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Video Tip: Art Cruz’s Heel-Toe Technique

If you’ve ever wondered how Winds Of Plague drummer Art Cruz can slam bass drum patterns so quickly and easily, this video lesson will remove the shroud of mystery forever. It’s all about applying a simple heel-toe technique that requires rocking your foot to acitvate the top and bottom of your pedal’s footboard in quick succession. Master this with both feet and you’ll be able to execute rapid-fire sixteenths and thirty-seconds just as Cruz does during this demonstration of the song “Chest And Horns” from the band’s brutal 2009 release The Great Stone War.

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Polyrhythmic Practice

In this lesson we’ll be working on the concept of playing polyrhythms between the kick and snare, as well as around the rest of the drum set. By broad definition, a polyrhythm is two different patterns played simultaneously against one another.