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Drumming Secrets - 0 to Rocker in 30 Minutes!

teacher avatar Coulter Peterson, Web, Music and Business

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Crash Course on Rhythm & ‘Hearing’ the Drummer

    • 3. The Core Beat

    • 4. Strengthening Your Core

    • 5. The Core of the Chorus

    • 6. Adding Flare & Fanciness

    • 7. The Secret Beat

    • 8. Your Final Project

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hi there, my name is Coulter and I have been drumming for over 10 years - this is the 0 to Rocker in 30 Minutes course.

This course is for people who are brand-new to drumming, or would like to strengthen their core knowledge of the "Secret Beat" that all drummers use in virtually every song they play. The only requirements are that you are able to tap your foot to the beat of a song, and the rest is in the course!

Why would you want to learn this? -> so many people want to play an instrument for one reason or another (enhance brain function, show off to friends or engage creativity by 70%), but most think it takes either 1) natural born instinct to play or 2) years of musical theory to even play one song. I'm here to tell you that neither of these is the case, and in fact I used this class method to learn the drums before I even knew what a musical scale was! Learning the drums is a fantastic first instrument because you get to see results really soon, and because it lays your rhythmic foundation that helps a bunch for any other instrument you pick up in the future!

We will start with a demonstration of what you will be able to play by the end of the thirty minutes, and then we will break down each part in a brief, to-the-point video. There will be plenty of points where you can stop and apply the part you just learned, that way it is locked into your rhythm-brain!

The project for this course allows you to pick almost any song you want, then show the world that you can now play the drums for that song!! I look forward to hearing what you can play.

Rock on!


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Coulter Peterson

Web, Music and Business


Hey there! My name is Coulter, and I'm a combination web developer, musician, entrepreneur, etc., and my goal is to share what I've learned with you so you can experience what I get to enjoy every day! From recording your first song to publishing your first app, I want to help you along your own unique learning journey!

