Before we start on the basics of reading drum music, being able to read drum notation isn’t mandatory! Plenty of great drummers can’t read drum music at all and play entirely by ear. However, if you don’t know how to read drum music you’re at a serious disadvantage. The ability to read drum music opens up a world of opportunities for you – from working your way through exercises to improve your playing through to having the ability to join a band where reading is a requirement.
In this short video I’ll talk you through playing your first drum beat and introduce you to the world of drum music and how to read it. This is only a beginner level lesson and covers the very basics of reading music. In later lessons and videos we’ll discuss reading drum music in more depth.