Get Back Into It

Your skill level will determine how fast you will master these lessons. The technique lessons may be the least fun but putting 15 - 30 minutes a day into them will give you a foundation to continue on through all the lessons in the 6 learning centers. The numbered lessons are from our Secrets From The Pros and we suggest you go through all of them after you complete this series. New live and on-demand lessons weekly.

 

TECHNIQUE - SPEED

Show Thumbnail 9 - Allowing the Stick to Bounce with Ralph Humphrey *FREE*
With appearances with Joe Morello and Danny Gottlieb you will get an insight into what the best drummers in the world have mastered, following the bounce of the stick. Educators agree this is one of the most important lessons and concepts of your playing technique. A more in-depth analysis can be found in Hands Technique Lesson 4. Beginner, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 8 - Wrist Turns in Left Hand with Ralph Humphrey & Joe Porcaro
Henry Adler makes a cameo appearance showing you exactly how to turn the wrist in the left hand to prepare you for allowing the stick to bounce. Further explanation of these terms can be found in Hand Technique Lesson 2. Beginner, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 7 - Wrist Turns in Right Hand with Ralph Humphrey & Joe Porcaro
With a cameo appearance by Joe Morello you will get a unique insight into the proper way to turn your wrist for the right hand, or both hands if you choose matched grip. For further study, see Hands Technique Lesson 2. Beginner, 10 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 105 - Roll Routine with Chad Wackerman
This SFTP is from Chad's Master Class "The Murray Spivack Method As Taught To Chad Wackerman" which honors his teacher Murray Spivack. This daily roll practice routine is for pros. Check out the entire Master Class series. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 112 – Four Minutes To Great Flams with Chad Wackerman
His is a great concept for playing flams. It is an excerpt from lesson 7 of the DC Master Class "The Murray Spivack Method". This is an insight into the lesson plan of one of the most respected teachers of all time. He describes the flam as one of the four basic elements of drumming. Intermediate, 4 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 26 - THE Moeller Method: How Sanford Moeller Taught Jim Chapin
Jim Chapin was a student of Sanford Moeller and in this short lesson, Jim gives a brief explanation and discusses the misleading pictures of Sanford’s method along with playing and talking about independence. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 106 - Ghost (Grace) Notes with Don Lombardi and Cobus Potgieter Lesson 1 of 2
Don shows Cobus three different ways to follow and motivate the stick as it was shown to him by Freddie Gruber and as it is taught by Ralph Humphrey in the DC Academy Lessons titled "Hands". Beginner, 17 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 107 - Ghost (Grace) Notes with Don Lombardi and Cobus Potgieter Lesson 2 of 2
Getting a little more advanced, the fingers are added into the fulcrum, wrist, and forearm. In videos 2 and 3, we show how to use this motion in the paradiddle and 3 stroke roll. Beginner, 17 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 10 - Bass Drum Technique with Colin Bailey
This will show you basic good habits for beginning your bass drum technique. Colin is author of Bass Drum Control, one of the most popular bass drum technique books ever written. For further studies, see his master class Bass Drum Technique. Beginner, 6 minutes.

 

FILLS AND BEATS

Show Thumbnail 109 – Popular Triplet Fills Phrases with Rich Redmond
Rich shows you a great Bonham triplet phrase that is one of his favorite patterns as a fill, in a solo, or at the end of a song. Advanced, 6 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 108 - Fills That Can Be Solos with Rich Redmond
Rich shows cool fills that can be used to build a solo, start a song or play them between your hands and feet as a pattern. This shows how you can get a lot of mileage out of basic drum fills. Advanced, 11 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 77 - Moving Sixteenth Notes to Create Fills with Rich Redmond
Along with basic Motown fills in the last lesson, Rich breaks down a simple way to move a rest within four sixteenth notes, then adding grace notes to make the simple patterns very cool. They could be used as fills, as intros to tunes, or in combination as part of your solo. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 76 - Motown Classic Fills with Rich Redmond
Rich was in town on his award-winning Jason Aldean tour and stopped by to add some more “money fills.” Also check out his previous SFTP lessons, numbers 29 – 32. These classic fills are a must in every drummer's vocabulary. Includes workbook download for lessons 76 and 77. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Rich Redmond 32 - Money Beat with Hi-Hat Variations with Rich Redmond
Rich shows you how to change the hi-hat pattern on a basic beat by introducing the splash hi-hat technique. Intermediate/Advanced, 8 minutes.
Rich Redmond 31 - Four On The Floor with Rich Redmond
Singing the pattern will bring the most basic patterns to life. Rich is one of Nashville’s first-call drummers, in this lesson you will see why. Beginner, 7 minutes.
Rich Redmond 30 - Heartbeat by Jason Aldean - In The Studio with Rich Redmond
Using a classic beat with multiple feels, Rich shows you how you would play it in an arena or in a studio. Record yourself and compare your groove to his. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Rich Redmond 29 - Money Beat with Multiple Voicings with Rich Redmond *FREE
From the #1 Country Drummer in DRUM! Magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Poll, Rich breaks down a simple beat using a variety of sound sources. Beginner, 9 minutes. Includes workbook download for lessons 29 - 32.
Danny Seraphine 28 - Danny's Famous Drum Fill with Danny Seraphine
Gregg Bissonette has Danny in his studio showing him the classic four-bar fill as one of the trademarks of Danny’s unique Jazz Rock drumming style. Pay close attention to the sticking. Advanced, 4 minutes. Includes workbook download.
Show Thumbnail Classic Drum Beats Lesson 1 - Rosanna (Jeff Porcaro)

