DrumChops Drum School & Shop Video Index

Many video lessons, demonstrations, and content from my personal collection are posted up on my YouTube Channel and The DrumChops Drum School & Shop page on FaceBook. In fact, there is so much content, that I've been asked to put together a guide, so here it is!

I'll be updating this page as much as possible, but in order to really stay up on all of the information that is posted, please go out to the YouTube Page and Subscribe to my Channel and Like us on FaceBook!

DrumChops Drum School Video Intro

"Innovations In Teaching @ The DrumChops Drum School"

Free On-Line Lessons

Lesson 1 - Getting Started - Adjusting your seat height, setting up your kit, getting the right size set for anyone from child to adult.

Lesson 2 Part 1 - Holding the sticks and the basics of Stick/Stroke Control

Lesson 2 Part 2 - This video lesson continues the basics of Stick/Stroke Control and provides a demonstration

Lesson 3 Part 1 - This video lesson covers the basics of removing a drum head and tuning

Lesson 3 Part 2 - Continue your study of drum tuning and get in-depth to the "Anatomy of a Snare Drum"

Lesson 4 - The 8th Note Groove - Follow me as I guide you through building the most used groove in popular music Step-By-Step

Lesson 5 - Rock 8th Note Fills - Now that we've established a killer groove it's time to add some fills.. An easy to follow guide

Lesson 6 - Rock Fills with 8th and 16th Note Combinations - Expand your ability to play interesting fills off the classic 8th note groove

Lesson 7 - Get a Great Buzz Roll - Covers Technique to improve your Buzz Roll with either Match or Traditional Grips

Lesson 8 - Stick Control Explained - Using "Drum Wheels" by Nick Forte I review the book and techniques involved in performing the Exercises.

Lesson 9 - Drum Set Ergonomics - Here I explain the reasoning behind how I setup my kit. I've found this to be the best configuration for me.

Lesson 10 - Better Dynamics Through Counting (Vocal Inflection)



On-Line Demonstrations

Brush Technique - The ART of using brushes is still alive and kickin', here I use the framework of a Pop Hit to inspire the melodic and rhythmic feel

Rudimental Drumming Demo - The Historic "Connecticut Halftime" played on a Drum Set with Double-Bass Hits

Shuffle Groove Demo - Playing with a Click & Bass Track I deomonstrate developing a groove, arrangement, and fills to match

Getting Around The Kit Demo - Using a unique camera angle I demonstrate the arm movements used to get your hands/wrists in proper position

Conga Drumming Demo - This demonstration on Conga Drumming shows new techniques & Groove Playing across multiple drums.

Drum Covers

Rock Cover - “Jump” by Van Halen.. Includes In-Groove Double-Bass Fills and multiple Camera Angles

Classic Rock - Here I cover the Classic Rock tune "China Grove" by the Doobie Brothers.. Multiple Camera Angles

Classic Pop Cover - I take on the iconic 1980's Pop Hit "Jenny 8675309" by Tommy Tutone.. Lot's of fills and a great groove to work with on this one!

Classic Latin/Pop Cover - "Smooth Operator" by Sade is Latin influenced tune & Pop Hit... Left Hand Technique across LP Bongos isDemonstrated

 

Big Band Jazz Cover - I do my best to keep up with the Great Buddy Rich on "Basically Blues" from his Live LP "Swingin' New Big Band"

Classic Shuffle/Groove - Tribute to the Great Jeff Porcaro! "Rosanna" was an instant classic and after all these years it still represents quite a challenge


Drum Solos

Two Sets .. Two Solos.. One Drummer.. Vintage Slingerland 4pc & Custom Noble & Cooley Studio Classics.. Different configurations and tones provide different forms of inspiration.  One take of each solo only!

Here is a more recent solo inspired by Steve Gadd.

First Video Taped Solo - This tape survived a flood and I'm glad to present it. From 1989, this is the first recording I made with the first camera I bought.

The "Louie vs Louie" Drum Battle - Louie Bellson is one of the best ever and to be on stage with him is something I'll never forget and am proud to share!

A short solo I recorded years ago for a DVD called "Basic Drums"-The DVD is still in the works but the individual videos have been posted online

Longer solo recorded several years ago using my Noble & Cooley Recording Custom Set.. these predate any special recording equipment

"Solo for Dad" - A long solo recorded as part of a video I presented to my Dad for Father's Day in 1993. Notice the tux shirt & tie and Slingerland Drums!

"Recording on a Budget" - My first recorded solo with Audio & Video Tracks Sync'd for Better Quality.. These first few are a bit rough but they get better!

"Next Steps" - This solo experiments with different camera angles, microphones, and editing techniques.

"Rant" - This is a long solo with no video.. just pictures from My Families Drum History as I "blow off some steam"

Short Solo utilizing concept building from popular songs.


Special Video's From My Personal "Drum History Collection"

Interview with Channel 8 News - Just after I started DrumChops.com as a tribute to my Father, Channel 8 News came to my house for an interview that aired Father's Day. Here is the Video of the broadcast.

Here is a solo by my Uncle Nick Forte I recorded on the New Haven Green years ago. Nick is the author of many Drum Books including "Drumming Step-by-Step, Drum Wheels, Extreme Stick/Stroke Control, etc.

Jim Stavris Solo - Here is my Brother Jim ripping it up in solo tribute to our Dad on Father's Day 2011 - Performed on my Dad's last Slingerland Kit

Hearing Loss Prevention for Drummers - My most important Posted Video! No playing but lots of content to help fellow drummers protect their hearing.

Louie Bellson Solo "Live" at DisneyLand 1989 -- I personally shot this video, and the story is as good as his playing.