Drum Lessons

Drum Lessons

Enjoy our collection of over 500 free drum lessons, including free lesson notation printouts. We add new drum lessons every Monday and Thursday designed to inspire your creativity and to help you develop your skills as a drummer.

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4 COOL DRUM BEATS FOR BEGINNERS

For this week's lesson we have got a little sample of my recently released quick start guide to playing drums. We will be learning 4 measures from the 40 Bars Of Fun Section. I hope you enjoy.
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COOL ROCK, POP, DANCE DRUM BEAT – BEGINNER (ISH)

For this week's lesson we have got classic 4 on the floor groove with some linear elements. It is a two measure phrase which works great in a rock and pop context with a dance feel to it. As a bit of a bonus, we also move it around the toms to rock it up even further. This lesson is aimed at drummers between beginner and intermediate level.
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AWESOME DRUM FILL FOR BEGINNERS

For this week's lesson we steal a page out of John Bonham's book and play a combination of 16th notes for beats 1 and 2 and then 16th note triplets for beats 3 and 4. We start off the lesson by learning the basic rhythm before chucking it around the kit for both a cool looking and sounding drum fill.
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Cool Rock Beat on the Toms

For this week's lesson we have got a great sounding tom groove this is much trickier to play than it sounds. The left hand is playing the 1/4 notes between rack and snare while we have a nice bit of syncopation going on with the right hand on the floor tom. The groove has got a punk, rock feel to it and sounds best when played at high tempos.
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COOL, FUN DRUM FILL IDEA & ORCHESTRATION

For this week's lesson we start off with a 16th note sticking pattern between the hands and foot on the kick and snare and spice it up by orchestrating the idea around the kit for a cool sounding single measure drum fill.
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Cool Paradiddle Practice Pad Exercise

For this week's lesson we have got a fun little paradiddle workout on the practice pad. The exercise consists of 3 sticking patterns in which we add two extra notes, one of them being an accent after every sequence to give us a fun and unique way to create equality between the hands.
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Cool Intermediate Sextuplet Drum Fill

For this week's lesson we have a got a cool 16th note triplet fill between the kick, snare and floor tom. Sounds great at a number of different tempos and has a nice swing to it.
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Cool 2 Bar Rock, Pop and Hip Hop Groove

For this week's lesson we have got a cool 2 bar groove. The focus will be on the 'a' of beat 2 in which we bring the left hand up to an open hi hat with the kick and we have a little burst of 32nd notes on the '&' of beat 4.
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Cool Drum Solo Idea – 16th Note Triplet Exercise

For this week's lesson, we have got a cool sounding 4 measure sequence of different 16th note triplet sticking patterns played around the kit. The idea is to practice linking these patterns together to help build drum solo and drum fill vocabulary.
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Quick, Fun Cool Rock Drum Fill

For this week's lesson we have got a cool little drum fill for beginners and intermediate players to have a go at. It is made up of solid 16th notes subdivided into two groups of 6 RLRK(R+L)K and finished off with either RLRL or RLRK.
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Travis Barker Latin Drum Beat – ‘Dysentery Gary’

For this week's drum lesson we return to the track 'Dysentery Gary', an early Blink 182 track with a cracking little latin groove in the pre-chorus. The groove has an up tempo bossa nova vibe, with right hand alternating between the bell and the ride, and the right foot playing the classic samba pattern.
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Awesome Intermediate Drum Fill

For this week's lesson we have got a cracking little single measure drum fill that combines a number of fun sticking patterns such as the six stroke roll and the herta.
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Travis Barker Drum Beat – ‘Dysentery Gary’ Blink 182

I have attempted to breakdown the opening groove from the Blink 182 track Dysentery Gary, drummed by Travis Barker. For the sake of teaching this beat, I have crammed all the notes into a single measure and will be using 16th and 8th notes as opposed to two bars of 8th and quarter notes.
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Epic 2 Bar Drum Fill – 4-6-6-6-6-4

This lesson explores a fun two bar drum fill using a couple of 4 and 6 note sticking patterns. It works great as a fast two-measure 16th note drum fill, or you can blast it out as a single-measure 32nd note drum fill. The right hand plays the accents. The left hand plays the ghost strokes, and there are a few kicks in there, too.
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8 Bars Of Beats For Beginners(ish) Drum Lesson #240

This lesson presents an 8 measure exercise with a call & response concept. Essentially we have got a series of 2 bar phrases  in which the first measure is always the same groove, followed by a different kick, snare pattern as a response. This is a great way of adding musicality to you grooves and some cool ideas for new drummers.

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