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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For this week's lesson we have got a fun two bar drum fill using solid 16th notes.
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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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In this week's lesson we have got a Steve Gadd inspired drum lick with a paradiddle style sticking pattern.
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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 week's lesson we have got a fun little beat with some ghost notes and displaced snare accents orchestrated around the kit using the ride, bell, toms and both feet. This is a fun example of how to develop a groove from the usual kick, snare and hi hat into something a little more interesting.
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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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In this week's drum lesson we have got a fun and fast hand speed workout using a couple of 16th note triplet patterns around the kit. This is a great exercise for improving hand speed and can also be used as a drum fill or drum solo idea.
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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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In this week's lesson we have got a cool drum fill in the style of Travis Barker. The fill combines single strokes and kicks played as 16th notes subdivided into two groups of 6 and a group of 4. Enjoy!
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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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In this week's lesson we have got a nice little workout for your left hand (assuming you are right handed...) The idea is to cram as many ghost notes into the groove as possible while maintaining a steady groove at the same time. Below is a breakdown of beats 1&2, beats 3&4 with each alternative ending and finally the two bar loop played on the ride cymbal with the right hand shifting between the bell and the ride.
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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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