Module 1 Lessons

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    Lesson 1

    Basic 8th note drum beat *FREE LESSON

    In this lesson, Simon shows you how to play an essential pop/rock drum beat. The 8th note beat is the foundation for so many drum parts,…
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    Lesson 2

    Adding more bass drum patterns to the 8th note beat *FREE LESSON

    Now that you have your basic 8th note drum beat in place, we are going to add five different bass drum patterns to give you some…
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    Lesson 3

    Five more bass drum patterns for the 8th note beat *FREE LESSON

    After a quick “check-in” on your progress, Simon gives you another five bass drum patterns to further develop this absolutely crucial drum beat. These involve using…
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    Lesson 4

    Introducing 8th note drum fills

    Now that you are playing a solid and comfortable basic drum beat, it’s time to add some drum fills. Simon explains exactly what a drum fill…
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    Lesson 5

    The 8th note fill using 8th note rests

    Moving on nicely from the previous lesson, we show you how adding 8th note rests to your drum fills can give you a few more musical…
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    Lesson 6

    Introduction to the 16th note drum beat

    Using a basic bass and snare drum backbeat, Simon talks you though playing your first 16th note drum beat. Not only are these beats extremely common…
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    Lesson 7

    Adding 8th note bass drum options to your 16th note hand patterns

    Now that you are comfortable with a basic 16th note beat, it’s time to add some variations on the bass drum! We’ll ease you into five…
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    Lesson 8

    Adding five more 8th note bass drum patterns to your 16th note drum beat

    Following on from the last video, these additional bass drum patterns will test your co-ordination further, and give you more options to play with. We add…
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    Lesson 9

    An introduction to 16th note drum fills

    Now that you have built up your confidence on 16th note drum beats, it’s time to throw in some drum fills! After a quick “check-in” on…
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    Lesson 10

    More orchestrations of the 16th note drum fill

    So far, we have shown you some basic “descending” 16th note drum fills, with some 8th notes mixed in for good measure. It’s time to get…
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    Lesson 11

    Introduction to basic ¼ note drum beats

    You’ll find out in this lesson why we wait for you to develop your co-ordination and time keeping before showing you these important drum beats. These…
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    Lesson 12

    Four way co-ordination. Playing 8th note ride cymbal patterns while playing the hi hat with the left foot

    Now that your are comfortable with three limb co-ordination, it’s time to get that left foot working. We call this four way co-ordination, and it’s a…
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    Lesson 13

    Opening and closing the hi hat while playing 8th note beats on the hi hat

    Now the left foot is playing a more active role in your early drumming, Simon will show you how to add hi hat openings and closing…
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    Lesson 14

    Adding 16th note snare drum to your 8th note drum beats

    We start this lesson with a “check-in” to make sure you are where you need to be at this point in the curriculum. You will learn…
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    Lesson 15

    Adding 16th note snare drum to more complex 8th note patterns

    Now that you have become comfortable with adding these extra snare drum beats, we make the bass line a little more challenging, and a lot of…
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    Lesson 16

    Adding 16th note snare drum to 16th note drum beats

    In a natural progression from the previous video, Simon shows you how to add extra 16th note snare beats to your 16th note grooves. A demonstration…
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    Lesson 17

    Adding 16th note bass drum to 8th note drum beats

    Get ready for some fun coordination! Now that you have worked through all of the exercises on eighth note and sixteenth note drum beats, it’s time…
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    Lesson 18

    Introduction to Shuffles

    The final piece of the groove jigsaw for Drum Ambition Module 1 is the shuffle beat! Such a cool groove, such a great feel - but…
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    Lesson 19

    Triplet based and shuffle based drum fills to work with shuffle beats

    Now we add some drum fills to your shuffles, and introduce the concept of counting in triplets. These practical fills will be the perfect practice tool…
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    Lesson 20

    Introduction to the dynamic strokes

    If there’s one lesson that we encourage you to spend a lot of time on, it’s this one! In fact, this will be a “work in…

Module 1 Music Notation

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    Notation 1

    The Note Value Chart *FREE LESSON

    In this introductory video, Simon talks about how to understand the value of the core notes, and gives an explanation of the 4/4 time signature. We…
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    Notation 2

    Introduction to whole notes, half notes and quarter notes - including rests

    In this first notation video, Simon explains these three important note categories. We’ll also talk about counting, rests, and take a look at which hand is…
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    Notation 3

    An introduction to 8th notes

    Now that you are comfortable playing with whole, half and quarter notes with your right hand, we’ll work on some 8th notes and bring in the…
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    Notation 4

    An introduction the 8th note rest

    Moving on nicely from lesson 3, this lesson introduces the 8th note rest. In addition to talking a little more about the “training motion”, we’ll give…
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    Notation 5

    An introduction to 16th notes

    Congratulations on getting through the eighth note lessons - now get ready for some tongue-twisting counting! In lesson 5, you’ll get acquainted with the 16th note…
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    Notation 6

    More popular 16th note note groupings

    In this lesson, you’ll discover some interesting musical phrasing when you remove just one 16th note from the grouping. These can also form very popular and…
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    Notation 7

    An introduction to basic dotted notes, and their practical use in music notation

    OK - so a little bit of math is needed here, but we promise to make it as pain-free and straight forward as possible. A dot…
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    Notation 8

    Breaking down more complex 16th note groupings, and an introduction to the 16th note rest

    By now you should be happy counting basic 16th note groupings. That means you’re ready to dive deeper! In lesson 8, we introduce the 16th note…
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    Notation 9

    An introduction to basic note ties, and their practical use in music notation

    Now you are comfortable with note value rests, physical rests and dotted notes (which effectively create a rest) it’s time to look into the fourth and…
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    Notation 10

    An introduction to 8th note triplets

    Congratulations! You have broken the back of a large chunk of music theory. We round off the notation section on module one with an introduction to…