Thanks to Theo at LearnDrumsForFree.com, I have a free guest lesson up this week drawn directly from my new book Live Drum & Bass.
There is also an accompanying video lesson up on my YouTube Channel that will demonstrate the first 3 steps from the blog lesson. For more on how to play in the drum and bass style, pick up a copy of my book or watch more breakbeat demonstration videos on my channel.
Ryan’s latest book Live Drum & Bass is now available from Hudson Music!
Here is the link to the digital edition:
Here is the the link to the paper edition:
This is Ryan’s second publication through Hudson Music. The book includes help with steps and electronic breaks, old school funk transcriptions, how to manipulate breaks into new formats, how to play and use freehand rolls or gravity blast, and many other skills related to playing in the drum and bass style.
Pick up a copy today!
Coming Soon: Live Drum And Bass – Breakbeats and Electronic Music for Real Drummers
My new book is nearing completion and it will feature 200+ beats, fills, and examples of old school breaks, jungle steps and grooves, drum machine emulation, extended techniques, and sample phrases for authentic drum and bass playing. If you would like to get a solid start on playing like Jojo Mayer or Johnny Rabb, or create your own breakbeat style, this book will be a solid resource for fundamentals. I’ve spent the last year or so studying the masters and distilling that information for the maximum concise benefit to the student. Release date and further information to be determined.
The recording process has been completed and Bloodstrike’s second album, Execution of Violence, is set for an October 13th release on Redefining Darkness Records. The album was recorded at Firestorm Studio in Lakewood, CO, mixed by JB Van Der Wal in the Netherlands, and mastered by Sweden’s mighty Dan Swanö. It will feature 10 new tracks of old school death metal and has already been getting great advanced reviews. Visit Bloodstrike.bandcamp.com to hear a sample track.
Ryan will be entering Firestorm Studios in Lakewood, CO this week to record drum tracks for the second Bloodstrike full-length album. Guitars, bass, and vocals should follow in quick succession. More details such as the title, mixing and mastering personnel, and release date will be forthcoming in the near future.
Ryan is please to announce that he has signed a deal with Hudson Music for the digital publication of his latest book, The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained. The physical edition is still available from Amazon.com but now you can also get an ebook version of the combined and revised edition exclusively through Hudson:
This deal marks Ryan’s transition from an underground self-published author to a legitimate mainstream published author. As everyone ought to know, Hudson Music is a well respected music publisher and will hopefully allow Ryan to reach new and diverse audiences.
The blog Kickstart Your Drumming just included Ryan’s video on practicing without pedals in their recent article about practicing in general. Always nice to see someone sharing the knowledge.
Practicing on a pillow… dubious at best, but the rest of this article is spot on.
Lessons.com just ranked Ryan among the Top 10 drum teachers in Denver!
Side note: While this is an honor, in reality please contact Ryan directly for lessons and do not use silly websites like lessons.com or similar. All teachers benefits most from direct communication and these websites only give credence to unqualified instructors and cause you to pay more out of pocket to cover the middle-man. They also encourage price-shopping or browsing (that the teacher must pay for access to!) rather than students looking for teacher quality and compatibility with their goals. They can also lead to miscommunications by having to use a strange messaging platform, go through a website appointed contact, or by setting rules that neither the teacher nor the student fully understand. Choose your teacher based on their offline reputation, actual credentials, and their ability to teach you the exact skills you are looking for. PLEASE, do not book lessons through online services. Contact teachers directly and personally for any instrument, not just drums.
Ryan will be touring with Bloodstrike in September! See below for dates and venues. If you’re near these places, please come out and see the show.
Bloodstrike just debuted a new music video for which Ryan wrote the song (lyrics by Holly Wedel), played the drums, directed and edited the video, and obviously appears in the video. Bells of Death from the 2015 album In Death We Rot on Redefining Darkness Records.