Drumming for Beginners - Simple Way To Learn How To Drum
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Ideal for beginners - this exciting course takes you through the essential techniques to become a successful drummer
4.2 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,818 students enrolled
Created by Hugh Edwards
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to Drum without having to buy a drum kit – learn on your lap and progress to kitchen pots and pans before committing buying a drum kit!
  • Learn the essentials skills of drumming
  • Master keeping rhythm with your feet and hands
  • Learn how to master beats, rudiments and fills
  • Learn the different types of symbols and how to use them
  • Learn how the essential parts of a drum kit
  • Learn how to setup your drum kit
  • Learn the top techniques used by professional drummers
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  • A basic set of pots and pans from the kitchen
  • A pair of drum sticks for later in the course
  • A drum kit or access to a drum kit for those wishing to progress their techniques

Drummers are in high demand. One of the most popular instruments in the world, the basic drum techniques and skills can be learnt in an afternoon, but can take months or years of practice and dedication to master. With time and practice habits, you can learn rhythm and fundamentals, eventually working more complex rhythms and patterns into your drumming.

It's a good idea to start getting some sense of rhythm before dropping the cash on a big drum kit to practice on, or before giving yourself an opportunity to get frustrated.

The most common thing you hear from people is that it's too expensive to learn to drum, but with this groundbreaking course, we've removed that cost-barrier by first teaching you to play on your lap, and on your kitchen pots and pans!

Drumming for Beginners is taught by seasoned drummer Hugh Edwards - a player and teacher for over 30 years who's played in front of over half a million people, with touring bands such as Leatherat and Ark. He's a Sabian and Tama Endorsee and one of the best drum teachers in the world.

So, you've always wanted to play drums but buying a kit is prohibitively expensive, right? And maybe, you don't want to have to buy a kit before you learn how to play?

Well, with this unique approach, you can find out if it suits you and if you actually want to become a drummer first. This course starts off learning drum beats, fills and patterns on your lap, and by playing on kitchen pots and pans with sticks.

Then, half way through we move onto the drum kit, and kick into gear with the more advanced stuff, over 22 custom-built modules. You can do all of this in the comfort of your own home, and we'll show you how to learn the beats, practice the beats and how to realise when you're making mistakes, with not only theory, but practical exercises for you to try out at home. We'll get you playing along to your favourite music, and by the end of this course, you'll be ready to join your first band. It's great fun - you don't have to buy a drum kit yet, and you're going to learn something new!

Give it a go, and we'll see you inside the drummers studio!

Who is the target audience?
  • People want to find out about drumming without investing in a drum kit
  • People thinking about becoming a drummer
  • Musicians looking to get the basics of drumming
  • Beginners who have purchased their first drum kit
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
Overview of Drumming Course
2 Lectures 04:27

You're looking for simple drum lessons to learn to play the drums? You've come to the right place. Here on this Drumming for Beginners course, you will find beginner to advanced content that will guide you every step of the way.

Beginner Drum Lessons

This course focuses on the drum lesson content that applies to beginner drummers. First, you will want to get started by checking out the course structure to see how the drumming course makes it easy to learn in a step by step approach.

This drumming course will teach you the first beat every drummer should learn, and simple variations that will take the pattern to the next level.

In each section (lecture) you will learn a specific skill or bit of information. Each lecture builds not he previous lecture to help you develop your drumming skills.

We want you to be confident and reach your full potential and goals. Being passionate about drumming will help you take the time to use the exercises in this course to master essential and more advanced drumming techniques.

The overall course is broken down into two sections:

1. Section one is about using your hands to learn beats, rhythm and creating music.

2. Section helps you choose a drum kit that's right for you, set it up and then use it.

Overview of course

In this lecture High Edwards talks about the course, what you will learn and what you need to help you become a drummer.

Hugh talks about how you can learn to master the essentials of drumming simply using your hands and feet. As a seasoned professional drummer Hugh reveals the best methods to develop your drumming skills.

To start the course you simply need to put aside some time each day to practice your drumming skills. As a beginner it is important to master each section before you progress to the next. You can use this course over and over to learn and gain the knowledge you need to become a drummer.

Preview 03:19
What Is Time?
1 Lecture 04:57

Did you know that by learning some simple drum beats, you can play almost any rock, pop and country song ever written? Pretty amazing, huh!

These simple drum beats are easy to learn, easy to remember, and form the basis for learning any song. Knowing and mastering these beats will allow you to get your first drum audition with a band and jump-start your musical career.

