set up

i just witnessed greatness at a show of „Garaj Mahal“ at the Messe. at Peter Coura’s guitar shop, to be exact.
drummer, err, musician extraordinaire Sean Rickman (link here as well), with
Kai Eckhardt on  bass, joined by Torsten deWinkel on guitars.

uhm, to topic, yes:
Sean shared an interesting idea for a small footprint 4 piece setup, referring to a Pearl-type tom mounting system:
he places the rod for the smaller tom into the right bass drum clamp, pointing to the left.
and the rod for the „floor“-rack tom into the left clamp, pointing to the right.
but this one upside down, so the short end goes into the bass drum clamp, and the long part faces towards the tom.
interesting, eh?

as soon as i catch him doing this, i will post a pic here!

Posted in drums tech | Leave a comment


i had recently posted this on my facebook page.
because this site here has not been invented then.
but i feel like it should be here now:




it’s an exercise i have put together for myself.
it stems from invert paradiddle, so the double stroke rolls go „off-beat to downbeat“.
then the accents (rim shots) get more and more close together, until we got a single stroke roll between rim shots and kick drum.
and then back to top.
i usually start really slow, and try to gradually break the sound barrier of course 🙂

sticking could / should be reversed at times of course. accents can be placed around the kit (duh).
oh, and the hihat adds a nice groove, and well, a challenge as well.

Posted in transcriptions | Leave a comment


in this category i will post some cadences and exercises i made up or transcribed.

first up is the latest one i did.
the track is called 777-9311.
it was recorded in the early 80’s by a great funk band called „the time“.
allegedly, prince programmed the drum track on a drum machine called „linn“.
the original is right here:

[yframe url=’ ‚]
and here is what i was able to make of it:

[yframe url=’ ‚]
here is the cadence with the sticking that worked for me:

Posted in transcriptions | Leave a comment