Learn to Read Drum Music – Part VI – Dotted Notes Explained

What’s up Drummers! We’ve made it to part 6 of my How to Read Drum Music series. You have done very well up to this point. We have covered a lot of topics so far, so if you’re here out of order, click the links to see what you’ve missed:

This post will take us back to looking at notes – more correctly, an addition to notes: The Dot

Learn to Read Drum Music – Part V – Time Signatures Explained

Hey Drummers! Welcome to part 5 of my How to Read Drum Music Series. This post will be covering a new topic, so if you haven’t already, you might want to go back and check out the other posts you’ve missed.

Up to this point, you should have a good idea of what the majority of the notes you will see are. You should know how to recognize them, read them, and put them in different combinations with each other. There is a lot more to learn, but we have made great progress so far.

This post’s topic is going to depart from learning what specific notes are, and moving into a slightly different subject: The Time Signature

Learn to Read Drum Music – Part 4 – 16th Note Groupings

Howdy drummers! Welcome to Part 4 of my Learn to Read Drum Music series. This section is a continuation on Part 3, so click the link to go there, or back even further if you’re a beginner:

If you recall from part 3, we introduced the Sixteenth Note, what it looked like, how to read it, and it’s corresponding rest. In this section, we will go deeper into the 16th note and discuss the different groupings and how they look:

Learn to Read Drum Music – Part 3 – The Sixteenth Note

Hey drummers! Welcome back to my series on learning to read drum sheet music! This is part 3 in the series, so if you’re a beginner and stumbled upon this page out of order, click the links below to start at the beginning:

In this section I will be expanding upon what we’ve learned already. Next, I will be moving onto one of the larger topics, the sixteenth note (16th note). Don’t be afraid, it really isn’t that hard once you understand what everything looks like:

What are the Best Practice Pads for Drummers?

Musicians know that practice is essential for progress, but for drummers, sometimes it’s not so simple. A drum set is loud, takes up plenty of space, or set up time may not be available.

One of the top solutions for the inconvenience of practicing drums is to grab a practice pad. Practice pads (sometimes referred to as “drum pads“) are useful for keeping skills sharp when on the road, can’t make too much noise, or to pinpoint specific aspects of a drummer’s playing.

So what are the best practice pads for drummers? With so many different pads available on the market, it can be confusing and overwhelming. I’ve compiled this practice pad buyers guide of the top selling pads to make things easier.

Learn to Read Drum Music – Part 2 – The Eighth Note

Hey y’all!

Welcome to part 2 of “Learn to Read Drum Music”. In this section we will build off and expand upon of what you learned in Part 1. Click the link for Learn to Read Drum Music – Part 1, if you missed my first post or are confused and need to go back to the basics.

Learn to Read Drum Music – Part 1 – The Basics

In this series I’ll be teaching y’all how to read drum music. Music for drummers (also called notation) is pretty straightforward, especially if you have any previous experience with reading music from another instrument. If you’ve never even seen written music before, let alone drum notation, this post is for you!

Understanding Skins – Resonant Drumhead Explained

I have heard the cries and wailing: “Can someone please explain what the resonant head does!!!” Ok, not really, but it is a question that doesn’t seem to have many straight forward answers. Not only that, most of the information available online is either sorely lacking, or is just downright wrong.

The reso head of a drum is probably one of the more overlooked areas when it comes to the set up of your drum kit. Most drummers understand that they need a reso skin, but once it’s put on the drum, it’s rarely tuned or replaced. Not only that, but buying new heads seems to be a large expense for something that you don’t know what to do with.

So what exactly is the resonant head of a drum, and what does it do?

5 Tips to For a Successful Practice Session

Recently, I was asked by one of my students how to practice more effectively. This student didn’t have a lot of time to practice, and was looking to get the most out of their time.

Normally I avoid these types of questions, because practice is so unique to everyone. At any time a person can be at any stage in their learning, and no exact schedule is going to work for everyone.

However, I believe that there are a few things that all musicians can take into consideration that can help them get the most out of their time.

Online Drum Lessons – Learn from Home with Videos

Are you interested in online drum lessons? It can be difficult to know exactly where to start when trying to learn how to play the drums on the internet. Is it worth the money? Are there free alternatives available? How does it all work? This guide will break down the pros and cons of learning to play the drums online and help you decide whether it’s right for you.

*Note: Click the link to skip ahead to our detailed review of Drumeo Edge, our pick as the best online drumming resource available*