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Matt Teitelman is the drum, percussion & rhythmic music theory teacher here at Music School Online. Matt plays drums and hand percussion, including congas, bongos, batá and cajon, learned through extensive travel and study across the US, Cuba, Mexico, Europe and Israel. He has been published in Modern Drummer Magazine and holds a Jazz Studies degree from Rutgers University. Matt has recently earned his first platinum record by recording percussion on the Kanye West Grammy-nominated album Yeezus. Matt believes, “There are many ways to learn, perform, and find your own musical voice, but all of them require work and dedication." His advice to aspiring musicians is not to be intimidated by how far you are from your goals - there is no single path to success. Matt gives you the tools needed to start you on your way through his MSO drum, percussion, and rhythmic counting music theory tutorials.
 
 
Rhythmic Counting - The Beat
What is "The Beat?"
 

In this music theory lesson focused on rhythmic counting, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), introduces the concept of "The Beat" which is essential to the way that rhythm is understood in music.

 
 
00:02:08
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 01 - Quarter, Half and Whole Notes
Quarter, Half and Whole Notes
 

In this music theory lesson, Matt Teitelman discusses quarter, half and whole notes and how to utilize these to find the beat and how to recognize, count, and write them. 

 
 
00:06:58
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 02 - Subdivisions
8th, 16th and 32nd Note Subdivisions
 

In this music theory lesson, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West). introduces the eighth note, sixteenth note, and thirty-second note, which are all subdivisions of the beat.

 
 
00:09:26
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 03 - Rests
Rests
 

Gain a deeper understanding of musical rests in all forms. Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) focuses on teaching you when not to play, but to still keep counting with a rest, or a pause in the music.

 
 
00:08:20
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 04 - Dotted Rhythms
Understanding Dotted Rhythms
 

Gain a deeper understanding of rhythm in modern music with the introduction to dotted rhythms as Matt Teitelman explains what a dotted note does and describes what it looks like.

 
 
00:11:57
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 05 - Common Rhythms Part 1
Common Half, Quarter and Dotted Quarter Rhythms
 

 Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using half notes, dotted half notes, and quarter notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm. 

 
 
00:15:54
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 06 - Common Rhythms 2
Common Quarter, Dotted Quarter, and Eighth Note Rhythms
 

Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using using quarter notes, dotted quarter notes, and eighth notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm. 

 
 
00:15:39
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 07 - Common Rhythms 3
Common 8th, Dotted 8th and 16th Note Rhythms
 

Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using eighth notes, dotted eighth notes, and sixteenth notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm. 

 
 
00:14:41
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 08 - Tempo
Understanding How Tempo Works
 

Matt Teitelman explains how to understand the speed of music through the concept of tempo, the rate at which a piece of music is played independently of rhythm. 

 
 
00:09:05
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 09 - Rhythm Test 1
Test #1: Whole Notes Through 16th Notes
 

Test your knowledge of whole notes through sixteenth notes with this exercise designed to determine your understanding of the elements of rhythm.

 
 
00:12:53
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 10 - Ties
Understanding Tied Notes
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) focuses on when, how, and why to use musical ties in music notation and shows you examples.

 
 
00:06:10
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 11 - Syncopation
Playing Off the Beat
 

Matt Teitelman talks about syncopation, or playing off the beat, and explains how some beats are stronger and others weaker and how playing on the off beat adds a sense of tension and release.

 
 
00:08:09
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 12 - Triplets
Dividing Notes Into Groups of Three
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) discusses how to divide notes into groups of three using triplets, how to create a triplet and how to count them.

 
 
00:14:46
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 13 - Eighth Note Triplets
Counting 8th Note Triplets
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores ways to manipulate the triplets to make interesting rhythms with the introduction to common eighth note triplet rhythms.

 
 
00:12:24
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 14 - Sixteenth Note Triplets
Counting 16th Note Triplets
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores ways to manipulate the triplets to make interesting rhythms with the introduction to common sixteenth note triplet rhythms. 

 
 
00:17:06
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 15 - Swing
Understanding "Swing" in Rhythm
 

Matt Teitelman introduces swing rhythms across all music genres. Swing rhythms are based on eighth note triplets and Matt demonstrates various ways to play, count and write these.

 
 
00:10:12
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 16 - Triplet Test
Test #2: Triplets
 

Test your knowledge of triplet rhythms and rhythmic concepts. 

 
 
00:11:35
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 17 - Basics of Time Signatures
Understanding How Time Signatures Work
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains the basic rules of time signatures and explores many of the note combinations possible. 

 
 
00:06:15
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 18 - 3|4 Time Signature
Understanding the 3/4 Time Signature
 

Matt Teitelman discusses the 3/4 time signature, otherwise known as waltz time, and demonstrates this time signature with several musical examples. 

 
 
00:03:59
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 19 - 2|4 & 2|2 Time Signatures
Understanding 2/2 and 2/4 Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman explores the 2/2, or cut time, and the 2/4 time signatures often used in marching music, as well as, samba or salsa music.

