"To excel you must begin"
DrumSteps is the complete course to take you from a beginner to a versatile, skillful and knowledgable intermediate level drummer. Learn the basics right and set yourself up for a great future.
Our learning systems are purpose designed to get you playing at the highest level in the shortest amount of time by learning the things that count in a logical, systematic and enjoyable progression.
Our systems are designed to be super-easy to understand and follow. You do not need to be able to read music or any special drum notation. Each lesson comes with a short Quick Reference video so that you can see the techniques and exercises in action.
Our lessons distill the techniques, approaches and methodologies from the most successful drummers in the world down to the fewest, most high leverage systems possible. These are the techniques and concepts you need to know, presented in a structure that means you can learn much more in a much shorter amount of time.
Each system will take you through a specific set of exercises to develop a certain area of your drumming, but how you mix and progress through the modules is up to you, so you can tailor the course at every stage to meet your exact desires.
Our PDF lessons can be printed out to create your own 150-page personalised Drumbook - your personal drumming blueprint. This is the most powerful aspect of the course, because it is your road map, your organisational tool, your guide and your inspiration.
Is this the right course for me?
Be sure this is the correct course for you by ranking your current level of playing on a scale of one to ten or take our 5 minute assessment. The course is available in a Standard 24 week program or a more Intensive 12 week program.
About the DrumSteps Course:
What Are The Categories?
The DrumSteps course is presented in 8 Categories. Each category interlocks with every other category, so the skills you gain in one category are then gradually applied across all of the other categories.
The first four categories are the Physical & Movement training categories, the next four are the Musical categories so you can easily maintain a perfect balance of working in your areas of weakness, keeping a rounded approach to your development, and most importantly adding variety.
What is the difference between the Physical categories and the Musical categories?
Drumming demands tremendous physical skills in order to move well, generate speed, coordinate our limbs and articulate our playing. All of this must be guided by the musical abilities of understanding styles, playing phrases, keeping time, syncopation and our sound. By spending time in each area you ensure that one is complimenting and allowing the full development of the other.
Which categories should I choose to work in?
Each lesson is designed to be completed in two to four sessions of 10 to 15 minutes so you can easily cover one or two sessions from different categories each day, but if you can devote a little extra time then you are free to add a third or review a previous lesson.
Each course comes with a complete day-to-day lesson plan which includes regular review and integration days or you can work through the course at your own pace, repeating days or weeks as often as needed.
The Physical categories focus on the abilities of motion and coordination. The skills developed here are ergonomics, technique, coordination, speed, and timing.
Category 1: Coordination
The Coordination category builds the basic combinations of limb movements that you are going to require in order to play the patterns, grooves and styles in the other categories. Follow a step by step process to gradually develop an excellent level control over your limbs.
Hand to Hand Coordination
Hands & Bass Drum
Three Way Coordination
Stickings with Foot Patterns
Four Way Coordination
Hi Hat & Bass Drum Foot Coordination
Category 2: Technique
A drummer can only play as well as their technique will allow. The category of Technique develops a high level of specific technical knowledge which is gradually applied across all of the other categories. Learning a good technique early on means that you can apply it immediately to your playing and create a solid foundation on which you will build the rest of your playing.
Bonus: Technique Starter Pack
Grip and First Principles
Up Strokes and Down Strokes
Bass Pedal Technique
Foot and Leg Strokes
Stick Bounce Technique
Single Strokes and Double Strokes
Category 3: Patterns
Patterns are the building blocks which we can use to play anything we want. The Patterns category teaches you the most common patterns which you will use as you start working your playing and the ones which are going to be the most important to you as you progress.
Bass Drum and Hi Hat Foot Patterns
Hand & Foot Patterns
Eight Note Patterns
Category 4: Time & Speed
The category of Time & Speed covers the three areas of Timing, Time-Keeping and Speed. You will discover the differences between timing and time-keeping, develop your skills in these important areas and gain an understanding what it means to play with a certain time-feel.
Timing & Timekeeping
Time & Movement
Playing With A Click
Time & Feel
The Musical categories utilise all of the skills being learned in the Physical categories but focus on the application of these in a musical context. Learn about the styles, the sounds, apply the techniques and develop the coordination in order to play well in any style.
Category 5: Grooves
The Grooves category is where you start to implement all of your skills learned in the physical categories by integrating coordination, technique, patterns and time to create a wide variety of groove systems, but without the added complication of applying all of the specific details of any particular style. This allows you to go into much greater depth and apply the grooves in any style you choose later.
One Handed 16th Notes
Two Handed 16th Notes
Adding Crash Cymbals
Open and Closed Hi Hats
Category 6: Styles
The category of Styles takes you deeper into the specific details of each style. You will learn what kind of tones, textures and sounds are required for each style and how to produce them yourself, the specialised techniques used in each style, style-specific groove and coordination systems, tempo ranges and example grooves and fills.
Category 7: Fills
A drum fill can be one of many different things and can serve many different purposes in our music. The Fills category covers everything you need to begin creating your own drum fills in a musical and expressive way by studying movement patterns, phrasing, timing, incorporating with grooves and a library of example fills.
Movement Patterns Between Two Drums
Movement Patterns Between Three & Four Drums
Eighth Note Phrasing
16th Note Phrasing
Grooves & Fills
Bonus Session: Fills Starter Pack
Category 8: Sound, Feel & Musicianship
The final category of Sounds, Feel and Musicianship is all about how you are going to effectively present your hard earned skills to the outside world in a positive way that reflects you at your best. This means achieving high levels of musicality, communication and musicianship so that you can fine tune your sound and feel to suit the song, band and environment, having the knowledge to communicate ideas effectively and being able to read and write musical notation.
Sounds & Textures
Bonus Category 9: Songs
This bonus category of Songs gives you some real-world examples of the specific techniques, patterns and grooves that you have learned in this course. Listen to them in action and practice along with them to really master your techniques and hone your musical skills. Each example consists of a short transcription of the exact groove or technique that is being focused on, a video demonstration so you can see it in action and a quick guide detailing the main principles to work on.
Song Examples include:
Supersonic - Oasis
Just Kissed My Baby - The Meters
Believer - Imagine Dragons
with Andy Vellacott
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