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Better At Basics

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How To Get Better At Basics

Are you a beginner who has learned a few of the must-know basics? That’s great, but what should you learn next? If you want to dive deeper into the fundamentals of drumming, this course is for you. In this Better At Basics drums course you will learn how to build good fundamental technique and widen your vocabulary groove patterns. You will learn more drum fills, a must-know rudiment as well as some new approaches to the cymbals. The most exciting part is that we will examine a new rhythm called 1/16th notes. I show you how to be creative with this rhythm using 14 new drum fills.

better at basics, sign up, beginner drums course What’s Required For The Better At Basics Course?

Reading basic musical notation for the drums is required. This Better At Basics drums course picks up where the Simple Basics course left off. If you are a total beginner, click here to go to that course. If you’ve never learned how to read notation, you’re welcome to try picking it up as you go along. You can always ask a question if you’re not sure about something. In addition to the PDF worksheets, there are play-along videos for you to practice with. Your objective should be to learn all exercises on each PDF worksheet and confidently play them along with me in the play-along videos.

beginner drums course, better at basics  For an archive of all the lessons and categories available, please visit the Lesson Library.

beginner drums course, better at basics  Every student is different. Everyone learns at a different pace and puts a different amount of practice into what they are learning. It is difficult to measure the duration of a beginner drum course. Course duration is based on the average number of practice hours needed to complete the course material, assuming you practice for 30 mins 4-6 times a week.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn how to play 34 groove patterns
  • Practicing with a standard musical structure
  • How to improve your hand and foot coordination
  • Learn over 30 simple drum fills
  • A simple rudiment and how to apply it
  • Learn how to creatively improvise

Course Content

Hand & Feet Basics
Learn 10 exercises that combine single strokes and double strokes with simple rhythms for your feet. This is the best way to work on your coordination. These exercises should be practiced every day, even when you have completed the lessons.

  • Single Strokes and The Bass Drum
    03:24
  • Slow Play-Along #1: Singles and Bass Drum
    01:17
  • Fast Play-Along #1: Singles and Bass Drum
    01:07
  • Double Strokes and The Bass Drum
    02:02
  • Slow Play-Along #2: Doubles and Bass Drum
    01:32
  • Fast Play-Along #2: Doubles and Bass Drum
    01:16
  • Single Strokes and The Hi-Hats
    02:22
  • Slow Play-Along #3: Singles and Hi-Hats
    01:25
  • Fast Play-Along #3: Singles and Hi-Hats
    01:14

1/8th Note Grooves #1
This lesson will guide you through a complete vocabulary of 1/8th note Bass Drum rhythms to play with a backbeat. Follow the steps provided and learn all 24 groove patterns.

1/8th Note Fills #1
The 12 drum fills you learn in this lesson are one bar of 1/8th notes. All fills should be played with single strokes (R L R L).

Flams
Flams are one of the most commonly played rudiments. In this module, you will learn how to play them, how they are notated and how to apply them musically.

1/8th Note Grooves #2
The groove patterns you will learn here have additional notes for the Snare Drum. Studying them will give you more dexterity with your left hand and increase your vocabulary of grooves.

Basic 1/16th Notes #1
Let's learn a couple of new rhythms. This lesson will focus on 1/16th notes. You will learn how to play rhythms that combine 1/16th notes with 1/4, notes which are the notes played on 1, 2, 3, 4.

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