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1. Introduction: I want to look into this class. My name is Coulter. I've been driving for over 10 years, and I started on stage when I was about eight years old. When I started, there was one particular method that I was shown to begin. And that is the method I'm gonna be showing you in this next half hour. It's very simple. I believe if you even have a bit of rhythm that you two in there too drunk as a lot of fun . You're gonna be, uh, learning your first beat really soon. Here experience. And we are going to have you share what? Play at the very end on instagram in the class. So we can all just build each other up and carry each other and see how many more of us could get rocket. So I look forward to it. Let's jump in 2. Crash Course on Rhythm & ‘Hearing’ the Drummer: Hey, welcome back. So for the first video, we're all about visualization, and that is the first directive in the class project. So when you play an instrument like drums, bass guitar, you shoe that instrument a lot better in a some, just like when you buy a great hot acidic, you see a lot more gray Honda Civics. It's just your brain is now wired in a different way. So the point of this lesson is to get our brains visualising what the drummers doing in a something not just hearing it on baby bopping her head, but we want to be able to see, like when we Sure, a simple we want to visualize. Okay, probably a symbol on the left. When we hear this crack, that's probably snare crack. And so that's what we're gonna go over. So right now we're going to switch to the drum cam. I'm gonna play one song that's like a driving rock and you'll see a beach that's very common. It's the core beat that we're gonna learn. First we'll see me play that you hear a very different song, Mormon disco, Very Basie Song, and you'll see the same beat applies to that because the Corby applies to 80% of music, and that's why we start there. And that's why we're gonna learn now. So let's get into the other camera, all right? So, as you can see, two very different songs with one very similar beat that was the core beat, also known as the 44 Beat. And the three parts of the drum that I used was the high hat right here. The snare drum and the bass trump down here will break this down a lot more, but those three are all you're going to use for the core beat. In the next video, we'll go into that. But before you move on, you may want to look at the first directive of the class project, which helps to enhance your visualization and get you nodding to music in a different way so you can internalize that core Metrodome toe help bring you along this journey, doctors. It 3. The Core Beat: Okay, Now that you've gone through the first director of the Class project, you started to visualize music in a different way. Now we're gonna jump into the core beat again. This is the beat used in 90% of drum music that you hear they are using. This is their foundation there. Probably fancying it up. Maybe throwing in some more fills what it's called when you hit these. Tom's here. More symbols, fancy on bass pedal. But in their head, they're going. 12341234 We're gonna break that down right now. I'm gonna play the core beat once at normal speed, similar to the last view, but without a backing track to kind of keep an eye on my top of my legs to see what I'm doing on the bass drum. You can also hear exactly when I'm pushing down on that. So the normal speed, then we'll come back and we're gonna break it down super slow and you'll see how to do this . Just like I learned it over 10 years ago. Let's get into it. Okay, so now we're gonna break it down, super slow and just follow along, We're not gonna worry about any backing track or any Metrodome or anything like that is gonna get the feel of it down. Just like when you're learning a dense, you're doing the steps. Then you put it to rhythm. So we're gonna learn the steps of the dance right now. Let's get into it. Okay, So the very first thing we want to go for is it's the hi hats and the base from to get so those at the same time. Now in your head, you're gonna be counting one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four . Now I know what I'm making a special point to emphasize the end as because those air technically on the offbeat because it's quarter notes. 1234 And every time I say the word and that's an eight to note, that's fit in between so one and two and three and four. And so the one beat is the high hat on the base Trump together. What now, When we're going to the Corby, every time you're not doing a 123 or four, every and beat is just hitting the high hat once. So putting those two together, that's one. So for the two, it's the high hat and the scene here to get a sense on and you one. And to remember every end is just a high hat. So we actually have one and do. And here's the surprised the second half of this speaks. It's the same as the first. So just double that and we have our core beats. Here we go. What? All right, and uh huh. Now, if you don't have a measurable going, it's kind of hard to keep like a consistent rhythm. So if you're going a little faster, a little slower at certain points, don't worry. It all comes with practice. Your mental metro? No, we'll just get stronger over time. So let's just keep doing this. You might not have a drum set in front of you. Maybe have a really long, which is great. I, uh, I don't have the luxury of producing a lot of sound where them So I have to use this electric one, which is nice or even to speak Bannon couch cushions or air drumming. Whatever you got, let's get back into it So it's a 1234 Oh, more. Oh, oh, Uh uh. If you like me when I was first learning this, you'll be like, OK, yeah, I got this. What's goes as fast as we can. And so I was like, Here we go on, it all falls apart really fast because you think you have