In order to properly play any drum beat, fill, or rudiment - you must first understand the basics of counting time. This is the primary job of every drummer, and so it absolutely must be taken seriously. In this lesson, we will be reviewing 4/4 time. Instead, focus on understanding how the beats should be counted, and how the subdivisions relate to each other.

You can tap the timing out on your lap for now. This will become an important part of learning new beats, and more sophisticated subdivisions in the future.

Preview 04:57

3 questions
Playing A Simple Beat
1 Lecture 06:09

You don't have to have a drum kit to get started drumming. You don't even have to have a kit at all. To get started on the basics, use your hands and tops of your thighs in a seated position to learn basic drum-kit rhythms. Listen to music with obvious rhythms and try to mock the rhythm with your hands.

Many beginners can get frustrated upon plopping down behind a kit and not being able to play a simple rhythm yet.

It's a good idea to start getting some sense of rhythm before dropping the cash on a big drum kit to practice on, or before giving yourself an opportunity to get frustrated.

In this lecture you learn how to play simple beats and build your first drumming skills.

Preview 06:09

Playing a simple beat
3 questions
Bars, Beats, Tempo and Time Signatures
1 Lecture 02:00

There are many ways to break down a a musical bar. In this lecture you will learn about time signatures, meaning the beats in a measure. Learn all about bars, beats, tempo and signatures.

Count out loud when you're just getting started. It's important to keep track of the rhythm and learn what you're playing, allowing you to develop more complex awareness of beat.

What Is Time - Bars, Beats, Tempo and Time Signatures

Bars, Beats, Tempo and Signatures Quiz
3 questions
Kitchen Pots and Pans - Playing A Simple Beat with Sticks and Feet
1 Lecture 01:35

Get creative with your kitchen utensils and make yourself a drum kit!

In this lecture you will learn how to set up and practice with everyday pots and pans and still make great music.

However, if you hit a pot or pan with a drum stick it will be very loud, so either tape the ends of some old drum sticks or tape a towel onto the pot. Cardboard boxes and other ‘junk’ can make great sounds too.

Drumming with Pots and Pans

Kitchen Pots and Pans Quiz
1 question
Drum Fills 1 – Simple Beat with a Drum Fill
1 Lecture 04:26

The drummer's most important job when performing is to keep time for the other musicians and to ensure that the music stays at a steady tempo. The main way the drummer does this is to play drum beats that compliment the pulse of the music and help drive the piece forward.

The drummer can break away from the drum beat by performing rhythms around the drum kit known as "drum fills". These drum fills are usually used to signify a new section of a song, to inject excitement or "colour" into a piece or to punctuate a rhythm/melody that has some significance within the song.

In this lecture you will be given examples of drum fills and when to play a drum fill.

Simple Beat with a Drum Fill

Simple Beats Quiz
2 questions
More Simple Beats
1 Lecture 09:11

Once you've learned how to play the basic beats from our earlier lesson, it's time to move on to more beginner drum beat variations. These lecture will enable you to progressively learn to play more complex beats. So, listen to the lecture, watch the examples and practice your drum beats.

More Simple Beats To Master

More Beats Quiz
2 questions
More Simple Drum Fills
1 Lecture 06:51

What are drum fills? In this lecture, Hugh Edwards answers these questions and teaches you beginner drum fills.

They are broken down slowly, so you can see exactly how to play them and how they sound. As an added bonus, each drum fill is demonstrated in a musical context.

More Drum Fills

More Drum Fills Quiz
1 question
Playing Along To Songs On The Radio
1 Lecture 02:22

It’s time to play along to songs and use them to practice. First, watch Hugh Edwards teach you how to listen to songs on the radio and use them to practice your drumming. This forms a fun way of listening to and practicing the sort of music you love.

Playing along to the radio

Playing along to the radio quiz
1 question
Rudiments On The Pans
1 Lecture 14:07

Drum rudiments are essentially the building blocks for every drum beat, fill, or pattern that you could ever play. Just as letters and words make up all the sentences on this page, the drum rudiments make up all the patterns you play at on the drum set.

By learning, practicing and fine-tuning your ability to play drum rudiments, you will unlock new and creative ways to express yourself on the drums!

Rudiments on the Pans

Rudiments On The Pans
3 questions
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About the Instructor
Hugh Edwards
4.2 Average rating
30 Reviews
1,818 Students
1 Course
Entrepreneur focused on e-learning to develop skills.

Hugh is a voice-director and casting-director. He also runs a successful e-learning businesses focusing on niche sectors. His is passionate about learning and uses his skills and experience in directing to produce high quality online learning courses.

As well as successfully running two studios, HSP have composed for over 100 television shows and worked on over 160 games plus countless other projects from radio to movies and movie trailers.