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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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.
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TOTALLY EPIC DRUM FILL – PART 2

For this week's lesson we have got a continuation of last week's epic two measure drum fill that includes a more tricky first measure.
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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.
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TOTALLY EPIC DRUM FILL!

For this week's lesson we have got a Christmas cracker of a drum fill. Check it out!
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AWESOME DRUM SOLO/EXERCISE IDEA – PARADIDDLES

For this week's lesson we have got a cool double paradiddle exercise between the crashes, snare and kick drum that works great as part of your practice regime or part of a solo routine.
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EPIC DRUM FILL – 16TH NOTE TRIPLETS

For this week's lesson we have got another cracking little drum fill around the kit using 16th note triplets. The sticking is RLRKRLRKK x2 followed by RLRKRL.
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Creativity on the Toms

Learn some exercises and techniques to get the most out of your toms.
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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.
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EPIC ROCK TOM GROOVE

For this week's lesson we have got a sweet tom groove using single stroke sextuplets. Enough said.
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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.
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Killer Drum Fill Ending on Beat 4

Enjoy a cracking little fill that finishes with a big whack on the snare on beat 4, creating a nice dramatic pause before returning to the groove. The sticking is a nice and simple RLRLKK played as 16th-note triplets orchestrated around the kit.
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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.

Awesome Drum Beat – Passenger – Deftones

For this week's lesson we have a crack at one of my favorite drum beats from one of my favorite bands - Passenger By Deftones. The groove is made up of single stroke 16th notes with some tasty accents on the hi-hat throughout the groove to give it an awesome feel.
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EPIC DRUM BEAT ON THE SNARE

Learn a funky little two-measure groove played between the kick and snare using single strokes, double strokes and accents. The lesson starts with the basic hand pattern before adding the kicks. We'll also explore some alternative ideas for playing the pattern including the hi-hat.
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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.

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