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Teaching Your First Five Lessons With A New Student

Here’s a guide to what I run through on the first five lessons with my students. Lesson One This lesson is normally a free trial lesson. Approx 30 minutes in length. We’re assuming the student is a complete beginner. I’ll start the lesson with a little conversation: “Why do you want to learn drums?” “Do […]

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Guide To Teaching The Intermediate Syllabus

By the time your students get to the intermediate level  they should be really comfortable with playing the 4 basic hi-hat ostinatos with eighths and sixteenth note bass/snare grooves. They should be confident articulating 16th note rhythms and 8th note triplet rhythms. Technique wise they should be ready to push their doubles strokes to the […]

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Guide To Teaching The Pre-Intermediate Syllabus

After completing the beginner syllabus, your students should be confident in their ability to play basic beats and fills and have knowledge of basic rudiments. The DrumLessonResources pre-intermediate syllabus focuses on 16th notes and 8th note triplets  applying them to rudiments, beats, and fills. Tied Notes & Dotted 8th notes are also dealt with on […]

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Conducting Drum Lessons – A Rough Guide

There are 5 main areas to hit using the material contained on this website. Reading, Rudiments/Technique, Beats, Fills and Songs. During any 1 hour lesson with students I’ll try to hit 3 or 4 of these topics. If I have 45 minutes I’ll try to look at 3 areas and if it’s a 30 minute […]

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Guide To Teaching The Beginner Syllabus

Teaching beginners can be the most rewarding experience. They can often make fast progress in relatively short time. The DrumLessonResources beginners syllabus focuses on getting students familiar with basic note values, playing basic beats, fills and rudiments and getting them started playing songs. Reading Once you have got students playing with a reasonable hand technique, […]

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Maroon 5
She Will Be Loved
Drum Score

She Will Be LovedĀ is one of Maroon 5’s most popular songs. Drummer Ryan Dusick lays down a syncopated groove that changes ever so slightly throughout the song – sometimes playing a 4 or 2 bar pattern, at other times repeating the same bar over and over again. It’s a great track for working on syncopated […]

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Green Day
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
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Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day is great song to work on with beginner drum students. Virtually everybody knows it and I haven’t come across a student that doesn’t like it. The drum transcription presented here is a modified version to make it more suitable for beginners. The song features three basic eighth note […]

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Imagine Dragons
Demons
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Trying to get a student to get their 16th note bass drum grooves consistent? Demons by Imagine Dragons is great song for working on a consistent 16th note bass drum pattern. The pattern doesn’t vary for almost the whole song. There are no fills to get distracted by. This allows students to really focus on […]

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Billy Joel
Easy Money
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Easy Money by Billy Joel features the great Liberty Devito on drums. Liberty Devito is a drummer that every drummer should study. Liberty has a rock solid time feel, plays exactly what the song needs, and is incredibly versatile; Billy Joel’s songs run through Rock, Pop, Funk, Motown, Jazz, Bossa Nova etc. Liberty played on […]

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Phil Collins
Another Day In Paradise
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Another Day In Paradise is a great song from Phil’s 1989 album, But Seriously. This song is an example of the “less is more” approach that Phil took to his drumming when he became a solo artist. No crashes, few fills, a two bar repeating drum pattern… not a lot happening here. What fills he […]