Casual Date “Must-Know” Grooves: Intro to Island Grooves:

  • Styles:
  • Calypso
  • Merengue
  • Reggae
  • Ska
  • Skill Level:
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Number of Lessons:
  • 9
  • Price:
  • $3.99

In this “Working Drummers” series, Russ Miller presents the “must-know” that you would be expected to handle on a casual date (sometimes referred to as a “club date”—which could a wedding gig, corporate event, etc.) or a recording session. With extensive experience on every kind of gig from film soundtrack sessions to rock recordings to concerts and casuals, Russ provides these examples from his own experience. You’ll find all these grooves to be useful in many everyday playing situations.

This pack shows you a practical approach to these common island styles: mergengue, calypso, reggae, and ska.

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  1. Reggae (One-Drop)
  2. Reggae (Four on the Floor)
  3. Ska
  4. Calypso
  5. Merengue
  6. Reggae Fill Ideas
  7. Performance Example 1: Reggae
  8. Performance Example 2: Calypso
  9. Performance Example 2: Merengue

To learn more from Russ, check out his DVD, Arrival: Behind the Glass, available from Hudson Music, and The Drumset Crash Course (DVD and book/CD package, available separately), from Alfred Music Publishing, Inc.