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Hand Technique

Show Thumbnail Basic Body Motion

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.

Fundamental, Lessons 1-20.
Show Thumbnail Rudiments - Rolls and Ruffs

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.

Intermediate, Lessons 21-35.
Show Thumbnail Rudiments - Flams, Drags, Paradiddles

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.

Advanced, Lessons 36-47.

Foot Technique

Bass Drum Technique Bass Drum Foot Technique with 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.

Beginning to Advanced.
Bass Drum Technique Bass Drum Foot Technique Secrets From The Pros

These are a series of Secrets From The Pros lessons on foot technique from Dave Elitch, Thomas Pridgin, Jason Bittner, Morgan Agren, Robert Brian and Narada Michael Walden.

Beginning to Advanced.
Show Thumbnail Colin Bailey Master Class: Bass Drum Technique

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.

Beginner to Advanced, 11 lessons, 1 hour 43 minutes.

Hands & Feet Coordination

Show Thumbnail Two-Way Time Function Coordination - Beginner

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.

Beginner, Lessons 1-11.
Show Thumbnail Three-Way Time Function Coordination - Intermediate

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.

Intermediate, Lessons 12-21.
Show Thumbnail Four-Way Time Function Coordination - Advanced

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.

Advanced, Lessons 22-30.


Show Thumbnail Reading Whole, Half, Quarter Notes and Rests in 4/4

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.

Beginning, Lessons 1-6.
Show Thumbnail Reading Adding Eighth Notes in 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 5/4

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.

Intermediate, Lessons 7-12.
Show Thumbnail Reading Adding Sixteenth Notes in 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 5/4

You will now be adding sixteenth notes and 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.

Intermediate, Lessons 13-18.