Itching to start slapping some bongo skins? In this three-part bongo tutorial, learn how to play various bongo rhythms. Hosted by Manny Cepeda (a composer, songwriter, & performer), you will learn the Son Rhythm (4/4) Martillo, the Borello Rhythm, and Guaguanco Rhythm.
Learn how to play the Manhattan Timbrel percussion instrument. This is a step by step that also includes parts with music and non-music instruction. The timbrel is used in military performances.
Are you an aspiring timbalero or timbalera? Eguie Castrillo is one of the world's most prolific timbale artists and has played with everyone from Tito Puente to Steve Winwood. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fundamentals of timbale playing, Eguie demonstrates a number of common but very useful drum fills. Take a look!
In this video tutorial, DRUM! Magazine music editor Wally Schnalle demonstrates how to play the drum part to "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones on the drums. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate drum players, drummers of all skill levels can play along. Take a look and learn how to play "Satisfaction"!
A band leader, classical percussionist, clinician and author, Steve Houghton is also the associate professor of percussion and jazz at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fundamentals of using a drumset, Steve demonstrates how to play the endlessly fun two-beat drum pattern.
Keeping time and playing a flam, roll and accents are a few essential elements to playing the tambourine. Learn more about this instrument in this free video series.
Learn how to play the famous drum fill from Phil Collin's "In the Air Tonight" with this free drum lesson. This video guide presents a complete, step-by-step breakdown of fill. For more information, and to get started playing this popular Collins fill on your own drums, watch this tutorial.
Michelle Stewart of BodhranExpert.com demonstrates to viewers how to treat the skin on a Bodhran drum. The skin on this particular drum is made of goat skin and, much like your own skin, must be treated with a skin-conditioning treatment in order to maintain proper moisture.
Today we teach you how to play the tambourine! Playing the tambourine is So Easy A Guy Could Do It!
In this video are the Afro-Cuban Percussion Class at Grossmont College, with instructor Manny Cepeda to show us how to play a Meringue rhythm on the Conga Drums. He starts off with a slow beat by beat demonstration and then moves on to a faster beat. The camera changes the view so that you can see both a front and back view of him drumming. Once he has shown the basics he shows the different variations you can use and the various counts that you can start on.
In these lion dance video instruction clips, learn about the music of the Southern style Chinese New Year Lion Dance and how it influences and directs the ceremony. Listen to the cymbals and drums as the Buddha puts the lion through its paces, taunting him with his fan. Learn how the different instruments create emotional soundscapes related to the narrative of the lion dance. Get an in-depth look at Chinese lion dance drum music in this video series, a thousand years in the making.
Learn how to perform the basic toss using a mace with this tutorial. This is a beginning move for drum majors and baton twirlers. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do the basic toss with a mace.
A bodhrán is a shallow one-sided Irish drum typically played with a short two-headed drumstick, and if you want to learn how to play this Irish frame drum, you've come to the right place. This two-part video tutorial from Michelle Stewart will show you how to play the "mother of all jig" rhythms on the bodhrán drum.
There are countless types of drum beats for every musical style and genre. Learn a few basic beats for different types of music with tips from a drumming instructor in this free music lesson video series.
Fallou Sy Somone of Senegal West Africa shows how to make a homemade Djembe hand drum. He uses animal hide and shows the technique in two steps.
There are two recommended ways to hold the Bodhran Drum tipper for beginners. The first way is called the "curved wrist" technique. You put the stick in between the area of your index and thumb finger. Then you put the end of the stick in between your index and middle finger. You must make sure not to keep your fingers tight, they must be elongated and resting gently on the stick. When you drum, you keep your wrist curved and swing your hand up and down. The next method is the "straight wrist...
Learn how to do the side flourish using a mace with this tutorial. This is a basic move for drum majors and baton twirlers. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do a side flourish with a mace.
Interested in learning how to play the tabla? In this installment from his video series of free tabla lessons, Debu Nayak introduces the peshkar. While these tutorials are geared towards absolute beginners, even seasoned percussionists are likely to pick something up. To get started writing your own peshkars on the tabla, take a look.
Take heart, aspiring timbaleros y timbaleras. Eguie Castrillo, having played with everyone from Tito Puente to Steve Winwood, is one of the world's most prolific timbale artists. In this two-part installment of his video tutorial series on the fundamentals of timbale playing, Eguie will show you not only how but when to play the mambo bell pattern. Take a look!
