Drums for Beginners
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Drums for Beginners

Learn to play drums with our beginner friendly drum lessons
4.6 (25 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.
2,494 students enrolled
Created by Brendan Bache
Last updated 8/2017
Price: Free
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Feel comfortable with basic backbeats
  • Feel comfortable with any bass drum 8th note permutations
  • Play the drum kit with better hand speed and coordination
  • Come up with ways to create musical variations between sections of music
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  • Have access to a drum kit

This course aims to equip you with the fundamentals of playing the drum kit. You will be introduced to the basic rhythms and grooves of the drum kit. As we progress, we will teach you different drum beat permutations and patterns. We will also discuss how these beats and rhythms can fit into different songs. 

We will be providing detailed video lessons with numerous practical examples for you to apply your new found knowledge in. All these will help you develop good fundamental skills in playing the drum kit. By the end of this course, you will be able to play a wide variety of pop and rock songs.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners who would like to learn how to play the drums
  • People who want to get back into playing drums
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
The First Steps
6 Lectures 01:23:12

This lesson will help you develop basic coordination with both hands and right foot. Learn about time signature and bass, snare and hi hat notation.

Quarter Note Groove

Learn basic fills with quarter and eighth notes. Also, learn about the orchestrations around the drum kit.

The Crash, Fills and Phrases

This lesson teaches you to add 8th notes in right hand and improve your right hand coordination.

Eighth Note Groove

Learn to play single strokes, double strokes, paradiddles and bass drum ostinatos. 

Rudiments 1

Learn to create contrast between verses and choruses by using different grooves and orchestration.

Musical Form

This lesson explains to you the groove and form of this song. It is also guides you through the rhythms and techniques that is required for this song.

Song Lesson: Your Body Is A Wonderland by John Mayer
Bass Drum 8th Notes
6 Lectures 01:23:48

Learn to play bass drums 8ths in groove, at an increasingly tempo. 

Bass Drum 8ths

Learn to play more complex bass drum 8th permutations.

More Permutations

Learn how to add 16th note fiils. Also, learn about the orchestrations around your drum kit.

16th Note Fills

Learn how to combine previous 8th note grooves to make longer musical phrases. Learn to create your own 8th note bass drum groove.

Longer Phrases

This lesson discusses an example of a longer groove from an existing pop/rock song, including fills and contrast between verse and chorus.

Musical Example

Learn to play a classic song from 1983 by English Rock band The Police.

Song Lesson: Every Breath You Take by The Police
Course Wrap Up
3 Lectures 01:10
Thank You

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About the Instructor
Brendan Bache
4.6 Average rating
25 Reviews
2,494 Students
1 Course
Drums Instructor at Liberty Park Music

Brendan Bache, currently the drums instructor at Liberty Park Music, has been in love with the drum kit since the age of 8. His love for music spans many musical genres but his great passion is the study and performance Latin American music. This interest has led Brendan to study many Latin percussion instruments such as congas and bongos as well applying these rhythms to the drum kit.

Brendan has played the drum kit in many bands playing various styles from jazz to rock and folk. He has also played in ensembles using a wide variety of other percussion ranging from bodhran in an Irish folk band to percussion in an Afro-Cuban big band. His current latin jazz project Agua Pasa, play a diverse array of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian music ranging from standards, to original compositions.

Brendan also enjoys transcribing music and in 2014 was employed to transcribe Marco Minnemann’s complex drum part in The Aristocrats 2013 album ‘Culture Clash’. The transcription is available through Jam Track Central.

Brendan first experience of teaching was teaching the drum kit in a music school in Northwich, Cheshire and he has since spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in China.

Since graduating from the University of Leeds with a 1st class honours degree in Popular and World Musics in 2013, Brendan has built up a substantial student base across West Yorkshire and boasts a 100% exam pass rate, with many students going on to perform professionally and succeed academically.