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Rob Leytham


Rob Leytham has been playing drums for over 20 years. He has recorded two albums with the progressive rock group Ancient Vision. He has written over a dozen articles for Modern Drummer magazine. He has also written five books for Mel Bay Publications. Currently, Rob teaches between 80 and 90 students privately per week at Antioch Music Center in Kansas City, Missouri and is endorsed by Mapex drums and Sabian Cymbals. Rob Leytham is a private drum instructor at Antioch Music Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He has written nearly 20 articles for MODERN DRUMMER magazine and 4 books for MEL BAY: Rock Drumming and Soloing Methods, Jazz and Blues Drumming , Rudimental Drumset Solos for the Musical Drummer, and the award winning educational book Ostinatos for the Melodic Drumset.

Remember when all you had to do with your feet on the drumset was play the bass drum and hi hat? Then, about twenty years ago, a second pedal was added next to the hi hat pedal so you could play double bass patterns on a single bass drum. Now the bar has been raised again, with drummers like Horacio Hernandez, Akira Jimbo, Alex Acuna, and Gregg Bissonette playing Jam Blocks or cowbells with the left foot. It is becoming more common to have three pedals on the left side, creating greater independence and challenging patterns.
When students come to me wanting to learn how to develop this independence, I give then a series of exercises. These clave ostinato exercises can be practiced with the left foot playing either cowbell, Jam block, or hi hat.

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