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About: Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, Drum Channel Artist in Residence
Learn: Ostinatos, melodic drumming, courses in the Art of Drumming
Snapshot: Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, U.K., solo artist
On DC: 50 Lessons, 34 Shows, Drum Jams, DVDs
About: One of the most in-demand drum teachers and studio musicians in the world
Learn: How to tune your drums, instantly learn a song, play popular genres
Snapshot: Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, David Lee Roth, session drummer
On DC: 35 Lessons, 10 Shows, Drum Jams, DVD
About: Rock & roll legend
Learn: How jazz influenced his life and his playing
Snapshot: The Rolling Stones
On DC: Roundtable with Jim Keltner and Hal Blaine, Interview with Chad Smith
About: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 6 GRAMMYs
Learn: Basic rock beats, fills, time feel
Snapshot: Red Hot Chili Peppers
On DC: 10 Lessons, 11 Shows, Drum Jams, the Chad Smith Show DC Series
About: Driving force behind Fleetwood Mac
Learn: Inspirational stories about playing in a band and "pocket"
Snapshot: Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
On DC: Two-part interview with Don Lombardi
About: Drummer for Stanley Clark
Learn: Hand dexterity warm-ups and how to apply them
Snapshot: Stanley Clarke, Kamasi Wasington, Anderson Paak
On DC: 3 Lessons & 2 Shows
About: Drummer for Animals as Leaders
Learn: Polyrhythmic grooves and patterns
Snapshot: Animals as Leaders, Victoria
On DC: 9 Lessons, 2 Shows, & 17 lesson Artist Course
About: Drummer for Kneebody and a prolific multi-instrumentalist
Learn: How to interact musically with a band
Snapshot: Kneebody, Wayne Krantz, Tigran Hamasyan, and Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.
On DC: 1 Lessons & 2 Shows
About: Drummer for Childish Japes and 2011 Drum Off Champion
Learn: How to improvise with a band and effective career advice
Snapshot: Childish Japes, Online Educator, Drum Off Champion
On DC: Interview with Don Lombardi
About: Author of "Extreme Interdependence," composer, producer
Learn: 2-3-4-5-6-way independence
Snapshot: Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, the Aristocrats
On DC: 9 Lessons, 1 Show
About: Legendary studio musician
Learn: Invaluable life experiences that will make you a more creative musician
Snapshot: George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan
On DC: 6 Shows with Charlie Watts, Neil Peart, Matt Chamberlain, and many more
About: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, author, composer
Learn: Composition, articulation and voicing, conversation with Fred Gruber
Snapshot: The iconic rock band Rush
On DC: 14 Lessons, 2 Shows, Drum Jams, DVDs
About: Graduate of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts
Learn: Groove, pocket, her influences and inspirations
Snapshot: Prince, 3RDEYEGIRL
On DC: 2 Shows
About: Modern Drummer Best Latin Percussionist 5 consecutive years
Learn: Afro-Cuban, fusion, jazz, rudiments on drum sets and congas
Snapshot: Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Carlos Santana, Seal
On DC: 25 Lessons, 4 Shows, Drum Jams, DVDs
About: GRAMMY Award-winning drummer and songwriter
Learn: About his life and experiences
Snapshot: Pink Floyd
On DC: Interview with Terry Bozzio
About: GRAMMY Award winner, Guitar Center Drum-Off winner (age 9)
Learn: Moving around the kit, foot speed
Snapshot: The Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies, Residente
On DC: 5 Lessons, 3 Shows, Drum Jams, Band Performances
About: Modern Drummer Clinician/Educator of the Year 2017, author
Learn: Independence, technique, double bass
Snapshot: Master Clinician, stOrk, Paul Gilbert
On DC: 25 Shows, Drum Jams
Tony Royster Jr.
About: Guitar Center Drum-Off winner (age 11), Best Hip-Hop Drummer by DRUM!
