BC010

Beginner's Course


What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • How we can orchestrate using oblique motion to create more interesting drum fills
  • An effective way of improving our mobility on the drums
  • How your drum fills and grooves can fit together to create interesting drum parts
 
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Exercise 1

Step 1
In this exercise we play four notes on the snare drum, followed by four notes on the high-tom, followed by four notes on the floor-tom, finishing with four notes on the mid-tom. This is described as oblique-motion.

 
 
 
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Step 2

Once you’re comfortable playing repeatedly, it’s time to play it in context by combining it with a groove. We do this by simply ‘plugging it in’ to the pattern from Step 5 of Lesson 6. And remember, if you mastered Lesson 3 you’ve basically done this already. The difference is that the drum fill is no longer played on just the snare drum – it’s now orchestrated around the whole kit!

 
 

Great work! Now take a look at the next example which features another type of oblique motion:


Exercise 2

Step 1

As we’ve said, in this exercise we play four notes on the snare drum, followed by four notes on the mid-tom, followed by four notes on the high-tom, finishing with four notes on the floor-tom. This is another example of oblique-motion.

 
 

Step 2

Once you’re comfortable playing repeatedly, it’s time to play it in context by combining it with a groove. We do this by simply ‘plugging it in’ to the pattern from Step 5 of Lesson 6. And remember, if you mastered Lesson 3 you’ve basically done this already. The difference is that the drum fill is no longer played on just the snare drum – it’s now orchestrated around the whole kit!

 
 


Exercise 3

Step 1
As we’ve said, in this exercise we play four notes on the snare drum, followed by four notes on the mid-tom, followed by four notes on the floor-tom, finishing with four notes on the high-tom. This is yet another example of oblique-motion.

 
 

Step 2
Once you’re comfortable playing repeatedly, it’s time to play it in context by combining it with a groove. We do this by simply ‘plugging it in’ to the pattern from Step 5 of Lesson 6. And remember, if you mastered Lesson 3 you’ve basically done this already. The difference is that the drum fill is no longer played on just the snare drum – it’s now orchestrated around the whole kit!

 
 


Example 4

Step 1
As we’ve said, in this exercise we play four notes on the snare drum, followed by four notes on the floor-tom, followed by four notes on the high-tom, finishing with four notes on the mid-tom. This is our final example of oblique-motion.

 
 

Step 2

Once you’re comfortable playing repeatedly, it’s time to play it in context by combining it with a groove. We do this by simply ‘plugging it in’ to the pattern from Step 5 of Lesson 6. And remember, if you mastered Lesson 3 you’ve basically done this already. The difference is that the drum fill is no longer played on just the snare drum – it’s now orchestrated around the whole kit!

 
 

Excellent work! Keep practicing this until you are very comfortable with it. Then move onto the next lesson where we’ll turn our attention towards another style of drum groove.