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Basic Drum Lessons to Help You Learn How to Play the Drums

This page will guide you through this site’s free starter drum lessons collection. If you’re a beginner you can start learning how to play the drums right now.

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Beginner Online Drum Lessons – How to Start Learning Drums Even If You Don’t Have a Set

This is the first in a series of online drum lessons for the very beginner. In this lesson you’ll get up to speed quickly by laying down a basic beat. You’ll also learn how to start practicing without a drum set. Beginning drum students are lucky that way. They can start learning before committing to […]

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Online Drum Lesson 3 – Syncopation

Continuing the series of online drum lessons, this time the concept of syncopation is introduces. And as in the previous online drum lesson, you are welcome to practice this one by tapping your hands and feet, or by using an actual drum set. In music, the concept known as syncopation means playing or accenting a […]

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Snare Drum Instruction – The Paradiddle

The paradiddle is another important snare drum rudiment that will help you get a handle on the sticks. The basic paradiddle is played by the hands with the following repeating pattern: R L R R L R L L … Or if you start with the left hand the paradiddle looks like this: L R […]

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Your Second Beginner Drum Lesson

In the previous online drum lesson, every four count the beat repeated exactly. In this lesson, the beat is going to repeat every eight count, but instead of counting to eight, we are going to count half beats like so, “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 […]

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The Essential Easy Drum Beats of Rock Drumming

The drum beats on this page form the basis of nearly all rock drumming. Many more advanced drum set beats can be formed by embellishing on these basic ones. These drum set beats are probably the first ones you should learn because if you master these relatively easy drum beats, you’ll very quickly begin to […]

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Drum Lessons – New York City, NY

Many people have emailed me asking where they can find drum lessons in their home town. Given the global nature of the Internet, I’m not likely to be familiar with anyone’s local area, but I can give some pointers for drum lessons in New York City, which is my local area. Some of this is […]

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Snare Drum Instruction – Double Stroke Roll

The double stroke roll is one of the fundamental pillars of snare drum instruction and a very important snare rudiment. The double stroke is commonly used by marching band and military snare drummers to produce rolls that sound like machine gun fire. A single stroke roll, which is another basic snare drum rudiment, is played […]

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How to Play the Flam on Drums

The flam is a distinct sound created by two successive drum strikes made by the two sticks. It is essentially a way to embellish any given note and play it in a “fancier” fashion. The flam consists of a main note, made by the second stick that hits the drum, and a preceding grace note […]

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Learn Simple Drum Fills to Spice Up Your Beats

Drum fills are breaks from the normal beat that emphasize transitions between two separate musical parts, such as the verse and chorus of a song. Fills are typically composed of fast successive drum notes, also known as rolls. This page will discuss how to use roll to play interesting and effective “killer” drum fills that […]

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