In these crazy times we are living in, sometimes it just wants to make
our......Heads Explode. So here ya go, Jacob Katzen ripping it up on the
classic Monster Magnet song, Heads Explode. Jacob does a great job on this
rocker, maintaining a nice crash ride in chorus section, some nice rolling
fills on the bridge section, and a nice snare roll in free time going into solo.
And on the 8th day He said " Let There Be Rock"!!!
Elijah Drum Solo
Sometimes you just have to bang your drums! Elijah incorporates
a nice 16th accent rhythm that he has been working on into his solo,
plus some nice 32nd embellishments with his left in the groove sections.
Nice camera work dad!
Brinden Bhattacharya's Drum Cover of Wham's "Last Christmas"
Brinden does a great job with this classic Christmas song,
keeping the beat nice and simple and the snare work neat
and clean with no crashes to disrupt vocals. Nice job Brinden!
Jason Cloherty's drum cover of The Who's "I Can't Explain"
Jason does a great job on this Keith Moon early classic. Complete with rolling
16th note fills and crashing cymbals, you can feel the influence of Keith Moon on
this performance. Being Keith Moon is my favorite drummer, as well as Jason's,
I think we have a winner folks!
Jack Goldberg's's drum cover of Green Day's "When I Come Around"
Jack does a cool job on this song. He is playing a 16th note snare and bass drum
rhythm, with left hand 16ths on the snare and 16ths on the bass with double kicks.
Throw in a couple snappy single stroke rolls as fills around the toms and got some
rocking going on!
Declan Hogan's drum cover of The Strokes "Someday"
Declan does a great job laying down a nice Quarter Rock groove with nice 2 bar
bass drum phrasing. The use of the partially open Hi Hat in sections gives the
song some nice dynamic movement as well. Awesome job Declan!
Max Dolinsky's drum cover of The Talking Head's "Stay Up Late"
Max does a great job on this classic Talking Heads song building up the dynamic
range in the song: starting with bass and snare for the intro, adding an eighth
note hi hat for verse and then some nice syncopated sixteenth notes in the chorus,
followed by a crescendo on the floor tom. Very Nice Max!
Anthony Franco's drum cover of The Clash's "Brand New Cadillac"
Anthony does great job on this classic Clash song. With a driving beat, some
nice snare fills, and some double kicks on the bass drum, this song will keep
your foot tapping!
Kayden Sager's drum cover of ACDC's "Back In Black"
Kayden does a great job on this song, which he plays from memory from beginning
to end. Lots of parts to remember from the verse, through the chorus, into the
guitar solo, and even a bridge section! Pretty darn good for his very first song!
Jonathan Freyman's drum cover of Jeff Beck's "Freeway Jam"
Jonathan does a great job on this classic from Jeff Beck. Jonathan uses a
triplet 8th note rhythm played with alternate sticking and orchestrated on
the hi hat and snare drum to create this classic groove. Along with a nice
quarter rock ride rhythm on the chorus and some snazzy fills, he does another
great job showcasing his abilities as a very versatile drummer!
Max Price with the Sharon High Jazz Band playing "Crunchy Frog"
Max displays his jazz chops with the Sharon High Jazz Band as they play the song
Anthony Franco's drum cover of Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly"
Anthony does a great Taylor Hawkins on drums performing this hit from Foo Fighters.
A driving beat with syncopation, energetic fills and smashing crashes keep the
energy level high as he rocks out in classic Taylor Hawkins style!
Jack Goldberg's drum cover of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Jack does a great job on this song, demonstrating the use of double handed 16th
notes as a hi hat pattern. The song also has a pretty intricate repeating snare
drum pattern that also varies occasionally, and Jack is right on top of it, reading
everything off of sheet music as he plays it note for note to perfection!
Anthony Franco playing The Rolling Stones "Get Off My Cloud"
Anthony Franco does a great job sitting in with my band JD and The Wrecking Crew
playing Get Off My Cloud by The Rolling Stones. I think this was Anthony's first
time playing in front of a crowd and he nails it like a true professional!
Max Price's drum cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"
Max does a great job with this classic from Led Zeppelin, demonstrating awesome bass
drum technique with the use of double kick 16th notes to drive the song, well placed
crash cymbals and a nice snare fill leading into the break. Great job Max!
Matt Baur's drum cover of The Beatles' "Birthday"
Matt does a great job on this classic Beatles song, playing a nice 8th rock hi-hat,
with some nice 16th note snare fills, and a left hand 8th note crescendo on snare also.
He also is reading the drum chart, which has every measure written out!
Max Price's drum cover of Incubus' "Meglomaniac"
Max does a fantastic job on this song! From the syncopated quarter rock chorus,
to the rhythmic textures of tom-tom and hi-hat in the verse, to the nice fills
in the bridge, just an overall outstanding performance!
Jonathan Freyman's drum cover of Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain"
Jonathan does a great job on this song! This song is known for John Bonham's
halftime bass drum shuffle. We added a twist to it by performing it with a
rudimental orchestration of the Double Paradiddle.
Joe Thomas' drum cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You"
Joe does a great job on his first song! This is not the hardest beat to play,
but it is very fun to play, We changed the orchestration between the verse and
the chorus to give the song a little bit of dynamic movement.
Graham Aiken's drum cover of The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket"
Another student plays this classic from Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders.
