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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Third Sixteenth Technique

Check out this technique used in the outro of the song Hey Man Nice Shot as well as some variations of the pattern.
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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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Simple, Head-turning Drum Fill

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

Learn a unique sounding, syncopated drum fill based on the Swiss Army Triplet sticking pattern.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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