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  • Daily Challenge

    Bozzio & Portnoy: Planned vs. Improv. Parts!

    Join two of the greatest drumming heroes of all time, Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio for their discussion on playing planned or improvised drum parts at live shows with their bands Dream Theater and Missing Persons. Click HERE to watch the full Interview and Drum Jam as part of Terry Bozzio’s exclusive series "The Art Of Drumming".

  • Playalong

    “Braba Que Só Ela” – Ramon Montagner

    Improve your drumming with this playalong! Considered one of the most creative drummers in Brazil, Ramon has a career spanning more than 25 years. "Braba Que Só Ela" - HERE - is a song that showcases everything the best of what Ramon does so well! This playalong features a full transcription, full audio, drumless audio and a video from Ramon himself!

  • Daily Challenge

    Learn Zoro’s Classic Fill!

    Known for his amazing work with artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Bobby Brown, Zoro shares one of his very favorite fills - a 6 stroke roll, orchestrated in various ways around the kit. This challenge may not be much of a secret, but see why Zoro keeps coming back to this classic fill! If you would like more from Zoro, head to his Drum Channel course - "Building A Musical Foundation".

  • Playalong

    “Honky Tonk Women” – The Rolling Stones

    Want to learn this classic track with our Premium Playalong, HERE? "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones, released in 1969, soared to the top of the charts in both the UK and US. Recognized and earned a Grammy Hall of Fame induction. Featuring the exceptional drumming of Charlie Watts, it presents an excellent independence challenge for drummers aiming to master the cowbell part. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, and a video lesson from the great Gregg Bissonette, HERE!

  • Daily Challenge

    Double Fun with Al Velasquez!

    Al Velasquez has an outstanding reputation for teaching and mentoring young students, He was recommended to us for his series of lessons by Gregg Bissonette. In this lesson, he will help beginner and intermediate drummers among us to master the double stroke roll and also press rolls. If you liked this, you will love Al’s full course, HERE.

  • Daily Challenge

    Linear Funk Like Garibaldi and Modeliste!

    This Challenge explores the style of linear funk which has been popularized by drummers such as David Garibaldi and Zigaboo Modeliste and is taken from the course “Playing 3”. This series of lessons will get you started on some complex patterns and grooves to apply to your vocabulary. Are you ready?

  • Playalong

    “Cissy Strut” – The Meters

    Improve your drumming with this classic Premium Playalong, HERE. Cissy Strut, by The Meters showcases the incredible drumming finesse of Zigaboo Modeliste, a true funk master from New Orleans. This playalong features not only a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions; it also has an accompanying video lesson from Zig himself!

  • Daily Challenge

    Can You Play This Led Zep Intro?

    This Challenge is the classic intro to Led Zepellin's Rock and Roll. Gregg Bissonette shows you how it starts on the “And of 3” not on “1”. This is also a great intro for a jam session or a 4 bar drum break. The lesson is taken from Gregg’s amazing course - “Classic Drum Beats”.

  • Playalong

    “Some Kind Of Wonderful” – Grand Funk Railroad
    Grand Funk Image Some Kind of Wonderful

    Raise up your drumming skills with this classic weekly premium playalong, "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad - HERE. With its fusion of rock, soul, and funk elements, "Some Kind of Wonderful" remains a timeless favorite, serving as a testament to Grand Funk Railroad's musical prowess and Don Brewer's drumming brilliance. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions!

  • Daily Challenge

    Challenge! Can You NAIL This Groove?

    Can you nail this iconic groove? How about the fills and dynamics? In just a handful of minutes, Drum Channel Instructor, Elias Vasquez will take you through this Challenge, teaching you the classic "4 On The Floor" groove, feel, fills and dynamics of Queen's Another One Bites The Dust! For a full transcription of this song, click HERE!

  • Playalong

    “Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman

    Level up your drumming with our brand-new Premium Playalong! "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman - HERE - a classic swing jazz composition by Benny Goodman, was released in 1936. This electrifying track is renowned for its driving rhythm and dynamic energy, featuring an iconic drum solo by Gene Krupa. Krupa's innovative drumming in this song broke new ground, pioneering modern drumming techniques and inspiring countless future drummers. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, as well as a video lesson from Gregg Bissonette!

