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New Orleans Style Drumming

with Pat Levett

"Arguably the best New Orleans Style drummer in Europe"
--Paddy Milner

From The Dirge to Rock and Roll and Funk, learn the key drum rhythms from New Orleans

Instrument Drums

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Course Length
12 lessons · 53m 30s

In this online drum  lesson, Pat Levett will walk you through some New Orleans drumming history and teach you all the rhythms and patterns you need to know along the way.

By the end of the course you'll be able to play  lots of different styles of New Orleans music - from Second Line Drumming to a Dirge, from Fats Domino's Rock and Roll to iconic Allen Toussaint funky jams.
...and most importantly, you'll be able to incorporate all this into your own style of playing.

This is not a history lesson, although history is involved, but a full course packed with tons ideas on the drums that will be relevant to any style of modern music!

Lesson Plan

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The New Orleans groove & feel

Adding a bass drum pattern

Second Line drumming

New Orleans Rock & Roll - Fats Domino

The Dirge - Funeral March

The Rebirth Groove

Mardi Gras Indians

New Orleans Funk

Zydeco Music

Allen Toussaint

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Pat Levett

After graduating on drums at the Guildhall School of Music in 1999, Pat has performed and recorded with Liane Carroll, The James Taylor Quartet, Tim Minchin, The Ronnie Scotts All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Earl Thomas, Paddy Milner, Phil Stevenson Trio, The Downtown Dukes, 24 Pesos, The Puppini Sisters, Sandi Thom, and Bernard Purdie amongst others.

He has toured extensively over America, Russia, Asia and Europe, playing many well respected venues, festivals, T.V and radio slots. Pat also plays chromatic harmonica and is a featured soloist on two albums by Will Grove-White ( Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain).

His own projects include ‘The Coalminers’, dedicated to playing New Orleans funk and soul, and 'June Afternoon', an organ trio featuring Ross Stanley and Nat Martin.

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