My First Drum Lesson
Are you just getting started playing the drums? Do you have a little experience but are missing fundamental skills like reading notation and keeping rhythm? If you answer yes to either question, then this absolute beginner drums course is for you. Welcome to the best “first drum lesson” to get you started the right way.
This is essentially what I teach in a first drum lesson to anyone who is just getting started. I want you to learn get started in the best way possible. That’s why I’ve made this course free to everyone. No previous drumming experience is necessary.
It can be difficult finding free drum lessons for beginners online. Most of what is available assumes that you can already play the drums and read notation. Many “first drum lesson” videos are either too easy or don’t cover the fundamentals you need to know. In this first drum lesson course you will learn a few of the most fundamental skills you need so you can learn how to play drums step-by-step and get started on the right track.
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What’s Next After This First Drum Lesson?
When you have finished this first drum lesson course, you might be interested in my Simple Basics course. It goes beyond this course and contains more beginner material to enhance your drumming foundation and vocabulary.
For an archive of all the lessons and categories available on the site, please visit the Lesson Library.
What Will You Learn?
- How to hold the sticks and play a drum with good technique.
- How to practice basic stick exercises.
- Learn to read musical notation for the drums.
- Know how to keep time and rhythm.
- What an 1/8th note backbeat is and how to play it.
- Your first beat patterns with the Bass Drum.
Pick Up Sticks!
Basic Stick Technique04:48
Play-Along #1: Single Strokes03:06
Play-Along #2: Double Strokes03:07
Reading Music For The Drums
Reading Music For The Drums05:40
Meet The Backbeat!
1/8th Note Backbeat02:04
Play-Along #1: Hi-Hats01:56
Backbeat On The Ride
Backbeat On The Ride01:09
Play-Along #2: Ride Cymbal01:47
Introducing The Bass Drum
Introducing The Bass Drum01:09
Play-Along #3: Hi-Hats with Bass Drum02:11