Free Drum Lessons
There are lots of free drum lessons online as well as drum set lessons that you have to pay for.
Here we'll be covering some of that as well as offering up more tips, articles and links to some of the
best lesson material out there. From drum rudiments to free drum videos, we've got you covered.

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Planning... is the best way to becoming a great drummer. There's a plethora of free material available to you online but unless you have a sense of direction, you're not going to get very far. Perhaps one of the best, first things you can do for yourself is come up with a game plan. What do you hope to accomplish on the drums? What are your goals? What is your timeline? Do you want to be a great groove drummer? Do you want to play fancy drum licks? What styles do you want to play? Do you want to play all styles or concentrate on just one or two? These are the types of things you should know before getting started. Come up with a game plan. Know what you want out of drum lessons before you begin and it will help you stay on course.

 

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Helpful  Drum Tips

Drum Tips 1 It's about time. A drummer's responsibility before anything else is to lay down a steady drum beat for the band. You should understand "groove" thoroughly and be able to lay a backbeat down like nobody's business. Drum fills are secondary.

Drum Tips 2 A terrific exercise: This version of "WIPEOUT" incorporates single, double, and triple paradiddles. Repeat over and over until you build up your speed. This is a great exercise for hand to hand control. R l r r, L r l l, R l r l r l r r, L r l r l l, R l r l r r, L r l l (Capital letters are Accented notes)

Drum Tips 3 Inventory your drums and all your drum equipment: Log all of your instruments, take pictures of your drums (all sides), and make up a separate page for serial numbers.

Drum Tips 4 Videotape yourself playing drums. You will be amazed at what you can learn from this. Everything from that stupid look on your face while your playing, to the snare drum that's tilted at a 45 degree angle.

Drum Tips 5 Repetitiveness is the key to learning drums fluidly. Overlearn it! You will usually not get something down good unless it's repeated over and over again numerous times. Practice drum licks enough times that they become very natural.

Drum Tips 6 Your duct tape roll makes a great drink holder. Set it down to the right of your bass drum foot where it can't be knocked over.

Drum Tips 7 Set up your drums differently than other drummers. Make your own unique statement.

Drum Tips 8 After a drum lesson, go home and practice right away while it's still fresh in your head. Otherwise you tend to forget a lot of what you learned.

Drum Tips 9 Take the time to tune your drums before a gig. Many drummers tend to let this go but you would be surprised how out of tune your drums can become due to playing, weather changes, and the like.

Drum Tips 10 Double Bass pedal. One advantage to having a double pedal (whether you play it that much or not) is you'll always have a spare in case something happens to your main pedal.

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Drum Tips 12 Think outside the book when practicing! Play along with CDs, MP3s, or even with what music is playing on the radio. Playing along with whatever's on the air will not only sharpen your chops, but also gives you experience in playing different kinds of music on short notice!

Drum Tips 13 If you play hand drums (bongos, congas, djembes, etc.), keep in mind that, like your hands, your drum heads get dry during the winter (keep in mind that, in most cases, they're skins, too!). Take a small amount of unscented hand cream and apply it to the palms of your hands, then rub it around the drumheads just as if you were rubbing it onto your own skin. Let it sit for a minute or so and wipe off the excess. It doesn't affect the sound quality and it keeps the skin from drying out and cracking...saves you money on your drum heads and helps ya keep the beat goin'!

Drum Tips 14 In a pinch, you can get a sizzle cymbal sound from your ride cymbal by taping about 4 or 5 dimes or pennies to a strand of duct tape about 5" long and an inch wide. Experiment with placement for the optimum sound.

Drum Tips 15 If you play your drums regularly, change the batter heads every 3 to 4 months and the reso heads every 12 months for optimum sound.

Drum Tips 16 Practise on striking the drum in exactly the same place each time - you will be surprised at the tonal difference just a inch difference can make to the sounds of the drum.

Drum Tips 17 Another tip for you skin-slappers: While it's important to keep your hand drums tuned properly, it's always a good idea to detune the drums (loosen the heads slightly) when you're not playing them. This reduces the possibility of the heads splitting or cracking due to unexpected temperature or humidity changes...

Drum Tips 18 Be cautious when using cymbal cleaner because it can remove the logo on your cymbals if you arent careful.

Drum Tips 19

Expensive high zoot drum kits will NOT make you a better drummer!

Drum Tips 20 You should buy the best kit you can afford. So-called "bargain" kits are no bargain when you have to buy a better-quality kit to replace the cheaper kit after it wears out. Most manufacturers have good medium-price kits that will serve as both a great starter kit and a foundation on which you can add more drums and accessories down the road!


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Finding the right Drum Teacher

Decide what teacher is right for you by first determining the direction you want to go in. What type of player do you want to be? When you decide that, then seek out a teacher that specializes in that area of drumming. You wouldn't want to go to a jazz drummer if you want to be a heavy metal drummer. See what I mean?

There are lots of ways to seek out a teacher. You can go the traditional route of local music stores or you can search college campuses. They usually have excellent teachers on staff. You can also find bands that you like and look up their drummers to ask who they learned from and can recommend. Heck, if they're really good, maybe they can teach you. Just remember that not all great drummers make great drum teachers. Teaching is an art form in and of itself and not everyone does it well.

 

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