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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Travis Barker Drum Beat – ‘Dysentery Gary’ Blink 182

I have attempted to breakdown the opening groove from the Blink 182 track Dysentery Gary, drummed by Travis Barker. For the sake of teaching this beat, I have crammed all the notes into a single measure and will be using 16th and 8th notes as opposed to two bars of 8th and quarter notes.
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Funky Swiss Army Drum Fill

Learn a unique sounding, syncopated drum fill based on the Swiss Army Triplet sticking pattern.
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Epic 2 Bar Drum Fill – 4-6-6-6-6-4

This lesson explores a fun two bar drum fill using a couple of 4 and 6 note sticking patterns. It works great as a fast two-measure 16th note drum fill, or you can blast it out as a single-measure 32nd note drum fill. The right hand plays the accents. The left hand plays the ghost strokes, and there are a few kicks in there, too.
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Put this Warm-up in Your Grooves

One of my favorite go-to warm-ups, this pattern can also double as a slick technique to use within your drum beats.
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8 Bars Of Beats For Beginners(ish) Drum Lesson #240

This lesson presents an 8 measure exercise with a call & response concept. Essentially we have got a series of 2 bar phrases  in which the first measure is always the same groove, followed by a different kick, snare pattern as a response. This is a great way of adding musicality to you grooves and some cool ideas for new drummers.
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Travis Barker Technique – Feeling This

Learn the techniques that Barker borrowed from John Bonham and the creative way he incorporated them into the groove for Feeling This.
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Cool Punk, Rock Drum Beat Orchestration – Drum Lesson #239

For this week's lesson, we have got a cool rock groove on the toms. We start off by learning both bars between the kick, snare and hi hat and then orchestrate the idea around the toms.
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Jungle Groove – Like Suicide – Soundgarden

Tribal-esque grooves are a great way to add a mysterious layer of anticipation to a song. In this lesson, learn how this technique was used in Like Suicide by Soundgarden and some techniques for creating your own tribal-sounding grooves.
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Funky (almost) Linear Drum Beat – Drum Lesson #238

For this week's lesson we have got a sweet 2 measure drum beat played predominantly on the hi hats. With a combination of accents, a stepped hi hat, and an almost completely linear sticking pattern, we get a cool half time funky groove.
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Epic Drum Fill & Solo Idea – Drum Lesson #237

For this week's lesson we have got an epic sounding drum fill that consists of a single rudiment - the 6 stoke roll. Using a couple of voicing ideas between the snare, kick and crash we can play some cool patterns that you might recognize from various drum solos.
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Drum Technique in a Bottle

Learn the tom-layering technique used by Stewart Copeland in the classic hit Message in a Bottle.
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Cool Funky Hip Hop Drum Beat – Intermediate Drum Lesson #236

For this week's lesson we have got a tricky little groove with a hip hop vibe. We start off with a cool 4/4 beat with some nice ghost notes and then layer an alternative hi hat ostinato over the top.
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Fill Techniques from The Ballad of Mona Lisa

Learn some great short fill and linear fill techniques like in the song The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! at the Disco.
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Cool Rock, Pop Drum Fill – Intermediate

For this week's drum lesson we have got a nice little drum fill that can be played as either two bars or 16th or a single measure 32nd note drum fill. Using a combination of RLKK and RLRLKK and with some cool orchestrations this fill works well in rock, pop, or metal contexts.
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Borrowing Smooth Santana Beat

Learn a great rock and Latin fused drum beat from the song Smooth by Santana.

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