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Rock drumming is an incredibly diverse drumming style filled with subtlety and artistic expression. Rock Drums is a hands-on, performance-based course full of top tier musical examples and playing opportunities that will teach you the time-tested techniques behind playing a variety of rock drumming styles. The course, authored by world-famous drummer Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs), begins by exploring the tried and true patterns from the earliest days of rock and roll, which continue to impact virtually every genre of rock music today. From there, the course covers topics such as different kinds of beats and fills, how to change the sound and feel of a groove, the influence of Latin rhythms on rock drumming, ghost-stroking techniques, syncopated grooves, odd time, double bass drumming, and the rudiments as they apply to rock drumming.
The course explores the influence of the 60s drumming icons (Ringo Starr, Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Charlie Watts, and Keith Moon) that laid the groundwork for many of the rock bands that followed. The course features musical drumming examples from over 100 artists including The Beatles, AC/DC, Blink 182, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Rolling Stones, Rush, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Radiohead, Judas Priest, Slipknot, Dream Theater, Grateful Dead, System of a Down, Pink Floyd, The Police, Opeth, and more. Each lesson also includes play-a-long tracks to inspire you to create your own unique drum parts based on the material covered. The course is geared to part-time hobbyists as well as drummers who have their eyes set on a career in music. Course author Rod Morgenstein bases the material on his 35 years of real-life recording and performing experience, which includes recording on over 50 CDs and playing over 3,000 concerts in roughly 25 countries, in venues ranging from clubs and theaters to arenas and stadiums.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
understand various drumming concepts, approaches, and techniques for playing effectively in diverse rock music settings
identify why grooves sound and feel the way they do
orchestrate effective grooves and fills around the drum set, such as basic eighth-note patterns, more complex sixteenth-note patterns, syncopated grooves, blues grooves, shuffles, half-time shuffles, ghost stroking patterns, odd time feels, double bass beats and fills, Latin-influenced rock patterns, rudiments applied in a rock context, and unusual approaches to creating grooves
play with an authentic sound and feel
strengthen your knowledge of and ability to play various rock drumming styles through the study of some of rock musicís most significant drummers
change the sound and feel of any groove to accommodate different rock genres