Again, the lesson here is a rock solid driving rhythm, snare fills with varying
sticking patterns, and chart reading, all of which Graham Aiken does quite awesome!
Kiran Chandrasekaran's drum cover of The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket"
Kiran plays this classic from Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders rock solid.
The beat is steady and driving, Kiran reads the chart, and plays the snare fills
with varying sticking patterns quite well.
Zak Stein with Lure of the Animal at Club Once in Somerville MA
Zak has some nice double bass chops on display as he bashes away in this song
with his band Lure Of The Animal.
Zak Stein with Brotherhood of Grace at Club Once in Somerville MA #2
Zak plays a rocking 6/8 rhythm in this segment of a song with the band
Brotherhood of Grace. An oh yeah....he kicks some serious butt when he segues
into the song from the end of his drum solo!!
Zak Stein with Brotherhood of Grace at Club Once in Somerville MA
Zak Stein lays down a nice 4/4 groove and rips a couple of nice fills in this
segment of a tune with the band Brotherhood of Grace.
Kiran Chandrasekaran's drum cover of The Rolling Stones' "Get Off My Cloud"
Kiran does a great job with this 60's classic, playing a 2 bar combo and nice
16th note snare drum pattern. Playing a repetitive pattern consistently is not
easy and Kiran does it very well. He also utilizes a little musical variation of
the bass drum line in the chorus too!
Jonathan Freyman's drum cover of The Motels' "Mission Of Mercy"
Jonathan plays this 8th rock song very well, showing the use of bass drum
synced up with the keyboard line, and the systematic buildup of the crash cymbal
in the chorus. Nice cowbell on the intro also!!
Max Price's drum cover of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Max does a great job on this song, demonstrating the use of double handed
16th notes as a hi hat pattern. The song also has a pretty intricate repeating
snare drum pattern that also varies occasionally, and Max is right on top of it,
reading everything off of sheet music as he plays it note for note to perfection!
Joe Thomas' Talent Show Drum Solo
It is not easy to perform in front of a crowd, but 7 year old Joe Thomas
does a great job keeping his cool as he performs this little drum solo.
We worked on this drum solo for only 4 lessons before Joe performed it at his
school's talent show. The solo is based upon 16th notes with an orchestrated
accent on tom tom and floor tom that builds up before peaking on an 8th note
crescendo on both toms and floor tom simultaneously then resolving on a 16th
note descending fill down the toms. Not bad Joe for just 4 lessons of practice!
Tim McCarthy's Drum Solo for Guitar Center Drum Off Store Finals
Tim does a great job on a solo that displays his chops, musicality and
creativity by fusing melodic ideas with rhythmic prowess.
Max Dolinsky's drum cover of ACDC's "Back In Black"
7 year old Max Dolinsky plays his first song ever, and does it pretty darn
good for a 7 year old! He shows good tempo control with the hi-hat on the verse,
and plays good breaks on the snare and toms throughout the song. Good job Max!
1st Drum Beat - Shaun Fireman
Shaun gets into the groove, and has the looks, as he plays his 1st drum beat ever!
Not only does he play the drum beat, but he is also reading the music notation
for the drum beat! Great job Shaun!
Joshua Davis' drum cover of The Who's "Love Ain't For Keeping"
9 year old Joshua Davis shows his skill in playing an 8th Rock Halftime rhythm.
He plays the song just right, throws in some nice fills, including a triplet
fill with a left hand crash, and plays a nice bass drum pattern too. As usual,
another good job by Josh!
Van Halen's "Panama" by Brotherhood of Grace
with Sam Finklestein on guitar
Not on drums this time, but again, Sam is amazing as he rips it up on guitar
playing Panama by Van Halen with his band Brotherhood of Grace, as they back up
Jon Finn Band at Fusion 5 in Foxboro, MA.
Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" by Brotherhood of Grace
with Sam Finklestein on drums
What else is there to say but Sam is truly amazing on this song. Watch closely
for stick twirl in middle of song! Filmed at Fusion 5 in Foxboro as Sam's band
Brotherhood of Grace backed up the great Jon Finn Band. Sam's 12 year old brother
Maxx plays bass.
Snare Drum Dynamics Exercise by Joshua Davis
Here is a nice little snare drum dynamics exercise by Joshua Davis that
shows his understanding and use of dynamic markings such as Fortissimo,
Forte, Piano, Mezzo Piano and also Crescendos. We all know how important
it is for a drummer to control their volume now!
Sublime's "Santeria" by Noah Kurland with
Tone Deaf Monkey at Slapshotz in Avon MA
My drum student Noah Kurland does a great job playing drums on this
Sublime cover of Santeria. This was his band's first gig ever,
playing at Slapshotz in Avon, MA. I especially like the snare drum
roll fills he uses going into chorus. All that roll practice paid off!
Jonathan Freyman's drum cover of U2's "Beautiful Day"
Jonathan does an awesome job on this song, with multi layered parts.
He moves from a nice intro with hi hat and bass drum, into 3 completely
different rhythmic patterns through out rest of song, broken up by a nice
little bridge with dynamic use of crash cymbals in the middle of the song.
This song will get your feet tapping!
Joshua Davis' drum cover of The Beatle's "Nowhere Man"
Joshua does a great job on this song keeping track of the verse and the chorus.
He moves between a hi hat ride on verse and a ride cymbal ride on the chorus and
lays down a couple of fills to set up the chorus. Great job Josh!