Beginner Drum Lessons

Welcome to the Beginners Package of this complete Drum Course. Here we will be taking that first step towards learning what we can do with the Drum Kit. This package will guide you through the initial grooves, exercises and techniques designed to teach you the basics, and beyond, of what playing the drums is all about.

You will be working through drum grooves with various hi hat patterns, independence exercises, taking a look at rudiments and applying them to the drum kit, learning the various bass drum techniques, playing a buzz roll and taking a brief look at playing the blues.

Each exercise should be played through many times until you feel comfortable and in control before moving onto the next. Drumming can be so much fun when you can perform with minimal thought and this is the start of your drumming future. Enjoy!

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Module Details

  • 1. Basic Eighth Note Grooves
    In this drum lesson we are playing a basic groove in 4/4 time. Keeping an even 8th note, or quaver, hi hat pattern and playing an alternating snare drum and bass drum in unison with the hi hats on the quarter note in the first exercise. The bass drum is then played at different eighth note points in the other exercises. The snare drum should be accented using a combination of arm,wrist and fingers to obtain the power to play the snare as a loud backbeat.
  • 2. Basic Groove No. 1 With Various Hi Hat Patterns
    In this drum lesson we are playing a basic drum groove with various hi hat patterns. The hi hats need to be played with the shoulder of the drum stick when playing quarter notes, or crotchets, then this changes when playing eighth notes and sixteenth notes playing hand to hand with the tip of the drum stick. We are playing the bass drum on beats 1+3 as our downbeats and the accented snare drum on beats 2+4 as our backbeats.
  • 3. Independence Exercise No. 1
    In this drum lesson we are looking at exercises to help improve independence. Playing even eighth note triplets and sixteenth notes between hands and feet, right hand and left hand lead - these linear exercises are designed so the bass drum is played when the hands don't - this will help drummers play with more accuracy and help to develop independence.
  • 4. Basic Groove No. 2 With Various Hi Hat Patterns
    In this drum lesson we are playing a drum groove with various hi hat patterns. The hi hats need to be even, quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes played with the leading hand and hand to hand adding the snare drum on beats 2+4 and bass drum on various eighth notes in each bar.
  • 5. Eighth Note Off Beat Grooves
    In this drum lesson we are playing off the beat. The bass drum will fall exactly half way between the eighth note hi hats. The off beat bass drum notes are played at different sixteenth notes in each bar. As the bass drum falls half way between the hi hats they will always be a sixteenth note either side of the bass drum - the snare drum is played on beats 2+4.
  • 6. Sixteenth Note Grooves
    In this drum lesson we are playing sixteenth note grooves. The hi hats are played single handed and also hand to hand. There won't be any off beats as every bass drum and snare drum will fall in unison with a hi hat. We should play the hi hats with the tip of the drum stick as there are no accented hi hat notes and accent the snare drum on beats 2+4.
  • 7. Quarter Note Off Beat Grooves
    In this drum lesson we are playing quarter note grooves playing the hi hats with the shoulder of the drum stick. The snare drum is played on beats 2+4 and the bass drum is played on various sixteenth notes in the bar. If the bass drum falls on an eighth note it will either be in unison with the hi hat or half way between hi hats but if the bass drum is played on an off beat sixteenth note it will fall 25% to the left or the right of a hi hat. We should count sixteenth notes to help with the accurate placement of the bass drum.
  • 8. Sixteenth Note Single Stroke Exercise
    In this drum lesson we are playing a rudiment called single strokes through sixteenth notes playing on the snare drum. Aiming for an even flow of notes and playing the hi hat with the foot on the quarter note. When playing this rudiment we need to accent various notes to gain more control - this will help with the other aim which is to be able to play this rudiment at much faster tempos.
  • 9. Sixteenth Note Single Stroke Orchestration Ideas
    In this drum lesson we are playing a drum groove for one bar and then in bar two we are playing various single stroke orchestration ideas playing on the snare drum and around the drum kit. Each exercise should be played many times to get comfortable with the groove and the fill - we should then improvise the same sticking on other parts of the drum kit.
  • 10. Sixteenth Note Double Stroke Exercise
