National Competition For Young Drummers

With the start of the National Competition For Young Drummers less than 30 days away, Drumerica has announced the launch of website. The site features complete information on the contest sponsors, judges, prizes and rules as well as a page with links to free downloads of Drumerica’s official Rock, Pop, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Latin play-along tracks. The MP3’s, which have been provided by “Groove Essentials” ( and the “Progressive Metal” collection (, give drummers high-quality, professional backing tracks for their video entries and allow them to become more familiar with these popular and important drumming styles while also creating a more level playing field for all participants.Drumerica’s entry period runs from July 1 to August 1, 2014. The contest is open to 13-18 year-old boys and girls who are current residents of the U.S.A. and is sponsored by Musician’s Friend, School Of Rock, Crush Drum, TRX Cymbals, D’Addario, Modern Drummer, KAT Percussion and Desert Rock Sound Studios along with a dozen other top drum, accessory and media companies. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Drumerica winners will receive nearly $25,000 in prizes and will be selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers and drum educators, including Kenny Aronoff, Gorden Campbell, Tommy Igoe, Arin Ilejay, Ray Luzier, Cobus Potgieter, Johnny Rabb, Kent Slucher, Steve Smith and Hannah “Ford” Welton plus the editors of Modern Drummer magazine and more.For further information and a complete list of rules and prizes visit For a chance to win prizes in Drumerica’s random drawings and mini contests, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Basic Fills using Syncopation by Ted Reed 3/4

Basic Fills using Syncopation by Ted Reed


In music, the displacement of regular accents associated with given metrical patterns, resulting in a disruption of the listener’s expectations and the arousal of a desire for the reestablishment of metric normality; hence the characteristic “forward drive” of highly syncopated music. Syncopation may be effected by accenting normally weak beats in a measure, by resting on a normal accented beat, or by tying over a note to the next measure.

[sing-kuh-pey-shuhn, sin-]



Music. a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats.

something, as a rhythm or a passage of music, that is syncopated.

Also called counterpoint, counterpoint rhythm. Prosody . the use of rhetorical stress at variance with the metrical stress of a line of verse, as the stress on and  and of  in Come praise Colonus’ horses and come praise/The wine-dark of the wood’s intricacies.