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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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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Cool Punk, Rock Drum Beat Orchestration – Drum Lesson #239

For this week's lesson, we have got a cool rock groove on the toms. We start off by learning both bars between the kick, snare and hi hat and then orchestrate the idea around the toms.
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Funky (almost) Linear Drum Beat – Drum Lesson #238

For this week's lesson we have got a sweet 2 measure drum beat played predominantly on the hi hats. With a combination of accents, a stepped hi hat, and an almost completely linear sticking pattern, we get a cool half time funky groove.
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Epic Drum Fill & Solo Idea – Drum Lesson #237

For this week's lesson we have got an epic sounding drum fill that consists of a single rudiment - the 6 stoke roll. Using a couple of voicing ideas between the snare, kick and crash we can play some cool patterns that you might recognize from various drum solos.
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Cool Funky Hip Hop Drum Beat – Intermediate Drum Lesson #236

For this week's lesson we have got a tricky little groove with a hip hop vibe. We start off with a cool 4/4 beat with some nice ghost notes and then layer an alternative hi hat ostinato over the top.
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Cool Rock, Pop Drum Fill – Intermediate

For this week's drum lesson we have got a nice little drum fill that can be played as either two bars or 16th or a single measure 32nd note drum fill. Using a combination of RLKK and RLRLKK and with some cool orchestrations this fill works well in rock, pop, or metal contexts.
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Travis Barker – ‘Bored To Death’ Style Drum Beat – Drum Lesson #234

For this week's lesson we have got an ever so slightly varied version of the opening drum beat from the new Blink 182 track 'Bored To Death' with Travis Barker on drums. We will be playing solid 16th notes with the hands at a high tempo and so this will prove a great workout for those quick ghost notes.
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Sweet Sextuplet Drum Fill – Drum Lesson

In this week's drum lesson we have got a sick sounding sextuplet drum fill that explores some of the many treats that the six stroke roll has to offer. The entire fill is played between the kick snare and hi hat, but can be played creatively around the kit.
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Epic 12/8 (or 6/8) Drum Beat & Drum Fill For Beginners & Intermediates

For this week's drum lesson we have got a cracking 12/8 groove and fill for beginner to intermediate level players. The faster you play it the harder it becomes. However, this combo of beat and lick will sound great at almost any tempo.

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