Rock Drumset Grooves: Level 1

Always wanted to play the drums? Master several essential rock drum beats fast with this jam-packed drumming course!
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

No messing around at all here. In this "Rock Drumset Grooves: Level 1" course, we will dive straight into learning a huge variety of grooves that are essential to the aspiring rock drumset performer.

Featuring video content and downloadable PDF files of each groove taught, this course will have you rocking out—impressing your friends and family with your new drumming skills—in absolutely no time!

We'll cover:
• Basic drumset groove coordination exercises
• 8th-note grooves
• 16th-note grooves
• Hihat combinations
• Funky beats
• Linear grooves
• Cut-time signatures grooves
• 6/8 and 12/8 time signature grooves
• Shuffle grooves

What are the requirements?

  • Drumset and sticks
  • Computer with internet (or smartphone with Udemy app installed): for viewing each lesson and downloading the PDF files.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to perform a variety of grooves commonly found in Rock styles of music.
  • Basic drumset groove coordination exercises
  • 8th-note grooves
  • 16th-note grooves
  • 8th-note and 16th-note hi-hat combinations
  • Funky beats
  • Linear grooves
  • Cut-time signature grooves
  • 6/8 and 12/8 time signature grooves
  • Shuffle grooves

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginning drumset players
  • Intermediate players who would like a refresher on a variety of basic rhythms

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.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting started

A quick look at the primary parts of the drumset that we'll be using during this course.

Section 2: Groove coordination and independence exercises

4 exercises


4 exercises


4 exercises


4 exercises, incorporating all three of our primary groove sound sources

Section 3: 8th-note grooves

4 basic grooves


2 groove combinations


3 bonus grooves


Time to move the right hand around


2 grooves

Section 3 check in
2 questions
Section 4: 16th-note grooves (one- and two-handed hihat variations)

Counting 16th notes + 3 basic grooves


Bass drum on the "e" and "a" subdivisions: 4 grooves


2 groove combinations


Cool idea for a nice subtle change of texture

Section 4 check in
2 questions
Section 5: 8th-note and 16th-note hihat variations

2 grooves


3 grooves

Section 6: Funky Beats

Bass drum and snare drum on the "e": 3 grooves + incorporating "ghost" notes


Bass drum and snare drum on the "a": 3 grooves


Bass and snare on both the "e" and "a" subdivisions: 3 grooves


Bass and snare on both the "&" and "a" subdivisions: 3 grooves


2 bonus grooves

Section 7: Linear grooves

4 grooves


3 grooves


3 grooves


2 bonus grooves

Section 8: Cut-time signature

Counting cut-time + 3 basic grooves


2 grooves


3 bonus grooves

Section 8 check in
1 question
Section 9: 6/8 and 12/8 time signatures

A few common ways that these "compound" time signatures can be counted.


4 grooves


3 grooves


3 grooves, incorporating some 16th notes on the hihat or ride cymbal + some additional embellishments to try

Section 9 check in
1 question
Section 10: Shuffle grooves
Counting our shuffle grooves

5 grooves


2 grooves


Creating a more dense shuffle feel


3 grooves

Section 11: That's a wrap, folks.
Thank you!

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Instructor Biography

Mark Powers, Drummer/percussionist

A percussion artist/educator and world traveler, Mark Powers has studied, performed and taught throughout North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He has shared the stage with everyone from Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries and America's Polka King- the late Frankie Yankovic, to disco sensations The Afrodisiacs and 80’s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics.

As a Tycoon Percussion artist and REMO Education Artist, Mark facilitates a variety of percussion programs (including his popular “Junk Jam” and “Sights & Sounds of Ghana” classes), educating students of all ages in schools around the world. He also presents at youth/adult correctional facilities and leads businesses and organizations through leadership and team building training in his highly interactive “Rhythms at Work” workshops.

He has spoken at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, is co-author (along with drum legends Walfredo Reyes, Sr., Elliot Fine and David Stanoch) of the book “The 2-in-1 Drummer” (published by Alfred Music) and author of “Solo In Style,” a collection of original drumset solos for beginning/intermediate performers. He has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine, Percussive Notes and a variety of other percussion publications.

Fun fact: Mark is also former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group (shared with Namiah Tribolini, Peter Buxman and Pat Flanigan)!

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