Posts in category: Beginner’s Drum Lessons

Understanding Sixteenth Notes

I frequently have students ask me about sixteenth notes. How do they work? How do I count them? What do they look like? And more. In this post, I’ve uploaded a beginner’s guide to sixteenth note figures that I often use with students. It explains, in a very simple and graphic way, how sixteenth note […]


12 Beginner Drum Fills

One of the most common questions I get is “can you show me some fills?” I always answer, “yes!” And for beginners, I try to show them fairly simple ones that–of course–still sound great. That’s what this post is all about. These fills are all hands-only and all two beats long (that’s why the notation […]


Introduction to the Hi-Hat Part One

Hi Everyone! Today we’re going to work on hi-hat technique. It’s not something I see the drum teaching community writing about or teaching much, but it is a very important skill for beginners that should not be overlooked. In this lesson, I want to give you the tools to work on getting the hi-hat’s open […]


How To Read Music For Drummers Part Two | 12 Eighth Note Rock Beats

We’ve been working on learning to read music. If you’ve been following this series, you’ll have checked out the previous two posts, Your First Drum Lesson and How To Read Music For Drummers Part One. If you haven’t been following it, feel free to check out those links. The idea is this: first, learn a […]