Learn To Play The Drums

Become a drummer with a step by step programme to get you from being drumming novice to drumming expert!
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  • Lectures 62
  • Length 7 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Updates:

Thu 12th May 2016:

Section 2 recording is complete and is to be uploaded very soon. Latest lectures uploaded to Section 2 include 'Drags' and 'Cross Stick Technique' and more to be uploaded over the next weeks. Over 500 students enrolled already on this course! If you want to learn to play the drums then enrol on this course now. With lectures being added all the time, this will be the ultimate guide to playing the drums. Sign up now whilst the price is low. What are you waiting for?

Welcome to my course Learn To Play The Drums.

This course will turn you from being a drumming novice into a drumming expert.

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

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

The lectures contain exercises that I have learnt, use and teach in my career as a professional drummer and tutor.

By the end of the course you will be a proficient drummer. All you need to do is to pay attention to the lectures, be patient and devote some practice time to the exercises shown in the course.

You'll have life long access to the all the videos with a 30 day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose.

Lectures are being added all the time so the course is constantly getting bigger and better. Latest lectures added: 'Drags'

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

Enrol now!

What are the requirements?

  • A drum kit (preferable)
  • Drum sticks

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn diffrent rhythms that make up everything we play on the drums
  • Learn to play rudiments - complex patterns that are the building blocks of drumming
  • Learn to play rock grooves - impress your mates with your excellent beats
  • Learrn how to play the drums to popular songs
  • Learn different styles of drumming - Latin, March, Blues, Jazz

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in playing the drums!
  • For beginners and advanced drummers

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction - Learn the essentials of drumming first!
05:00

In this lecture I will tell you about me and l give you an overview of what you will learn. This drums course is aimed at all ability levels and has something to offer everyone interested in learning the drums.

02:44

In this lecture you will learn how to hold your drum sticks correctly, which is necessary before we hit a drum. You will learn where the pivot point is to get the most out of the drums and drum sticks when you are playing. You will then be able to use the correct technique in order to progress effectively.

05:17

In this lecture you will learn the names of the drums and the cymbals and how they sound. You will hear how the size of the drum affects the pitch (high/low sounding) of the drum and how you can strike or hit each part of the drum kit. You will then be shown how each drum is written in drum music.

05:37

Just hit the drums right? There's a specific way to hit the drums to get a good tone... You will learn how to develop good technique and perform with good tone when you play. Let's start making some noise!

06:03

About 10% of the world's population are left handed. In this right hand-dominated world I will show you the difference of playing with a left handed set up to a right handed set up. I will show 'lefties' how they can get the most out of their playing too.

Section 2: PART 1: Subdivisions on the Snare Drum - Our First Rhythms
04:18

In this lecture you will learn how to play the most basic rhythm - quarter notes. You will play quarter notes on the snare drum using both hands and an even technique.

09:28

In this lecture you will learn how to your second rhythm - eighth notes. You will continue to use an alternate sticking pattern of RLRL... and you are aiming to keep an even rhythm and technique.

06:56

In this lecture you will learn how to play your third rhythm - sixteenth notes. You will use the snare drum using both hands and an even technique.

Section 3: PART 1: Rudiments - The building blocks of everything we do
01:49

Rudiments are the building blocks of everything we play. In this lecture we will see what they are used for and how they can help us with playing the drums.

06:29

In this lecture you will learn how to play the most basic but also most important rudiment - single strokes.

05:15

In this lecture you will learn how to play double strokes - the second of our rudiments.

06:08

In this lecture you will learn how to play paradiddles - the most challenging rudiment so far.

Section 4: PART 1: Billy's Top Tip #1
02:26

In this Top Tip the student will learn the best way to position their drum stool/throne.

Section 5: PART 1: How to Play Bass Drum and Hi Hat With Feet
02:51

In this lecture the student will learn how to play the pedals of the Hi Hat and the Bass Drum correctly. I will show you techniques for the bass drum and a helpful tip on keeping the Hi Hat pressed down when needed.

Section 6: PART 1: Learn To Play a Rock Groove - The most impressive thing to play on drums
01:20

In this lecture the student will learn what a rock groove is and how we put it together in order to develop the coordination to play it.

02:14

In this lecture the student will play quarter notes on the Hi Hat in preparation for playing the pattern needed for a rock groove.

02:35

In this lecture the student will learn how to play 8th notes on the Hi Hat in preparation for playing a rock groove.

02:11

In this lecture the student will learn how to add the bass drum to the Hi Hat rhythm. This makes a 2 way coordination exercise.

02:23

In this lecture the student will play the Hi Hat rhythm again and, this time, adds the Snare Drum note. This develops the students 2 way coordination between their hands.

02:17

In this lecture the student will learn how to put the rhythm and coordination learnt so far together. This involves using the hands on the Hi Hat and the Snare Drum with the right foot playing the Bass Drum. This creates a 3 way coordination exercise.

01:46

In this lecture the student will revisit all the steps needed to play the rock groove.

Section 7: PART 1: How to Play with a Click and to Music
06:35

In this lecture the student will learn what the click is and how it is helpful in developing skills needed to become a drummer.

06:35

In this lecture the student will get practice experience of playing with the click.

09:24

In this lecture the student will learn how to play along with a song.

Section 8: PART 1: Grooves A, B, C & D - Michael Jackson, Queen, Nickelback and Arctic M...
02:38

In this lecture the student will learn what Grooves A - P are and how they can help improve their playing. As well as learning to play these grooves on their own they can be applied to various songs and be interpreted and played in other styles.

05:57

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove A at different tempos and be able to play the groove to Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

10:58

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove B at different tempos and be able to play the groove to a song.