  • Daily Challenge

    Lang’s Symmetry & Ambidexterity Lick!

    Thomas Lang - Modern Drummer’s 2023 Readers Poll Winner for Best Clinician/Educator/Online Drummer, will take you step by step through this paradiddle/inverted-paradiddle lesson. He will show you how to orchestrate it around the kit for maximum ambidexterity and symmetry around the drums! For more of Thomas's incredible lessons, check out Thomas Lang's Drum Camp, exclusively in the DC Academy, HERE!

  • Playalong

    “Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Take your drumming skills to new heights with this classic Premium Playalong series: "Give It Away" from the iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers' fifth studio album, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," released in 1991. Jam along with Chad Smith's infectious pocket — including transcription, drumless, and drums hot tracks - HERE.

  • Daily Challenge

    Wackerman/Spivack 15 Min Singles!

    The 4 basic elements of drumming as taught by Murray Spivack are singles, doubles, flams and closed roll. This lesson introduces the first element, the single stroke. This single stroke roll 15 minute exercise will start to build your practice routine. With patience and staying relaxed, you will build the speed of your single stroke roll. You can see the full course HERE!

  • Playalong

    “What Is Hip” – Tower of Power

    Level up your drumming with our brand-new Premium Playalong! "What Is Hip" by Tower of Power - HERE - is a funk classic known for its energetic brass, groovy bass, and the incredible drumming of David Garibaldi. Garibaldi's pioneering syncopated funk grooves and masterful use of ghost notes make this track a favorite for drummers looking to improve their technique. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, as well as a video lesson from Gregg Bissonette!

  • Daily Challenge

    Antoine’s Stick Trick Lick!

    Drum Channel Staff Instructor, Antoine Fadavi (King Princess, Angelsaur), will take you through this show stopping lick in just a few minutes! Antoine recently joined the mighty Thomas Lang on a live stream - you can rewatch that episode HERE!

  • Playalong

    “I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

    You have to check out this classic premium playalong, HERE! "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown is an iconic track, one of Brown's most renowned recordings. Its 1965 version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013, and features the beats of Melvin Parker on drums. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, as well as a video lesson from Gregg Bissonette!

  • Daily Challenge

    Thomas’s Triplet Teaser!

    Thomas Lang, Modern Drummer’s 2023 Readers Poll Winner for Best Clinician/Educator/Online Drummer, will take you through this creative triplet lesson. He will show you how to start the challenge in a simple way, then orchestrate it around the kit for maximum impact! For more of Thomas's incredible lessons, check out Thomas Lang's Drum Camp, exclusively in the DC Academy, HERE!

  • Playalong

    “Essa Ainda Tá Sem Nome” – Ramon Montagner

    Level up your drumming with this classic Premium Playalong! Considered one of the most creative drummers in Brazil, Ramon has a career spanning more than 25 years. "Essa Ainda Tá Sem Nome" - HERE - is a creative, musical song that showcases everything that Ramon does so well! This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions as well as a video by Ramon himself!

  • Daily Challenge

    Sting’s Seven Days…in Seven?!?

    Who do Terry Bozzio and Alex Acuna take lessons with? With whom do they learn odd times and phrasings? With Efrain Toro! Join Efrain here for this demonstration of playing seven in five with Sting’s “Seven Days.” For more of Efrain’s incredible concepts, check out his course HERE on Drum Channel!

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  • Daily Challenge

    Bozzio & Portnoy: Planned vs. Improv. Parts!

    Join two of the greatest drumming heroes of all time, Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio for their discussion on playing planned or improvised drum parts at live shows with their bands Dream Theater and Missing Persons. Click HERE to watch the full Interview and Drum Jam as part of Terry Bozzio’s exclusive series "The Art Of Drumming".

  • Playalong

    “Braba Que Só Ela” – Ramon Montagner

    Improve your drumming with this playalong! Considered one of the most creative drummers in Brazil, Ramon has a career spanning more than 25 years. "Braba Que Só Ela" - HERE - is a song that showcases everything the best of what Ramon does so well! This playalong features a full transcription, full audio, drumless audio and a video from Ramon himself!

  • Daily Challenge

    Learn Zoro’s Classic Fill!

