Better At Basics

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After The Basics, What’s Next?

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. You might already know what those are, but just wait until I show you how to be creative with this rhythm using 14 new drum fills.

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 we 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 bee to learn all exercises on each PDF worksheet and confidently play them along with me.

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50 Lessons09h

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 Drum00:03:24
Slow Play-Along #1: Singles and Bass Drum00:01:17
Fast Play-Along #1: Singles and Bass Drum00:01:07
Double Strokes and The Bass Drum00:02:02
Slow Play-Along #2: Doubles and Bass Drum00:01:32
Fast Play-Along #2: Doubles and Bass Drum00:01:16
Single Strokes and The Hi-Hats00:02:22
Slow Play-Along #3: Singles and Hi-Hats00:01:25
Fast Play-Along #3: Singles and Hi-Hats00:01:14

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 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.

Material Includes

  • N 6 PDF Downloads
  • N 33 Play-Along Videos

Course Benefits

  • N Learn how to play basic grooves that are syncopated, how to practice with a standard musical structure and six new drum fills!


  • N Simple Basics Course recommended first for total beginners.

Target Audience

  • N Beginners who know a few basics and want to expand on the fundamentals and those that completed the Simple Basics course.

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