Tom Sawyer – Rush

Hey Ninjas! In this lesson we’ll be learning how to play Tom Sawyer by Rush which appeared on the 1981 release Moving Pictures. The track peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. In 2009 it was named the 19th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. Read More

Cuban Drumming – Songo

Que Bola Ninjas!! For today’s lesson we’re heading down to Cuba to learn about one of it’s coolest exports, Songo. This is one of my favorite grooves as it combines elements from the rumba, son cubano, and other contemporary afro-american styles like jazz and funk. Read More

Win A Copy Of Stick Control And The New Breed

It’s January and most of us have returned to work, school or whatever it is that we do every day of our lives. This is great in some respects but for many of us it’s another reason or excuse not to practice. So, what we’ve decided to do is offer you a little incentive to kick-start your drumming in 2011. Read More

Sattelite – Dave Matthews Band

Happy New Year Ninjas! This week we’ll be learning how to play the live version of Satellite by Dave Matthews Band which appeared on the 1997 album Live at Red Rocks. Despite being a live release, the album was very successful, hitting #3 on the album charts, and selling over two million copies. Read More

Bombtrack – Rage Against The Machine

This week we’ll be learning how to play Bombtrack by Rage Against The Machine which was the opening song on their self-titled debut album. The album was released on November 6, 1992 hitting #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and #45 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Read More

Rockin Robin – Michael Jackson

Well Ninja’s, it’s been a stonking good year and we’ve covered a lot of ground together. It’s been great to hear your feedback on the site and we really do appreciate your support. No matter what your plans are for holiday season we hope that you have a blast.

This weeks video lesson has a festive vibe and takes a look at one of the funkiest shuffles ever to appear on a christmasy tune – Rockin’ Robin by Michael Jackson. The song was written by Leon René under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas and recorded by Bobby Day in 1958. It was Day’s only hit single, becoming a number-two hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Michael Jackson recorded and released a cover version in 1972, which was taken from his first solo album Got To Be There. It was the biggest hit from the album, peaking at number two on the Hot 100 and R&B charts. Read More