Beginner's Course

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • How we can orchestrate using anti (or counter) clockwise 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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Orchestrating differently

In this lesson we are going to orchestrate our pattern differently by moving it around the drums in a different way. Changing the order in which we play the drums will create a different sounding fill to the one in Lesson 7.

As with the the previous lesson, in addition to the musical notation, the pattern is represented on a grid. The count is written across the top and the sticking is written across the bottom. In between, the snare, high-tom, mid-tom and floor tom are represented graphically so that you can easily see which part of the kit is being played on which count, as well as which hand it should be played with. Notice how the relative position of the symbols on the grid is similar to that of the notes in the notation.

Step 1

In this exercise we will start by playing four notes on the snare drum, followed by four notes on the floor-tom, followed by four notes on the mid-tom, finishing with four notes on the high-tom. This is described as anti-clockwise motion.



Step 2

Once you’re comfortable playingthis pattern 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. If you've worked through this lesson already then technically you’ve done this already - the difference is that you're now moving in a different direction.


Excellent work! Keep practicing this until you are very comfortable with it. Then move onto the next lesson where we’ll develop this drum fill further.