Throughout this new lesson series, Vic Firth Signature Artist Bill Bachman will discuss a variety of essential rudiments and break each one down to help improve speed, groove, timing, and musicality. Each lesson will expose you to concepts that will help develop your drumming skills, and will allow you to play along with Bill himself.

Want better hand technique for greater facility, speed, endurance, groove, and musical expression? Then head over to DRUMWORKOUT.COM! In addition to plenty of lessons, there are hours of actual play-along workouts with instruction and coaching by Bill Bachman, world-renowned hand technique expert, drum clinician, and author of Modern Drummer Publishing’s Stick Technique: The Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer.

Stick Heights, Velocity, & Double Stops


Double Stroke Roll Workout - "Invert Shot Roll" Moeller "Whip & Flop" Technique
Flam Tap Workout/Lesson Paradiddle Workout/Lesson
Triple Stokres in French Grip Inverted Flam Taps
Buzz Roll Technique Building French Grip
Play Big, Not Hard! To gap, or not to gap...
Not Quite Matched Grip

American Classic® Extreme 5A
For the 5A player who wants more power and reach.
L = 16 1/2" | Dia. = .565"
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Heavy Hitter Slim Pad
The Heavy Hitter Slimpad features a "slim" 1/8" gum rubber pad on a 12" sturdy wooden base. The extra thin 1/8" gum rubber pad gives the player a more accurate feel of a high tensioned marching snare. It's the perfect size and weight to throw in a backpack for the drummer on the go.
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In the world of marching tenors and rudimental drumming, Bill Bachman needs no introduction. He is not only a prolific author, world class performer, clinician and educator, but also an inventor and touring/recording drumset artist.

Bill Bachman studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Bill has played with and instructed many award winning marching percussion groups including the UNT drumline, Cadets, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, and Carolina Crown in his 12 years touring with Drum and Bugle Corps. He has presented nearly 200 drum clinics and drum festival performances on five continents over the last decade. He also is an in demand judge and has judged at countless marching band and indoor drumline contests in the US and internationally. As a private lesson instructor, Bill teaches at Lonestar Percussion in Dallas, as well as many students worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype.

He is author of Row-Loff’s drum instructional books Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic which have become part of the curriculum in countless high schools and colleges, and the producer of the instructional drum DVD's, Rudimental Beats and Reefed Beats. Bill is also a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine and the author of the book Stick Technique, an Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer published through Modern Drummer and distributed through Hal Leonard.

As an inventor, Bill designed Vic Firth's Heavy Hitter Pad series - a wildly successful product that set the standard for the practice pad industry. Here are a few of the innovations that Bill brought to the table: thinner thicknesses of gum rubber to better approximate Mylar and Kevlar heads, Quadpads set up to scale with the real drums featuring normal and scrape playing areas, Mylar laminates for maximum articulation and realistic feel, a bass pad for bass drummers and the Exactopad for precision training.

Bill also designed his unique Vic Firth signature “Billy Club” drumstick for tenor drummers. This tenor stick is the first of its kind using the very dense Sta-Pac wood, the stick combines the projection and maneuverability of a mallet with the quickness and rimshot ability of a snare stick.

Most recently Bill introduced the "Remote Speedy Hat." The remote speedy hat is designed to replace your standard hi hat stand so that you no longer need to cross over to play the hi hats which frees up your left hand. The Remote Speedy Hi-Hat's patent pending design virtually eliminates friction and lets the hi hat cymbals both react and recoil instantly unlike all of the other remote cable hats on the market.

In addition to being an international marching and drumset clinician for Remo, Vic Firth, Dynasty, Zildjian, and Row-Loff, Bill has toured with Neal Morse's progressive rock band and is a freelance drummer in the Dallas area. He teaches worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype, as well as locally in Dallas.