Learn: Inspiration and motivation from his life story
Snapshot: Jay-Z, Joss Stone, En Vogue, Joe Jonas
On DC: 2 Shows, Drum Jams, DVD
About: Pioneer of alternative rock, composer
Learn: Advanced beats and fills, being creative, how to play to a song
Snapshot: Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Banyan
On DC: 11 Lessons, 2 Shows, Drum Jams, DVD
About: Legendary studio drummer, Drum Chair LA College of Music
Learn: In-depth studies of rudiments, technique, independence
Snapshot: Frank Zappa, Al Jarreau, Dancing with the Stars
On DC: 45 Lessons, 4 Shows, Drum Jams, Band Performances
About: One of the most in-demand and versatile drummers today, educator
Learn: Hand and foot techniques, applying rudiments to the drum set
Snapshot: The Mars Volta, the Night Game, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus
On DC: 19 Lessons, 4 Shows, Drum Jams
About: Acclaimed recording and touring drummer and producer
Learn: How to play odd groupings and stickings musically
Snapshot: Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Dave Grusin, Tribal Tech
On DC: 3 Lessons
About: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, pioneer of jazz rock drumming
Learn: Iconic grooves and fills
Snapshot: Chicago, CTA, California Transit Authority
On DC: 10 Lessons, 4 Shows, Band Performance, DVD
About: Over 209 million views on YouTube
Learn: How to record a video, applying rudiments, ghost notes
Snapshot: BUSTED, YouTube star
On DC: 17 Lessons, 24 Shows, Drum Jams, DC Series
About: Well rounded from pop to metal
Learn: Signature grooves and fills
Snapshot: The Word Alive, Jason Richardson, Heavy Eyes
On DC: 6 Lessons, 2 Shows
About: Major touring studio drummer, producer
Learn: Time feel, grooves and beats
Snapshot: Sir Elton John, Mick Jagger, Sarah McLachlan
On DC: 12 Lessons, 22 Shows, Drum Jams
About: Legendary studio recording drummer
Learn: Murray Spivack method, reading big band charts
Snapshot: Frank Zappa, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand
On DC: 34 Lessons, 3 Shows, Drum Jams, Band Performance, DVD
About: World-renowned gospel and R&B drummer
Learn: Vocabulary, speed and fluidity around the kit
Snapshot: Usher, Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys, American Idol Live
On DC: Clinic, Drum Jam
About: Professor at LA College of Music, legendary studio drummer
Learn: Beginning/advanced reading technique, independence
Snapshot: Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Stan Getz, Natalie Cole, Madonna
On DC: 60 Lessons, 2 Shows
About: One of the most respected teachers of all time, author
Learn: The Moeller method from the man who studied with Sanford Moeller
Snapshot: Historic lifelong drum teacher
On DC: 1 Interview, 2 Secrets From The Pros
About: Author of legendary book "Advanced Funk Studies"
Learn: Linear patterns, various funk and shuffle styles, how to tune your drums
Snapshot: B.B. King, the Edgar Winter Band, Juice Newton
On DC: 12 Lessons, Artist Course, DVD "All About the Groove"
John JR Robinson
About: One of the most recorded drummers in history
Learn: Playing musically, famous grooves and fills
Snapshot: Rufus, Michael Jackson, Steve Winwood, Lionel Richie
On DC: 3 Lessons, DVD "The Time Machine"
About: Chair of the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music, author
Learn: Audition requirements for Berklee College of Music
Snapshot: "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson"
On DC: 12 Lessons, Artist Course, 1 Show
About: Producer, recording artist, world-renowned educator
Learn: The fundamentals of technique, motion and rhythmic interpretation
Snapshot: David Becker Tribune, Mike Stern, Ron Carter, student of Freddie Gruber
On DC: 20 Lessons, 1 Show
About: Legendary brush master, called "genius" by Max Roach
Learn: Advanced brush techniques and patterns
Snapshot: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Count Basie Orchestra
On DC: 1 Show, Drum Jam
About: Acclaimed touring and recording percussionist
Learn: Idiomatically correct Latin patterns and stylistic variations
Snapshot: Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Julio Iglesias
On DC: 1 Lesson, 4 Shows
About: Recipient of the Artisjus Lifetime Achievement Award
Learn: Vocabulary and improvisation
Snapshot: Tribal Tech
On DC: 1 Lesson, 5 Shows
About: GRAMMY Award-winning Afro-Cuban drummer
Learn: Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban patterns
Snapshot: Chucho Valdés, TIZER, Juan Gabriel
On DC: 4 Lessons, 2 Shows, Drum Solo
The World's Greatest Drummers
About: University professors, Rock legends, to Latin and Jazz icons
Learn: The skills necessary to take you from wherever you're at to wherever you want to go
Snapshot: These musicians have played with some of the greatest artists of all time
On DC: Over 800 lessons and 250 shows with new content added weekly
About: World-renowned New Orleans drummer
Learn: Second line drumming vocabulary and techniques
Snapshot: Galactic, Garage A Trois
On DC: 6 Lessons, 4 Shows, Drum Jam
About: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Modern Drummer Hall of Fame
Learn: Inspiration, motivation, playing in a band, timekeeping
Snapshot: The Police
On DC: 6 Lessons, 1 Show
About: Award-winning author, educator, clinician, historian
Learn: The in-depth history of the drum set
Snapshot: Royal Crown Revue, Brian Setzer, Bette Midler
On DC: 2 Shows, 2 DVDs: "The Century Project" and "Traps"
About: Two #1 hits, Modern Drummer Best Country Drummer 2016
Learn: Syncopation, beats and fills, musicality
Snapshot: Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson
On DC: 8 Lessons, 3 Shows
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Learn The Beginner Rock BeatsVal Sepulveda - Winner of the Hit Like a Girl Contest
You will be playing drums in ten minutes. If you have never played before this is where you start. You will learn 3 rock beats with fills. Val is joined by Chad Smith, Gregg Bissonette, Greg Garman and Don Lombardi, includes Play-Alongs.
