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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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Cool Intermediate Drum Beats on the Toms

Learn a cracking four-measure drum beat on the toms. The groove is aimed at intermediate level drummers who are looking to spice up their tom grooves with this musical orchestration that sits on a basic four on the floor pulse.
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Cool, Fun Drum Fill or Solo Idea

This lesson borrows the sticking pattern from the previous lesson, combining a number of paradiddle variations to create a drum n bass style groove. In this lesson, we use the sticking pattern to create a more conventional drum fill between the kick, ride and snare. You could also loop this pattern and combine it with other ideas in a drum solo context.
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Advanced Drum n Bass Style Groove

Learn a killer two-measure groove in the style of Drum N Bass that utilizes a number of paradiddle sticking patterns. Learning this drum beat will help improve dynamics and double strokes, especially when played at 160bpm and up.
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A Short But Sweet 32nd Note Drum Fill

Learn a short 32nd note drum fill over beats 1 & 2 and ending on beat 3 with a big fat snare hit. Beat 4 is rested. The idea is to create tension via a fast drum fill followed by a dramatic pause before returning to our groove.
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Awesome Independence Exercise – Grooves

This lesson explores one of my favorite exercises/warm-ups. This groove is a great way to work on your ghost strokes and double kicks. With all four limbs playing different patterns, it's an awesome independence workout, as well.
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Five Essential Intermediate Drum Fills

This lesson explores five cracking drum fills, all of which have featured in some of the world's greatest rock tracks. Each of these sticking patterns include the kick drum, which is the main focus for these intermediate level drum licks.
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Rock & Pop Drum Fill – Intermediate Level

Learn a two-measure drum fill for intermediate level drummers. The fill is meant to be played at high tempos in a rock or pop context. The pattern is predominantly between the kick, snare, and hi-hat with choked hi-hats occurring throughout.
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This Groove’s Got Groove

Learn a "cracking" little groove using a five-note sticking pattern (RLRRL) along with a six-note (RLRRLL) played between the snare and floor tom.
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Fun 4 Bar Paradiddle – Herta Practice Pad Exercise

This week we are back on the practice pad with this fun four measure sequence that combines paradiddles and hertas.
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5 Great Beginner Drum Fills

This lesson explores 5 great drum fills simple enough for a newer player but slick enough for everyone to enjoy.
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Another Epic Tom Groove

This tom groove consists of single-stroke sixteenth notes with accents between the floor, high tom, and hi-hats. The kick maintains a four-on-the-floor pulse creating a nice interplay with the accents.
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Tasty Intermediate Drum Fill

Learn a two-measure linear drum fill perfect for intermediate level drummers.
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How To Play “I Miss You” by Blink 182

For this week's lesson we are breaking down the core groove from Blink 182's 'I Miss You' from their self titled album.
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A Fun, Bonham-Style Drum Solo Exercise

Learn a fun solo idea inspired by Led Zeppelin's ferocious drummer, John Bonham.
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Advanced Drum Lick Idea

For this week's drum lesson we have got part 2 of our intermediate to advanced drum lick. If you can smoothly combine the idea from last week with this idea you have got yourself a sweet sounding, advanced 2 measure drum fill that includes a number of sticking patterns — including a cheeky little stepped hi-hat idea. I hope you enjoy it, and I would love to hear how you get on with it!

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