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.
In this video tutorial, DRUM! Magazine music editor Wally Schnalle demonstrates how to play "Back in Black" by ACDC 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 "ACDC"!
If you want to learn how to play the drums, it follows that you start with the basics. And it doesn't get a lot more basic than being able to name the constituent elements of a drum kit. This free video drumming lesson will teach you how to do just that. For more information, and to learn how to identify various drum types yourself, take a look.
How to play the maracas; get professional tips and advice from an expert on playing traditional Mexican musical instruments in this free music lesson video series.
Learn to do the finger roll using a mace with this tutorial. This is a basic move for a drum major or baton twirler. Watch this how to video and you will be able to perform a mace finger roll.
This how to video will teach you how to perform the push pull technique on drums. If you want to throw a double, you can start with a single and get an accent on the double for an inverted double. Just push and grab really quick. For a double, use a controlled rebound. For the inverted double, start with a single and dig out the second stroke of the double. A french grip is useful for performing this technique. This is good for ghostings and shuffles. For shuffles, you can use a controlled re...
This is an instructional how-to video on how to play solo phrases while keeping the Malfuf. Improve you Darbuka or Doumbek Turkish solo technique with these lessons from Percussion Net.
Tom Gauger has played percussion with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras for over 35 years and has also served on the faculty at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In this installment from his series of video lessons dedicated to breaking down the basic skills necessary for playing the concert bass drum, Tom will teach you how to play a roll on your bass drum. Play "Thus Spake Zarathustra" with this how-to!
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 demonstrate how to play half-note rolls on the snare drum.
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.
Learn how to do the behind the back move 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 perform the behind the back move with a mace.
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.
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.
Learn how to do the palm spin using a mace with this how to video. This is an advanced move for a drum major or baton twirler. Watch this how to video and you will learn how to do palm spin with a mace.
In this how to video, you will learn how to practice without a Bodhran and make your own tipper. This is useful if you do not have enough money to buy a Bodhran or you want to practice silently. To make a tipper, buy skewers from any place. Take about 14 and put the together. Tie them together with 2 rubber bands. You can get different sounds depending on the distant of the rubber band from the end of the sticks. Next, you must get a practice board. A clip board can be used for one. You can m...
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...
In this lesson you will learn how to read and play sixteenth noteson the drums. In order to do this lesson you need to be comfortable with quarter notes & rests, eighth notes and 4/4 time. You will need the beat sheet for this lesson. You can find it here:
The quality of the time you have when playing the drums is proportional to the quality of the time you keep. Ndugu Chancler is known not only as a world-class drummer and percussionist, but also a producer, composer, clinician and teacher. In this installment from his video lesson series covering many of the most frequently asked questions from his clinic tours across the world, Ndugu will teach how you to best develop your sense of time on the drums.
Are you ready to learn how to play drums? You can get started by watching Jared Falk's video lesson. It includes step-by-step training that will show you exactly how to play the beginner exercises on this page.
In this instructional video series you will learn how to play several contemporary drum beats. Our expert, Shaun Schaefer, shares techniques for creating a bossa nova drum beat, adding fills, and offers tips and advice on how to begin the process and walks you through some great informational steps to becoming a more advanced drummer.
The tabla is a popular Indian drum used in the classical, popular and religious music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. In this how to video you will learn basic techniques of playing the tabla. Watch this tutorial and you will be playing the tabla in no time.
Do you have aspirations of becoming a drum major or simply looking like one? Do you have a picture of George N. Parks on your wall? In this intermediate tutorial, which, for your benefit, presents its example in both real time and slow motion, you'll learn how to manipulate your drum major mace like a pro.
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.
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.
Making sweet rhythmic music with claves - Learn how to play claves, and other percussion instrument techniques with these video music lessons.
In this tutorial, we learn how to play an Afro beat on bongos. Start off by sitting down on a chair with the drums in between your thighs and knees. After this, start to use both of your hands to beat onto both of the drums. As you continue to play, create an Afro beat. The Afro beat is a critical pattern that is not founded in salsa. It's essential to the Afro Cuban tradition to play with the Afro beat. Once you have the beat down, repeat playing so you can better understand how this is play...
Learn how to encorporate the barking Hi-Hat effect in your drumming. Drummer Darren Matthes gives an excellent breakdown for when to hit the cymbal, when to close it, and how to add this sound into a variety of beats. Play barking Hi-Hats.
Getting the right sound from your drum set is important for any drummer. This video shows you how to choose the right head for the sound you want to get from your drum set and attach them to the drum. You're also shown how to tune your drum set to get the sound precisely how you want it.
In this tutorial you will learn to do the elbow wrap drum major move using a mace. This is an advanced move for a drum major or baton twirler. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do the elbow wrap with a mace.
Learn how to do the one handed neck wrap using a mace with this tutorial. This is an advanced move for a drum major or baton twirler. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do the one handed neck wrap with a mace.
This lesson covers six odd-time beats that are played in the 5/4 time signature. Unlike most rock drum beats, that are played in 4/4 with four quarter notes per measure, these beats are played with five quarter notes per measure. Watch the included video for step-by-step training on how to count and play these unique beats.
This beginner drum lesson explains some basic tips that can help you improve your posture at the drum set. Jared explains how to relax your back, shoulder, and arm muscles while playing the drums.
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.
This video will teach you how to backstick with your drumsticks whether you're playing on a drum kit or in the drum line at your high school. Backsticking is mainly triplets, and a valuable trick to learn for any drummer.
The two-handed sixteenth note drum beats featured in this lesson are a little different than anything covered in previous lessons. Unlike the regular sixteenth note beats, these patterns have the hands alternating between the hi-hats and snare for the entire measure.
Dom Famularo's infectious smile and drumming talents make him one of the most sought-after drummers and clincians in the world. In this installment from his video series dedicated to a wide variety of topics–from drum strokes to styles–, Dom demonstrates the American grip, a hybrid of the finger-dominant French and wrist-dominant German drum grip styles.
Ndugu Chancler is known not only as a world-class drummer and percussionist, but also a producer, composer, clinician and teacher. In this installment from his video lesson series covering many of the most frequently asked questions from his clinic tours across the world, Ndugu will demonstrate advanced ride cymbal patterns.
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!
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.
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.