an extra drummer. Now, just speed this up toe like you know it and speed, don't do it. Just keep it consistent. Maybe speed it up a little bit as you feel comfortable. Maybe ago. Uh huh. Literally, I think my first week of drumming like I took it really slow. So I think I just kept playing this beat over and over and over and over again. I had a drum kit home, had a truncated church, had drunk it wherever I could play the drums, I could play the drums. I would air drum in bid I'll be laying asleep and I have headphones on and I hear a song I bet there's a drunk part and I'd be air drumming and I was just locking in the Metrodome in my head Little did I know that's what I was doing and worked out great. So I recommend keep practicing this, cause this is a very critical to everything you learn in the drums. Well, foot back to the base, camp outside and do a few closing thoughts on this. But that is the core beat. Congrats. Let's keep on rolling this momentum. Oh, right. That was pretty easy, I would say. I don't think it was that that painful now again if you don't have a drum set in front of you or even if you do, But later on, you don't. Then shadow drumming is it sounds gonna dump, but I've done it. And basically, what you do is you pretend that you're at a drum kit. So you're like, No, it's gotta stop your foot and shake your fists as if you're holding drumsticks and hitting . And trust me, just that motion helps get your limbs in tune with, see where my head is doing. My head is bobbing. I didn't even think I was bobbing, but it's all muscle memory. So you want to build that muscle memory? That's a lot of what being a drummer is because in the middle of a song you're doing this crazy thing you're gonna be relying on that most remember to be like Oh, right. We remind the song. Oh, cool. Thanks, Brain. I'm here. So keep it simple One and two asked three and four. And if you're playing songs If your air drumming the songs we want to see it shared on instagram Let's just go ahead at pump Cuppa Hashtag whatever hashtag you want Hash A drumming for life Hashtag Coulter Teacher, drummer person problem market This better? Uh, okay. I just want to see cool stuff done by you. Feel free to tag me on. Colder Peterson Also sharing the class discussion boards. Let's keep going with the project and we'll move on to the next video. 4. Strengthening Your Core: everyone just real quick. Before we move on, I want to emphasize the importance of strengthening that Corby. Like I mentioned shadow drumming, you could be laying in bed. You could be at a bus stop. You could be in the back of a car. I think I did this at all three of those places when I was learning. And also, when im says that you should be listening to music in a new way Like when you hear, You know, even in some crazy like you know in the air tonight that Phil Collins that huge intra part that's do don't don't don't he's hitting tones, right? And then you hear the snare that crack when you hear the boom as the base, when you hear a nice little that's the symbols the searches to kind of hear, even if you don't know exactly what symbol it waas, you know, like was that a Tom? Was that a bassist start to hear and visualize what they're doing now? I also want you to once you start hearing those songs like Oh, yeah, I can hear the drunks pretty good, especially if you hear them using the core beat share that discussion for him. I want to see a list of cool songs that you guys were like, Oh, there's the Corby. There's the Corby again, 89% of music using the core beats It shouldn't be that hard to find. I just want to know that you guys know where to find it, so that we're all building each other up. So check out that next step in the project, which is identifying songs that use the core beat and then move on to the next video so we can keep on rolling this momentous years. 5. The Core of the Chorus: Okay, so we talked about the core beat quite a bit, So I'm not gonna harp on shadow drumming quite as much anymore. But there is one thing that you should know that's in the chorus. So when you're listening to a song you've been listening to songs you hope you've been posting a discussion boards. Now you found the core beach and a few maybe a ton of song because it's everywhere. Maybe you noticed that once they reach the course of the song the kind of the hook, the catchy part that they keep saying over and over. There was a lot of energy and simulate the core beat, but it sounded. There was more power beneath it. There's a reason for that is because they move the Corby to a different symbol. It's still the same beat, but instead of the high hat they use, the right symbol on the right symbol has more while playing for in a second. But it's got a more Renee's sound to it, so that it can fill up the space more encourages the rest of the band to play lower. That's why the drummer often sets the tone of the band because the drummer is either building up a lot of volume and the band matches it. So they have that same energy level where the German gets quiet and the band gets down with him to. So the drummer is very important. If you have a drummer who doesn't know where the volume should be in the song, that's a problem. So the ride Cymbal combined with the Corby is a very important tool to use carefully. But when done properly can really enhance a song. So let me show you an example of that right now. The high hat versus the ride and back to the high one second. - Okay , so that was actually a really good example of High Hat versus Reid back to high at with that demo that I played. To be honest, I never heard the full track of that. It just built into my rolling drum kit, and I figured these would be a great way to practice these concepts. And as you could hear, the rest of the band kind of had, like a lot more stuff going on when I was over on the ride. That's