Reading - BeginnerJoe 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.
Technique - BeginnerRalph Humphrey
Holding the stick, wrist turns and the bounce stroke are the foundation of how comfortable and fast you can play. These Lessons are good to review no matter how long you have been playing.
Independence - BeginnerRalph 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. This fundamental semester starts very simply, even if you have played for years, do not over estimate the importance of revisiting these basics. Just playing a simple beat, and playing it with a great feel, is the difference that often defines a drummer’s success.
Performance - BeginnerVal Sepulveda
Val Sepulveda is joined by world class drummers Chad Smith, Gregg Bissonette, Greg Garmen. If you've never played drums before, we suggest you take this course before moving on to "Basic Rock Drumming Chad's Way."
All drumming involves 4 fundamental areas of practice
Get your hands and feet faster
Snare drum and band charts
Play what you hear
Styles, grooves, fills, and beats
To easily search beginning, intermediate or advanced individual lessons in any one of these 4 fundamental areas:Lesson Plan Index – Click here
To see the courses which include all of our individual lessons scroll down.
Playing - BeginnerChad Smith & Val Sepulveda
This course is in 2 parts. Lessons 1-10 are for first time students who have never played drums before. It does not include the Outside Release® Motion. Lessons 11-21 are Chad Smith’s complete course, including the all-important Outside Release® Motion. It’s about much more than playing these simple rock beats. It’s about making them “feel” great, which is what makes him such a great drummer.
Technique - BeginnerRalph Humphrey
Learning to hold the sticks, turn your wrists, and get the sticks to bounce are the building blocks of everything you will play. Like many pros know, our proven methods are good to review no matter long how long you’ve been playing. These lessons are also the foundation of Henry Adler, Murray Spivack, and Freddie Gruber’s teachings. I suggest you work on one lesson per week, practicing 10-15 minutes per day. Mastering these lessons will allow you to progress faster in every area of your playing.
Reading - BeginnerJoe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, & Gregg Bissonette
Learning to read music can be fun. In this first semester course you’ll learn everything most professional drummers ever need to know. Joe Porcaro has played on over 1,000 movies and Ralph and Gregg are first call studio musicians. If you’re taking private lessons, this is a great online course so your teacher can have more time with you on the set. Be sure to take the quiz at the end of each lesson.
Independence - BeginnerRalph Humphrey
This course will prepare you to easily play combinations of hands and feet in a way that will enhance your time function and coordination. This first semester starts very simply, even if you have played for years do not overestimate the importance of revisiting these basics. Just playing a simple beat, and playing it with a great feel, is the difference that defines a drummer’s success.
Play Rudiments: Rudimental Crash CourseAdam Kuns
The rudiments for drummers are like practicing scales for other musicians. They are exercises that will give you the facility to play whatever you want. In the first semester Adam is introducing you to 40 rudiments (sticking combinations). He will show you basic techniques on how to play them at a slow to medium tempo. Advanced lessons in semester 2 and 3 will explain how to increase your speed and maintain control as you master the rudiments on the snare drum and apply them to the drum set.
Playing - IntermediateAl Velasquez
These intermediate 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 future Drum Channel lessons. For more advanced study on subjects in this beginner course, we will suggest other lessons on Drum Channel at the end of each lesson. Remember the more you learn, the more fun it will be and on Drum Channel you can learn from The Best Drummers in The World. Al Velasquez has an outstanding reputation for teaching and mentoring young students preparing them for college and a professional career. He was recommended to us for this series of lessons by Gregg Bissonette.
Technique - IntermediateRalph Humphrey
The outside release, often called the ‘Moeller Method’ is the foundation of your technique and independence. These lessons will prepare you to learn the rudiments and apply the motion to your everyday playing. Also, see Jim Chapin’s Secrets From the Pros #26 as he explains the motion as taught to him by Sanford Moeller.
Foot Technique - IntermediateMike 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. These lessons will focus on the sound quality of the bass drum along with both the accuracy and placement of the notes. Mike Packer will present all of the common motions used by drummers past and present to educate students so they can make informed decisions regarding their technique.
Independence - IntermediateRalph Humphrey
While you may be learning to play Rock patterns and Jazz or Latin in other Artist Courses 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. The body motions learned in the Hands class are utilized in breaking down the 3-way time function coordination exercises.
Playing - AdvancedGregg 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.
Technique - AdvancedRalph Humphrey
Using the Basic Body Motions of T-1 and Outside Release Motion of T-2, You will now apply them to Single Strokes leading to the Double Stroke Roll. There are a lot of lessons on playing Rudiments but making them sound musical takes practice, and these lessons will give you the foundation to play fast, relaxed and get the most out of your practice.
Independence - AdvancedTerry Bozzio
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.