Mike G's Beginner Drum Course: Part 2

A logical, step-by-step approach to learning how to play the drums.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Part 2 of The Beginner Drum Course is a continuation of the skills and methods learned in Part 1. We will expand our rhythmic capabilities by exploring sixteenth notes and applying them to grooves, drum-fills and rudimental practice. These tools will help you to access a whole new world of possibilities on the instrument and inspire you to reach new heights never before imagined in your playing.

If you follow my course and complete each exercise you will be able to play basic rhythms, drum beats and drum fills that will get you through many songs. Whether your goal is to play Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Classic Rock, Country, Funk, etc..., the tools learned in this course will give you the foundation necessary to play most styles of drumming.

For the price of one private drum lessons, you get twenty-two lessons that include HD quality instructional video with multiple camera angles so you can see what I'm doing with the foot pedals in addition to the hands. PDF files notating the exercises demonstrated. In addition to me demonstrating the exercises in the videos, I also include audio files of me playing through the exercises in certain lessons that I feel will make the learning experience much easier.

I have a degree in Music Performance from Towson University and have been teaching and performing for more than 15 years! Seven of those years were spent touring the world. Playing upwards of 200 shows a year.

I have taken my experiences as both a performer and educator and used it to create a curriculum that I believe is very user friendly, providing a logical step-by-step progression that is informative, engaging and most importantly, fun.

My passion for teaching is evident in my students experiences. Check out what my students are saying about Part 2 of the Beginner Drum Course:

What a GREAT course, this is awesome. A plus plus and more. Mike G did a tremendous job with curriculum, explaining things in detail, and production. This course is user friendly and a great value. Mike is an excellent educator & musician which is transparent throughout this course.

-Frank Russo

This drum course is excellent with comprehensive curriculum for drumming fundamentals. You immediately gain confidence during lesson one. Mike effortlessly breaks it down, explains it, demonstrates it, and teaches it with clarity. He keeps you at the perfect pace to grasp the techniques and continue advancing with skill. I highly recommend this course for any age student boy or girl.


Mike really breaks down drumming well, speaks clearly through each section, and makes drumming easy and fun. Videos and PDFs are high quality. All levels of students will benefit greatly from this course.

-Jason Berlin

Great Curriculum Probably the best Introduction to drumming! This course has a very logical structure and is cleverly designed so that pseudo beginners like me or even complete beginners can profit and learn a lot from these lectures. Every lesson is build on the previous one or extends the previous to a further aspect of drumming. Almost every lesson has pdf file and some have audio clips with the material made even more accessible and to practice separately. Already in lesson 10 there are some improvisations possible with the fills and the variations and i enjoyed this very much. Lesson 13 gives an insight how to transfer the techniques and rudiments around the tom-toms. This freedom to play around almost enlightened me and motivated to practice even more. I do not want to rush through the lessons, so that i have enough pleasure still waiting for me... thank you very much, Mike - this is a great course!!! Almost through and i need to add, that this is the best course i have got from udemy - i am enthusiastic about this great course!!

-Rainer W.

This an interactive course, so don't hesitate to ask me any questions if you need help along the way. I will usually respond within 24 hours.

If you find that this course isn't living up to your expectations, there is a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee. Please let me know what it was that made you lose interest so I can further better my teaching experience for all.

Just so you get an idea of what the lessons look like, you can view three of the lessons for free to help you decide if the course is for you.

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What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have a basic understanding of rhythm including quarter notes and eighth notes. Part 2 of the Drum-Set Crash Course is an extension of the material learned in Part 1. So, if you are new to drumming and rhythm, I would recommend checking out Part 1 to get caught up on the fundamentals of rhythm and drum-set coordination.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play sixteenth note based rhythms and comfortably move them around the drums.
  • Play sixteenth note based drum grooves that involve playing sixteenth note rhythms on the bass drum and hi-hats.
  • Expand the snare drum possibilities within a groove by adding fill-in notes and ghost notes.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone looking to take their drumming skills to that next level.

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Section 1: Garage Band Rockstar

Throughout Chapter 1, we used quarter notes and eighth notes exclusively as our rhythmic pallet. Now, we are going to take the next step and explore sixteenth notes.

Practice Tips:

  • First, just count the sixteenth notes using the proper syllables
  • Play through each example with just the hands while counting out loud
  • Add the feet

Goal: To be able to play each example comfortably with a metronome from 60-80BPM.


