This is a completely free course of drum set instruction. My objective at this web site is to provide the absolute BEST free drum instruction in the World. Money is NOT the prime objective here. I have no advertising budget at all. If content is still king on the web, you will find me easily. If not, then YOU will lose. Blame the greedy (advertising oriented) search engines.
BEGINNING DRUMMERS! (Test Your Drumming Aptitude) and learn to play 50,000,000 songs 'by ear' at the same time. Start with LESSON #1 (below) and then follow the bottom links of the first 3 'suggested' lessons.
Skip past the first few (General Knowledge and Preliminary) lessons. Go back to them later, if you are curious about those topics. I want you to see indisputable results right now! immediately! Lesson #1 will do it!
There is a 70% to 95% chance that you will DISCOVER the NATURAL DRUMMER within, by the end of the 3rd SUGGESTED lesson. You will know immediately, (usually within the first few minutes to 1-hour of study). You will also be learning the (very easy) secrets of ALL pro-drummers (and 'Natural Drummers'), within those first 3 lessons. After the Basic Dance Beats lesson (Lesson #4) , study any lesson that strikes your fancy. Most of you; (up to 95%) will remain hooked on drums for the rest of your life.
You are about to learn the secrets that ALL pro-drummers use (knowingly and sometimes unknowingly) to instantly play ANY of more than 500 million songs. This is how we instinctively play (by ear) the 'NATURAL' way. You'll gain the ability to quickly analyze then play almost ANY song; as you are hearing it for the very first time in your life!
It's very simple! Drumming ISN'T rocket science, folks! It's a simple matter of knowing (and then using) 5 simple and easy to play, Basic Beat Structures. Once those 5 easy patterns are engrained (deeply) into memory, the rest comes NATURAL, 70% to 95% of the time.
INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED DRUMMERS: should use their own judgement. If you know all the 5 basic beats by name and by heart and if you are jamming routinely with all forms of music already, you may skip lightly over the Basic Dance Beat lesson. It is very important to be fully aware of their importance in all music styles, though. They are nucleus of brand-new drumming theories that will unfold into a MUCH larger picture of ALL song-beat and dance-beat rhythms to follow. If you DO know them by name and by heart, then you should feel free to study any of the free lessons, on any of the four menus that interest you. There's really no special order or lesson plan that needs to be followed after the basic beats have been firmly established. If you study the things that interest you most, you'll probably have more fun and progress faster. That alone will lead to more enjoyment and increased success.
If you are in doubt about where to begin . . . be sure to check-out the 'Knowledge Assessment-Help' and read it, OR E-MAIL ME for additional guidance and help. Yes, I'll help for free! Half the chore of progressing, is in knowing where NOT to begin. Try to avoid studying the techniques you already know. Focus on the techniques you need most, RIGHT NOW.
ADVANCED DRUMMERS! Explode with NEW Creativity!
What I'm about to tell you could catapult your career into orbit! Those first five beats ALSO contain the hidden (lost) keys to the discovery of the more complex beat-structures we often label with a myriad of popular street names like; Hip Hop, Funk, Fatback, Soul, Punk, Shuffle, Progressive, Fusion, etc.,etc. (The street-name list is endless.) All of the those (admittedly more complex) beat-patterns reside as EASY TO SEE mathematical permutations (variations) of the initial 5 Basic patterns. Stop and think! This is something of which you, or the 'current' music-world, is completely unaware. I'm about to lead you towards something unimaginable.
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Skip the Preliminaries. (Read them later.)
PRELIMINARIES . . .
The Introductory Page My goal here is to convince everyone they should give drumming a try. On this page I'll explain HOW TO PRACTICE (WITHOUT DRUMS OR STICKS) and you'll discover who I am. Skip this lesson if you are in a hurry. Come back to it later. Just start with DRUM LESSON #1, below.
Skip this too . . . if you are in a hurry to see definite results.
PRELIMINARIES: Holding the sticks, kicking the pedals and tips for lefties. Just slap and bang on the computer desk or arms of your chair as you tackle these early lessons.
Parts of a Drums Set. Skip over this very basic info too. Learning the names and positions of the various drums within the average drum set. If you know the difference between a snare drum, bass drum and a hi-hat, then save this page for later study. The following lesson (below) is the VERY BEST and most important place to begin for most beginners.
MOST IMPORTANT DRUM LESSON #1: (No sticks or drums necessary).
NOTE: Beginning drummers after mastering the 5 Basic Dance Beats, it's okay to begin jumping around through the lessons that interest you the most. Be sure to check out ALL the lesson menus (See: 'Lesson Menus'- at the top of every page).
The World's Cheapest Drumset: Do not buy a drum set until you are sure. Simulate a practice set instead, this inexpensive way.
How to buy a Drumset Tips on getting the most for your dollar when buying drums.
Tips on Tuning your Drumset: I contend that even the cheapest drums can be tuned to satisfaction. It is simply a matter of knowing what sound you want and then knowing how to get it.
Buyer's Guide for Drummers: (insider info) Save BIG on drum set purchases, /new or used, brand-name or generic
How to Assemble a Drum Set: Directly from the (UPS) box.
FILLS & ROLLS: As working drummers onstage, with a band, we do two things. We play beats and we play rolls. That's it!
"The drummer who dies with the most beats and rolls, WINS!" :)
So now, we need to focus on rolls. We need to learn how to use them inside the songs we play. You'll discover just how easy it is, if you'll religiously study ALL the lessons in this section.
There are classic rolls, and there are improvised (or ad-libbed) rolls we often tend to create on the fly, in mid-song. You'll learn to do both types of rolls (aka; Fills) in the lessons below.DRUM LESSON #6: Improvised Fills.
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