Learn Essential Drumming Basics in Less Than 1 Hour

If you are here, that means you want to start drumming and learn drumming basics. This is the first lesson I learned when I start taking drum lessons.

I moved away with drumming, it was my fifth year, but I skipped this drum exercise so I had to go back to fix things and learn drumming basics properly.

You will not find this lesson on Youtube at least I haven’t seen it. 

I learned this exercise from our local drum teacher. It is the greatest drum lesson I ever learned so that is why I decided to share it with the drumming community.

Drumming is all about metric (distance between two notes) and dynamic. This lesson contains both.

It is a powerful tool but, you need to practice it painfully slow, like 50 bpm slow.

After you do it you will have a clear sense of how important are dynamic, metric and  articulation in drumming.

  • Improve dynamic on drums
  • Improve Metric (distance between strokes) on drums
  • Learn down stroke
  • Learn up stroke
  • Learn tap stroke
  • Learn full stroke

Importance of dynamic

Dynamic is the space between loudest and the quietest note. The whole point is to lower done the volume of the quiet one and make a larger range between those two notes..

This is one of the main characteristics of professional drummers, they all have mastered dynamic.

This will make a difference in studio recording, where you can hear every detail

I found this video of one of my favorite drummers Vinnie Colaiuta explaining this, check it out…

Importance of metric

Metric is the distance between two notes. So, metric is the space distance while dynamic is the volume distance. 

Our bad metric will make the groove bad because some notes are not where they need to be. They are played faster or slower than to so in rhythm context they are off. Here is the example.

metric on drums

I hope you realize how this things are important in drumming. Become a true pro means having a perfect metric.

There are plenty of drum exercises designed to improve your metric but here is the best one by my modest opinion. It is called 10 by 10 and it’s the best exercise for drummers I was able to learn in 15 years.

4 Basic Drum Strokes

1. DOWN stroke

You start in an up position and you finish all the way down after you hit the drum.

2. TAP stroke

Your stick is in the down position so you hit one gentle, quiet tap.

3. UP stroke

You are starting in a down position going up. On your way up you need to hit tap as quiet as you can.

4. FULL stroke

You are starting it an up position, hitting the drum and ending in the same position

5. Combine

Now you need to combine all these strokes. So, down,tap,up,full. Practice this at 50 bpm and increase the tempo slowly..



These are very important drumming basics but many drummers tend to skip it and go to chops right away. 

Having the good fundamentals is vital later on. It is like a house with bad foundation and you just continue to build floor by floor. It is condemned to failure sooner or later. 

Be smart, go step by step, slow but always go forward, don’t ever be in a situation to go back and learn some things that you needed to know already, it is boring and painful. 

We recently done and Interview with all-time great drummer Gorden Campbell. We asked about practice and frustration of not progressing enough. Even him has it from time to time. Take it slow it will be faster.

My name is Denis. I am a drummer, percussionist, music enthusiast, and blogger. Drums have been my passion for 15 years now. My idea is to write about the things I like and I am interested in. I want to share my drum passion with fellow musicians who walk, talk, and breathe drums.

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