In Tune
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Accent

You can’t beat the feeling
of feeling the beat.

You can’t beat the feeling
of feeling the beat.

Drums

Dividing time into regular patterns created the first beats. Beats make people want to move. And so drums have always been central to dance.

Drums, in some form, are almost as old as humanity. And what became separate instruments played by different people now makes up a modern day drum set: bass drum and sock cymbal (hi-hat) at the feet; snare drum at the centre, embraced by the legs; and from there, as many toms and cymbals as you like. Billy Cobham surrounded himself with a shop full. Gene Krupa and Papa Jo Jones could hypnotise you with just a snare drum. Elvin Jones was a rumbling volcano; Tony Williams a force of nature; Terry Bozzio, Steve Gadd, John Pocaro and John Bonham – an inspiration.

The beauty of drums is that playing simply is their essence. Fireworks are built on top of that.

Let's Play

Even greats get going here.

Making music starts with you producing your first sound, and getting a few fundamentals right.

This isn’t just true for beginners; sometimes even proficient professionals benefit from going back to the basics covered in this video.

COURSE LEVELS

So, drums are where your heart is. Let’s see where your head and hands are.

When you enrol, you get access to all three levels: Introductory Level, Level 1 and Level 2. Read on to find out what level you’re at.

Get started with a free trial. Or cut straight to the chase and enrol in a course.

Introductory Level

Right now, you:

  • Have never played the drums before, or if you did it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten how to even hold your sticks.
  • Have a drum set, but have no idea what to do with it other than bash it without rhyme or reason, or look at it with a glint in your eyes and a vision of playing your heart out in a band.
  • Have a collection of music that you love, and you’d love to be able to play some of it.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will be able to play some music: you’ll know the names of the different elements and how they are notated; you’ll be able to read proper music notation; and you’ll be able to play grooves and some rudiments.
  • Will be able to sit behind your drums and play along with some great backing tracks. Since we believe that every drummer is helped by playing some piano, you will have improvised on a keyboard and done some hearing exercises on it as well.
  • Might find a song in your collection that you can play along with, and you’ll start hearing things musically that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You’ll take your first steps to becoming a real musician. Spanning genres as wide as folk, Latin, jazz and pop, you’ll learn 6 original tunes and play along with some well-known songs.

You’ll learn the first basic grooves and building blocks on the drums. You’ll learn about posture, sticking, notation, sound and theory. You’ll do some ear training with your voice, as well as on a keyboard, and take your first steps as an improvisor. You’ll also play along with attractive backing tracks and learn how to practice with our Shedding Sessions.

Introductory Level

Right now, you:

  • Have never played the drums before, or if you did it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten how to even hold your sticks.
  • Have a drum set, but have no idea what to do with it other than bash it without rhyme or reason, or look at it with a glint in your eyes and a vision of playing your heart out in a band.
  • Have a collection of music that you love, and you’d love to be able to play some of it.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will be able to play some music: you’ll know the names of the different elements and how they are notated; you’ll be able to read proper music notation; and you’ll be able to play grooves and some rudiments.
  • Will be able to sit behind your drums and play along with some great backing tracks. Since we believe that every drummer is helped by playing some piano, you will have improvised on a keyboard and done some hearing exercises on it as well.
  • Might find a song in your collection that you can play along with, and you’ll start hearing things musically that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You’ll take your first steps to becoming a real musician. Spanning genres as wide as folk, Latin, jazz and pop, you’ll learn 6 original tunes and play along with some well-known songs.

You’ll learn the first basic grooves and building blocks on the drums. You’ll learn about posture, sticking, notation, sound and theory. You’ll do some ear training with your voice, as well as on a keyboard, and take your first steps as an improvisor. You’ll also play along with attractive backing tracks and learn how to practice with our Shedding Sessions.

