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I have 50 years of experience, teaching (by day) and playing professionally (by night.) I can take you from the 'first simple steps', and into a PRO-CAREER, within the 125+ lessons of this course. This may be the most complete drumset study-course in the entire world. PLUS . . . I'll give you five other BONUS COURSES, that are guaranteed to bring you rapid success, in the shortest time possible . . . ANY WHERE!
THE LESSONS . . .
*** LEVEL #1: Beginners ***
- The Introductory Page: My goal here is to convince everyone they should give drumming a try.
- 1. Drummers Aptitude Test: This page is a must for the curious. Prove that you can do it. Complete this page and discover that a career in drumming may be only five minutes away!
- 2. Reading Drum Notation: Forget all your fears about reading music. You will be doing it comfortably in five minutes. This little bit of knowledge will get you through the more difficult lessons ahead.
Many professional drummers are unaware of the material contained in this level. A solid foundation here is crucial to all 'ear' players. This knowledge will help you overcome those bad gigs. It will get you through the rough times when you just can't seem to 'feel' the music. LEVEL #2: Intermediate
- 3. The Basic Dance Beats: If you can't name and play these five basic dance beat categories from memory, please take this lesson. This is foundation knowledge and it is extremely important! After memorizing these patterns you will find yourself playing along with nearly every song on the radio. Use the 'Song List' to help get the feel of each beat. Professional 'ear' players will discover that this material will put them in control of the band. Be able to play these beats from memory and call them by name. Your success will depend on it!
- 4* Note Values, Rhythm Terminology and Symbols: This material is essential! You can move ahead without it but you will never be a total drummer without a solid comprehension of this crucial material!
- 5. 3/4 WALTZ: This BASIC DANCE BEAT is so special that it deserves a page of its own. The modern rock scene has very much ignored this potentially volatile rhythm structure, even though it contains over five- quintillion variation possibilities. If you want to innovate a few decades of new music styles, take a hard look at this dance beat category as we discover many ways to make it explode with imagination and creativity. It will make even more sense after you study 'Permutation' and 'Time Signature' theory.
- 6 thru 9. RUDIMENTS, ROLLS and FILLS (Part 1): Boring rolls are not so boring when used as thundering fill patterns in mid-song. (Simplified for beginners!)
- a. 16th Single Stroke Roll
- b. 16th Double Stroke and Paradiddle Rolls
- c. 8th Triplets
- 10. PRIMARY ROCK VARIATIONS: These are the foundation rhythms that have continued to dominate rock music styles for the past thirty-five years. TIPS and TRICKS: For all levels . . .
- 11. The Worlds Cheapest Drumset: Do not buy a drumset until you are sure. Simulate a practice set instead, this inexpensive way.
- 12* Tips on Tuning your Drumset: I contend that even the cheapest drums can be tuned to satisfaction. It is simply a matter of knowing what sound you want and how to get it.
- 13. How to Buy a Drumset: Valuable tips on getting the most bang for your buck when buying drums.
14* How to Snag that First Gig: Useful tips and suggestions on how to get into that first band and get your first gig.
- 15* How to beat all the monster players to that 'dream' gig: More tips and suggestions on how to get on everyone's list of favorite drummers. This knowledge will help you land the best 'dream' gigs and keep them.
- 16. How to Overcome Bad Gigs, Forever! In this discussion I will show you how to keep perfect tempo and put an end to the tempo-wars with your band members. . .for good!
Advanced Students Only! If you have trouble with these patterns, maybe you are moving too fast. Slow down or back up. Give the previous lessons ample time to digest. If this material seems too easy then jump to the next level. LEVEL #3:- ADVANCED -
- 17*. ROCK SYNCOPATIONS: These patterns will put the 'fun' into 'funky'. You should have a solid feel for rock variations before attempting syncopations. Learn FUNK, FATBACK and all the other popular rhythms structures that are the foundations to today's music styles, in EVERY GENRE from Classic Rock, C&W, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Metal and all the others.
- 18* RUDIMENTS, ROLLS and FILLS (Part 2): A little knowledge can take you a long way. Learn to extend and combine fills within a beat pattern or a song. This lesson, when mixed with a little imagination, will add polish to your style. This topic includes several separate lessons.
LEVEL #4: - ULTRA ADVANCED -
- 19** & 20** PERMUTATIONS: Anyone can follow this material but it requires considerable thought. This is truly awesome stuff. If you are not impressed then I suggest you go over it until you are. Only the ignorant will label this as lightweight. In this lesson we will not only discover a minimum of 4.297 billion beat variations that exist in eighth note 4/4 'rock'. We will also give each variation a number/name. The knowledge gained here will explode exponentially when applied to the upcoming 'Time Signature' lesson. This is fascinating stuff!