    Known for his amazing work with artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Bobby Brown, Zoro shares one of his very favorite fills - a 6 stroke roll, orchestrated in various ways around the kit. This challenge may not be much of a secret, but see why Zoro keeps coming back to this classic fill! If you would like more from Zoro, head to his Drum Channel course - "Building A Musical Foundation".

  • Playalong

    “Honky Tonk Women” – The Rolling Stones

    Want to learn this classic track with our Premium Playalong, HERE? "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones, released in 1969, soared to the top of the charts in both the UK and US. Recognized and earned a Grammy Hall of Fame induction. Featuring the exceptional drumming of Charlie Watts, it presents an excellent independence challenge for drummers aiming to master the cowbell part. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, and a video lesson from the great Gregg Bissonette, HERE!

  • Daily Challenge

    Double Fun with Al Velasquez!

    Al Velasquez has an outstanding reputation for teaching and mentoring young students, He was recommended to us for his series of lessons by Gregg Bissonette. In this lesson, he will help beginner and intermediate drummers among us to master the double stroke roll and also press rolls. If you liked this, you will love Al’s full course, HERE.

  • Daily Challenge

    Linear Funk Like Garibaldi and Modeliste!

    This Challenge explores the style of linear funk which has been popularized by drummers such as David Garibaldi and Zigaboo Modeliste and is taken from the course “Playing 3”. This series of lessons will get you started on some complex patterns and grooves to apply to your vocabulary. Are you ready?

  • Playalong

    “Cissy Strut” – The Meters

    Improve your drumming with this classic Premium Playalong, HERE. Cissy Strut, by The Meters showcases the incredible drumming finesse of Zigaboo Modeliste, a true funk master from New Orleans. This playalong features not only a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions; it also has an accompanying video lesson from Zig himself!

  • Daily Challenge

    Can You Play This Led Zep Intro?

    This Challenge is the classic intro to Led Zepellin's Rock and Roll. Gregg Bissonette shows you how it starts on the “And of 3” not on “1”. This is also a great intro for a jam session or a 4 bar drum break. The lesson is taken from Gregg’s amazing course - “Classic Drum Beats”.

  • Playalong

    “Some Kind Of Wonderful” – Grand Funk Railroad
    Grand Funk Image Some Kind of Wonderful

    Raise up your drumming skills with this classic weekly premium playalong, "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad - HERE. With its fusion of rock, soul, and funk elements, "Some Kind of Wonderful" remains a timeless favorite, serving as a testament to Grand Funk Railroad's musical prowess and Don Brewer's drumming brilliance. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions!

  • Daily Challenge

    Challenge! Can You NAIL This Groove?

    Can you nail this iconic groove? How about the fills and dynamics? In just a handful of minutes, Drum Channel Instructor, Elias Vasquez will take you through this Challenge, teaching you the classic "4 On The Floor" groove, feel, fills and dynamics of Queen's Another One Bites The Dust! For a full transcription of this song, click HERE!

  • Playalong

    “Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman

    Level up your drumming with our brand-new Premium Playalong! "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman - HERE - a classic swing jazz composition by Benny Goodman, was released in 1936. This electrifying track is renowned for its driving rhythm and dynamic energy, featuring an iconic drum solo by Gene Krupa. Krupa's innovative drumming in this song broke new ground, pioneering modern drumming techniques and inspiring countless future drummers. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, as well as a video lesson from Gregg Bissonette!

  • Daily Challenge

    Lang’s Symmetry & Ambidexterity Lick!

    Thomas Lang - Modern Drummer’s 2023 Readers Poll Winner for Best Clinician/Educator/Online Drummer, will take you step by step through this paradiddle/inverted-paradiddle lesson. He will show you how to orchestrate it around the kit for maximum ambidexterity and symmetry around the drums! For more of Thomas's incredible lessons, check out Thomas Lang's Drum Camp, exclusively in the DC Academy, HERE!

  • Playalong

    “Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Take your drumming skills to new heights with this classic Premium Playalong series: "Give It Away" from the iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers' fifth studio album, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," released in 1991. Jam along with Chad Smith's infectious pocket — including transcription, drumless, and drums hot tracks - HERE.

