Drum Tutorial Lesson 5

Don't try this at home kids!
Don't try this at home kids!

Hi and welcome to the free online drumming lessons that I've developed to take you from being merely a person interested in drumming to being a person competent in drumming.

Drumming is a lot of fun. It can be therapeutic, it can allow you to be physical. Sometimes it can be gentle and other times... tribal in nature. At first it might be daunting but once you learn the basics a person can progress and develop at their own pace. It's a good idea to do the initial stages of learning by yourself (or a teacher, but seeing that you're here it appears that you're a self starter and you're keen to see how far you can take this with just a little bit of advice and direction). Once you've grasped the basics if you can jam with a friend who plays guitar or bass (or even better, if you have both) you'll feel the thrill of exhilaration of making music. Or noise. But it's a fantastic creative and emotional outlet.

If you've stumbled onto this page from a Google search and have missed the last few lessons, I highly recommend that you check out lesson one, which teaches you the very simple and easy to understand drum tabulature that I've developed.

If you've completed the previous four lessons, then welcome back! We're really going to rock out on this one! So grab your sticks and if you don't have a drum kit, or some practice pads, then set up some pillows and let us begin...

Drum Lesson 5: Straight 4/4 Beat

This one can get quite noisy.

Straight Beat 4
C  --------|--------|--------|--------|
Rd --------|--------|--------|--------|
H  *-*-*-*-|*-*-*-*-|*-*-*-*-|*-*-*-*-| repeat
S  ----x---|----x---|----x---|----x---|
B  o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-|

You can really hammer this one home. Though also try and play it with some control and not so hard.

Remember what Yoda said "Control, control, you must learn control!"

Whether it's the Force, lightsaber skills or drumming techniques, you need to be able to maintain control.

By all means rock out (though be aware of others who share your house or the neighbors) but also try and keep playing this beat for a long period of time without faltering but as quietly as possible.


And once you're mastered the control of the foot pedal head on over to drumming lesson 6.

Any questions?

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