Basic Rock Drumming Chad's WayChad Smith - Drummer for The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Now you will learn how to play beginning rock beats with a great “feel.” This is one of the most important lessons you will ever learn. Chad plays these beats with fills, plus gives you tips on how he plays rim shots and the hi-hat. So whether you want to be a professional or just play for fun this course will set you in the right direction.
Technique 1 - Basic Body MotionRalph Humphrey - Drum Chair for Los Angeles College of Music
Holding the sticks, wrist turns and the bounce stroke are the foundation for how fast and how comfortable you will play. These lessons are good to review no matter how long you have been playing. You will get the most out of every minute of your practice if you master these “Basic Body Motions.”
Ready to PlayAl Velasquez - Drum Channel Faculty Artist/Benisé
Get ready to play along with records or in a band. After a few review lessons you will learn triplets, shuffles and rudiments on the set, and even some double bass. Al is one of the top teachers in Los Angeles. With this course you are on your way.
Introduction to JazzGregg Bissonette - Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band and Legendary Studio musician
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.
Play Rudiments: Rudimental Crash CourseAdam Kuns - Drum Channel Faculty Artist and professional musician
This is your personal practice library of the 40 standard rudiments. The DC Practice Assist Metronome (pat. pend.) will keep track of your speed AND make you play faster. You will always know where you left off. It’s a fun way to learn your rudiments.
Bass Drum ControlColin Bailey - Vince Guaraldi and Author of "Bass Drum Control"
Colin Bailey's legendary book Bass Drum Control has sold over 50,000 copies. Now for the first time Colin explains his amazing technique on the critical principles of speed, control and endurance.
Frontiers of Composition and ArticulationNeil Peart - RUSH
Neil Peart's Master Class equips you with creative concepts and applications to expand your musical vocabulary as he shares what he has learned in the areas of composition and articulation.
Emergency Styles Toolkit Vol 1: The Essential GenresAdam Kuns - Drum Channel Faculty Artist and professional musician
You will be ready to play anything as you become a better all-around drummer. You will learn the basic rhythm of rock, jazz, half-time, waltz, songo, cha cha, cascara, mambo, bossa nova, samba, James Brown funk, second line, and many more. 34 lessons in all. Volume 2 Coming Soon.
Rhythm 1Terry Bozzio - Frank Zappa and Modern Drummer Hall of Fame
Terry teaches basic permutations of triplet and sixteenth notes and how to use them in an ostinato. This Rhythm 1 class consists of 7 online drum lessons and is the 1st in the series entitled The Art of Drumming.
How to Read MusicJoe Porcaro - Legendary Educator
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.
Foot TechniqueMike 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.
Authentic Latin Rhythms On The DrumsetAlex Acuña - Weather Report and Legendary Studio musician
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.
Zigaboo: The Originator Of New Orleans Funky Drumming - 10 Lessons and Documentary in 4 partsZigaboo Modeliste
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste was recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and his recordings with The Meters are legendary. He breaks down, discusses and demonstrates the essence of his feel and his grooves that made the New Orleans second line funk drumming sound. Being funky is one of the biggest compliments a drummer can receive and Zig is the master. In addition, the documentary portion will be one of the most important lessons of your drumming career.
Six-Way IndependenceMarco Minnemann
Marco's master class is a series of eight lessons that will open your mind and body to new melodic adventures on the drum set. It will get you into Marco’s head, understanding what he practiced and how he developed his amazing technique.
