Lessons – Groups of Seven

Explores phrasing using a basic 16th note motif (Groups of 7) and expands it to create a deep understanding of vocabulary possiblities.

Phil Maturano’s Lessons: Groups of Seven showcases tried and true methods of creating vocabulary and improving technique on the drumset.

These are concepts that every drummer can benefit from – Rock drummers, Latin, Jazz, Pop…the works! The lessons carry essential knowledge that is a common thread in all of drumming, based on a foundation of Rhythm – not licks. Phrasing and time is constructed and improved through the study of rhythm, and rhythmic knowledge is the first thing we should explore, especially as drummers.

“Many times we are caught up in the technical and physical side of things”, says Phil, “but the most important and widely used aspect of drumming, whether you are a chops master or beginner, is Rhythm. And when you start to learn how it functions in music, it’s life changing. Always base your drumming language on your knowledge of rhythm. Not licks!”

Groups of Seven: This clip explores phrasing using a basic 16th note motif (Groups of 5) and expands it to create a deep understanding of vocabulary possiblities. Here we learn:A) The basic phrase conceptB) Application and creation of time line structuresC) Expansion onto the kitD) Rudimental applicationsE) Groove, fills and Time line applications using the phraseF) Expansion to different GenresG) Soloing applications with examples