Every Drummer Works in 4 Areas When They Practice and You Will Too
Beginner 16 Week Course
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 1
The first three weeks of this course are some of the most basic fundamentals of drumming. They are not only for beginners, they are also great for every drummer to review. This week covers Holding the Sticks and Turning your Wrists, with cameo appearances by world-renowned educators. You will learn your first Rock Beat designed for those who have never played before. You will be playing drums in 10 minutes. Your journey in learning to read will also begin - something you may have thought you weren’t interested in, but learning to read can be a huge asset. We make it easy and fun.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 2
This is one of the most important lessons you will ever get: Learning how to control the bounce of the stick along with learning how to get it to bounce. This is a fundamental that many semi-pro’s, and even pro drummers have to revisit. Moving fast, you will get into Rock Beat #2 and more about learning how to read.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 3
Along with the Bounce of the Stick, this is also one of the most important lessons you will get. Learning the Outside Release Motion®, often called, The Moeller Method. This will affect your time feel and your independence. You should be reviewing the rock beats you have learned, now doing them with the Outside Release Motion®. You will also pick up a few basic fills along with learning your notes and rests.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 4
The technique lessons this week may seem overly simple, but there is a purpose. As you continue to learn how to hold the stick and turn your wrist you will eventually master motivating and following the bounce of the stick. A fun part of this week is adding more into your rock beat and moving around the drums, along with starting to read music.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 5
Continuing to develop your technique there is a great lesson from Ralph Humphrey who wrote the drum set curriculum for Musician’s Institute and Los Angeles College of Music. Our technique lessons are all about how your body works so you will eventually be able to play everything you hear. You will learn some cool 8th note fills, get a basic introduction to jazz, and be into reading exercises that will be as hard as it’s going to get. Now it will just take repetitive practice.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 6
As you have been working on your hand motions to get the stick to bounce you will be playing 16th note fills and sounding like a pro drummer. There are more technique exercises to prepare you for what is coming and you will start learning some basic styles, like the 3/4 Waltz.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 7
Learning how to get the stick to bounce and how to control the bounce with loud and soft notes are one of the keys to improving your technique. You will be combining all of the fills you have learned along with your rock beats and learning the Latin Songo beat. It will take a little practice but it’s one that you have often heard. Reading continues with notes, adding rests.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 8
Getting much more advanced by adding triplets into your rock beats and adding the basic Soca into your library. The technique lesson gets you ready for what’s coming in Weeks 9 - 16 where you will be including the Outside Release® into a variety of strokes, just like the pros do.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 9
You learn the basic Outside Release Motion® 2 stroke, one up and one down in week 3 so you could apply it to your rock beats right away. Now you are going to see how you could apply it to a variety of strokes so you will play them easier and with a great time feel. Your fills will get wilder, combining eighths, triplets, and sixteenths. Chad Smith shows you how to play a rim shot along with one of his tricks. You will also expand your vocabulary with the Cha Cha.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 10
You are starting to get funky with a new rock beat, with a syncopated bass drum, meaning it’s not on the beat. It will take a little practice. Keep counting to yourself. Also a challenging new beat this week, the Cascara.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 11
There is another new rock beat, slightly different than last week and you will continue to use the Outside Release Motion® moving around the set. You will be adding the Mambo lesson into your Latin library. You should go back and work through all of the playing lessons to keep reviewing them. They are specific styles, but many of them can be used in rock and jazz with a slight variation.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 12
Rock Beat #5 with yet another bass drum variation. With these 5 beats you will be able to cover almost all rock songs you will ever play, along with improvising a lot of your own. This week introduces a must-learn pattern, the Bossanova, and the reading gets pretty tricky with some odd time signatures.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 13
Hopefully you mastered the Outside Release® on the drum set after practicing the exercises from last week. This is a good review week. We are moving the right hand around the set. It seems simple but it’s one of the keys to keeping and playing in time. The Samba is the Latin pattern for this week, one you have heard many times and should master.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 14
Preparing you for what’s to come there are a combination of strokes you will be doing with the Outside Release Motion® so your body is working much less than what the stick is producing by controlling the stick and allowing it to bounce. You will also be adding some crash cymbals into your basic rock beats, getting ready to add snare and tom fills next week.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 15
Take it slow but work on the 12/8 Afro-Cuban beat. You will also be adding some new stroke motions to your technique and some harder fills.
Beginner Semester 1 - Week 16
Now you can see how the 4/6 motions you learned last week will work on the set. You will be adding fills to your combined rock beats like a pro. Don’t be afraid to try your own. Also this week, one of the more difficult patterns, the Texas Shuffle, which is famous on so many big hits.