How to not suck at tom grooves

Stephen Taylor

How To Make Your Tom Grooves Not Suck

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I love a kickin’ tom groove. There’s just something tribal and organic about them.

I didn’t always love playing them though. It seemed like it took me the longest time to figure out how to construct a tom groove that felt good. Check out the lesson below and download the sheet music. After you watch it, review the 4 points that I make in the lesson.

How To Make Your Tom Grooves Not Suck



Just so you can review them, here’s the 4 points I make in the lesson…

1. Have an anchor

2. Decide where the accents and emphasis will be in the beat

3. Know what you will be hitting at every point in the groove

4. Use parts of the groove to construct your fills. This will give it a more polished sound.

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Now…GO PRACTICE!!!

-Stephen T.

January 2014 lesson schedule

January 6th @ 10:00 am – #523 Implied Time Study 3 – Advanced

January 6th @ 8:00 pm – #524 “Centuries” Fall Out Boy – Intermediate

January 6th @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews

January 7th @ 11:30 am – #115 The 5 Stroke Roll – All Levels

January 8th @ 1:00 pm – #525 Introduction to 6/4 Time – All Levels

January 8th @ 5:00 pm – #526 Rock Tom Grooves #1-3 – Beginner

January 13th @ 10:00 am – #527 Beginner Grooves in 6/4 – Beginner

January 13th @ 8:00 pm – #528 Intermediate Grooves in 6/4 – Intermediate

January 13th @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews

January 14th @ 11:30 am – #529 3 Notes on a Hand Workout – All Levels

January 15th @ 1:00 pm – #530 Putting the Hi-Hat in Your Fills Part 1 – Beginner

January 15th @ 5:00 pm – #531 Implied Time Study 4 – Advanced

January 20th @ 10:00 am – #532 Advanced Grooves in 6/4 – Advanced

January 20th @ 8:00 pm – #533 Rock Tom Grooves #4-6 – Intermediate

January 20th @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews

January 21st @ 11:30 am – #124 The Flam Accent – All Levels

January 22nd @ 1:00 pm – #125 The Flam Accent Applied – Intermediate

January 22nd @ 5:00 pm – #534 Cowbell Funk 1 – Beginner

January 27th @ 10:00 am – #535 Putting the Hi-Hat in Your Fills Part 2 – Intermediate

January 27th @ 8:00 pm – #536 Implied Time Study 5 – Advanced

January 27th @ 8:30 pm – Student Reviews

January 28th @ 11:30 am – TBA

January 29th @ 1:00 pm – Cowbell Funk 2 – Intermediate

January 29th @ 5:00 pm – TBA