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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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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Cool 2 Bar Rock, Pop and Hip Hop Groove

For this week's lesson we have got a cool 2 bar groove. The focus will be on the 'a' of beat 2 in which we bring the left hand up to an open hi hat with the kick and we have a little burst of 32nd notes on the '&' of beat 4.
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Bored To Death – Intro Groove

Learn the intro groove from the hit Blink 182 song Bored To Death and some ways to orchestrate the pattern around the kit.
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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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