Learn to play cha-cha drum patterns on the drum set in this free video series of online drum lessons featuring a professional drummer and drum teacher.
Learn how to do the rifle toss using a mace with this tutorial. This is a basic move for a drum major or a baton twirler. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do the rifle toss with a mace.
This is a basic drumstick twirl trick. It goes through proper hand placement and finger movement. It's really easy and pretty cool.
In this video tutorial, DRUM! Magazine music editor Wally Schnalle demonstrates how to play the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" on the drums. While this tutorial is geared towards beginning drum players, drummers of all skill levels can play along. Take a look and learn how to play "Seven Nation Army" like Meg White!
Learn the basic Flamenco claps. Transform your body into a percussion instrument. Clap Flamenco rhythms.
Whether you're a first day beginner or have been playing the drums for several years, learning the fundamentals of technique, rudiments and music reading is very important. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the fundamentals of snare drumming, Mark Wessels will teach you a new note value, the dotted quarter note.
Making sweet rhythmic music with claves - Learn how to play claves, and other percussion instrument techniques with these video music lessons.
Learn how to do the round house spin hand movement with this tutorial. Free hand movements are usually meant for high school competition drum majors. Military and Scottish drum majors typically will not use free hand movements. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do a round house spin with a mace.
Learn to do the thumb roll using a mace with this how to video. This is an advanced technique for drum majors or baton twirlers. Watch this tutorial and you can do the thumb roll with a mace.
This tutorial teaches how to play drum roll accents and how to incorporate them into basic beats. This lesson is designed for the beginner drummers.
In this drum lesson for beginners, you'll learn how to hold a pair of drumsticks (or drum sticks) properly. Regardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one. For more information, watch this free video drummers' guide.
In this tutorial, learn how to read drum tabs or notation with help from music instructor, Radley Fricker.
Watch this music tutorial video that shows you how to play "Fool in the Rain" by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin on the drums. Led Astray drummer Fronzo breaks down the half time shuffle to help other drummers trying to play this amazing groove! It may not be exactly what Bonham played but this is a pretty close rendition! Play "Fool in the Rain" by watching this instructional drum playing lesson and improve your drum skills!
Holding your drumsticks correctly will reduce tension and give you greater speed and control in playing while reducing fatigue. In this video tutorial, DRUM! Magazine music editor Wally Schnalle demonstrates how to properly hold drumsticks and provides tips for best performance. Get a handle on drumstick grips with this how-to.
Learn how the do the two handed neck wrap using a mace with this tutorial. This is an intermediate move for drum majors and baton twirlers. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do a two handed neck wrap with a mace.
Play the spoons with tips from the BeeBeeBeeQueen. She shows you how to use these common household items as a musical instrument. Portable drums, yah! She's quirky and we like her use of red duct tape.
In this video xylophone lesson for aspiring mallet percussionists, we learn how to play a two-chord ostinato on the xylophone using three mallets. The chord progression is a simple one, commonly heard in popular music. It moves from the root or tonic (I) to the subdominant (IV) to the dominant (V).
Interested in learning how to play the tabla? In this installment from his video series of free tabla lessons, Debu Nayak demonstrates how to play the teen tall, or 16-beat, theka on the tabla. While these tutorials are geared towards absolute beginners, even seasoned percussionists are likely to pick something up. To get started playing the teen tall theka on your own tabla, take a look.
This instructional drum video shows you how to make a Guinean bolong bata drum. The Bolong Bata comes originally from Guinea. The base is made of two half calabashes. One half is covered with goat hide, tied with rope to the bottom of the other calabash. The hole in the upper half is made for acoustic purposes. And if you like the music, you may put some money in it. The Bolong has three or four strings, made of rope, tied to a wooden stick on one side and a wooden keg on the other. The strin...
Peter Erskine is best known for his versatility and ardent love of working in various musical settings. In this installment from his video lesson series in which he covers basic brush skills on the drumset, Peter demonstrates how to play bossa nova and pop grooves with the brushes.
World Fusion Drumming combines the energy and feel of rock, Latin, and world music with the technique and improvisational skills of jazz. In this installment from his video tutorial series on the rudiments of world fusion drumming, Berklee College of Music professor Skip Hadden will show you demonstrate how to play the Songo bass drum rhythm.