Bucket Drumming!

Posted: July 12, 2014 in Drum Videos

Can’t afford a Drum Set? No worries, you could always use Buckets! Remember what I’ve said in the past, that Technique is Technique regardless if you’re playing on a coffee table (hard surface) or a pillow (soft surface). Also, coordination is coordination, keep practicing no matter what you’re playing on. So, let’s see what technique sounds like on a bucket!

This short video features a drummer, Gordo, from Sydney Australia who does many ‘bucket’ performances.To get more on Gordo, visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Gordo.Buckets/info.

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Brett Frederickson teaches how to play a Rute Solo on a drum set. This is the second video in a 2 part series. Brett is playing an improvised solo on his Yamaha Set with Vic Firth 505 rutes.

This video was filmed with two cameras, one moving and the other stationary, and the Audio is combined from both cameras. No Edits or cuts were made to the Audio in this video, and it is played at normal speed.

Brett Frederickson, owner and teacher of Drummers Rule! at http://www.drummersrule.net, offers affordable drum lessons in Phoenix Arizona.

Brett Frederickson is a drum teacher based in Phoenix, AZ who teaches for a living. He has a degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute of California, taught drum line for 15 years, has opened up several drum clinics for musicians like David Garbaldi, Ken Mary, and Ray Riendeau, plus doing many clinics himself.

Video  —  Posted: July 5, 2014 in Drum Videos
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Brett Frederickson teaches how to play a Rute Solo on a drum set. This Video is Part 1 of a 2 video series. He is playing an improvised solo on his Yamaha Set with Vic Firth 505 rutes.

It was filmed with two cameras, one moving and the other stationary, and the Audio is combined from both cameras. No Edits or cuts were made to the Audio in this video, and it is played at normal speed.

Brett Frederickson, owner and teacher of Drummers Rule! at http://www.drummersrule.net, offers affordable drum lessons in Phoenix Arizona.

Brett Frederickson is a drum teacher based in Phoenix, AZ who teaches for a living. He has a degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute of California, taught drum line for 15 years, has opened up several drum clinics for musicians like David Garbaldi, Ken Mary, and Ray Riendeau, plus doing many clinics himself.

Video  —  Posted: June 21, 2014 in Drum Videos
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Drumming Tip #1 – REPETITION!

You would be AMAZED how many problems in drumming come from one little “Secret”…. Like to know what it is?

The secret is REPETITION…

Most young drummers (and even some old ones) underestimate the importance of this word.  Many simple problems are solved relatively easily by incorporating this one little secret.

PROBLEM #1: My arms tire while playing for long periods of time. 
FIX: REPETITION! Practice single strokes for LONG periods of time. Get them EXTREMELY fast to where they become “very” comfortable. If the rest of your technique is relatively good, your arms will not tire after that.

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PROBLEM #2: My feet are slow and can’t do half the things my hands do. 
FIX: REPETITION! Isolate your feet and practice nothing but them for extended periods of time. Play the samba bass drum rhythm “allot”. That’s always been a good one for getting your right foot in shape.

PROBLEM #3: I can’t play in odd time signatures.
FIX: REPETITION.! Vinnie Colauita once said, “Just play in 7 for like an hour”. This is especially insightful as we can often get caught up in studying things too closely and miss the point. Sheer repetition will help lead to more comfort in odd times.

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PROBLEM #4: I can’t do a proper double stroke roll to save my life. 
FIX: REPETITION! Play that thing slowly, properly, and for “long” periods of time, while gradually increasing your speed. DO NOT CHEAT. Make yourself do intentional, defined doubles. Chart your progress by playing to 16th’s on a metronome. In no time at all, you’ll be GETTING IT.

Thanks for reading… please call me with any questions!

Mr. Brett

Brett Frederickson – DrummersRule! Drum Lessons
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Congratulations to Gabriel DeShay!! He was recently accepted into Berkley School of Music!!
We are all proud of Gabriel. He has been my student for the past 4 years and I’ve enjoyed watching him grow. His parents have also been instrumental in his success. Behind every great musician, in addition to talent & drive, is the support from those they love.

Attached is a video of Gabriel DeShay performing as a Finalist at the Guitar Center Drum-Off Regionals in Phoenix, AZ October 22, 2013.

Again, good job Gabriel, I will miss having you come in for lessons. I wish you all the best at Berkley!!
Mr. Brett

Video  —  Posted: April 5, 2014 in Drum Videos
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HOW TO TUNE A DRUM KIT… 

One of the most essential skills every drummer must know is how to tune their drumset. The reality is, most drummers do not know how to properly tune their kit – resulting in a poor sound. Take the time in your regular practice to learn how to tune your drums the right way; you will be happy you did. If you have tuned your drum set as much as you can and you are still getting a poor sound, let me know and we’ll figure it out together. There are a few rules that you must consider when tuning in order to maximize your tone, resonance and endurance of your drum head. Tuning one drum is the same as tuning them all. The same steps and procedures should be taken to ensure the best sound from any drum you are playing. So let’s get started.

There are a few rules that you must consider when tuning in order to maximize your tone, resonance and endurance of your drum head. Tuning one drum is the same as tuning them all. The same steps and procedures should be taken to ensure the best sound from any drum you are playing. So let’s get started.

POSITIONING THE RODS
- seating the drum head on the shell. Before you even place the head on the drum, make sure you wipe down both the rim and the head. Any unwanted dirt or chips will cause an uneven sound on the tom. So with a towel, just wipe around the rim of the drum. 
-the next step is seating the drum head on the drum. Once this is done, and the rim is placed over top; screw in the tension rods hand tight. You do not want to screw them in to much right now, or you can throw off the tuning process. 
- Once all the rods are secure, you want to stretch out your drum head. This is an important step to do; it will strengthen and stretch out your skin as well as help it maintain its tuning once it is found. To do this, simply make a fist, and press down in the middle of the drum. Do not press to hard, you do not want to damage your skin.

TUNING A DRUM KIT...TUNING THE KIT
- To make sure there is no unbalance, you will have to tighten the tension rods opposite to each other. The best way to do this is to start at any rod, and tighten a few turns with your drum key.
- Once that is complete, locate the tension rod opposite to that one and repeat the process. Do this until each rod is secure and tight. Try to keep each turn uniform by counting the amount of rotations and imitate that on each tension rod. 
- See the attached diagram of the tightening process:
As you can see, each tension rod is tuned opposite of each other. Start at A, and work your way around the drum.
- Once each rod is tightened, try striking the drum. Chances are you will not get the right sound on your first try. This is where you have to start fine tuning. Pick a tension rod to start at, and tap the head around 2 inches from that rod.

Again, use the diagram and tap each rod opposite to each other. Try and hear for any inconsistent sounds. If there are any tones that are not even, tune each tension rod accordingly. 
Remember this is a fine process, tuning a half a turn will change the sound to the whole drum.

Feel free to contact me with any questions…
Brett

I came across this video of a street performer playing on one drum using all his fingers. He does an excellent job and reminded me of a buddy of mine who was able to play like this.
Something interesting and fun – enjoy!!
Mr. Brett

Video  —  Posted: February 22, 2014 in Drum Videos
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