30-Second Drum Lessons with Tom Tom Magazine and AJDrumZ

Our mission here at Reverb is to make the world a more musical place. To us, this means not only building a marketplace where musicians all around the world can buy and sell all kinds of music and music gear, but also fostering a community where musicians are empowered to learn and explore their instruments further. Luckily for the music world, we're far from alone in this mission.

Our friends over at Tom Tom Magazine have been dedicated to supporting and fostering a community of female drummers since the publication's founding in 2009. Recently, we were excited to collaborate with Tom Tom on a series of three, 30-second instructional drumming videos that have been published on Tom Tom's Instagram over the past three weeks.

Shot and directed by Becca Farsace, each "30-Second Rhythms" video features a short lesson by exceptional NYC-based drummer Anastasiya Kostromina (a.k.a. AJDrumZ).

In the first video, AJDrumZ demonstrates "16 Buckets"—a bucket drumming style built around 16th notes that New York City street drummers especially will be familiar with. The groove is comprised of 16th notes played on the rim, "bass" hits on the center of the drum on the ones and threes, and rim shot "snare" hits on the twos and fours.

The second 30-Second Rhythms lesson is the"warm-up edition" and features AJDrumZ teaching one one of her go-to practice grooves with the help of the Tom Tom staffers who are there to follow along. Again, this groove is built on 16th notes with shifting accents.

For the last lesson, AJDrumZ teaches a simple bit of stick trickery, the Back Stick, that'll not only add style and flair to your playing, but also help you improve your stick control skills. The first step of the lesson is mastering a classic paradiddle before incorporating the second step, which is using the butt of your stick to play the downbeat.

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