a member of Vic Firth Education Team, The Hudson T.I.P. program and The Percussive Arts Society. Visit Ryan online at www.carverdrums.com.

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