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.


Wrapping Your Head Around Syncopated Notation

To a lot of drummers, syncopated notation (and playing the notation, for that matter) seems to be an alien concept. However, taking a step back to examine a few of the most common syncopated patterns can ease our syncopated woes. They're not as difficult to read as they may appear at first glance.

Four Drum Fills to Start the New Year

Throughout 2016, our lessons teaching drum fills and drum fill concepts remained very popular. So, we figured we'd start off 2017 with a few drum fill ideas and a simple technique for re-orchestrating drum fills around the toms to create a melodic layer.

Creativity on the Toms

Learn some exercises and techniques to get the most out of your toms.

Two-Bar Explosive Drum Fill – 3 Doors Down Style

This dynamic drum fill is used in the song Here Without You by 3 Doors Down, leading into the second half of the bridge.

Adding Low-End with the Low Tom

This lesson explores two drum fill variations that incorporate the low tom in a syncopated, beat-style application.

Finding Your Hi-Hat Pulse

Learning to play new drum beats is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Many beginner to intermediate level drummers tend to play new drum beats at face value without further exploring ways to add their own personal touch to make the beat feel the way it needs to in order to meet their given situations.

Don’t Be Afraid. They’re Only Skeleton Fills.

Skeleton fills are a fun technique to explore. In this lesson, learn what a skeleton fill is, and enjoy a few examples to get you started.

John Bonham Triplet Technique from Kashmir

By starting the triplet fill on the third stroke of the triplet instead of the first, Bonham creates a hesitated, syncopated drum fill.  Learn this triplet technique used by John Bonham in the song Kashmir.

Drum Fills from Down Under

Learn some of the classic tom fills from the song Down Under by Men at Work.

Simple Power Fills – Charlie Watts Style

Charlie Watts uses simple yet powerful fills in Gimme Shelter. In this lesson, learn his technique and ways to easily make it your own.

Chad Smith Drum Fill – Give It Away

This lesson explores a drum fill played by Chad Smith in the outro section of the song Give It Away. Learn this extending-the-fill technique and some applications for around the drum kit.

Bang Bang – Drum Intro – Tom Groove Anyone?

Bang Bang is featured on Green Day's latest album Revolution Radio. This lesson explores the upbeat tom groove intro and punk, headbanging classic beat.

Grooves and Fills from Stars – Skillet

Jen Ledger uses a clever mixture of syncopation and power in her drum part on Stars. In this lesson, learn a few fills and grooves from the song and some ideas for incorporating them into your playing.

Laid-Back Chad Smith Lick

Learn an uncharacteristically laid-back Chad Smith lick used in the Chili Pepper song We Turn Red.

Steve Smith – On Green Dolphin Street

Steve Smith brings the Latin flavor to On Green Dolphin Street. Learn this great groove that keeps you moving around the kit in a fresh way.




Learn drums with examples from hundreds of beats and fills from chart-topping songs from the '60s through today.