Free Drum Lessons
Roger Taylor Drum Solo - Explained
Learn the classic 8 bar drum break played by Roger Taylor in the song Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie.
Roll It Out - Snare Drum Solo
As the title implies, this snare solo is all about the rolls. Keep in mind that the tempo marking is only a suggested tempo to shoot for. Playing this solo at any speed is great practice.
Eighths And Sixteenths - Snare Solo
This piece is designed to be used as sight reading practice and uses only combinations of quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes (and rests).
Rain Man - Snare Solo
Get down with your flams with this dynamic snare drum solo.
Keith Carlock - Drum Solo - Notation Excerpt
Keith Carlock, known for his work with diverse acts including: Steely Dan, John Mayer, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz and Toto; performs an impassioned improvised solo.
Marching The Drum Set
Steve Gadd immortalized the marching drum set with his solo titled "Crazy Army." The following march uses similar rudiments and concepts, starting with a base march and then embellishing with rolls and flams.
How To Play Jump - Van Halen Guitar Solo On Drums
This week's lesson goes over the drum part for the guitar solo portion of Jump by Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen claimed this was his favorite guitar solo he never wrote.
Carlock Inspired Groove
This lesson explores a groove and variations inspired from a technique that Keith Carlock used in a drum solo in 2005.
Nate's Grooves From - How You Have Your Fill
I had a big response from people enjoying the lesson but also interested in the grooves I played. This Monday's lesson, I'm giving the notation for those grooves and an explanation.
Drum fills are often comprised of a lot of drums, but adding some crashes into your drum fills can produce a great result.
A Fun Build - 6 Beats
This fun group of six drum beats is a great way to begin your 2018. The audio sample below performs each beat four times before moving onto the next.
Drum Fills A La Carte
Fill your weekend with this collection of syncopated rock drum fills. The exercises above include sample drum beats that can be replaced with any drum beat that you'd like to play.