Posts in category: Beginner’s Drum Lessons

Beginner Drummers: Focus on These 5 Things

Beginner Drummers

Achieving success in any endeavor requires focus and learning the drums is no different. Focusing on the right things–especially at the beginning–is truly important. Focus is something that I’ve read about and written about frequently because I sometimes struggle with it myself. There are many drumming ideas, techniques, and skills that excite me. And therein […]


Top 5 Mistakes Beginner Drummers Make

How Do You Measure Drumming Success?

Over many years of teaching, I’ve noticed a few things that come up again and again when I’m working with beginners. In this edition of “The Thinking Drummer,” we’ll look at the top 5 mistakes I see. If you’re just starting to play drums for the first time ever or even if you’re just fairly […]


12 Beginner Drum Fills

Just Updated with New Video! Experienced drummers are always saying that the groove is the main thing. That’s true. Having a great feel when you play beats is non-negotiable, but you still have to be able to play some cool fills when the time is right. One of the most common questions I get from […]


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 […]