Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd is one of my favourite drummers of all time. Actually, one of my favourite musicians of all time. Steve changed the way drums were played. Of course, many before him led the way: Buddy Rich with his technical and musical brilliance, Louie Bellson and Gene Krupa swinging the big bands, Max Roach’s melodic philosophy, Roy Haynes snap, crackle and pop, Elvin Jones polyrhythmic phrases etc etc. The list could and should go on. But back to Gadd. He is a one-off. He is a pocket master. His individual style saw him being elevated as a drummer and emulated. He took marching band rudiments and made them groove in rock, pop jazz, funk, fusion, big band, latin and more. He played musically and thought only to enhance the music. He never over-played or missed a beat. He always meant what he executed. He could totally beast his chops with artists like Steely Dan and Michel Petrucciani. He could just lay back and swing playing crotchets and you would still recognise his sound. He could groove on his Yamaha drums and you would recognise the tone and the way he hit them. He influenced countless drummers and raised the bar with how drums should sound and support the band. 

For this first article in a series before my videos go up online I would like to highlight Steve Gadd, one of the most important drummers of all time.
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New Inspiration Vol.2

Some more great drumming videos!

Manu Katche – (Most famous for playing on Peter Gabriel’s “So”)


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New Inspiration

I think its really great to listen to new and exciting music from time to time. You hear and appreciate a new aspect of musicianship you never used to. Here are some drummers I’ve really appreciated learning from recently. Whilst most of the videos are based around jazz, I do believe that there is a lot to be learned from them all. So, about these concepts. How do they work and how are they to be approached? Below are drummers who master in funk, New Orleans, jazz, bebop, fusion and brush styles. Please do check them out! There are some incredible drummers whom I currently am inspired by. I truly believe there’s a lot to be learnt from any style, so keep your ears open to different genres. Click on their name to link to their website.

Dave Weckl (see his work with Chick Corea, Mike Stern and his own band. One of my all-time favourite drummers.)

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