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Intermediate
Jazz Insights
Teacher: Mike Clark
Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies.
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6 Lessons
Intermediate
Paradiddle-diddle Perfection
Teacher: Dave Elitch
Dave Elitch has played with The Mars Volta, Miley Cyrus, and many others. He is known in the music industry as a highly versatile and musical drummer. In this series of lessons, he will show you how to maximize your use of the paradiddlediddle rudiment. You will learn how to play it properly, and then how to use it in different scenarios with different levels of technicality and independence.
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6 Lessons
All Levels
Rudimental Crash Course
Teacher: Adam Kuns
In this course, we are going to learn our 40 standard rudiments. It doesn't matter what level you are at, it's important to have these all under your belt so that you can be well rounded and will have a wide variety of sticking choices and different ways of playing and approaching music.
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40* Lessons
Intermediate
Serious Shuffles
Teacher: Rick Latham
Rick Latham has played with some of the biggest names in the music industry. His credits range from Edgar Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan. In this series of lessons, he will show you different stylistic interpretations of the shuffle, as well as exercises to improve your groove and coordination as it relates to the shuffle.
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6 Lessons
Advanced
Pulse and Rhythms
Teacher: Efrain Toro
Efrain Toro is a world-renowned authority on the study of rhythm and music. He was gracious enough to give a clinic for some special guests regarding the topic. He is joined by a group of very special guests: Fausto Cuevas, Brendan Buckley, and Maria Petrova
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2 Lessons
All Levels
Aaron Spears Master Class
Teacher: Aaron Spears
Aaron Spears "hopes to inspire future drummers the way that he was inspired by all those greats that came before him". He is currently playing with Usher and has played for the American Idol Tour, Alicia Keys, James Brown, Gideon Band, and many others. See for yourself how inspiration comes through in his playing! He answers a lot of great questions in this Master Class series, plays some fantastic solos in numerous tracks, and demonstrates a great practice routine to improve your speed.
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4 Lessons
All Levels
Gregg Bissonette Drum School
Teacher: Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette's Drum School is about adding to your drumming vocabulary and this series of classic drum beats and fills is a must. The idea is not only to learn Gregg's interpretation of these classics, but for you to put your "spin" on them so your vocabulary becomes part of your style.
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58 Lessons
Beginner
Beginner Drum Set Lessons
Teacher: Val Sepulveda
This lesson plan is designed to get you from square 1 to playing with a band on the drum set. This series focuses on some key grooves and will teach you essential musical elements needed to perform with confidence and accuracy on the drum set.
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10 Lessons
Advanced
Four-Way Time Function Coordination
Teacher: Ralph Humphrey
These 4-way coordination exercises will open the door to future advanced patterns and make them easy to play. Learning to lead with both hands will give you amazing freedom in playing patterns. As noted in the fundamental lessons, you can go through these exercises first with just your natural lead hand.
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9 Lessons
Intermediate
Three-Way Time Function Coordination
Teacher: Ralph Humphrey
While you may be learning to play Rock patterns and Jazz or Latin and other Master Classes or lessons it is important that you systematically study your time function coordination. These are systematic exercises and while they are preparing you for the future, they can also be used in patterns and fills as you progress.
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10 Lessons
Beginner
Two-Way Time Function Coordination
Teacher: Ralph Humphrey
There are many great books available with exercises for the drum set using your hands and feet. This course will prepare you to easily play those books as we teach you how to play combinations of hands and feet in a way that will enhance your time function and coordination.
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11 Lessons
Beginner
Bass Drum Foot Technique
Teacher: Mike Packer
At the completion of the DC Bass Drum Technique Series, students will have the knowledge and ability to play many commonly used bass drum rhythms and patterns accurately. Through detailed explanation of motion, control and weight distribution, students will understand how the pedal functions and the options they have when playing notes or patterns.
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10 Lessons
Advanced
Bass Drum Speed
Teacher: Marco Ianetta
This is a series on Bass Drum Speed. Marco has some of the quickest feet in the world! He shares some of his tips on how he plays. Pay close attention and start out slow.
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6 Lessons
Intermediate
Stewart Copeland Master Class
Teacher: Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland is a drumming legend who has influenced generations of players all around the world. Chosen by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Drummers Of All Time” and best known for his precise, energetic, signature drumming with The Police, he is also a highly-respected TV/Film soundtrack composer.
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6 Lessons
Advanced
From Linear to Harmonic
Teacher: Efrain Toro
These two lectures on rhythm will open your mind to a new way to think about rhythm. The first is Efrain and student Terry Bozzio. The second is with David Elitch, Al Velasquez and Andy Sanesi. These lectures are continuing the journey about rhythm from Efrain's Master Class "The Study Of Rhythm".
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2 Lessons
Intermediate
Authentic Latin Rhythms on the Drum Set
Teacher: Alex Acuña
Winner of Modern Drummer's Reader Poll for five consecutive years as "Best Latin/Brazilian Percussionist" Alex is both a master and historian of Latin rhythms. He covers Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Salsa, Son Montuno, Caribbean Rhythms, African Rhythms, Samba, Rumba, Tango, Meringue and Mambo.
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9 Lessons
Advanced
The Study of Rhythm
Teacher: Efrain Toro, Alex Acuña, Terry Bozzio
The Best Drummers In The World Respect Efrain As A Genius On The Study Of Rhythm. Alex Acuna and Terry Bozzio are students in this Master Class series and long time students of Efrain. Listen to Efrain and you will see a whole new world!
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11 Lessons
All Levels
Drummers that Compose
Teacher: , Jim Keltner, Doane Perry and host Don Lombardi
50 students attended this class and they all agreed they would never approach the drum set the same again. It's not about writing the song, it's about how a drummer should compose his part to enhance the song. This is a passionate in-depth look at how these legends approach their instrument. This is a Master Class that could shape your entire career.
