Mark Colenburg

With a focus on legendary hip-hop producer J Dilla and his unique way of combining styles and creating rhythms, Mark looks at specific aspects of drumming technique, groove, and creativity. These include warm-ups, beat patterns, musical swag, performance concepts, improvisation, and chops. He then puts everything together and demonstrates his own signature beats that are an amalgamation of all these aspects.

“The goal I had in mind was to demystify Dilla and other hip-hop producers’ concepts as basic beats and show how intricate they are, “says Colenburg, “And then show that it can have great applications in playing live drums.”


  • Over 3 hours of extensive online video
  • Nine chapters of focused drumming concepts
  • Video explanation and demonstration to accompany each chapter
  • Over 325 examples (grooves, chops, and solos)
  • Audio examples for each exercise
  • Four play-along tracks with charts and accompanying video
  • Free-form drum solo video with transcription

About Mark Colenburg

Since his breakout gig with rapper Common, which led to work with Q-Tip, Mark Colenburg has worked with Kenny Garrett, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mos Def, Amel Larrieux, Lalah Hathaway, Amos Lee, Maxwell, A Tribe Called Quest, and others. Colenburg is also a Grammy Award Nominee with the Robert Glasper Experiment for “Best R&B Album” (Black Radio II) and a Grammy Award-winning drummer for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” (“Jesus Children” with Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner).

Available Products

  • Book/eBook & Video

    In this Book/Video package, drummer/producer Mark Colenburg creates a new template for the art of hip-hop drumming. Along the way, he explains and demonstrates many of the concepts used in creating beats in modern hip-hop, R&B and pop drumming and programming—and then shows how to apply these concepts to your own playing.

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  • Play-Alongs

    Now you can apply the concepts and beats learned in Mark Colenburg’s The Beat Matrix Unlocked, using these contemporary, hip-hop style play-along tracks. Produced by Mark Colenburg and special guest producer/guitarist Chris Sholar. Each track features two audio files – a full performance featuring Mark Colenburg on drums, and a minus-drums play-along mix, where you can add your own flavor. Tracks available as single downloads, or as a bundle that includes all 12 tracks!

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  • Loops & Samples

    Getting the right sound and feel is everything. Mark Colenburg, along with master engineer Blair Wells, produced this set of loops and drum kit samples in conjunction with his book/video package The Beat Matrix Unlocked to help further your exploration and creativity on the drum set. These loops can be loaded into your sampler, multipad or DAW to practice The Beat Matrix Unlocked concepts, write music, or to create your own beats and grooves. Loops and Sample Kits are delivered as 24 bit, 44.1 kHz stereo wav files.

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