  • Daily Challenge

    Wackerman/Spivack 15 Min Singles!

    The 4 basic elements of drumming as taught by Murray Spivack are singles, doubles, flams and closed roll. This lesson introduces the first element, the single stroke. This single stroke roll 15 minute exercise will start to build your practice routine. With patience and staying relaxed, you will build the speed of your single stroke roll. You can see the full course HERE!

  • Playalong

    “What Is Hip” – Tower of Power

    Level up your drumming with our brand-new Premium Playalong! "What Is Hip" by Tower of Power - HERE - is a funk classic known for its energetic brass, groovy bass, and the incredible drumming of David Garibaldi. Garibaldi's pioneering syncopated funk grooves and masterful use of ghost notes make this track a favorite for drummers looking to improve their technique. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, as well as a video lesson from Gregg Bissonette!

  • Daily Challenge

    Antoine’s Stick Trick Lick!

    Drum Channel Staff Instructor, Antoine Fadavi (King Princess, Angelsaur), will take you through this show stopping lick in just a few minutes! Antoine recently joined the mighty Thomas Lang on a live stream - you can rewatch that episode HERE!

  • Playalong

    “I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

    You have to check out this classic premium playalong, HERE! "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown is an iconic track, one of Brown's most renowned recordings. Its 1965 version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013, and features the beats of Melvin Parker on drums. This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions, as well as a video lesson from Gregg Bissonette!

  • Daily Challenge

    Thomas’s Triplet Teaser!

    Thomas Lang, Modern Drummer’s 2023 Readers Poll Winner for Best Clinician/Educator/Online Drummer, will take you through this creative triplet lesson. He will show you how to start the challenge in a simple way, then orchestrate it around the kit for maximum impact! For more of Thomas's incredible lessons, check out Thomas Lang's Drum Camp, exclusively in the DC Academy, HERE!

  • Playalong

    “Essa Ainda Tá Sem Nome” – Ramon Montagner

    Level up your drumming with this classic Premium Playalong! Considered one of the most creative drummers in Brazil, Ramon has a career spanning more than 25 years. "Essa Ainda Tá Sem Nome" - HERE - is a creative, musical song that showcases everything that Ramon does so well! This playalong features a full transcription, drumless and drums-hot versions as well as a video by Ramon himself!

  • Daily Challenge

    Sting’s Seven Days…in Seven?!?

    Who do Terry Bozzio and Alex Acuna take lessons with? With whom do they learn odd times and phrasings? With Efrain Toro! Join Efrain here for this demonstration of playing seven in five with Sting’s “Seven Days.” For more of Efrain’s incredible concepts, check out his course HERE on Drum Channel!

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    THIS WEEK – JESSICA LYNN

    We are thrilled to welcome independent country/pop artist Jessica Lynn to the Drum Channel podcast!

    Jessica recently returned from a much-anticipated two-month European tour. We discuss her journey as an independent artist, her unwavering commitment to her instincts, and her passion for music.

    In 2022, Jessica’s debut album, “Lone Rider,” reached impressive heights, topping Amazon Music charts, including #1 rankings in the USA and UK. It also made waves on iTunes, landing in the Top 5 in the US country music charts and achieving notable success in Canada and Belgium. Join us for an inspiring conversation!

    ABOUT DON LOMBARDI

    Drummer, teacher, founder of Drum Channel and DW Drums and owner of more than 30 design patents, over the past 50 years Don Lombardi created the drums, pedals and hardware that are played by today’s top professionals.

    Along the way, Don also had the opportunity to develop close friendships with many of the world’s greatest drummers and teachers. He now brings his knowledge and experience to a series of one-on-one interviews with drumming icons and idols on the Drum Channel series, “Lombardi Live!”

    Metronome

    The metronome gives you the foundations of a standard metronome. The Practice Assist Metronome™ has all the features of a standard metronome, plus the patented Practice Assist feature that makes you go faster. It also remembers where you left off. The default settings can be customized to whatever you want. You should always start at a speed that is comfortable and relaxed. Check out the video to learn more. 

    To launch as an App on your Mobile device, go to drumchannel.com/metronome.

    Click here to choose which of the 40 rudiments you want to work on.