Dancin’ on the Time
      with royal hartigan

“Dancin’ on the Time” is a highly comprehensive coordination development book for drumset players based on applying rudiments and patterns around the kit. Moving from simple to very challenging, royal hartigan explains how to exercise independence using basic rudimental stroke combinations in 2, 3, and 4-way style independence.

In this lesson series, royal will show how some of these simple rudimental stroke concepts can be applied to the drumset – with musical taste and phrasing. “Dancin’ on the Time” is available from Tapspace Publications. Learn more about this monumental new method that will unlock your own coordination and independence at


  royal introduces you to “rhythms of the heart” and weaves a range of rhythmic layers into a musical setting on the drumset
DOUBLE STROKE ROLL, 2 way independence
DOUBLE STROKE ROLL, 3 way independence
DOUBLE STROKE ROLL, 4 way independence
DOUBLE STROKE ROLL, Straight 8th Note Applications
FIVE STROKE ROLL, 2,3 & 4 Way Applications
RUFF, Thoughts on Technical Applications in Real Music
Listen to Royal's thoughts on the American Custom SD6

royal's vic firth stick of choice:

SD6 Swizzle B
An SD2 with a hard‚ spun felt ball attached to the butt end. Ideal for fast changes on cymbals.
L=16 1/4" | Dia.=.635" | Felt ball = 1 1/4" x 1"
  click here to download a larger image of the SD6

Royal Hartigan was awarded an A.B. in Philosophy from St. Michael's College in 1968, specializing in medieval metaphysics and the existentialism of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. He received a B.A. in African American music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1981, studying with Roland Wiggins, Frederick Tillis, Reggie Workman, Archie Shepp, Max Roach, and Clifford Jarvis. royal earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in world music at Wesleyan University in 1983 and 1986, studying intensively with Edward Blackwell, Freeman Donkor, Abraham Adzenyah, and other master artists from Java, India, China, and West Africa.

He has taught ethnomusicology, African drumming, and world music ensemble at The New School for Social Research in New York and the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Wesleyan University. royal helped develop and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in world music, large and small jazz ensembles, African American music history, and West African drumming and dance at San Jose State University before assuming his current position in world music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

His publications include Cross Cultural Performance and Analysis of West African, African American, Native American, Central Javanese, and South Indian Drumming, a 1700-page analysis of world drumming traditions (the Edwin Mellen Press); articles in Percussive Notes, World of Music, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and The African American Review; and a book, West African Rhythms for Drumset (Manhattan Music/Warner Brothers).

He has given lectures and clinics on world music and jazz in Africa, China, Europe, and North America. He travels to West Africa each summer to teach, perform, and do research, collaborating with J.H. Nketia at the Institute for African Studies, University of Ghana, and the musicians at the Dagbe Cultural Center, Kopeyia village, Volta Region, Ghana.