Learn To Play The Drums Without A Drum Kit

Become a proficient drummer with coordination exercises & techniques you can do at home with no equipment required
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Updates:

Friday 13th May 2016:

1400+ students have now signed up. 48 lectures are live with more to be added. My follow up to this course - 'Learn to Play the Drums' - is also available. If you think you have rhythm then what are you waiting for? Sign up now

Welcome to my course Learn To Play The Drums Without A Drum Kit.

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning to play the drums by teaching you the skills you need without any equipment.

The lectures provide step by step instruction to suit everyone and cover skills that are basic and advanced.

Each section has downloadable PDFs to help your understanding and to aid practice.

These exercises are based on the skills I learnt, use and teach in my career as a professional drummer and tutor.

By the end of the course you will have improved your coordination, rhythm and timing. You'll have life long access to the all the videos with a 30 day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose.

If you've always wanted to learn the drums this course is for you.

Enrol now!

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in drums and drumming
  • No equipment needed, you will use your hands and feet

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build your understanding of coordination, rhythm and timing
  • Improve knowlegdge of drums and drumming
  • Play rudiments to build hand coordination
  • Play a rock groove
  • Read drum music and understand how it works
  • Play complex hand and foot patterns

What is the target audience?

  • Suitable for all ages with adult supervision for minors
  • No previous knowlege required

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.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:00

An overview of the whole course. In this lecture the student will be told what they will learn from this course and how they will achieve the learning objectives.

02:27

In this lecture the student will be explained some common misconceptions of drumming and how we go about learning the drums.

00:55

In this lecture students will learn how to sit to get the best out of the course. This is vital for learning the skills in the course in a comfortable way.

Section 2: How to Play With Hands
02:21

In this lecture the student will learn how to play the drums using their hands. This will give the student the correct technique for playing the drums and will enable them to play the coordination exercises in this course.

Section 3: Rudiments
00:59

In this lecture students will learn what Rudiments are and how they are applicable to everything we play as a drummer.

3 pages

This download will assist the students understanding of the rudiment exercises. The student should download and print this page to help whilst playing and practicing the exercises shown.

03:36

In this lecture the student will learn how to play single strokes with their hands. This is one of the most important skills drummers need to be good at.

1 question

Check that you have learnt the sticking/hand pattern for a Single Stroke Roll

02:55

In this lecture students will learn how to play double strokes with their hands. Double strokes are very important to be able to play the drums with accuracy. Later in the course we will use double strokes to play a challenging coordination exercise.

1 question

Check that you have learnt the sticking/hand pattern for a Double Stroke Roll

04:30

In this lecture students will learn how to play Paradiddles. This is one of the biggest challenges to the student so far with 8 strokes to the whole exercise. Later in the course we use Paradiddles to create a challenging coordination exercise.

1 question

Check that you have learnt the sticking/hand pattern for a Paradiddle

Section 4: How to Play With Feet
02:13

Before we continue with the next series of lectures the student will learn how to play with their feet correctly. In this lecture the student will learn how we use our feet on the drum kit and how they can replicate this with the correct technique with just their feet.

Section 5: Rock groove
01:04

In this lecture the students will learn the 3 different elements that make up a rock groove.

1 page

This download will assist the students understanding of the rock groove exercises. The student should download and print this page to help whilst playing and practicing the exercises shown.

03:06

In this lecture the student will learn how to play the right hand part of the rock groove. This right hand part holds the other parts together.

03:05

In this lecture we add in the right foot part to the rock groove. The student will play the right hand part along with the right foot part to create a groove using 2 way coordination.

02:47

The student will be adding the left hand to our right hand rock pattern whilst leaving out the right hand. This will create another 2 way coordination exercise.

03:23

The student will put all the elements learnt from the rock groove together. The right hand, left hand and right foot with work together playing the whole rock groove using 3 way coordination.

00:50

In this lecture the student will take anther look at the rock groove that they've learnt to play in this section of lectures.

