Drum & Percussion Lessons
Drummer Cafe

Over 25 Years of Drummer Cafe


Serving drummers and percussionists since 1996.

Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has always been one of my favorite drummers, so it was a pleasure to transcribe his comping from the opening 4-bars of Joni Mitchell's "I Wish I Were In Love Again" (Both Sides Now).

You can see/hear how Peter makes use of 4-way coordination; bass drum, snare, ride cymbal and hi-hat (foot). Notice the quarter-note pulse in the ride cymbal which propels the band along while the other voices of the drumkit interplay, creating the swung jazz feel. Observe Peter's phrasing and touch as you listen to the sample clip. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Peter Erskine - Solo Lick

"I Wish I Were In Love Again" - Joni Mitchell

Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, and Master of Music post-graduate work. His 40+ years in the music and entertainment industry, over 100 album recordings to his credit, as well as an exhaustive understanding of contemporary and classical music makes him a complete and skilled master musician.

Bart continues to work as an active drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, music arranger, director, comedian, MC, educator, writer and visual artist. He is the owner and creator of DrummerCafe.com, which he founded in December of 1996.