Drum Lessons with Jordan West: Reverb Learn to Play

Jordan West is a multi-talented drummer, singer, and songwriter. She's an LA-based studio musician, a drummer for hire, and the leader of her band Trackless.

Here at Reverb, we've partnered with Jordan to bring you a series of drum lessons that cover famous beats from all styles of music. From funky breaks to complicated jazz licks, Jordan will take them apart and walk you through each hit.

Check out the ongoing series below, and if you'd like to be notified of future episodes as they become available, please share your email address.


Learn to Play: Steve Gadd's "Flutter Lick" Drum Lesson with Jordan West

Gadd's flutter lick is played on the kick, snare, and hi-hat and sounds a lot like a spread-out paradiddle, with a lot of similar double-stroke techniques. Throughout his career, Gadd has played this lick in a variety of unique ways, but today, Jordan is focusing on the basics at the core of the groove.

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Learn to Play: The Meters' "Cissy Strut" Drum Lesson with Jordan West

"Cissy Strut" is a classic funk groove you've likely heard a million times, and perhaps have even tried to play yourself. But, as Jordan explains and demonstrates in the video, Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste's original groove is more nuanced than the straight-laced way it's often played by others.

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Learn to Play: A Stanton Moore New Orleans-Style Drum Lesson with Jordan West

With a nod to the Mardi Gras festivities raging in New Orleans this week, Jordan is breaking down a NOLA-style Stanton Moore beat. This beat can easily be played straight if that's the kind of style that you prefer. But the vibe in which she's going to be playing and teaching it is the swampy, New Orleans second line-style that Stanton Moore is most known for.

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