Module 1 Lessons

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    Lesson 1

    Creating your first drum beat

    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

    8th Note Beats. Five more ideas

    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

    8th Note Beats. More Bass drum variations

    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

    Creating your first 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

    8th Note Drum Fills. More ideas

    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

    16th Note Beats. An Introduction

    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

    16th Note Beats. More Ideas

    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

    16th Note Beats. More Bass Drum Variations

    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

    16th Note Drum Fills. An Introduction

    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

    16th Note Drum Fills. More Ideas

    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

    1/4 Note Drum Beats. An Introduction

    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

    8th Note Beats. Adding 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

    8th Note Beats. Opening and closing the hi hats

    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

    8th Note Beats. Adding "E" and "A" to the snare drum

    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

    8th Note Beats. Adding "E" and "A" to the snare drum - More ideas

    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

    16th Note Beats. Adding "E" and "A" to the snare drum

    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

    8th Note Beats. Adding the "A" to the Bass Drum

    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

    Shuffles. An Introduction

    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 Drum Fills. An Introduction

    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

    The Dynamic Strokes. An Introduction

    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

    Basic Notation. An Introduction *FREE LESSON

    This first Music Notation lesson is your first step in understanding the language of music. We discuss what each basic note means, how to count the…
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    Notation 2

    An 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

    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

    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

    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…