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Quick Start Guide to Drumming : How To Play Drum Set for Absolute Beginners, with Play Along Videos

teacher avatar Ben Schlatter, Rhythm Is Everywhere

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Lessons in This Class

47 Lessons (1h 58m)
    • 1. Intro/Overview

      0:49
    • 2. Setup - Parts of the Drum Set

      0:54
    • 3. How to Hold and Throw the Drumstick

      1:30
    • 4. Drum Beat 1

      1:01
    • 5. Drum Beat 1 Breakdown Method 1

      1:29
    • 6. Drum Beat 1 Breakdown Method 2

      0:33
    • 7. Drum Beat 2

      0:46
    • 8. Drum Beat 2 Breakdown Method 1

      1:19
    • 9. Drum Beat 2 Breakdown Method 2

      0:39
    • 10. Drum Fill 1 - 1 Note per Beat

      0:52
    • 11. Drum Fill 2 - 2 Notes per Count

      0:57
    • 12. Drum Beat 1 with Drum Fill 1

      1:10
    • 13. Drum Beat 1 with Drum Fill 2

      0:43
    • 14. Drum Beat 2 with Drum Fill 1

      0:43
    • 15. Drum Beat 2 with Drum Fill 2

      0:44
    • 16. Practice Routine, Using A Metronome, Feeling A Steady Beat, Slow to Fast, Helpful R

      3:12
    • 17. Practice Tools - Slow to Fast Beat 1 with Fill 1

      5:17
    • 18. Practice Tools - Slow to Fast Beat 2 with Fill 2

      5:21
    • 19. Conclusion, Project, and Continued Learning

      0:47
    • 20. Play Along Beat 1A 75 BPM

      3:55
    • 21. Play Along Beat 1A 75 BPM No Drums

      3:55
    • 22. Play Along Beat 1A 105 BPM

      3:08
    • 23. Play Along Beat 1A 105 BPM No Drums

      3:08
    • 24. Play Along Beat 1B 135BPM

      3:03
    • 25. Play Along Beat 1B 135BPM No Drums

      3:20
    • 26. Play Along Beat 1B 165BPM

      2:37
    • 27. Play Along Beat 1B 165BPM No Drums

      2:37
    • 28. Play Along Beat 1C 185 BPM

      2:29
    • 29. Play Along Beat 1C 185 BPM No Drums

      2:29
    • 30. Play Along Beat 1C 215 BPM

      2:12
    • 31. Play Along Beat 1C 215 BPM No Drums

      2:12
    • 32. Play Along Beat 1C 245 BPM

      3:33
    • 33. Play Along Beat 1C 245 BPM No Drums

      3:33
    • 34. Play Along Beat 2A 75 BPM

      3:02
    • 35. Play Along Beat 2A 75 BPM No Drums

      3:02
    • 36. Play Along Beat 2A 105 BPM

      2:18
    • 37. Play Along Beat 2A 105 BPM No Drums

      2:18
    • 38. Play Along Beat 2B 135 BPM

      3:32
    • 39. Play Along Beat 2B 135 BPM No Drums

      3:32
    • 40. Play Along Beat 2B 165 BPM

      2:44
    • 41. Play Along Beat 2B 165 BPM No Drums

      2:44
    • 42. Play Along Beat 2C 185 BPM

      4:32
    • 43. Play Along Beat 2C 185 BPM No Drums

      4:32
    • 44. Play Along Beat 2C 215 BPM

      4:02
    • 45. Play Along Beat 2C 215 BPM No Drums

      4:02
    • 46. Play Along Beat 2C 245 BPM

      3:35
    • 47. Play Along Beat 2C 245 BPM No Drums

      3:35
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In this drum set class you'll quickly learn how to play the drums. In the Quick Start Guide to Drumming : How To Play The Drum Set for Absolute Beginners, we'll learn how to play the drum set right away by learning two fundamental and frequently used parts of the drumming vocabulary: beats and fills. They have many musical applications and can be used for many genres of music. The beats and fills are simple and easy to learn, but I've included ways to break them down if you're having trouble. Through teaching people of all ages over the last  20+ years, I've found ways to break it down and make drumming achievable for anyone who can hold a drum stick and keeps trying. This class helps develop a great foundation whether you want to be a professional or hobbyist drummer. 