In this lesson, we are going to work on expanding our dynamic capabilities. We will talk about how to practice getting comfortable playing at a wide range of dynamics as well as how to incorporate crescendos and diminuendos.


We will now start applying accents to sixteenth notes. Be sure to practice each pattern very slowly at first while counting out loud and making a big contrast between the accented notes and unaccented notes.

Practice Tips:

  • Play just the hand part slowly while counting out loud, no feet.
  • Make a big contrast between accents and non-accented notes.
  • Transition comfortably between examples from 60-90 BPM.
  • Add feet


To be able to play through each example from 60-90BPM.


In this lesson, we will learn how to transition between eighth notes and sixteenth notes using various sticking patterns.


In this lesson, we are going to play our first sixteenth note based grooves. This will involve playing constant sixteenth notes on the hi-hat. It is especially important to play through this lesson slow and relaxed as to avoid cramping up.

Practice Tips:

  • Just practice bass drum and hi-hat part being sure to sync them up.
  • Add snare
  • Stay relaxed and avoid cramping up.
  • Comfortably transition between each example without stopping.

This lesson is a slight variation on the previous lesson. Rather than playing the sixteenth notes one-handed on the hi-hat, we will be using alternating strokes.

Practice Tips

  • Just play bass drum part along with alternating sixteenth notes on the hi-hat.
  • Once bass drum and hi-hat are in-sync, add snare drum.

We are now going to explore some sixteenth note drum fill ideas. We will focus on two and four note groupings similar to what we did in the eighth-note fill lesson earlier.

Practice Tips:

  • Play just drum fill
  • Add in groove


  • Play each example comfortably at 70BPM
  • Apply fill ideas to other grooves already studied

In this lesson, we are going to learn about some common rhythms that combine eighth and sixteenth notes within a single beat. We will first play them on the drum-pad using the various sticking patterns written. Then, we will explore ways of moving them around the drum-set.

We are going to take the rhythms from the previous lesson and play them on the bass drum while keeping quarter notes with the hi-hat foot. This will really help to strengthen our bass drum foot as well as further solidify the coordination between our feet. It will also help prepare us for the next lesson where we will be playing grooves that incorporate these rhythms on the bass drum.
In this lesson we will explore some drum grooves that incorporate the bass drum rhythms from the previous lesson.

We are now going to take a look at some drum fill ideas based on the sixteenth and eighth note combo patterns we’ve been working on.


In this lesson, we are going to study some new accent patterns that will lay the ground work for the rhythms we will see in the next lesson.

In this lesson, we will use the accent exercises from the previous lesson to help us explore some new rhythms that will also include a few new pieces of music notation.
We will now work on getting comfortable playing the rhythms from the previous lesson on the bass drum. The coordination developed in this lesson will help prepare us for the following two lessons where we will be playing drum grooves that incorporate these rhythms on the bass drum.
We are now going to take the rhythms from the previous two lessons and use them to come up with some super funky drum grooves.
In this lesson, we will incorporate open hi-hats on the upbeats with the sixteenth note bass drum patterns we’ve been working on.
We are now going to revisit the single paradiddles only this time we are going to play them as sixteenth notes.
In this lesson, we will begin taking our groove capabilities to a whole new level by introducing sixteenth note fill-ins on the snare drum. These fill-ins are commonly used patterns that will open us up to a whole new world of possibilities that extend beyond our typical backbeat placement.
We will now take the sixteenth note fill-ins from the previous lesson and use them to begin exploring a new sound called, “Ghost Notes.”
In this lesson, we are going to take a look at another common snare drum fill-in pattern.
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We will now take the snare drum fill-in patterns from the previous lesson and use them as ghost note patterns.
3-3-2 With Eighth and Sixteenth Combos

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Instructor Biography

Michael Gambone, Drummer/Instructor

Mike has been a dedicated student of the instrument for 25 years and has been teaching and performing professionally for 15 of them.

After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Towson University in 2004, Mike balanced his time between teaching and freelancing as a first call drummer playing everything from Jazz to Rock to Latin music. From 2006-2011, Mike toured the world performing with the original rock band, "The Bridge." That's where Mike got some invaluable real world experience playing upwards of 200 shows a year and sharing the stage with the likes of, The Allman Brothers, Umphrey's Mcgee, Lettuce, Mike Gordon, Primus and many more established acts.

It is through his wide range of experiences as both a performer and a teacher that Mike has created a curriculum specifically designed to provide a clear and logical progression to understanding the fundamentals of rhythm and drum-set performance.

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