Free Drum Lessons
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.
Galloping Combos - Practice Pad Exercise
This drill features six sticking variations for the above galloping rhythm. It is designed to improve your coordination and stick control through playing combinations of alternating, double, and accented strokes.
How You Measure Up
This lesson explores gaining full control over your dynamics. Stick control is important to express the feel of the groove appropriately.
The Pad - Exercise 1
The first of a series of Practice Pad exercises designed to build speed, control and coordination when you're away from the kit. Get down to the basics!
The Pad - Exercise 2
The second of our series of Practice Pad Exercises, this pad workout focuses on double strokes.
The Pad - Exercise 3
Being the third edition of our The Pad exercises, I see it only fitting to focus on the threes this week — Triplets!
The Pad - Exercise 4
The fourth edition of our The Pad exercises focuses on accenting while using alternating sticking.
The Pad - Exercise 5
Our 5th The Pad Exercise concentrates on syncopation. Appreciate those Es and Ahs!
The Pad - Exercise 6: Flam Chops
This week, we're tackling the flam. Here are some fun flam exercises to build your flam chops.
The Pad - Exercise 7: Two Surfaces
This week's The Pad exercise takes the sticks to two surfaces. You can use a second practice pad to replace the rim strokes. If you don't have a second pad, setting up an old book or pillow works, too.
The Pad - Exercise 8: Toughing Through The 5s
Quintuplets (groups of 5 notes) can be tough to evenly space in a beat. This exercise focuses on the 5s.
The Pad - Exercise 9: Ghosts
This weekend is Halloween. It's only fitting that this week's pad exercise focuses on ghost strokes.