- 21** TIME SIGNATURES: The permutation theory will literally become invaluable here. You will learn time signature formulas from 1/1 thru 64/64. Then, as we gain an understanding of time signatures, we will blow each time signature into several note value modifications, each with a gazillion named and numbered beat variations (permutations.) I say gazillion because I have not tallied to a final number. Both my computers and all three of my pocket calculators ran out of zeros before the job was even half done. I can determine five quintillion individual 3/4 Waltz beats but that is only one time signature. EVERY DANCEBEAT IN THE MUSICAL WORLD NOW HAS NUMBER NAME! You have just become a drumming wizard! The more you think . . . the more you will learn. The knowledge gained here will allow you to become your own teacher!
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THAT ISN'T ALL! HERE'S MORE . . .
At one time these lessons were in the form of special E-Mail lessons but now they have all been converted to hypertext, complete with images and sound files. *** MORE LESSONS WITH VIDEO ***
- 1e-m*. 16TH 4/4 VARIATIONS: 4.3 billion ideas exist in every measure of this beat category. All drummers should have an arsenal of these variations in their trick bag. Fill patterns operate differently in this framework too. If you have ever heard 'Tom Sawyer' by Rush, you have heard a complex 16th 4/4 variation. These beats are a ton of fun!
- 2e-m*. BLUES VARIATIONS AND FILLS: (bass syncs included) 16 million possibilities per measure. Every drummer will need a bundle of these tricks too.
TRY THIS TEST . . .
Begin with a solid, basic blues beat and try doing a 'fill' of any type. If you have trouble . . . I have lessons that will help. Blues fills are a little different.
- 3e-m*. EIGHTH ROCK VARIATIONS, SYNCOPATIONS & FILLS. Some of this stuff has been covered online, but there are still tons of tricks in this category too. We can go much deeper into these if you choose to do so. Just give me some indication as to what you know already. I will try to take it from there.
- 4e-m*. QUARTER ROCK 4/4: 90s music has made this a very popular beat category. 65536 possible variations exist in every measure. The fill patterns are similar to 8th rock but there are some differences.
- 5e-m*. RUDIMENTS, TIPS & ADVANCED FILLS. This lesson is for those of you who are having trouble will rolls and fills. It is guaranteed to take the embarrassing kinks out of your playing style. Learn to connect will fills every time in mid-song! Contains beginner and advanced material.
- 6e-m*. WALTZ: The Waltz beat is loaded with innovative and fascinating rhythms (over 5 Quintillion per measure) but due to its current lack of popularity . . . maybe it is better to save it for last.
- 7e-m*. DRUM SOLO TIPS: The quickest easiest way to get your chops together and start playing solos' like a pro in only a matter of days!
- 8e-m*: 'SWING' Swing is really a variation of Shuffle! Or is it the other way around? Maybe Shuffle is a variation of Swing. At any rate, Swing is central to Jazz drumming! Learn about it here!
- 9e-m*: 'Disco'This beat might best be called '0verhand 16th 4/4'. It got stuck with the undeserved Disco handle back in the 70s and in many minds, the name doesn't do this interesting pattern justice. The truth is, this fascinating pattern existed before the so-called Disco era and it has survived it. This form of 16th 4/4 is still very popular today and it should be for many years to come.
- 10e-m*: 'Reggae & Ska' I am still searching for verified histories of these two beat patterns. Meanwhile, I'll just pass along what I have picked up over the years. Legend has it that Ska came first from Europe during the early days of the British rock and pop invasions of the 1960s. Actually, classic Reggae and Ska are based on the same general beat patterns.
- 11e-m*: 'Polka, CutTime 2/4 and Up-Tempo Jazz'There are easier substitute beat patterns that can be used in place of these patterns. You might play a lifetime without these beats and never have a problem. So, if they drive you crazy and leave you frustrated . . . DON'T PANIC! You can put them on the back-burner for study at another time.
- 12e-m*: Syncopated Jazz Waltz . . . Based on the Swing Beat. This beat is a Jazz Classic! Sooner or later . . . you'll need it!
- 13e-m*: Syncopated 5/4 . . . Based on the Swing Beat. This is another Jazz Classic! I've met people who think this is the ONLY 5/4 beat pattern! Yet, we discover through permutation theories that over 1 Trillion 5/4 beat patterns exist. Every drummer needs this one in his/her trick bag, whether it's ever used or not. Knowledge is power! You'll need to know what you are talking about even if this only comes up in conversation.
- 14e-m*: Using brushes with modern music styles: In this lesson we are speaking primarily of old-fashioned wire brushes used to swish, slap and scratch rhythms at low volumes. More useful knowledge to add to your Jazz info base.
- Rimshot techniques: Just in case you don't know what I'm talking about when I mention Layover Rimshots or Power Rimshots.
LATIN RHYTHMS W/ SOUND AND IMAGES
- Cha-Cha: Every drummer needs this one! Don't miss it!
- Bossa-Nova: Now matter how old it gets, this one still cooks!
- Calypso: An old name for some very new movements in Caribbean rhythms. This somewhat simple pattern will also help prepare you for the more complex Latin beat patterns to follow.
- Lambada / Calypso: I've heard this one called by many street names. It is currently very HOT,HOT,HOT!