because, as a musician, you start to hear when the band is probably about to build up and get big. And when they're gonna go back to being small, it's usually Bill. Do you know four sets of the Corby, which is 1234123441 before that's four sets of a Corby or will do age of that, whatever you can, just kind of here when the band is getting excited, ready to build up. So that's what I just did. I was on the high hat and a little fancy stuff. There will cover some of that fancy stuff in this and then later lessons. But then the ride, you know, they could see it really rang out and matched the complexity of the fund of the rest of Ben was having. And then when I went back to the high hat, everyone else is getting pretty quiet, too. So that's a big part of dynamics, and that's there's a different ways that you can express dynamics and drums. There's probably thousands of ways this is a very popular way of doing it, and one that you probably here as you're listening in for that core beat in your music. All right, the next one 6. Adding Flare & Fanciness: Okay, so by now you're probably feeling pretty confident about your Corby even know how to pump up the energy by jumping over to the ride Cymbal and then back down with the rest of the band to keep that energy consistent across everyone. Now, you're probably maybe getting a little bit bored at this point. I understand, which is why it's time to learn a couple of flair moves. So this is the first to that. I learned when using this system. The two moves are called a house beat and a double kick, and so these have a lot of application. You notice that when I was playing that last song on the class before this, the theme instinct that I have is to throw these and Sprinkle them on even when I'm not even thinking about it. That's because they fit so well and they're used so much. So the double kick for the double bass, whatever you call it, it's just hitting this guy twice. When it comes, it's turn, so I'll be like 12341234 So you still hit it 33 But you also hit it again as you're hitting the high hat. I'll outline this when we go into the up close view, but that's what a double kick is now. House beat. You kind of train your brain a little different, but that's when you're going. Not so. It's a little funky, and you could be played in a lot of different ways, but just kind of feel how I'm doing this issue snare. And that would go, Uh uh, So you actually getting your foot in there, too? You kind of turn the whole beat on its ear because you're going high. Hats near high, heads high. It's there. And then coming back for on four counter. Not one more time that we're getting close. One and two and on extra feet. Four. How did your way to think about or something like to use fruit straw? Berry straw There. What term? Uh, whatever. I don't know. I love those. I just like Teoh counted out. Kind of feel it. So we're getting the up close now and then I'll reveal those something to you about what you just learned in these next moments. Okay, I'll say really quickly that even though we're learning these flare moves if you're not quite comfortable with the core beat yet. Not a problem. I spent a lot of time on the Corby before I moved on to these. Some people are jump in and they have, like, really crazy grant rhythm. Some people take a little extra time, not a worry. Just go wherever you're comfortable. Even if you don't use these. Just Techem back your mind. Private returned home later. But for now, the Corby is crazy, sufficient for a lot of songs you want to play along with but regardless will throw these. And now and then you can choose. Use them now or later. So I'll play over these slow and without a background track. That normal life back on track has then normal with a background track. So you can kind of hear how they're used in music. And I'll just play that on regular. So first slope we've got, huh? Have the double kick is a lot easier. Author moved to start with. So you see, I'm just going, and then normal speed pretty easy to fit that one in there. You just kind of get that foot and remember, it's still sync up with the high, so you always want to have the base and the high hat on the same beat. Otherwise, you have this kind of a funky jazz thing with me now where you're going for right away. Now for the house beat again. This is sort of hard to describe because there's a lot of interviews and go too slow. Then it makes no sense because you kind of lost the beat. So it made more sense when I plays against music, but I'll still slow it down, kinda dissected some more. So extra one. Listen how my foot is still hitting right on the three. Where her shirt 23 on the three. Where it usually So I'll go again. And then I actually did an extra variant there. You don't have to do quite as many circuits. You could do a smaller one, also called ghost feet. I'll talk about this one in the second, but is the ghost to you can even combine the door base and this one a lot easier, said. It's now. I hear all of these against music to kind of help internalize them, and then we'll chat about them for just a second or so. We'll put on a different track with using the disco one bit. This is sort of a rock one. There you go. That is the house speech and the double bass or the double kick. Everything has, like, multiple names and drums. So I'm trying to use multiple ones in case you talk to other drummers. But the shorter version of the house feet is also ago speed. And as you can see, you know, I started out pretty basic, which is sounding good. And then, if you want to speed things up, especially this song was kind of a faster song, then it sounds really could, because you're just grooving along with it. If the song wants to have ruled driving rocks, then you can kind of offset it a little. But home. But I have a speech, a little double bass, especially good for rock music, but it fits into many other styles as well. So play with these. If you're gender along with these posted on instagram, tag me at Colt Peterson, put it in the classroom discussion. Just let us all encourage, build and excite each other in this, and if you're still in the Corby that solid to We want to hear your Corbett want to get you practicing more and more and more. You can throw in these flare bees and all that. It's just so exciting. I'm excited. Let's move along and talk about that ghost because there's something fun about that one second. 