Groove and Fill Ideas Using Single Strokes

In this lesson series, Berklee Percussion Instructor Sergio Bellotti will use Single Strokes – one of the most basic drumming skills – to create a variety of grooves and fills across various musical genres. Sergio demonstrates that by being able to focus on one of the body's most natural rhythmic devices, you can focus on the most important aspects of drumming – playing a great groove in a musical setting!

Join us each week for a new lesson in this series!



Lesson Series Introduction:
Why using single strokes focuses the drummer's attention
Musical Possibilities with the Single Stroke Roll:
Sergio demonstrates how to develop a great groove using Single Strokes
Single Stroke Groove Development:
How leading with the weak hand can open a world of possibilities

Using Single Strokes in Fills and Solos:
Using single strokes with accents can help you continue the groove within fills

Using the Hi-Hat as a Rhythmic Pulse in Grooves and Fills:
Sergio shows how adding a hi-hat pulse can solidify your groove
Beyond the Basics: Single Strokes in Other Musical Styles:
Applying the Single Stroke to a Brazilian Samba groove

Sergio Bellotti moved from the south of Italy to the USA in 1995. Very active in the music scene of Boston first and worldwide clinician/performer now, Sergio has recorded and/or shared the stage with Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Tom Scott, Bob James, Robben Ford, Nathan East and Dan Siegel among others.

He currently plays with his electric jazz ensemble Spajazzy (two Cds feat.Mike Stern on guitar) and co-leads a Duo with Percussion Virtuoso and Remo Signature Artist Alessandra Belloni.



American Classic® 5A
Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. Light and fast for jazz orchestral and pit work.
L = 16" | Dia. = .565"
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