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These beginning lessons will teach you what you need to know so you can play your drums for fun, play along with records or play with a band. They are a great way to prepare you for private instruction and future Drum Channel lessons. You should also practice the "Related Lessons" included in many of these lessons. They are more detailed or advanced lessons from the 6 DC learning centers on the same subject. We suggest that you work on two lessons at a time until they are comfortable and sound like their examples. Start by doing Lesson 1 in beginner lessons "Holding The Sticks" and in basic rock Lesson 1 "Sitting Position".


First Rock Beats

Don Lombardi - Main Rock Beat No. 1: A simple beat that will make you a drummer

Chad Smith - A more advanced way to play a rock beat

Beginning to Intermediate Drum Lessons By Al Velasquez

Lesson 1 - Holding The Sticks, Free Bounce, Single Strokes

Lesson 2 - Basic Rock Beat, Single Strokes, Dynamics

Lesson 3 - Double and Press Rolls

Lesson 4 - Rock Beat with 8th Notes, How To Play Hi-Hat, Doubles Around Drums

Lesson 5 - 5-Stroke Roll and Paradiddle

Lesson 6 - 5-Stroke Roll and Paradiddle on Drumset

Lesson 7 - Triplets with Accents and Paraparadiddle

Lesson 8 - Triplets, Shuffle and Paraparadiddle on Drumset

Lesson 9 - Rock Beat w/ 16th Notes

Lesson 10 - Paradiddle Fills, Paradiddle Grooves

Lesson 11 - Bar Counting and Review

Lesson 12 - Articulation

Lesson 13 - Accents

Lesson 14 - Pedal Technique

Lesson 15 - Double Bass

Lesson 16 - Songs Have Form


Basic Rock Drumming By Chad Smith

This series of lessons is from Chad's Master Class "Basic Rock Drumming Chad's Way". For now, the goal is to simply play the beats. In the future they are also a great lesson series to work on your time and your feel - your groove.

Lesson 1 - Sitting Position & Playing Bass Drum 1-2-3-4 **DOWNLOAD THE WORKBOOK HERE**

Lesson 2 - Playing Closed Hi-Hat with Right Hand

Lesson 3 - Playing Basic Rock Beat 1

Lesson 4 -  Playing Basic Rock Beat 1: With Ride Cymbal, Toms, Hi Hat on 2 & 4

Lesson 5 - Playing Basic Rock Beat 2

Lesson 6 - Playing Basic Rock Beat 3

Lesson 7 - Reviewing Beats: Moving Right Hand Around Drums

Lesson 8 - Combining Rock Beats 1 & 3: Adding Crash Cymbals

Lesson 9 - Basic Drum Fills on Snare Drums and Toms

Lesson 10 - Fills with Combined Rock Beat


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