7. The Secret Beat: So they go speed, as you heard when I was playing in the last track. It has a lot of applications because you can go the really long on the ticket or into the short in this. That ticket done. And surprisingly, you think it's kind of a weird, like head pop kind of beat. But it actually is used by most drummers in all of their songs, because what ago Speak does kind of that shorter, just fitted, enrolled fast. It lets you take a drawn out beach with its jazz, rock pop whatever, even especially on slower songs and flared up a little bit. And you fill in the gaps to where it sounds purposeful, not force. It's a purposeful filler that really gives you a little extra something to play with the lawyer on a slow song. If we didn't have that, you be going on a slow song, You Corby Teoh pop pop. It's fun, but you want to have a little extra something to do, just like if you're a swing dancer, you're dancing on a really slow song. You wanna have other or something? Maybe you dance in double time. Maybe you put in some extra spins and moves and whatever same is with Trump's. This is your double time filler. Spin out fun triple step dance step. So I'll show you what all these crazy terms mean Right now. Let's get on the close up. All right, so the ghost be We're gonna play it right now and like we said, it's a shorter version of the house beat. So we're going, of course. So if it counts that out, we're going you three. So it's not even on. And it's between the end of the three or wherever you play just and us three, meaning that it's 1/16 note. So it's a really quick pop it in there. Now why am I saying this is crazy? Is the secrets to all drumming? It's the Master Fiddler. Amazing thing because it is no Sure you look so we're gonna play like that. Let's go some a lot. I'm gonna play it once without ego speeds and ones with the ghost feeds and hear the difference sounds fine. It's just kind of driving. Now it's to do with the ghost beats. Okay, cool synthesizer. The math here for a second, but you can hear it just adds a lot more flair, a lot more filler to that. So keeps things a lot more engaging for the listener folks. Drummer for everybody. So that is the secret ghost. Let's just put back to the base camp and I can say my last little things. Okay, so that's the ghost beat and what, you like it or not? You're gonna start hearing that and a lot of music before I move on to the final project known, I should note, if you want to hear more of my courses, I do encourage you to follow me here on sculpture. Leave a nice review and also as you're using these beats, whether it's the core double bass whenever is not a new song. If you're excited and you like what you're hearing, I want to hear it, too. So throwing on instagram tag me at Colder Peterson. Mention it in the discussion boards. Let your classmates see like Oh yeah, he's doing He's doing it because practice is what makes perfect while the cliche. But also you wanna have fun when you practice, and it's a lot more fun when you've got people around you, so I would just encourage you to enjoy this community. That skill sure gives us, really embrace it unless enjoy the journey together. Let's move onto the next one. 8. Your Final Project: all Russians in his final project Time. The last deliverable is too posted video of yourself playing against a song that you really enjoy that you can hear. Corby Dan. Maybe you could use a bit of a double bass or the house speeds with a ride. That would be the best way to do this. Share on Instagram. Tag Me at Cold Peterson, Post Dimension and the discussion boards here. Classmates get all along with you. I should note that if the song is not yours, originally, say it's an artist to recorded it, and it's supposed to make money off of it. Just make sure you give them a little shout out in the description of your post, especially on public social media. I have seen Facebook mute some of my videos in the past. If it detects the song, mute the middle of it, depending on your country and don't be discouraged by that. It's just them being safe for themselves. And in the worst case scenario, you just get a little quiet right in the middle. But a zoo, long as you're not making money off of it with ads, then you're fucking. So I figured I just mentioned that, but regardless posted up, let's share and get excited and we'll see you in the final video. 9. Final Thoughts: all rights. You made it. Congratulations. You are now a rocker. You have core beats. You have double bass. You have ah, house being you Have. You have everything I had for base through the first to four years of my drumming career. And I was on stage and I was in school, and that was he was in all kinds of things. So this is an amazing tool kit for you to expand. And this is your foundation. You can build off of this now as I post new courses on drums, especially if you want to tell me. If you do, then you can follow me here on skill shirt to hear about those leave a star of you encourage me to make more of these videos. I really hope this is build your drumming foundation. And if you land a gig or if you're showing off their friends or whatever felt free to video it, post it, share it and just encourage this amazing community on. I just thank you guys so much for joining me on the right wall. See you next time. Years