Zildjian Workout with Bruce Becker, Level 1:
Afro-Cuban 6/8

In this first episode of a two part ZiILDJIAN DRUM SET WORKOUT, Bruce Becker introduces you to the Afro-Cuban 6/8 groove, developing a solid counting system and steady triplet feel.

In part 2, Bruce with take you through the ‘jazz mambo’ in 4/4 in similar fashion, then combine these two patterns in one exercise to develop a smooth transition between triple and duple feels.

Grab your sticks and get ready for a workout!


Bruce Becker (born 3 April 1959) is an American drummer, author and drum teacher based in Los Angeles and has been teaching in the US and abroad since 1982. As a drummer with a variety of jazz, rock, and pop artists, Becker has recorded over twenty albums.

Becker was a longtime student of Freddie Gruber (whose other students included Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, and Steve Smith), Becker was on the inside track of Gruber’s world and has developed and extended Gruber’s ideas about drum technique, including “the balance and motion of the stick,” and understanding the natural principles of the physical body’s interaction with the drum set.

Becker’s yoga practice has also incorporated a “Mind-Body Connection” component into his teachings. Becker did 5 Master Classes with Gruber and would demonstrate the concepts while Gruber expounded on the details behind the technique involved. In addition to studying with Gruber, Becker studied with classical percussionist Karen Ervin at the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge, percussionist Jerry Steinholz, and jazz drummer and author Jim Chapin.

Becker’s technique insights have been sought after by students such as David Garibaldi, Tris Imboden, Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli), Jake Slichter (Semisonic), Mark Schulman, and Daniel Glass and have been featured in DrumHead Magazine, Edge Magazine, and Drum Scene.

Becker has conducted master classes at numerous music conservatories and schools in the USA, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Moscow, Argentina, Uruguay, and Australia. In November of 2017 Becker presented a Drumset Master Clinic at Percussive Art Society’s International Convention (PASIC) – Indianapolis, IN.

In 2018, Becker created a technique course, “Drum Technique Made Easy,” for Drumeo and has been a regular contributor to Drum Channel’s live-streamed lessons. His instructional DVD, Concepts and Philosophies, was released in 2013 by Drum Channel and re-released by Hudson Music in 2020. He is also the author of Puzzles, Rhymes and Riddles: Solutions to Odd Time Phrasing (BruBecker, 2016, also released with Hudson Digital in 2018).

Becker, along with brother David Becker, is the drummer and co-founder of the David Becker Tribune, which was signed to MCA Records jazz division in 1986. With the David Becker Tribune, he has recorded and co-produced ten albums and performed around the world for more than three decades.

From 1992-1997 Becker lived in Antwerp and Vienna, where he performed with German jazz organist Barbara Dennerlein and Belgian blues artist Luke Walter Jr. Becker was part of an ensemble of great musicians on the 2015 release honoring Hungarian jazz guitarist, Attila Zoller, Message To Attila, playing with Ron Carter, Mike Stern, John Abercrombie and others. As a drummer, producer, and vocalist, Becker has worked with numerous Los Angeles-based pop, rock and jazz artists.




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