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Dylan Taylor Artist Series

Learn from the YouTube sensation Dylan Taylor.

45 Lesson(s)
Jeremy Hummel Artist Series

19 Lesson(s)

Beginner Lessons

Beat Basics

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, you'll learn basic...

15 Lesson(s)
Choosing Sticks

Finding the right sticks that suite your playing style can be a challenge. From wood to synthetics, from narrow to thick there are a lot of drum sticks to choose from. Our lessons on choosing drum sticks will help you find...

1 Lesson(s)
Drum Kit Setup Acoustic

There are many parts to a full, acoustic drum kit. Setting up the drum kit can be a challenge for a beginner. Even after you have your drum kit set up, you may find out where you placed your drums makes it hard to play...

2 Lesson(s)
Drum Kit Parts (Acoustic)

There are several different pieces to an acoustic drum kit. Some of these pieces include; bass drums, snare drums, Tom-Toms, and cymbals. Our lessons on acoustic drum kit parts will cover all of these different parts.

2 Lesson(s)
Drumming Gear

Beyond drum sticks, drums, cymbals and hi-hats, there are several pieces of equipment that are important for drumming. Some of these items include metronomes, drum machines, ear plugs, and in-ear monitors. Our lessons on...

1 Lesson(s)
Dynamics

When we refer to dynamics, we are referring to the overall volume of a stroke on the drum. When a stroke has a low dynamic it has a low overall volume. If the dynamic of a stroke is high, it has a high overall volume....

7 Lesson(s)
Fill Basics

Fills in drumming are considered a break in the beat, and help indicate that there is a change or transition coming to the song. Fills are to beats, what punctuation marks are to sentences. In these lessons, you'll learn...

12 Lesson(s)
Foot Techniques

There are several different foot techniques in which you can play your bass drum and hi-hat. The more popular method is the "heel-up", often times referred to as the "slide technique" or "heel-toe technique". You can...

8 Lesson(s)
Grip Basics

Gripping the drum sticks properly is probably the single most important concept for a beginner. In our lessons on gripping drum sticks we will show you how to find the fulcrum or balance point on the stick, show you the...

3 Lesson(s)
Limb Coordination

Limb coordination is different from limb independence, because limb independence means that the hands and feet are playing different patterns that are unrelated. In these lessons, you will learn how to incorporate all 4...

14 Lesson(s)
Metronome

A metronome is essentially an electronic time keeping device. The metronome measures time in beats per minute or bpm. Metronomes can be found in smartphone apps, online, or a dedicated machine. Metronomes are very useful...

2 Lesson(s)
Notation Reading

Being able to read musical notation, as well as apply it to your drumming, is important to all drummers. A well-rounded drummer is versed in how to read musical notation, so that he can jump into any song or setting, and...

7 Lesson(s)
Notation Writing

1 Lesson(s)
Notes (Quarter, Eighth, Sixteenth)

A note is a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound. In drums, it accounts for how many beats you should be playing. In these lessons, we'll be teaching you all of the different notes (Whole-Note,...

13 Lesson(s)
Ostinatos Basics

In these lessons, you'll learn that an ostinato is a repeated rhythmic pattern that occurs during a composition. Ostinato's are commonly used in jazz drumming, but can be applied to any genre of music. Our lessons will...

1 Lesson(s)
Posture

Proper posture is important when drumming. It can affect the way you play, and how long you can play during a session. Posture can also have long term effects on your health. Our lessons on posture will show you the...

1 Lesson(s)
Stroke Applications

In these lessons, we will be showing you how to apply the different strokes (up, down, tap, full) to not only grooves, but fills. These lessons are packed with exercises that are sure to strengthen your use of different...

5 Lesson(s)
Stroke Basics

There are four basic drum strokes that every drummer should learn. In these lessons, you'll learn about the Full Stroke, Down Stroke, Tap, and Up Stroke. As well as how to apply them in concert with one another to create...

3 Lesson(s)
Time & Meter

Time and meter are important concept for every drummer. Time centers around the pulse or the beat of the music. Meter comprises all of the notes in between the beats. Having good meter means that you are able to place the...

3 Lesson(s)
Time Signatures

The time signature (also known as meter signature) is a notational convention used in musical notation to specify how many beats are in each measure and which note value constitutes one beat. From simple 4/4 or 3/4 time...

5 Lesson(s)
Triplets

9 Lesson(s)
Tuning Drums

Understanding how to correctly tune your drum kit is essential to having a great sounding kit. Even for beginners, having a properly tuned kit can help give you an edge. In our lessons on tuning the drums we will show you...

1 Lesson(s)

General Lessons

Open Soloing

Open soloing is when the spotlights shines on the drummer on stage, and all eyes are on you--and the band stops playing to give you there full attention. The drummer has a chance to play his own "mini" composition that...