Level 1

Right now, you:

  • Know the basic layout of the drum set, you have a sound, you control your hands, and your drums don’t feel like a strange, intimidating collection of kettles and cymbals to you.
  • Can read, count, play with backing tracks, and even improvise a little.
  • Have your hearing open to different genres, and you listen not only with the ear of a music lover, but of a musician.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control all the elements of the instrument, and know the important rudiments and their application. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties will be part of your musical tools.
  • Will have played with some exciting reading tracks, and your improvisation will have expanded. You’ll feel more comfortable behind your drums and expressing yourself through them.
  • Will have developed your hearing, and your knowledge about music theory will have opened your ears to elements in music that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You get on a solid path to becoming an excellent musician. Sure, with lots still to learn, but you’ll become comfortable with your instrument and creating your sound. You learn 12 original songs, reading parts with fantastic backing tracks. You’ll learn not to be intimidated by a piece of sheet music. You’ll be able to close your eyes and play your heart out, while improvising against inspiring backing tracks.

Level 1

Right now, you:

  • Know the basic layout of the drum set, you have a sound, you control your hands, and your drums don’t feel like a strange, intimidating collection of kettles and cymbals to you.
  • Can read, count, play with backing tracks, and even improvise a little.
  • Have your hearing open to different genres, and you listen not only with the ear of a music lover, but of a musician.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control all the elements of the instrument, and know the important rudiments and their application. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties will be part of your musical tools.
  • Will have played with some exciting reading tracks, and your improvisation will have expanded. You’ll feel more comfortable behind your drums and expressing yourself through them.
  • Will have developed your hearing, and your knowledge about music theory will have opened your ears to elements in music that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You get on a solid path to becoming an excellent musician. Sure, with lots still to learn, but you’ll become comfortable with your instrument and creating your sound. You learn 12 original songs, reading parts with fantastic backing tracks. You’ll learn not to be intimidated by a piece of sheet music. You’ll be able to close your eyes and play your heart out, while improvising against inspiring backing tracks.

Level 2

Right now, you:

  • Can control all the elements of the instrument, and you know the important rudiments and their application. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties are part of your musical tools.
  • Are comfortable behind your drums and expressing yourself through them. You can read fairly comfortably, improvise a little, and have some knowledge about music theory.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control a good amount of basic grooves. Different time signatures and fills won’t be alien to you. Your reading will have improved, your dynamics will be clearer and your timing more solid.
  • Will feel comfortable with new music. Unafraid to close your eyes and play by intuition, you’ll also be able to pick up a tune on a keyboard by ear and play it.
  • Will be able to play in a rock band, jazz ensemble or blues group. Super-fast licks and proper ad-libbing will be beckoning and visible on the horizon.
  • Will have discovered music you hadn’t heard before, and your sensitivity will have developed.
  • Will be a proper drummer, ready to go out into the world.

In this course:

The essential tools in music are covered, and a solid foundation is well laid: you read, play by ear, improvise, play fast and slow. You develop into a proper drummer, with a sound, and a closeness to your drums.

Get started with a free trial.Or enrol for /month (and get all Introductory Level and Level 1 material included). You can switch levels any time.

Level 2 | COMING SOON

Right now, you:

  • Can control all the elements of the instrument, and you know the important rudiments and their application. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties are part of your musical tools.
  • Are comfortable behind your drums and expressing yourself through them. You can read fairly comfortably, improvise a little, and have some knowledge about music theory.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control a good amount of basic grooves. Different time signatures and fills won’t be alien to you. Your reading will have improved, your dynamics will be clearer and your timing more solid.
  • Will feel comfortable with new music. Unafraid to close your eyes and play by intuition, you’ll also be able to pick up a tune on a keyboard by ear and play it.
  • Will be able to play in a rock band, jazz ensemble or blues group. Super-fast licks and proper ad-libbing will be beckoning and visible on the horizon.
  • Will have discovered music you hadn’t heard before, and your sensitivity will have developed.
  • Will be a proper drummer, ready to go out into the world.

In this course:

The essential tools in music are covered, and a solid foundation is well laid: you read, play by ear, improvise, play fast and slow. You develop into a proper drummer, with a sound, and a closeness to your drums.

Get started with a free trial.Or enrol for /month (and get all Introductory Level and Level 1 material included). You can switch levels any time.

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