Simon Phillips drum lesson: open-handed playing

It’s no secret that Simon Phillips has forged a phenomenal drumming career that shows no signs of stopping. From musical theatre and jazz, to tenures with massive names including Toto, Jeff Beck and Mike Oldfield, Simon’s playing has added a touch of magic to an incredibly diverse spread of musical situations.

In the October 2014 issue of Rhythm Magazine Simon talks about how, decades into his career, he continues to find ways to improve his drumming, production and general musicianship.

We were also invited into Simon’s personal LA studio to shoot some accompanying video. Here, he shows you how to get started with open-handed playing and how it can expand your movement around the drum kit.

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J.C. Bryant, the drummer for progressive-rock band Scale The Summit, finds the number one topic he gets asked about is the creative process behind his drum parts. In today’s lesson, J.C. will break down his creative approach to coming up with drum parts, becoming well versed with odd time signatures, and how to play comfortably in whichever musical setting you’re in.

Lesson Index:
0:13 – Song – Pontus Euxinus by Scale The Summit
4:10 – Introduction
6:43 – Progressive Drumming Concepts
30:48 – Song – The Winged Bull by Scale The Summit
35:45 – Q & A!
48:03 – Song – Soria Moria by Scale The Summit

J.C. Plays:
►Yamaha Drums:
►Meinl Cymbals:
►Aquarian Drumheads:
►Vic Firth Drumsticks:

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