1 Lesson(s)
Speed

Speed drumming is just that: speeding up your drumming. So, if you are interested in becoming a faster drummer, whether it's for your own personal enjoyment, you want to enter The Worlds Fastest Drummer contest, or maybe...

2 Lesson(s)
Stamina

The very definition of the word stamina is the prolonged ability to sustain a given physical effort, in other words, endurance. Building your drumming stamina will help those drummers who are performing and/or practicing...

4 Lesson(s)
Tips and Tricks

6 Lesson(s)
Warm-ups Strokes

Stroke exercises will help with your timing and control while you get ready to play the drums. These lessons will focus on hand to feet synchronization, and both single and the double stroke rolls. You'll also focus on...

1 Lesson(s)

Genre Lessons

Blues Beats

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, we'll teach you a...

3 Lesson(s)
Country Grooves

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, we'll teach you a...

3 Lesson(s)
Jazz Basics

In jazz basics, we'll be teaching you drumming concepts, approaches, and techniques to use in a diverse jazz music setting. How to make your own sound and feel to jazz. These lessons will give you the voice you need to...

6 Lesson(s)
Jazz Grooves

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, we'll teach you a...

10 Lesson(s)
Jazz Soloing

Jazz soloing is very similar to the basic concept of drum soloing, in which you create your own unique "story" or composition, which fits into a break in a song. It usually does not keep the same structure as the tune for...

3 Lesson(s)
Latin Grooves

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, we'll teach you a...

3 Lesson(s)
Metal Basics

1 Lesson(s)
Metal Fills

2 Lesson(s)
Metal Grooves

5 Lesson(s)
Reggae Fills

Fills in drumming are considered a break in the beat, and help indicate that there is a change or transition coming to the song. Fills are to beats, what punctuation marks are to sentences. In these lessons, we'll be...

1 Lesson(s)
Reggae Grooves

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, we'll teach you a...

3 Lesson(s)
Rock Basics

In rock basics, we'll be teaching you drumming concepts, approaches, and techniques to use in a diverse rock music setting. How to make your own sound and feel to rock. These lessons will really give you a well-rounded...

4 Lesson(s)
Rock Beats

A drum beat or drum pattern is a repeated rhythm establishing the meter through pulse and subdivision. A beat consists of multiple drum strokes occurring over multiple musical beats. In these lessons, we'll teach you a...

2 Lesson(s)
Rock Fills

Fills in drumming are considered a break in the beat, and help indicate that there is a change or transition coming to the song. Fills are to beats, what punctuation marks are to sentences. In these lessons, we'll be...

3 Lesson(s)

Intermediate Lessons

Advanced Fills

1 Lesson(s)
Dbl. Bass Pedal Techniques

4 Lesson(s)
Diddle Rudiments

A group of four drum rudiments that are based on the paradiddle. This group is characterized by the use of a double stroke, or the use of two strokes with one drumstick among the other strokes that normally alternate...

7 Lesson(s)
Drag Rudiments

A group of drum rudiments that are based on the drag (also known as a ruff). In these lessons, we'll be teaching you the 10 different drag rudiments, as well as how to build practice exercises.

8 Lesson(s)
Flam Rudiments

A group of drum rudiments that are based on the flam. The simplest of the flam rudiments, the basic flam, consists of two stick heights, grace for the embellishment and accent for the primary. There are a total of 10...

16 Lesson(s)
Intermediate Fills

1 Lesson(s)
Linear Fills

Linear drumming is when no two limbs match up during play, so you'll never be using your feet or hands at the same time. Every stroke happens one right after the other, in a line, those the use of the word "linear". When...

4 Lesson(s)
Linear Grooves

Linear drumming is a beat in which no two limbs match up or are played at the same time. Meaning, you'll never be playing your hands or feet at the same time. Each note ends up lining up one right after the other on a...

3 Lesson(s)
Live Gig Drumming

Live gig drumming is performing your drum playing in front of an audience. Whether you're performing for school, on the weekends, or you're about to go on tour, we've got lessons for every level of live gig drumming....

12 Lesson(s)
Moeller Method

The moeller method of drumming is thought to be one of the most widely used methods to increase speed, but is rarely taught about in depth. In these lessons, we'll be going in-depth about the low, half, and full moeller...

1 Lesson(s)
Roll Rudiments

A group of fifteen drum rudiments that are based on the roll (the method of sustaining sound on a percussion instrument). This group is broken into three distinct types of roll, the single stroke rudiments, the multiple...

9 Lesson(s)
Studio Drumming

Have you ever been called to do a studio drum session? Or maybe you've had some experience but need some extra studio tips and advice. We've got tips on working with the engineer, the importance of electric drum use, why...

2 Lesson(s)

Style Lessons

In the style of Elvin Jones

1 Lesson(s)
In the style of John Bonham

4 Lesson(s)