Let’s Learn to Play Drums!
Welcome to Beginner Drums! A free site dedicated to anyone who wants to learn how to play the drums. You’ll find simple, easy to follow video drum lessons, exercises, sheet music, tips and more – all dedicated to the beginner drummer and all completely FREE! Exercises are accurate, professionally written and follow the Trinity College London notation standard. Whether you’re just drumming for pleasure or plan to set a drum exam this site is devoted to players from absolute beginner up to around Grade 3 level. Please Subscribe to Beginner Drums on YouTube to help keep this resource free!
- Absolute Beginner to around Grade 3 Level
- Simple & Easy to Follow Exercises
- Video Lessons
- Downloadable Drum Sheet Music
- Tips for Students AND Teachers
- Trinity Notation as Standard
- Trinity Exam Help & Tips
Remember there’s nothing on this site beyond Grade 3 level – if you’re an intermediate or advanced drummer this is not the site for you! Everything on here is designed to help those who are just getting started on the drum kit and to help you learn how to play this wonderful instrument. Once you’ve worked through all of the information on here or even taken your Grade 3 exam there’s a world of drumming open to you. Now go play drums!
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Whether you have a burning question to ask, something interesting to share or just want to chat with other drummers of a similar level, there are 3 main ways to get in touch:
- Subscribe to Beginner Drums on YouTube
- Like Beginner Drums on Facebook
- Follow Beginner Drums on Twitter
Get a Good Drum Teacher!
If you think you don’t need a drum teacher think again! This site is NOT a substitute for a drum teacher. A good teacher will watch every aspect of your playing and can advise on everything from posture and grip through to when they think you’re ready to move on to the next exercises. I cannot emphasise this enough – GET A GOOD TEACHER! However, not all of us live in parts of the world where teachers are accessible, or perhaps you’ve made the decision not to have lessons at the moment or perhaps you’re a teacher looking for some extra lesson resources (MANY teachers use resources from Beginner Drums as part of their teaching programme). If you’re still in any doubt have a read of this article as to why it’s so important to have a good drum teacher. Here are some resources to help you find one:
- Drum Teachers (UK)
- Drum Teachers (Canada)
- Drum Teachers (USA)
- Music Teachers (UK)
- Drum Teacher Map (UK)
- Drumeo Teacher Directory (International)
Getting Started on the Drum Kit
- Before You Start
- Parents’ Guide to Drums
- Parts of a Drum Kit
- How to Set up a Drum Kit
- Drum Kit Gloassary
Beginner Drum Set Exercises
- How to Read Drum Music
- Drum Kit Notation
- Note Names & Lengths
- Rhythm & Rests Exercises (Parts 1-4)
- Your First Drum Beat
- Straight 8’s Exercises
- Rhythm & Rests Exercises (Parts 5-8)
- Beginner Drum Fills