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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Syncopated ‘E’ Drum Fills

This lesson explores four drum fill ideas that feature the crash and bass to accent the Es.
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EPIC POP-ROCK DRUM BEAT ON THE TOMS

This week's lesson takes it to the toms with a fun, pop-rock-sounding drum beat. The kick pumps away on each quarter note while the hands move around the kit with some syncopated tom work.
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TOTALLY EPIC PUNK ROCK DRUM FILL

Learn a simple, but cool-sounding , drum fill that is intended to be played at a high tempo (ala Travis Barker) and sounds great in rock or punk styles of music.
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Bag o’ Short Fills

This lesson focuses on a few short fill ideas. Short fills generally take up a half measure or less, hence the name.
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KILLER ADVANCED DRUM BEAT

For this week's lesson we have got an advanced two measure groove that will help you improve you double stroke, kicks and ghost notes. The right hand plays quarter notes on the hi hat, crash etc while the kick and snare play combinations of 16th notes in a funk, metal, or rock context.
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Hi-Hat Ostinato Over 7/8 – Building Grooves

These grooves explore a steady, quarter-note hi-hat foot played over a 7/8 groove. Drum fills included.
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TOTALLY EPIC BEATS – 4 BARS OF FUN

For this week's lesson we have got the return of '4 Bars Of Fun' in which we work on a new idea/concept in the form of a 4 measure sequence.
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Funkin’ Five Stroke Roll Variations

This lesson explores variations of the technique originally taught in That Funkin' Five Stroke Roll video lesson.
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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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