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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Simple, Head-turning Drum Fill

Learn an easy-to-play drum fill that sounds more difficult than it is.
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Funky Swiss Army Drum Fill

Learn a unique sounding, syncopated drum fill based on the Swiss Army Triplet sticking pattern.
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Put this Warm-up in Your Grooves

One of my favorite go-to warm-ups, this pattern can also double as a slick technique to use within your drum beats.
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Travis Barker Technique – Feeling This

Learn the techniques that Barker borrowed from John Bonham and the creative way he incorporated them into the groove for Feeling This.
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Jungle Groove – Like Suicide – Soundgarden

Tribal-esque grooves are a great way to add a mysterious layer of anticipation to a song. In this lesson, learn how this technique was used in Like Suicide by Soundgarden and some techniques for creating your own tribal-sounding grooves.
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Drum Technique in a Bottle

Learn the tom-layering technique used by Stewart Copeland in the classic hit Message in a Bottle.
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Fill Techniques from The Ballad of Mona Lisa

Learn some great short fill and linear fill techniques like in the song The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! at the Disco.
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Borrowing Smooth Santana Beat

Learn a great rock and Latin fused drum beat from the song Smooth by Santana.
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Half-time in The Hills

Learn the half-time techniques used in the song The Hills by The Weeknd.
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Techniques From Ride by Twenty One Pilots

Learn a 32nd note hi-hat technique used in the song Ride by Twenty One Pilots.
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Simple Man – Intro & Verse Beat

Learn the intro and main verse beat used by Bob Burns in the song Simple Man.
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Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay – Groove

Learn the main groove used by Will Champion in the song Adventure of a Lifetime.
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Fuller Motion Drum Set Warm-up

Learn a drum set warm-up designed to get a fuller range of motion.
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A Unique Pick Withers Drum Fill Technique

Pick Withers uses a unique drum fill technique throughout the song Sultans of Swing. The most common fills we play are full or partial measure and end with a crash on beat 1. Sometimes, the fill is extended into the next measure, and the fill ends with a crash after beat 1.
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Fun with the Herlin Riley Polyrhythm

This week we explore the concept of polyrhythms by examining Herlin Riley's techniques.

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