Drumming for Beginners - Simple Way To Learn How To Drum

Ideal for beginners - this exciting course takes you through the essential techniques to become a successful drummer
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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!

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Overview of Drumming Course

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.


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.

Section 2: What Is Time?

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.

3 questions
Section 3: Playing A Simple Beat

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.

Playing a simple beat
3 questions
Section 4: Bars, Beats, Tempo and Time Signatures

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.

Bars, Beats, Tempo and Signatures Quiz
3 questions
Section 5: Kitchen Pots and Pans - Playing A Simple Beat with Sticks and Feet

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.

Kitchen Pots and Pans Quiz
1 question
Section 6: Drum Fills 1 – Simple Beat with a Drum Fill

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 Beats Quiz
2 questions
Section 7: More Simple Beats

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 Beats Quiz
2 questions
Section 8: More Simple Drum Fills

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 Quiz
1 question
Section 9: Playing Along To Songs On The Radio

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 quiz
1 question
Section 10: Rudiments On The Pans

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
3 questions
Section 11: Choosing Your First Kit

With the huge variety of drum sets available, how do you decide which drum kit is right for you? Before we take a look at how to choose your drum set, we'll introduce the components that go into it.

These include: the snare drum, the bass drum, one or more mounted toms, and a floor tom. The two other essential components that complete the contemporary drum set are the cymbals and hardware, both of which we will address shortly. First we'll examine the various drum set configurations that are available.

If you're a beginner or hobbyist who wants to play drums Hugh Edwards shows you how to choose the right drum kit for you.

Choosing your first drum kit
3 questions
Section 12: Setting Up Your Drum Kit

If you want to avoid injury, sound your best, and get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment out of your playing, you owe it to yourself to start with a properly arranged drum set.

Keeping in mind there are almost as many strongly held opinions on this subject as there are drummers in the world, if you understand some basic principles, finding a setup that works with you rather than against you will be much, much easier.

In this lecture you will how to setup a drum kit that to fit you.

Setting up your first drum kit
8 questions
Section 13: Playing Beats On Your Drum Kit

Playing drums can be a good way to relax and is a lot of fun. In this lecture you will learn how to play beats on your drum kit and combine the parts to form sound.

Section 14: Playing Simple Beats with Fills and Crashes

If in the previous lectures we learned beats and fills separately, then in the subject now is learning combines the beats and fills. In this lecture you will be playing as beats and fills.

Hugh Edwards takes you through examples and shows you how to easily master them.

Playing simple beats with fills and crashes quiz
2 questions
Section 15: Learning Your Rudiments On Your Drum Kit

Many beginner drummers can feel overwhelmed when they begin to realise just how many rudimental possiblities there are and how long it might take to learn them.

However, all rudiments are formed out of only three most basic rudimental groups - Single Strokes, Double Strokes and Flams.

Hugh Edwards shows you how to easily develop your rudiments, remember and practice them.

Section 16: Accenting Beats and Rudiments On Your Drum Kit

Rudiments are to be practiced, interpreted, developed, manipulated and embellished. There are many variations in the application and learning of rudiments; you are limited only by your imagination. In this lecture Hugh Edwards shows gives you a few ideas to help you apply rudiments in a more creative fashion, hopefully broadening your understanding and awareness in identifying and developing them on the drum set.

Accenting beats and rudiments quiz
1 question
Section 17: Advanced Drumming Beats

Are you ready to learn advanced drum beats? Hopefully you have already progressed through the important basics and are now ready to progress to more advanced drumming beats.

Applying different styles of drum beats and music is a great way of developing your overall drumming abilities. You’ll develop independence and ability to play in various styles, while developing your feel for drumming.

Accenting beats quiz
1 question
Section 18: Advanced Drumming Fills

Now its time to learn some advanced drum fills. These fills will build on the drum fills you learnt in a previous lecture. You might notice that these fills have a lot more notes to play than the previous lecture, but don't be intimidated by this.

Once you have the sequence memorized, then you can work on the speed of the fill. Remember, these fills don't need to be played fast to sound good, so don't feel that you have to play these fills ridiculously fast.

Advanced fills quiz
1 question
Section 19: How To Use Your Second Foot To Keep Time

Many drummers don’t spend enough time practicing with their feet. This results in poor foot independence, limb interdependence, strength and control. It also hinders one’s ability to use it effectively as a time-keeper.

To help you start working on your foot independence and increase your musicality, This lecture will help you learn the various exercises for developing foot independence.

Using your second foot quiz
1 question
Section 20: Playing In A Band With Friends

Start with this question … what can I do, as the drummer, to make this band successful? If you can answer this question honestly you will be well on your way to playing successfully drummer in a band.

A drummer plays a supporting instrument and any time you can put the interests of the band first, you will be well served in the process. It’s painful but true … it’s not about you.

It is about the band and the audience and enjoying the music. Whatever you can do to enable this to happen will make you a better drummer.

Hugh Edwards provides important advice on what to consider when you are going to play drums in a band.

Playing in a band quiz
1 question
Section 21: Course Summary

In this final lecture Hugh Edwards summarises the key lectures and encourages you to practice. He also offers some smart advice on how to progress and develop your drumming skills.

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Instructor Biography

Hugh Edwards, 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.

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