Simple Basics

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The Most Straight-Forward Beginner Drums Course

Are you just getting started playing the drums? Or do you have some experience but are missing fundamental skills, like reading notation? If you answer yes to either of these questions, then this beginner drums course is for you. The topics you will find inside this course teach you the most fundamental skills you need. Get started on the right track. No previous drumming experience is necessary.

Some lessons come with PDF worksheets which contain all of the exercises you are required to practice. Download them so that you have a copy offline. Follow the instructions and practice all of the exercises on your own. In some cases only one exercise is played in the play-along videos although you can practice every exercise along to the same practice video. Looping play-along videos will enable you to practice with them repeatedly, without having to get up from the drums.

*Course duration is based on the average number of practice hours needed to complete the course material.

Topics for this course

44 Lessons12h

Basic Stick Technique

Learn how to hold the sticks correctly and how to play on a drum with good technique.
Holding the Drumsticks00:02:12
Upstrokes & Downstrokes00:03:01
Slow Play-Along: Single Strokes00:01:17
Fast Play-Along: Single Strokes00:01:08
Synchronize With Me00:01:34
Play-Along: Synchronization00:03:26

Reading Notation

Learn the basics of reading musical notation for the drums.

1/8th Note Backbeat

Keeping time is the fundamental objective of a drummer. The 1/8th note backbeat is one of the most common patterns to play.

Basic Grooves #1

4 basic, must-know groove patterns using an 1/8th note backbeat.

Basic Grooves #2

The grooves on this lesson feature Bass Drum rhythms that are played off-beat.

Crash Cymbal Basics

The Crash Cymbal is used mostly to accentuate a moment in the music. The first thing we must do is learn how to crash on beat 1 without disrupting your groove pattern or your counting. You will learn how to play the Crash Cymbal with the four groove patterns you have learned, while keeping steady and consistent time.

Basic Drum Fills

Drum fills are an interesting category to study. These rhythms are played as transitions away from the groove pattern. You will learn how to integrate 6 simple drum fill with your groove patterns in a simple musical exercise.

Material Includes

  • N 6 PDF worksheets
  • N 26 Play-along videos

Course Benefits

  • N Learn fundamental concepts including:
  • N - Learn 8 fundamental groove patterns
  • N - How to count and keep time
  • N - Basic technique with your sticks
  • N - How to read notation for the drums
  • N - Learn 12 basic must-know drum fills


  • N You will be practicing along to some of the videos. Be honest with yourself and only mark the lesson complete when you can play through the entire video with two mistakes or less and without stopping or losing count.

Target Audience

  • N Absolute Beginners, first-timers and/or entry level drummers with some experience but don't know how to read notation.

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