- Mambo: Another old name for some very valuable patterns! These rhythms may be easily converted to American POP styles by leaving out the rimshots and tom licks. Yes, they make excellent substitutes for beat patterns like Quarter Rock and Cut-Time 2/4. Don't cop-out on these! You need them, no matter what style of music you lean towards!
- Salsa: If this one doesn't fry your brain, nothing will!
AND THAT ISN'T ALL. . . . HERE'S MORE!
Also included, . . . are these mind-blowing lessons from the Tempo Dispatch archives (Now, there are MORE than 76+ additional drum set lessons in the archives, AND you'll receive a new e-mail lesson EVERY MONTH. Updated March 2003.)
- TD # 1. Creativity Vs. Academics
- TD # 2. The Beauty Secrets of Simplistic Drumming
- TD # 3. SOLO TIPS & FAQ
- TD # 4. Improvised Fills using the Hi-hat
- TD # 5. SOLO TIPS II
- TD # 6. Getting That First Gig
- TD # 7. Beating the Monster Players to that 'Dream Gig'
- TD # 8. 'SCAVENGER HUNT' Hidden website lesson: 16th 4/4
- TD # 9. CUT-TIME 2/4 (POLKA)
- TD # 10. Jamming!
- TD # 11. Special Help with FATBACK
- TD # 12. Tuning Tips
- TD # 13. Learning to Write & Read drum notation.(Part I)
- TD # 14. Learning to Write & Read drum notation.(Part II)
- TD # 15. Solo Techniques (Triplets)
- TD # 16. Feeling The Backbeat
- TD # 17. PERFECTION / Internal Clocks & Rudiments
- TD # 18. THE 'UNIVERSAL' SONG COUNT
- TD # 19. DUMP THE TABS AND JAM!
- TD # 20. STICKS, PEDALS & SOUTHPAWS
- TD # 21. CYMBAL TIPS AND TRICKS
- TD # 22. Personal Musical Tastes VS The Real World
- TD # 23. DRUM SOLO MAGIC!
- TD # 24. 'PLAYING PERFECT FILLS': All mysteries solved!!!
- TD # 25. First Night On A New Gig! (Calming the jitters!)
- TD # 26. HI-HAT Tips and Tricks
- TD # 27. Reading Drum Notation: More helpful tips
- TD # 28. Guide to Development & Control
- TD # 29. TEMPO TEAMWORK: Eliminating self-doubt
- TD # 30. Learning to Learn!
- TD # 31. Double Bass and Song Ending Tips
- TD # 32. The Quest For Perfect Fills
- TD # 33. Using (open) 32nd-Note Rolls In Mid-Song
- TD # 34 READING DRUM NOTATION: A Practical Perspective
- TD # 35 Overcoming Stage-Fright
- TD # 36 Coordination tips
- TD # 37 Swishing the Hi-Hat
- TD # 38 Warm-Ups & Practice Rituals
- TD # 39. PRESS ROLLS & RUFFS
- TD # 40. Adapting 'Ruffs': Making Funky, Funkier!
- TD # 41 MORE . . . Drum Solo Goodies
- TD # 42 Rudiment Applications / Drumset
- TD # 43 Feeling The Groove"
- TD # 44 The Birth of Rhythmic Ideas"
- TD # 45 The #1 Secret to Drumming Success"
- TD # 46 DRUMMING MATH = SWISS-WATCH-TIMING!
- TD # 47. Spice Up Your FILLS (PART I)
- TD # 47b. Spice Up Your FILLS (PART II)
- TD # 48. Two free drum lessons this month
- TD # 49. Buying Drums - Getting ROI
- TD # 50. DRUMS: Faster Fills+MORE FUN!
- TD # 51. DRUMS: USING 'FLAMS' AS FILLS
- TD # 52. QUIETER PRACTICE DRUMS
- TD # 53. DRUMS: Sight-reading tips
- TD # 54. DRUMS: Snare Rattle / Partial Remedies!
- TD # 55. DRUMMING APTITUDE / SELF-TEST
- TD # 56. Maintaining your PASSION-4-DRUMS.
- TD # 57. Counter-Rhythms and Poly-Rhythms
- TD # 58. TWO SURPRISE DRUM LESSONS this month
- TD # 59. FAST TEMPO FILLS / Punk and Jazz
- TD # 60. Drumset Bargain Hunting!
- TD # 61. Coordination Solutions (Drumset)
- TD # 62: TD #62: Rudiment help (Drumset)
- TD # 63: Common sense & drumming improvement (Drumset)
- TD # 64: Drumming Imagination
- TD # 65: Working the Cymbals
- TD # 66: TIME SIGS: 6/8 vs 4/4?
- TD # 67: More help with Rudiments/Fills?
- TD # 68: Coordination / Age / Tuning Tips
- TD # 69: Tips for improving the WEAK-HAND.
- TD # 70: 32nd Doubles, / Fills n Solos
- TD # 71: Tempo perfection
- TD # 72: Drumming Stats/Female
- TD # 72: DRUMS / Punk, Metal, Reggae, Jazz.
- TD # 74: Mastering Bass Techniques without drums.
- TD # 75: Teach to learn.
- TD # 76: Mastering Independence / Drums
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