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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Two-Bar Explosive Drum Fill – 3 Doors Down Style

This dynamic drum fill is used in the song Here Without You by 3 Doors Down, leading into the second half of the bridge.
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EPIC ROCK TOM GROOVE

For this week's lesson we have got a sweet tom groove using single stroke sextuplets. Enough said.
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Adding Low-End with the Low Tom

This lesson explores two drum fill variations that incorporate the low tom in a syncopated, beat-style application.
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Killer Drum Fill Ending on Beat 4

Enjoy a cracking little fill that finishes with a big whack on the snare on beat 4, creating a nice dramatic pause before returning to the groove. The sticking is a nice and simple RLRLKK played as 16th-note triplets orchestrated around the kit.
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Finding Your Hi-Hat Pulse

Learning to play new drum beats is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Many beginner to intermediate level drummers tend to play new drum beats at face value without further exploring ways to add their own personal touch to make the beat feel the way it needs to in order to meet their given situations.

Awesome Drum Beat – Passenger – Deftones

For this week's lesson we have a crack at one of my favorite drum beats from one of my favorite bands - Passenger By Deftones. The groove is made up of single stroke 16th notes with some tasty accents on the hi-hat throughout the groove to give it an awesome feel.
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EPIC DRUM BEAT ON THE SNARE

Learn a funky little two-measure groove played between the kick and snare using single strokes, double strokes and accents. The lesson starts with the basic hand pattern before adding the kicks. We'll also explore some alternative ideas for playing the pattern including the hi-hat.
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Don’t Be Afraid. They’re Only Skeleton Fills.

Skeleton fills are a fun technique to explore. In this lesson, learn what a skeleton fill is, and enjoy a few examples to get you started.
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5/4 Drum Beats, Cool Ideas To Get You Started – Drum Lesson #255

Taking a look at playing in the 5/4 odd time signature, Alex Ribchester teaches how to incorporate some of the feel of 4/4 time by simply adding one extra beat of groove to the end of the bar.
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John Bonham Triplet Technique from Kashmir

By starting the triplet fill on the third stroke of the triplet instead of the first, Bonham creates a hesitated, syncopated drum fill.  Learn this triplet technique used by John Bonham in the song Kashmir.
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ANOTHER FUN INTERMEDIATE DRUM FILL

For this week's lesson we have got another fun drum fill with choked hi hats and some crossover sticking for intermediate level players.
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Drum Fills from Down Under

Learn some of the classic tom fills from the song Down Under by Men at Work.
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FUN PRACTICE PAD WORKOUT – 5 STROKE ROLLS

For this week's lesson we have got a fun exercise for the practice pad. The focus of the lesson is on trying to improve your weaker hand by alternating the lead with a couple of 5 stroke roll sticking patterns.
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Simple Power Fills – Charlie Watts Style

Charlie Watts uses simple yet powerful fills in Gimme Shelter. In this lesson, learn his technique and ways to easily make it your own.
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EPIC INTERMEDIATE DRUM FILL

For this week's lesson we have got a cracking little drum fill using a combination of sextuplet sticking patterns for intermediate level drummers.

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