08:31

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove C at different tempos and be able to play the groove to a song.

12:02

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove D at different tempos and be able to play the groove to a song.

Section 9: PART 1: Subdivisions Around the Drum Kit
11:15

Start playing some rhythm on the snare drum and around the drum kit with Quarter Notes, one of the most simple rhythms used in music.

11:20

In this lecture the student will learn how to play eighth notes around the drum kit.

15:38

In this lecture the student will learn how to play sixteenth notes around the drum kit.

12:54

In this lecture the student will learn how to play a 3 bar loop involving quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes.

Section 10: Billy's Top Tip #2 - How to Set Up Your Drum Kit Properly
10:00

In this lecture you will learn how to set up a drum kit in the most efficient way.

Section 11: PART 1: What you've learnt so far - Test your drumming skills
09:29

In this lecture the student will learn how to put a 2 bar loop together using 2 of the rock grooves learnt so far. You will play one groove and then the other and then back to the first creating a loop. You will then be able to play this along with Lady Gaga's song 'Brown Eyes'.

11:30

In this lecture the student will do a playback test. This tests what the student has learnt so far and the student will learn how to read, listen and play some drum music back along to a click.

15:48

In this lecture you will learn how to be creative with what you've learnt so far. You will create a 2 bar loop involving one bar from the rock grooves learnt (A - D) and one bar from the subdivisions leant (quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes) so far. You will also learn what a 'fill' is.

18:19

In this lecture you will learn how to play an arrangement of the song 'Black Betty'. You will play 3 different parts and a simple fill. The aim of the lecture is to learn these parts by memory and to be able to count the bars off

Section 12: PART 2: Rock Grooves E, F, G, & H. Also - learn to play the ride with a LF HH
05:27

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove E. This rock groove uses 2 bass drums but is played over the bar so one bass drum is played on the '+' and the next is played into the downbeat.This groove is used in the song 'Some Unholy War' by Amy Winehouse.

03:35

In this lecture you will learn how to play Rock Groove F. This groove has 2 bass drums at a time but this time plays them on with first two hi hats of the bars and then the next two straight after the first snare drum. It helps to count the first 5 hi hats off to begin with to make sure the bass drums are in the correct place.

06:14

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove G. This involves learning how to play a syncopated bass drum rhythm. This means playing on a weak part of the bar. This time there is no bass drum on beat 3 which is where usually we emphasise the stronger part of the bar.

03:34

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove H. This adds one more syncopated note onto the end of the bar. This means on the repeat of the bar you have two notes - the '+' of 4 into beat 1.

07:59

In this lecture you will learn how to play a rock groove using the Ride cymbal instead of the Hi Hat. With this groove the Hi Hat is free. You will then learn how to play the Hi Hat with your weaker foot at the same time as the snare drum to create a groove using 4 way coordination.

Section 13: PART 2: Technique: Cross Stick & Dynamics - Make your playing more interesting!
07:31

In this lecture you will learn how to play with a cross stick/rim click technique. This technique is generally used on the snare drum and produces a wood block-like sound. It can be used in many styles and adds another dynamic to your playing.

17:36

In this lecture you will learn how to make your playing sound more interesting, by adding dynamics and accents. You will learn how to play soft, medium and loudly and how you can get these sounding good. Emphasising single notes also makes your playing sound better and this will be taught in the second part of the lecture with accents.

Section 14: PART 2: Styles - Latin, March and 3/4
14:25

In this lecture you will learn how to play a Latin groove. This involves playing the backbeats with a cross stick snare drum on beat 2 and a small tom on beat 4. You will also learn how to play the Ride Cymbal bell.

09:37

In this lecture you will learn how to play in a different time signature. Instead of playing in 4/4 we learn how to play in 3/4. You learn 4 different types of rock grooves in 3/4.

Section 15: PART 2: 16th Note Fills Spread Across Different Drums
16:38

In this lecture you will learn a variety of different 16th note fills played around the drums working from the snare drum around to the floor tom. It is important to keep the 16th note rhythm and just to change the drum on which you play to improve movement between the drums.

Play Rock Grooves with different 16th note Fills around the Drum Kit
10:07
Section 16: PART 2: Rudiments #2 - Flams, Drags and Ruffs
09:42

In this lecture learn how to play another rudiment - Flams. These involve playing 2 notes close together, one soft, and one loud. Flams make a snare note sound bigger, wider and create more of an impact. Here we play them very slowly, in time with a click and I show you an example of how they can played in context.

07:13

In this lecture you will learn how to play drags. This involves playing 3 notes close together. The first 2 notes are played with the same hand as quieter 'grace' notes and then the final note is the strong note played on the beat with the other hand. It helps to be good at playing double strokes to be able to play the quieter 'grace' notes so these two rudiments are linked.

07:42

In this lecture you will learn how to play ruffs. This involves playing 4 notes close together as single strokes. The first 3 notes are played quietly with the final strong note being played on the beat.

Section 17: Advanced Sticking Patterns
Double Paradiddle
03:16
02:24

In this lecture you will learn how to play a Paradiddle-Diddle. You will already need to know how to play a Paradiddle from previous lectures.

01:38

In this lecture you will learn how to play a Flam Tap. This requires you to already know how to play a Flam.

Flam Accent
01:53
13:47

In this lecture you will learn how to play a specific sticking pattern of RLRLRRLL to create grooves and fills around the drum kit.

Section 18: Displaced Snare Drums
Displaced Snare Drum Rock Grooves
08:44
Section 19: PART 3: Grooves A-P - Grooves I, J, K, & L
02:41

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove I

02:16

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove J

02:08

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove K

02:01

In this lecture the student will learn how to play Rock Groove L

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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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