Learn To Play The Drums
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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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4.8 (108 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.
1,334 students enrolled
Created by Billy Baker
Last updated 3/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $25 Discount: 60% off
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Includes:
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • A drum kit (preferable)
  • Drum sticks
Description

Updates:

Tue 21st March 2017:

New lecture added: Open Hi Hats! A very challenging exercise that will reap it's benefits!

Join the 900 students that have already given this course 4.7 out of 5 stars!

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.

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

Enrol now!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in playing the drums!
  • For beginners and advanced drummers
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Curriculum For This Course
74 Lectures
08:29:56
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Introduction - Learn the essentials of drumming first!
5 Lectures 24:41

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.

Preview 05:00

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.

Drum Stick Grip - How to hold your sticks correctly for Maximum Drum Skills
02:44

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.

The Anatomy of the Drum Kit - Learn the names and how it sounds. Plus: notation!
05:17

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!

Preview 05:37

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.

Right vs Left - Right handed or left handed?
06:03
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PART 1: Subdivisions on the Snare Drum - Our First Rhythms
3 Lectures 20:42

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.

Quarter Notes - Get Playing - Your First Rhythm
04:18

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.

Eighth Notes - 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
09:28

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.

Sixteenth Notes - 1e+a 2e+a 3e+a 4e+a - Play them all
06:56
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PART 1: Rudiments - The building blocks of everything we do
4 Lectures 19:41

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.

Introduction to Rudiments - What are Rudiments and Why are they important?
01:49

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

Single Strokes - Learn the most important Rudiment
06:29

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

Double Strokes - Practice to Perfection!
05:15

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

Paradiddles - Accept the challenge and learn to play a Paradiddle!
06:08
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PART 1: Billy's Top Tip #1
1 Lecture 02:26

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

Billy's Top Tip #1 - Drum Thone/Stool - Never Fall Off Stage!
02:26
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PART 1: How to Play Bass Drum and Hi Hat With Feet
1 Lecture 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.

How to play Bass Drum and Hi Hat with feet
02:51
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PART 1: Learn To Play a Rock Groove - The most impressive thing to play on drums
7 Lectures 14:46

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.

Introduction - What you need to know about a drum groove
01:20

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

The Right Hand Pattern - Quarter Notes - The first right hand rhythm
02:14

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

The Right Hand Pattern - Eighth Notes - The second right hand rhythm
02:35

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.

Adding the Right Foot - Learn two way coordination
02:11

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.

Adding the Left Hand - Another 2 way coordination
02:23

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.

The Whole Rock Groove - Put it together - 3 way coordination!
02:17

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

Preview 01:46
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PART 1: How to Play with a Click and to Music
3 Lectures 22:34

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

The Click explained - What it is and how it can help with your playing
06:35

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

Practice playing with the click - practical playing practice
06:35

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

Preview 09:24
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PART 1: Grooves A, B, C & D - Michael Jackson, Queen, Nickelback and Arctic M...
5 Lectures 40:06

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.

Rock Grooves A - P Intro - Grooves For Life!
02:38

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

Rock Groove A - Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
05:57

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.

Rock Groove B - We Will Rock You by Queen
10:58

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.

Rock Groove C - How You Remind Me by Nickelback
08:31

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.

Preview 12:02
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PART 1: Subdivisions Around the Drum Kit
4 Lectures 51:07

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.

Quarter Notes - Start playing simple rhythms using all the drums
11:15

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

Eighth Notes - Play 2 notes on each drum round the kit
11:20

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

Preview 15:38

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

Summary of Subdivisions - Play them all in a 3 bar loop
12:54
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Billy's Top Tip #2 - How to Set Up Your Drum Kit Properly
1 Lecture 10:00

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

Setting Up Your Drum Kit - How to do it the most efficient and safe way
10:00
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About the Instructor
Billy Baker
4.7 Average rating
162 Reviews
2,708 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.