Hey newbies! I’m glad you’re here. Reading music is such an important part of learning on any musical instrument. The drums are no exception. Think of this as an important skill that you want in your mind from the very beginning. In this short lesson, I’m going to break down musical notation for the drums since you will need this skill moving forward. If you are an experienced drummer but you’ve never learned how to read, don’t sweat it. You will be amazed at how easy it really is however, you can’t learn it all overnight. It’s important that we start with the basics.
Why Is Reading Music Important For A Drummer?
When you don’t know how to read notation, you are limited to learning only what you see in the lesson videos. That’s usually just scratching the surface. Every rhythm has many different applications and by shifting notes around, you can create many different beats out of one simple rhythm. If you can read, you can then explore the variations and exercises on the PDF worksheets and get 10 times more out of every lesson you learn. This is an important part of learning to master rhythms and how we play them in music.
I’ve said enough. See for yourself how easy it is to read music and notation for the drums.
Sorry, no metronome!
Basic Stick Technique
If you are new to playing the drums, you should start by learning how to properly hold and play with your sticks. We'll try a few simple exercises for you to understand how to synchronize with me, before you jump into playing basic beats.
1/8th Note Backbeat
Now that you understand some basic rhythms, it's time to learn some basic groove patterns. In the next lesson, you will learn a basic pattern to help you keep time.