Section 6: How to Read Drum Music
01:15

An introduction to how to read music for drums. The student will learn a short background on written music, why they should learn to read and what the learning aims of this section of lectures are.

02:34

The student will learn the basics of reading music and where to begin. They will learn the terminology of bars, barlines, clefs, time signatures, rhythm clef, stave and 4/4 and 3/4.

1 page

This download sheet is the written music that the student will be use for the next 2 lectures. The student should download and print to use this whilst learning and practicing.

02:42

In this lecture the student will learn how to read music and play what they see. This will involve reading the quarter notes and rests on the page and clapping out the rhythm written on the page.

03:32

Following on from the previous lecture, the student will be at a level where they can read and play music on their own. In this lecture the student will clap and count the quarter notes on their own.

1 page
This download sheet is the written music that the student will be use for the next 2 lectures. The student should download and print to use this whilst learning and practicing.
05:21

In this lecture the student will learn how to play and count eighth notes. We play through the eighth note exercise sheet.

03:05

In this lecture the student will be able to play and count through the eighth note exercise.

Section 7: Anatomy of the Drum Kit
00:54

An introduction to the section. We'll see what the student will learn and why. The names of the drums, the names of the cymbals, the difference between acoustic and electronic drum kits. And how drums are written in music.

04:56

In this lecture the student will learn the names of the 5 drums of a standard drum kit. The student will also learn how these 5 drums are used and some background information on the drum kit.

02:42

In this lecture the student will learn the names of the 3 cymbals of a standard drum kit. The student will learn how these cymbals are used and some background information on these.

02:36

In this lecture the student will learn what an acoustic drum kit is and the advantages and disadvantages of an acoustic drum kit. The student will learn what applications an acoustic drum kit has and how you would put this drum kit to use.

06:31

In this lecture the student will learn what an electric drum kit is and the advantages and disadvantages of an electric drum kit. The student will learn what applications an electric drum kit has and how you would put this drum kit to use.

05:08

In this lecture the student will revisit written music and will learn how the different drums discussed in this section can be written down. The student will learn what lines and spaces the drums are written down on the stave and the different symbols given to drums and cymbals to distinguish between the two.

Section 8: Rudiments Revisted - Coordination challenge with feet
01:08

In this lecture the student will learn what the possibilities are combining rudiments learnt earlier in the course along with a foot pattern.

02:00

In this lecture students will learn how to play the foot pattern that they will use in this section of lectures.

03:01

In this lecture the student will learn how to play single strokes along with a foot pattern creating a simple exercise involving all 4 limbs, using 4 way coordination.

03:52

In this lecture the student will learn how to play double strokes along with a foot pattern. This exercise is more complex than the previous lecture, involving 4 way coordination, which will push the students abilities.

04:42

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Paradiddles along with the foot pattern. This will involve 8 notes using 4 way coordination.

02:46

In this lecture the student will learn how to play the hand pattern for the Opposite exercise.

03:40

In this lecture the student will learn how to play the full opposite exercise involving the hands and feet creating a complicated, but achievable, 4 way coordination exercise.

Section 9: Rudiments - Flams, Drags and Ruffs
Flams - Make your playing 'Fatter'
13:46

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Instructor Biography

Billy Baker, UK Freelance drummer

Billy is a freelance drummer and drum tutor from the south coast of the UK. He plays Cajon for The Live Lounge Project and tutors students between his hometown in Bournemouth and Guildford, near London.

His early musical education was primarily with youth orchestras and jazz bands performing at the Royal Albert Hall and to Prince Phillip with the military.

Bands he has worked with have seen Radio One airplay (The Coronation), radio sessions, album deals (51/50s), national & international tours and festival apperances. His album 'Dangerous State of Mind' by the band 51/50s is available via digital download and in physical format.

Billy has 12 years teaching experience and has a BA Honours degree in Popular Music from the Academy of Contemporary Music.

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