Learn To Play The Drums Without A Drum Kit
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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
4.7 (52 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.
1,595 students enrolled
Created by Billy Baker
Last updated 1/2017
English
Current price: $19 Original price: $25 Discount: 24% off
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • An interest in drums and drumming
  • No equipment needed, you will use your hands and feet
Description

Updates:

Wednesday 4th January:

Over 1500 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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Suitable for all ages with adult supervision for minors
  • No previous knowlege required
Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
01:57:22
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Introduction
3 Lectures 04:22

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.

Preview 01:00

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

Preview 02:27

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.

Preview 00:55
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How to Play With Hands
1 Lecture 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.

Preview 02:21
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Rudiments
5 Lectures 12:00

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

Preview 00:59

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.

Rudiments Practice Download - This is What You'll Learn - Download & Print
3 pages

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.

Single Strokes - The First Step to Playing Drums
03:36

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

Single Strokes Test - Check Your Drums Knowledge
1 question

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.

Double Strokes - The Second Step to Playing Drums - A Little Harder
02:55

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

Double Strokes Test - Check Your Drums Knowledge
1 question

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.

Paradiddles - Your First Challenge of Drums Coordination
04:30

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

Paradiddle Test - Check Your Drums Knowledge
1 question
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How to Play With Feet
1 Lecture 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.

This is How You Play the Drums With Your Feet - Simple!
02:13
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Rock groove
7 Lectures 14:15

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

Preview 01:04

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.

Rock Groove Practice Download
1 page

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.

Playing the Right Hand
03:06

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.

Playing the Right Foot
03:05

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.

Playing the Left Hand
02:47

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.

Putting the Rock Groove Together
03:23

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

Rock Groove Summary
00:50
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How to Read Drum Music
8 Lectures 18:29

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.

Preview 01:15

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.

Barlines, Clefs and Time Signatures
02:34

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.

Preview 1 page

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.

Playing Quarter Notes
02:42

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.

Your Solo of Quarter Note Exercise 1 - Read and Play Music On Your Own
03:32

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.
Playing Eighth Notes - Practice Download - Exercise 2
1 page

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

Playing Eighth Notes
05:21

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

Your Solo of Eighth Note Exercise 1 - Read and Play Eighth Notes On Your Own
03:05
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Anatomy of the Drum Kit
6 Lectures 22:47

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.

Introduction to Anatomy of the Drum Kit - What You Need to Know
00:54

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.

The Drums - The Names You Should Know
04:56

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.

The Cymbals - The Three Main Ones We Need
02:42

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.

Acoustic Drum Kits
02:36

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.

Electronic Drum Kits
06:31

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.

How Drums Are Written in Music
05:08
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Rudiments Revisted - Coordination challenge with feet
7 Lectures 21:09

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

Rudiments Revisted - Introduction - The low down on the big challenge
01:08

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

The Foot Pattern - It's As Easy As Walking
02:00

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.

Single Strokes 2
03:01

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.

Double Strokes 2
03:52

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.

Paradiddles 2
04:42

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

Opposites
02:46

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.

Opposites 2
03:40
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Rudiments - Flams, Drags and Ruffs
1 Lecture 13:46
Flams - Make your playing 'Fatter'
13:46
About the Instructor
Billy Baker
4.7 Average rating
142 Reviews
2,537 Students
2 Courses
UK Freelance drummer

Billy is a freelance drummer and drum tutor from the UK. He is a session drummer for various bands, teaches drums in various locations and teaches music industry to budding musicians. 

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

Billy has had national and international radio airplay, has toured the UK and Europe and his album 'Dangerous State of Mind' by the band 51/50s is available to purchase on digital & physical formats.

Billy has 14 years teaching experience and has a BA Honours degree in Popular Music from the Academy of Contemporary Music in London.