In the lesson, Gregg breaks down one of the most classic drum beats of all time, Jeff Porcaro's Performance on the song Rosanna. They are examples of the main beat and drum fill. If you want to learn more about playing ghost notes which are an important part of this beat.

 

TIME - FEEL

Show Thumbnail 23 - Exercise on Time with JR Robinson
JR Robinson - timekeeper on over 100 million records sold - gives you his tips on how to keep time on drumset. Intermediate, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 22 - Defining Time with JR Robinson, Luis Conte & Abe Laboriel, Sr.
The ultimate definition of time from two of the most respected timekeepers in music. JR hosts a conversation with Luis Conte and Abe Laboriel, Sr. Beginner, 5 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 84 - A “Killer” Lesson on Feel with Peter Erskine
A “Killer” Lesson on Feel with Peter Erskine. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 70 - Thickening Your Groove and Adding Percussion Toys with Mario Calire
Thickening your groove and adding percussion toys is easier said than done. Mario shows you the difference between playing a basic pattern with and without grace notes, and another great way to thicken your groove by adding percussion toys. Includes workbook download for lessons 70 and 71. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 58 - Gil Sharone and Stanton Moore - The Heartbeat of Reggae
Gil is his generation’s master of “Wicked Beats.” No coincidence it is the title of his DVD. Here Gil breaks down the most basic concept of the Reggae feel. Stanton likewise is a master at New Orleans style drumming. Their jam is a lesson in itself. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 20 - The Cheating Shuffle with Glen Sobel
A variation on the Texas Shuffle as he saw Mark Craney used it. Taught in two parts. You will be able to get great volume with this pattern. Advanced, 12 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 81 - The Texas Shuffle with James Gadson
A simple and informative example of The Texas Shuffle as done by one of the masters. James Gadson is one of the most recorded drummers in history. This lesson also has a great bonus story by Tony Braunagel. Includes workbook download. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 99 - Thrash Beat with Jason Bittner
Jason breaks down the classic blast beat as a slow polka and takes you through various versions of the skank beats. He shows you a single stroke to keep your hand/foot combination even. Advanced, 7 minutes.
Show Thumbnail 83 - 5/4 Time with Peter Erskine and Joe Morello
A lesson on 5/4 Time with Peter Erskine and Joe Morello. Intermediate, 8 minutes.
Rich Redmond 37 - The Jazz Ride Spang-Spang-Spang ‘a’ Lang with Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette recently toured in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band and is one of the most versatile, in demand, drummers’ drummers of today. This is the introduction to the basic Jazz cymbal pattern. Intermediate, 6 minutes.
Rich Redmond 38 - Jazz Basic 4-way Coordination with Gregg Bissonette
Adding the snare drum and bass drum on the “an” of 4 is the “salt and pepper” to the “meat and potatoes” of the ride on high-hat. Intermediate to Advanced, 6 minutes.

 

INDEPENDENCE - HANDS & FEET

These lessons are from the learning center "Technique Rudiments"

Hands & Feet - Lesson 22 - 4-Way Time Function Coordination (2 Hands, 2 Feet) **DOWNLOAD WORKBOOK HERE**

Hands & Feet - Lesson 23 - 4-Way Time Function Coordination (2 Hands, 2 Feet)

Hands & Feet - Lesson 24 - 4-Way Time Function Coordination (2 Hands, 2 Feet)

Hands & Feet - Lesson 25 - 4-Way Time Function Coordination (2 Hands, 2 Feet)

Hands & Feet - Lesson 26 - 4-Way Time Function Coordination (2 Hands, 2 Feet)

Hands & Feet - Lesson 27 - 4-Way Time Function Coordination (2 Hands, 2 Feet)

Hands & Feet - Lesson 28 - 4-Way Combined Time Function / Melodic Coordination

SFTP 85 - Six-Way Independence with Marco Minnemann