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4 Lessons
Beginner
Introduction to Jazz: Beginning to Advanced
Teacher: Gregg Bissonette
If you’ve never played Jazz before, this series of drum lessons will teach you basic patterns and how to approach the drumset with a Jazz feel. The best drummers in the world have commented on Drum Channel about the importance of understanding a Jazz time feel to enhance any genre of music you might be playing.
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7 Lessons
Advanced
Frontiers of Composition and Articulation
Teacher: Neil Peart
This is a Master Class, an amazing drum jam, a conversation with world-renowned teacher Freddie Gruber, and an introspective look into the creative concepts of one of the most iconic musicians of our time.
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10 Lessons
Intermediate
Rhythm 1
Teacher: Terry Bozzio
Terry teaches basic permutations of triplets and sixteenth notes and how to use them in an ostinato with your hands. This Rhythm 1 class consists of seven online drum lessons and is the 1st in the series Terry will develop entitled, “The Art of Drumming.”
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7 Lessons
Intermediate
Rhythm 2
Teacher: Terry Bozzio
In Rhythm 2, Terry teaches basic permutations of triplets and 16th notes and how to use them in an ostinato with your feet. He starts on a pad, then a 5-piece kit, then his monster kit. There's no better way to learn then from the master himself.
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7 Lessons
Beginner
Basic Rock Drumming: Chad's Way
Teacher: Chad Smith
Chad will give you a unique insight into the difference between playing a beat and playing a "groove." By that, we mean the nuances that Chad explains regarding the way he hits the drums and how he expresses what he feels.
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10 Lessons
Intermediate
Hands * Feet * Mind * Soul
Teacher: Stephen Perkins
Stephen Perkins’ Master Class breaks down 11 different Jane’s Addiction songs and gives students a full analysis of each song. The goal of this Master Class is to add new beats to your drumming vocabulary.
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11 Lessons
Intermediate
Bass Drum Technique
Teacher: Colin Bailey
Colin Bailey's legendary book Bass Drum Control has sold over 50,000 copies. Now for the first time Colin explains his amazing bass drum technique, focusing on the critical principles of Speed, Control and Endurance.
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11 Lessons
Beginner
Beginner to Intermediate Drum Lessons
Teacher: Al Velasquez
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 for more advanced Drum Channel lessons.
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16 Lessons
Intermediate
Rudiments: Flams, Drags, and Paradiddles
Teachers: Ralph Humphrey
With more advanced rudiments in this lesson you will be adding to your vocabulary on the snare drum and drum set. The goal of this lesson system is to give you the tools to play whatever you hear.
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12 Lessons
Beginner
Rudiments: Rolls and Ruffs
Teachers: Ralph Humphrey
In these lessons, you will begin to apply the motions learned in "Basic Body Motion" to sticking patterns covering basic rudiments. Many of these lessons are in two parts. They are applied to a pad or snare drum and to the drum set.
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15 Lessons
Beginner
Basic Body Motion
Teacher: Don Lombardi, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro
It is important to understand that the drums are the instrument that creates the sound and the drummers body is the instrument that plays the drums. These lessons will show you how to use your body to motivate and follow the bounce of the stick. They are the foundation for developing your technique, your time and your groove.
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20 Lessons
Intermediate
The Murray Spivack Method - Part 1
Teacher: Chad Wackerman
Murray Spivack was one of the greatest Teacher of all time. Chad reflects on his experience studying with him and discusses Murray’s philosophy about economy of motion, the importance of relaxation and his unique approach to the rudiments.
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13 Lessons
Intermediate
The Murray Spivack Method - Part 2
Teacher: Chad Wackerman
Murray Spivack was one of the greatest Teacher of all time. Chad reflects on his experience studying with him and discusses Murray’s philosophy about economy of motion, the importance of relaxation and his unique approach to the rudiments.
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17 Lessons
Intermediate
How to Apply Rudiments on Congas
Teacher: Alex Acuña
Alex breaks down in detail eight rudimentary sounds you can produce on one conga. These will be used in combination with rudimental stickings in future lessons to create rhythms. This simple system will allow you to add hand percussion to your personal resume.
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13 Lessons
Advanced
Six-Way Independence
Teacher: Marco Minneman
Marco's master class is a series of eight lessons that will open your mind and body to new melodic adventures on the drumset. It will get you into Marco’s head, understanding what he practiced and how he developed his amazing technique.
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9 Lessons
Intermediate
A Work in Progress
Teacher: Peter Erskine
Peter demonstrates and explores How-To's, Hows and Whys of jazz and contemporary drumming. If you're a jazz novice, this is where you'll find the quickest introduction and instruction to jazz drumming. If you're more experienced, these drum lessons will confirm what you know and show you new ways to approach music-making. This is the most complete set of drum lessons Peter has ever done.
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16 Lessons
Beginner
Reading Whole, Half, and Quarter Notes in 4/4
Teacher: Don Lombardi, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey
Learning to read music can be fun. If you are taking private lessons, the more you learn about reading on Drum Channel, the more time your teacher will have for you on the drumset. These lessons will give you some often used terms and get you thinking about the principles of music, along with starting to play what you read.
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6 Lessons
Beginner
Reading Eighth Notes in 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 5/4
Teacher: Don Lombardi, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey
You will now be adding eighth notes and eighth rests along with all the other note values you have learned to read. It is important to practice with a metronome to keep your time even. Repetition of these exercises are important to not only prepare you for reading sixteenth notes, but also for future lessons on site reading.
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6 Lessons