    In this drum lesson we are playing a rudiment called double strokes through sixteenth notes playing on the snare drum. Aiming for an even flow of notes and playing the hi hat with the foot on the quarter note. When playing this rudiment we need to accent various notes; accenting the second note of each double stroke will help gain definition when played around the drum kit. We need to play the double stroke using a single motion and using rebound.
  • 11. Sixteenth Note Double Stroke Orchestration Ideas
    In this drum lesson we are playing a drum groove for one bar and then in bar two we are playing various double stroke orchestration ideas playing on various sound sources around the drum kit. Each exercise should be played many times to get comfortable with the groove and the fill - we should then improvise the same sticking on other parts of the drum kit.
  • 12. Sixteenth Note Single Paradiddle Exercise
    In this drum lesson we are playing a rudiment called a single paradiddle through sixteenth notes playing on the snare drum. Aiming for an even flow of notes and playing quarter notes on the hi hat using the foot. When playing this rudiment made up of single and double strokes we need to accent various notes which will help with fluidity and control.
  • 13. Sixteenth Note Single Paradiddle Orchestration Ideas
    In this drum lesson we are playing a drum groove for one bar and then in bar two we are playing various single paradiddle orchestration ideas playing on various sound sources around the drum kit. Each exercise should be played many times to get comfortable with the groove and the fill - we should then improvise the same sticking on other parts of the drum kit.
  • 14. Bass Drum Technique
    In this drum lesson we are looking at bass drum technique. drummers use different bass drum techniques depending on what they are playing and the speed and/or dynamics of what they have to play. There are various bass drum techniques such as heel down (often used for quiet notes - feathering the bass drum), heel up, foot leg technique, leg foot technique or slide technique. All drummers are different so we need to practice drumming with various bass drum techniques until we find the techniques that work best for us.
  • 15. Moeller Technique
    In this drum lesson we are looking at moeller technique. Moeller technique is great for conserving energy and accenting notes when playing drum grooves and drum fills. Moeller technique is a single motion and requires a lot of wrist movement to play correctly making sure the drum sticks are held properly - it's common to use Moeller technique to accent the quarter note when playing drum grooves and this will also help strengthen the pulse drummers convey to the audience.
  • 16. Funk Studies No. 1
    In this drum lesson we are looking at an introduction to funk drumming. Funk drumming requires more independence than playing straight ahead pop as drummers have to play more snare drum and bass drum notes off the beat. Funk drumming is great to play but does require a good amount of technique. We are playing eighth notes, sixteenth notes and groups of three sixteenth notes. We are opening the hi hats on the '+' of each beat in exercise five.
  • 17. Basic Four Way Independence
    In this drum lesson we are looking at four way independence. Drummers need coordination and independence to play the drum kit. Playing the hi hats with the foot as an ostinato and playing eighth notes on the ride cymbal with the leading hand. Playing a simple drum groove but changing the hi hats from playing quarter notes, off beat eighth notes, eighth notes and then off beat sixteenth notes - drummers need to apply these hi hat ostinatos to other, more complicated, drum grooves.
  • 18. Buzz / Press Roll
    In this drum lesson we are playing a buzz roll, or press roll, on the snare drum. We can hold the drum sticks much looser to play this and we need to keep the sticks very low. Making sure we hold the drum sticks at the correct balance point to make the most of the natural rebound - the harder we press - the louder the snare will buzz. Drummers need to practice crescendoing and decrescendoing to really be able to control the buzz roll.
  • 19. Blues No. 1
    In this drum lesson we are taking a look at playing the blues. Playing eighth note triplets on the hi hats and missing out the second eighth note triplet of each beat to create a blues shuffle. Counting 1 trip let, 2 trip let, 3 trip let, 4 trip let. Using Moeller technique to obtain an even quarter note accent and adding the snare drum and bass drum at various points in the groove.
  • 20. Blues No. 4
    In this drum lesson we are playing 4 way coordination blues grooves and blues fills. Playing the ride cymbal with a quarter note motion and playing the hi hats with the foot at various points within the eighth note triplets. We are also playing blues grooves, some incorporating polyrhythms, followed by a blues drum fill - keeping the hi hats on the quarter note for the two bar phrases.
Author Dan Jacobs
Course Provider Dan's Drum Lessons
Format Streaming
Length 1 hour 10 mins
Level Beginners
Price $15.78

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