In this class you'll learn:
- Names of the instruments that make up the drum set
- Technique on how to hold and throw the drumstick
- 2 drum beats that you can use to play hundreds of songs
- 2 ways to break down drum beats to make them easier to understand
- 2 drum fills to use with drum beats
- Practice tips, tricks, and tools

At the end, you'll know 2 beats and 2 fills that you can use to be in the drummer in a band with other musicians, or that you can use to play along with recordings. 

You don't need any experience for this class, so sit down, grab some sticks, and let's play drums!

Check out my other Skillshare classes:

An Easy In-Depth Guide to Playing Beats On The Drum Set

How To Setup A Drum Set : Drums, Stands, Hardware, and Drum Tuning

or sneak a peek at my website www.BeatsWithBen.com

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Ben Schlatter

Rhythm Is Everywhere

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Hello, I'm Ben Schlatter, a professional musician who lives and works in the Metro Detroit area. I play drum set, steel drum, piano, and vibraphone in a wide variety of groups and situations. That's one part of playing music I really love; constantly being put in touch with different people in different places.  After playing and teaching for over 20 years, I've developed ways to guide anyone on their journey to becoming a better musician.  

When not involved in something musical, I enjoy cooking with my wife, traveling, cats, talking with friends and family, biking, nature, history, science, and learning in general.

 

 

