Lefty on a Righty

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left handed drummer on right handed kit

I’m left handed and I’m playing a right handed… That’s why everyone thought, ‘wow, he’s a genius’ but all I was doing was trying to play backwards… it’s one of those mad accidents, you can’t learn it – Ringo Starr I play on a standard right-handed drum kit. I play the hi-hat with my right-hand, and the snare with my … Read More

Groove Selection

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Here we go with a selection of my favourite drum grooves. SPIN DOCTORS – TWO PRINCES Back in 1993 (yes, really!) Spin Doctors released the single Two Princes which reached no.3 in the UK Charts. Aaron Comess really grabbed by attention with his awesome playing on this track, and his gorgeous snare drum sound has been discussed many times on … Read More

REVIEW: Live BPM Beat Detector App

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REVIEW Live BPM Beat Detector

Last Summer, Modern Drummer magazine ran a feature on their website on “9 IOS Apps Every Drummer Should Know”. They included Tempo by Frozen Ape, an app I already know and love, and a number of apps that provide play-alongs, tuition and much more. I was reading the comments after the article and more than one person mentioned “Live BPM – Beat … Read More

Transcription: Muse – Unintended

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Just a quick one today – full drum transcription of Muse’s Unintended. Pretty straightforward groove throughout, and a couple of simple fills. Enjoy! Download the PDF file here: Muse – Unintended This is posted for educational use only, and is not meant to infringe any copyright restrictions.

Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning – grooves

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Maroon 5 Sunday Morning CD cover

Maroon 5 released their debut album “Songs About Jane” in June 2002. The first big single from the album was This Love, followed by She Will Be Loved. Sunday Morning was the third single release, but didn’t quite match the impact the first 2 singles made. However, the drumming on the whole album is fantastic, and I thought I’d give … Read More

Update: July 2015

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Malaya Blue and Band outside The Chambers, Folkstone. L to R: Trev Turley (bass), Simon Dring, Malaya Blue, Phil Marshall (sax), Steve Yourglivch (manager), Andy walker (guitar), Andy Cooper (hammond)

Been a while since I posted an update on here, so here’s what I’ve been up to the last few months:

Happy Birthday Angel Dust

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Faith-No-More-Angel-Dust

I can still picture my copied cassette version, with hand labelled tape and handwritten track listing. Since then, I have bought it on cassette (twice!), CD, vinyl and MP3 download. 23 years ago today, 8th June 1992, Faith No More released their 4th album Angel Dust. It still ranks as my favourite album of all time. It’s ugly, beautiful, bruised, … Read More

A small rant

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Sonor Jungle Kit

A small rant… Due to my increasing age, in the past year I have made a massive effort to decrease the amount of gear I haul around to gigs. So far I have:

News: Malaya Blue

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Malaya Blue. Photo: Eliza Boo Photography

Happy New Year! Just as I’d got used to writing 2014, it’s time to change to 2015. Main news is that after a few years off from the Blues scene, I’ll be playing for blues singer Malaya Blue.

Triplet Warmup

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Here’s a little warmup exercise using triplets. It also uses single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls and paradiddles, leading with both the left and the right hands. Plus some coordination if you like a challenge!