Posts in category: Beginner’s Drum Lessons

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 […]


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 […]