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1. Intro/Overview: Hi, my name is Bench later. Welcome to the quick Start guide to Drum Thistles for people there absolutely generous to the drum set. Or maybe you just played once or twice in this video, we'll learn all the different instruments that make up, learn how to properly hold, throw a stick, and then we'll learn to drum beats and to drum fills to go along with With each beat will have a section that breaks it down so that you can more easily understand how to play it, which limbs playing together. We'll also talk about practice and most efficient way to use your time behind grubs. As a final project, I've included some play along tracks so that you can play with and without drums. That way you could really test your skills and see if you can make the drums. Let's get started 2. Setup - Parts of the Drum Set: first, we'll talk about the names of the instruments in front of us. We have the bass drum snare drum the rack, Tom. Some people may have to rack times floor time. The two symbols that are on the foot pedal called the high hat, the crash symbol themed ride Cymbal. When we set up our drums, we want to make sure we're not reaching far for anything that everything is comfortably close to us. One of the keys to playing music is to be relaxed. 3. How to Hold and Throw the Drumstick: When you sit down at your drums, bend your elbows so they're roughly a right angle, leaving our hand in its natural position. We'll turn it over and we'll gently slide the stick into are all leaving the butt end of the stick out a little bit. Our main grip comes from two fingers and a thumb and the other fingers wraparound again, trying to keep this natural hand position as much as possible. Once you have the stick in each hand, turn your hands over with films facing each other. We'll use our wrists to lift the sticks up and four times on each hand. Played stick. Also count while you play one. Do you? What you Bouncing the state is much like bouncing a ball. Fill the ball down. It comes up on its own, comes up on its own, comes up on its own. I recommend doing this really slow a few times to really get the fuel for the stick, doing the work and bouncing, and you're not lifting it up. This is really one of the most important lessons of drumming and let you play relaxed and for a long time in your life without doing any damage to the muscles and tendons in your arm. The music. There's a saying that slow practice makes fast progress by going slow. We can really make sure we're doing the movement correctly and make any adjustments necessary. As we go faster, it's harder to make those adjustments. 4. Drum Beat 1: a drumbeat is a pattern that repeats that forms the basis of most of what drummers do. Many drum beats on the drum set used the bass drum snare drum in the high hat The first beat we're gonna learn. Sounds like this. I notice when I played the high hat my foot is down Closing the two Cymbals together while we play. We should also count to keep track of where we are in the music and also to help us keep a steady beat. One, You three, one Do you three one You three, one You three. 5. Drum Beat 1 Breakdown Method 1: we can break things down by playing two instruments at a time. Like the bass drum in the snare drum will still keep counting so that we can hear which counts these instruments. Plan one to three. One, 34 one, three one, 34 We'll try. The next combination of two instruments will do the high hat and the snare drum. 12 three, one You three, 12 three, 12 three And lastly will do the high hat in the bass drum. 12341234 One, 23412 three. Then you can try to put them all together again. One, three! One, three! One, three, one, three. 6. Drum Beat 1 Breakdown Method 2: If that's still difficult, try playing all three lambs together. But do it without a steady beat like this one to three. One. You three doing that enough times we get your limbs comfortable with which one should be playing together in which ones should. 7. Drum Beat 2: next we'll learn another drum beat. It sounds like this if we can't along with that. Well here. 123 and 41 three and 12 three and one, three, one, three and four. 8. Drum Beat 2 Breakdown Method 1: if that's difficult, will break it down to two instruments at a time. First base and snare. 12 three and one three and 123 12 three And next, The high hat and snare one three and one three and one three and one three. And next we'll do the high hat based room. 12341 23 and 4123 and 412 three and four. And again, we'll put them all together. One, three, one, three, one, three and one, three and 9. Drum Beat 2 Breakdown Method 2: But if that's still difficult, will do the same thing we did with Beat. One will play the beat, but we won't do it with a steady. You be like this one, you three and one, you three. And do that as many times as you need to feel comfortable about which limbs air playing together. 10. Drum Fill 1 - 1 Note per Beat: When those drumbeats feel comfortable, we can add the next part of drumming. Fills fills air, usually used to indicate that a change is coming. And Phil could be any deviation from that pattern that you've been playing. The first film will learn. Sounds like this more. Do you three notice we played one time for each count? One. You three. If you have to wreck times, you could play snare Tom, Tom, Tom or like me. If you have a snare and only one rack time and floor time, you can double up on one of the drums. 11. Drum Fill 2 - 2 Notes per Count: the next. Phil, we're gonna learn. Sounds like this in that film, I played two times on every count, and we're gonna use the counting one and two and three and four three. You can mix up how many times you play on each of the drums, but we should play two times for each count. One and two and three and four. The fun thing about this is that you can spread that around any drum you want. I recommend trying it, as I explained first. But as you become comfortable with it, start to try different combinations of instruments or different orchestrations, as we would call it Music. 