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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Learn the first chorus grooves and fills from the late 90s hit Iris by Goo Goo Dolls.

The second lesson of our new Friday Drum Fill series explores a cool half-measure fill and variations.
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This lesson explores a groove and variations inspired from a technique that Keith Carlock used in a drum solo in 2005.
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The first lesson of our new Friday Fill series focuses on a versatile groove taken from the song Chocolate by The 1975.
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Exploring the techniques from my favorite drum fill in the song Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin, this lesson seeks to dissect the fill and teach you to apply the concepts to your own drumming.
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In this off-beat lesson, we're taking a step back to create some new sounds on the snare. This is a fun pattern to practice, but most importantly, it may inspire some new ideas in you.
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This lesson demonstrates a sample exercise from Patrick Marsepoil's latest ebook, 8th Note Jailbreak and some applications for around the kit.
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This lesson shares some good sounding drum beats and fills designed to keep beginner to intermediate level drummers motivated (and sounding cool).
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The guitar riff from Smoke on the Water seems to get all of the attention. Well, not it in this lesson. We're going to focus on the classic fill that leads into the first chorus of the song. Of course, we'll also look at some variations and ways to use this fill with our own beats.
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This lesson focuses on playing the hi-hat with both the stick and the foot pedal at the same time, a technique that Chad Smith often uses.
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Putting a strong emphasis on the syncopated strokes (i.e. the “E” and “Ah”) in a drum fill gives the fill a … well, more syncopated feel.
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You may not be familiar with the technical term half-time, but you probably have already recognized the unique feel of a half-time groove.
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Borrowing from the classic and instantly recognizable intro groove from Walk The Way by Aerosmith, this lesson focuses on the concept of playing the open hi-hat on beat 1 of the groove.
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Backbeats have a strong influence on the feel of your grooves. They can make your groove sound energetic, up, down, off, on, etc. This lesson explores different backbeat arrangements all based on the same foundational groove. This way, you'll be able to examine how each backbeat influences the feel of the groove in its own unique way.
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This week's lesson examines the main chorus groove and fill from Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon. This sixteenth note groove uses the open hi-hat to accent the up-beat, bringing a feel to the groove that makes you want to dance.

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