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Level 1 Drum Lessons

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Five Progressive Beats for Beginners

Learn 5 drum beats for beginner-level players. The kick and snare placements remain the same for all five beats, while the hi-hat and sticking patterns get progressively more challenging.
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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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How To Create Cool Drum Fills

This week's lesson features part 2 of our beginner's groove and fill lessons.
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Fuller Motion Drum Set Warm-up

Learn a drum set warm-up designed to get a fuller range of motion.
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Classic Drum Fill From Africa

Learn how Jeff Porcaro used a simple drum fill concept in the song Africa by Toto to carry it to the top of the charts.
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Drum Fill #16 – Spacing Technique

This lesson focuses on a technique rather than a specific drum fill. A simple, standard sixteenth-note drum fill is notated below in order to highlight the technique.
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Tom Groove & Drum Fill

For This week's lesson I have stolen a couple of ideas from Green Day drummer Tre Cool. We will be combining the tom groove that pops up in 'American Idiot' and a sticking pattern from one of Tre's fills in 'Basket Case'. We will also explore a simple, but effective voicing pattern to give the fill a bit more variety and keep the listeners guessing. I hope you like it!
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Two Most Common Patterns In Drumming

This lesson takes a step back to examine the grooves we play, breaking down and discussing two of the most used patterns in drumming. Being able to recognize and play these patterns will help you to grasp new grooves more quickly.
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Beginner Drum Fill Concepts

This drum lesson explores beginner drum fill concepts and gives a few examples of notated drum fills along with ideas for successful practice.
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Improve Your Drum Fill Improvisation

This lesson lays out a template designed to force you to create drum fills on the fly. Practicing this template daily will help to develop your ability to improvise drum fills and to gain a better understanding of your fills' feel.
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Rock Beat On The Toms

In this weeks lesson we have got a nice and simple rock/pop tom groove idea using single stroke 16th notes. Start off by learning the pattern between the kick snare and hi hat, before we orchestrate the idea around the kit.
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Reading Music Lesson 2

Watch and learn as Mike Klee takes you through the building blocks of reading music.
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Reading Music Lesson 1

In this video Michael Klee takes you through the basics of music notation including whole notes, half notes and quarter notes along with some terms that go along with reading music. Enjoy and make sure to work through the practice sheets (included pdf's)!
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Back to Basics – Video #9 – Hi-Hat Technique

This week's lesson by Mike Klee continues the Back To Basics series by discussing stepped hi-hat techniques.
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Back to Basics – Video #8 – Bass Drum Technique

In this edition of Back to Basics, Mike Klee discusses bass drum playing.

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