12. Drum Beat 1 with Drum Fill 1: we organized music and units called Measures, which are groups of counts, and up until now we've counted until four. So one count of four equals one measure, so the practice fills will play a drumbeat for three measures and then a fill for one much . Here's what beat one and fill one would sound like one. You three. One, 23 one, 23 for one, 31 three, one three Do you? Oftentimes the crash symbol will be played. As we come back to the drumbeat, I recommend trying it without a first. But if it's easy to go back to the high hat and play the drum beat substitute that first high had hit for a simple hit. 13. Drum Beat 1 with Drum Fill 2: who's what beat one and fill two would sound like one three one, three, one You three, three. One, three, one, three. 14. Drum Beat 2 with Drum Fill 1: Here's what Beat two and fill one would sound like one. You three and one, three one, three. Do you three One Great man. One, three, one You three, man, right? 15. Drum Beat 2 with Drum Fill 2: Here's what beat two and fill two would sound like one three and 12 three and 12 three. And what right? One, three, one three and 12 three one. 16. Practice Routine, Using A Metronome, Feeling A Steady Beat, Slow to Fast, Helpful R: when you sit down a practice I recommend structuring it like this bounced the stick four times on each hand What county for two minutes. Then practice drumbeats and fills for 5 to 10 minutes and then try to play along with a song for 5 to 10 minutes. You could find a Metrodome for free online or in any APP store. Many Metro gnomes will have a different sound on one to help us here. With the beginning of the pattern, it's make sure that when you're playing with the Metrodome that you're lining up exactly with it. Feeling a steady, be in general is hard. You can try to count with the Metro no, or you can come along to any song that has a steady beat 1234 And that will help practice counting and internalizing what that steady beat feels like. Counting is a very useful tool in music to feel a steady beat and also to understand on which count certain instruments are playing by counting. We're making the sound from inside our body, and that's the best way that we can feel that beat. As these beats and fills become easier. You can try them faster. But remember, in music, slow practice makes fast progress. It's easier to wrap your head around an idea or a certain coordination at a slow speed when you have more time to think about it. And it is at a fast beat. If you could do this at a metro no marking of 75 beats per minute, try to 85 beats per minute. If that's easy trying 95. You can also try speeding it up in smaller increments, like two or 345 beats per minute at a time rather than 10. But I recommend not going more than 10 at a time. That way, you develop control at all speeds and all speeds of comfortable to play. When you're practicing these beats, play along with the videos in the lesson, stop them and practice as necessary. But then start them again and see if you can play alone as you're just starting something, be easy on yourself. You may be very good at certain things in life, and when you try something new, you reduce down to this elementary level, and that's okay, just laughter. Mistakes will keep trying. That's the most important part. There's a magic and music that when you do a lot of work one day and you feel like you've hit this limit and you're frustrated, maybe you don't feel like you're getting anywhere anymore. The next day when you go back to it, all of a sudden, those things there is just a little bit easier. So every time you come back to it, it will be a little bit easier, just stay consistent. 17. Practice Tools - Slow to Fast Beat 1 with Fill 1: here's what beat one and fill one would sound like at various speeds. 18. Practice Tools - Slow to Fast Beat 2 with Fill 2: This is what beat two and fill to with sound like at various speeds. 19. Conclusion, Project, and Continued Learning: with this video, you should feel comfortable playing to drum beats and two fills to use as a variation from those drumbeats. If you feel comfortable playing those being said a lot of different speeds, try playing. Along with the play along tracks that have included in this lesson, you'll hear a keyboard in a bass guitar, two of the main instruments that you'll be playing with as a part of the rhythm section. Oftentimes the bass drum is going to be playing right with the bass guitar. Those two instruments really need to lock in in order for music to feel tight and have a groove. If you want to explore some of the ideas we talked about a little bit further, check out my video beginning Drum lesson Part one. Thanks for joining me and See you next time. 20. Play Along Beat 1A 75 BPM: huh? 21. Play Along Beat 1A 75 BPM No Drums: - way . 22. Play Along Beat 1A 105 BPM: 23. Play Along Beat 1A 105 BPM No Drums: 24. Play Along Beat 1B 135BPM: 25. Play Along Beat 1B 135BPM No Drums: - way . 26. Play Along Beat 1B 165BPM: 27. Play Along Beat 1B 165BPM No Drums: uh 28. Play Along Beat 1C 185 BPM: 29. Play Along Beat 1C 185 BPM No Drums: 30. Play Along Beat 1C 215 BPM: 31. Play Along Beat 1C 215 BPM No Drums: 32. Play Along Beat 1C 245 BPM: 33. Play Along Beat 1C 245 BPM No Drums: 34. Play Along Beat 2A 75 BPM: 35. Play Along Beat 2A 75 BPM No Drums: way, way. 36. Play Along Beat 2A 105 BPM: 37. Play Along Beat 2A 105 BPM No Drums: - way , - way . 38. Play Along Beat 2B 135 BPM: 39. Play Along Beat 2B 135 BPM No Drums: 40. Play Along Beat 2B 165 BPM: 41. Play Along Beat 2B 165 BPM No Drums: 42. Play Along Beat 2C 185 BPM: 43. Play Along Beat 2C 185 BPM No Drums: 44. Play Along Beat 2C 215 BPM: 45. Play Along Beat 2C 215 BPM No Drums: - way , way. 46. Play Along Beat 2C 245 BPM: 47. Play Along Beat 2C 245 BPM No Drums: - way .