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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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.
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4 COOL DRUM BEATS FOR BEGINNERS

For this week's lesson we have got a little sample of my recently released quick start guide to playing drums. We will be learning 4 measures from the 40 Bars Of Fun Section. I hope you enjoy.
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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.
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COOL ROCK, POP, DANCE DRUM BEAT – BEGINNER (ISH)

For this week's lesson we have got classic 4 on the floor groove with some linear elements. It is a two measure phrase which works great in a rock and pop context with a dance feel to it. As a bit of a bonus, we also move it around the toms to rock it up even further. This lesson is aimed at drummers between beginner and intermediate level.
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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.
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AWESOME DRUM FILL FOR BEGINNERS

For this week's lesson we steal a page out of John Bonham's book and play a combination of 16th notes for beats 1 and 2 and then 16th note triplets for beats 3 and 4. We start off the lesson by learning the basic rhythm before chucking it around the kit for both a cool looking and sounding drum fill.
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Laid-Back Chad Smith Lick

Learn an uncharacteristically laid-back Chad Smith lick used in the Chili Pepper song We Turn Red.
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Cool Rock Beat on the Toms

For this week's lesson we have got a great sounding tom groove this is much trickier to play than it sounds. The left hand is playing the 1/4 notes between rack and snare while we have a nice bit of syncopation going on with the right hand on the floor tom. The groove has got a punk, rock feel to it and sounds best when played at high tempos.
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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.
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COOL, FUN DRUM FILL IDEA & ORCHESTRATION

For this week's lesson we start off with a 16th note sticking pattern between the hands and foot on the kick and snare and spice it up by orchestrating the idea around the kit for a cool sounding single measure drum fill.
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What Is 5/8?

This lesson explores counting and playing 5/8 time as well as some ideas for incorporating 5/8 within common time and 6/8 grooves.
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Cool Paradiddle Practice Pad Exercise

For this week's lesson we have got a fun little paradiddle workout on the practice pad. The exercise consists of 3 sticking patterns in which we add two extra notes, one of them being an accent after every sequence to give us a fun and unique way to create equality between the hands.
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What Is 3/8?

This lesson explores how to count and play in the 3/8 time signature as well as some slick applications for incorporating 3/8 within common time and 6/8 grooves.
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Cool Intermediate Sextuplet Drum Fill

For this week's lesson we have a got a cool 16th note triplet fill between the kick, snare and floor tom. Sounds great at a number of different tempos and has a nice swing to it.
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What Is 7/8?

Learn how to play in 7/8 time and some great techniques to keep your drumming brain sharp.

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