The Art of Jazz Rock Drumming - Documentary with Multiple LessonsDanny Seraphine
Classic fills and grooves by the man who created them. As a founding member of the rock band "Chicago", Danny has pioneered the style of Jazz Rock Drumming. Danny takes you back to the city of Chicago where he and his band created history. Concert and training are both included in this amazing DVD. Danny toured the United States in November with this new DVD and his autobiography Street Player: My Chicago Story.
Matt Garstka - State of the ArtMatt Garstka
Matt Garstka is the drummer for Animals as Leaders and his new project Victoria with Joshua de la Victoria. In this course, Matt Garstka performs all 7 songs from Victoria's debut EP "Modern Value" and also does a breakdown for each song. This course also features an interview with Matt and Joshua, plus 2 bonus lessons.
Hands - Feet - Mind - SoulStephen Perkins
Stephen breaks down 11 classic Jane's Addiction songs, and gives students a full analysis of each song. the goal of this Artist Course is to add new beats to your drumming vocabulary. Stephen will show you how he plays his classic drum parts, explain why he chose to play them, and how they set the foundation for the song. That knowledge is often what defines good drummers from great drummers.
Rhythm 3Terry Bozzio
In Rhythm 3, Terry goes through the different mixed sticking permutations in both the triple and duple realm. He demonstrates the stickings in six different ways: hands only, feet only, right side, left side, and then crossing with right hand/left foot and left hand/right foot.
Rhythm 2Terry Bozzio
Hearing Terry play these basic ostinato patterns on a pad, then a 5-piece kit, then a monster kit, brings home the message that it’s not the size of the drumset you play that makes you a musical drummer, it’s the approach you take to whatever size drumset you have. Terry begins these patterns slowly and then builds speed, just as you will have to do. When you finish Rhythm 2, you will have a clear idea of the concept of ostinatos and there’s no better way to learn than from the master himself. Watch the preview and see full list of lessons below.
Rudiments on CongasAlex Acuña
This course will break down and demonstrate some basic common conga patterns to you as well as show you how to use your drum set rudiments on the Congas. Alex will show you the eight basic tones you should strive to master on the congas, and also demonstrate 15 rudiments and how they can be applied to Congas.
Yesterday * Today * Tomorrow - Multiple LessonsGregg Bissonette
Gregg is equally at home when he is on tour playing with "Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band" as he is in the studio recording with the top artists of today. In this 2 disc set, Gregg brings together two of his best educational videos, Private lesson and Playing, Reading and Soloing with a Band where you will learn how to write and read a drum chart so you can get the gig.
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Watch over 400 shows, where great drummers host, hang out, and play with other great drummers.
ART OF DRUMMING: TERRY BOZZIO
Terry's in-depth interviews explore how his guests create their art.
Guests include Clayton Cameron, Marco Iannetta, Jimmy Chamberlin, Stanton Moore, Mike Clark, Airto, and more, plus amazing performances following their discussions.
THE CHAD SMITH SHOW
Anything goes with Chad! Bands, special guests, crazy fun.
From backstage at a Chili Peppers concert to guests including Charlie Watts, Abe Laboriel Jr., Cindy Blackman, Hal Blaine, Gregg Bissonette, Stephen Perkins, Kenny Aronoff, Taylor Hawkins, James Gadson, Brooks Wackerman, and more!
Guest hosts interview and jam with special guests + live chat.
Alex Acuna, Alex Gonzalez, Chad Wackerman, Curt Bisquera, Tony Royster Jr., JR Robinson, Danny Seraphine, Gil Sharone, Jim Keltner, Neil Peart, Thomas Lang, Thomas Pridgen and many more.
ROUNDTABLES & INTERVIEWS
Get to know your favorite drummers as they discuss their careers and share life-changing stories.
Artists include Jim Keltner, Neil Peart, Doane Perry, Chris Coleman, Gergo Borlai, Peter Erskine, Hannah Welton, Curt Bisquera, Fred Gruber, Louie Bellson, and many more
A variety of great performances available for both subscribers and in the DC Store “Video On Demand”
Artists include Jim Keltner, Neil Peart, Doane Perry, Chris Coleman, Gergo Borlai, Peter Erskine, Hannah Ford, Curt Bisquera, Fred Gruber, Louie Bellson, and many more
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-Neil Peart (Rush)