The Beat Matrix Unlocked

A new template for the art of hip-hop drumming.

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  • Print Book (shipped)
  • Digital eBook (instant download)
  • Print Book with Play-Along tracks, Samples and Loops (play-alongs, samples and loops delivered via instant download)
  • Digital eBook with Play-Along tracks, Samples and Loops (instant download)

In this groundbreaking book, 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.

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

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).

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  • Mark Colenburg


  • Drums


  • Funk
  • Gospel
  • Hip-Hop
  • Jazz

Skill Level

  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
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