 
 
00:07:15
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 20 - 6|8 & 12|8 Time Signatures
Understanding 6/8 and 12/8 Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) examines the 6/8 and 12/8 time signatures and explains the reasons for using an eighth note pulse versus a quarter note pulse.

 
 
00:10:01
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 21 - 5|4 & 7|4 Time Signatures
Understanding 5/4 and 7/4 Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman explores the 5/4 and 7/4 time signatures and gives you examples where these odd time signatures are used. 

 
 
00:05:58
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 22 - Alternating Time Signatures
Working With Alternating Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains alternating time signatures, also known as changing or shifting time signatures, and examines examples of these within a single piece of music.

 
 
00:05:32
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 23 - Clave
Understanding the Clave Concept and Pattern
 

Matt Teitelman delves into the rhythm known as clave, named for the instrument that it is played on (the claves), discussing it as an opportunity to explore beats of different length. 

 
 
00:05:09
Advanced
 
Rhythmic Counting 24 - Polyrhythms
Understanding How Polyrhythms Work
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores the concept of polyrhythms, providing musical examples of these counter rhythms and gives mnemonic devices to remember them.

 
 
00:07:20
Advanced
 
Stick Control - 4 Basic Strokes
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), demonstrates the full stroke, the downstroke, the tap, and the upstroke and explains when and how to play these.

 
 
00:05:17
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - 5 Stroke Roll
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), demonstrates the five stroke roll which is a short roll with a distinct beginning and end and takes you through an exercise to get you familiar with this drum pattern.

 
 
00:03:28
Beginner
 
Stick Control - 7 Stroke Roll
Drum Rudiments
 

Learn the seven stroke roll which builds on the five stroke roll but is more challenging to alternate the sticking because it starts and ends on different hands.

 
 
00:07:16
Beginner
 
Stick Control - 9 Stroke Roll
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), demonstrates the nine stroke roll which builds on the previous stroke rolls and consists of four pairs of double strokes and one single.

 
 
00:04:45
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Accents
Drum Rudiments
 

Build on the 4 basic strokes of drumming learned in a previous lesson by adding in accent notes. Matt Teitelman shows you several accent note exercises for you to practice variations. 

 
 
00:07:32
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Double Paradiddle
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains what strokes make up a double paradiddle and how you play double paradiddles with increasing and decreasing speed, and where to accent the strokes.

 
 
00:04:22
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Double Stroke Roll
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), explains the drum pattern and provides you with tips and techniques to play and practice the double stroke roll to achieve a clean, even sound. 

 
 
00:07:49
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Flam Accent
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) teaches you to play the flam accent, a three note rudiment, and demonstrates an exercise to play these with increasing and decreasing speed.

 
 
00:04:41
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Flams
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) teaches you about flams explaining what a flam is, how to play it ,what it should sound like and how to practice one. 

 
 
00:04:12
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Flam Tap
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), teaches you to play the flam tap and shows you the right handed and left handed flam tap variations stressing the need to keep a nice, consistent sound. 

 
 
00:04:06
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - How to Hold Drum Sticks
Stick Technique Essentials
 

Learn stick control and how to hold drum sticks with Matt Teitelman (Kanye West). This is the very first thing you need to learn as a drummer! 

 
 
00:05:03
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Paradiddle
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) shows you another drum rudiment, the paradiddle, and explains what strokes make up a paradiddle and how you play them with increasing and decreasing speed. 

 
 
00:02:36
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Paradiddle-diddle
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) shows you another drum rudiment, the paradiddle-diddle, and explains what strokes make up a paradiddle-diddle, where the accent is, and how to play them.

 
 
00:05:46
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Paradiddle 2 - Natural Accent
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman discusses the natural accent that occurs when playing a paradiddle and how it improves the flow and introduces fluidity to your playing.

 
 
00:05:09
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Pataflafla
Drum Rudiments
 

Learn stick control and how to play the pataflafla on drums. Matt Teitelman discusses the most common ways drummers play the pataflafla and offers suggestions on the best ways to practice.

 
 
00:04:59
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Ratamacue
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) teaches another drum rudiment, the ratamacue. Matt explains what drum strokes make up the ratamacue, how to play it and explains how it fits into the beat.

 
 
00:02:56
Intermediate
 
Stick Control - Ruffs
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman teaches this drum rudiment, the ruff, also known as the drag, and explains how the ruff differs from the flam and how the low hand plays two notes that sound like one beat. 

 
 
00:03:13
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Single Stroke Roll
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman introduces the first drum rudiment with the single stroke roll. Matt explains the simple drum pattern and provides you with tips to practice it to achieve a clean, even sound.

 
 
00:05:04
Beginner
 
Stick Control - Swiss Army Triplet
Drum Rudiments
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) teaches this drum rudiment, similar to the flam accent with different sticking. Matt explains what drum strokes make up swiss army triplet and demonstrates how play them.

 
 
00:03:59
Intermediate
 
 
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