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Basic Drum Lessons

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The interactive drum lessons require Flash Player 7 or later.
If you do not have the Flash Player installed, you may download it here at this link: http://Get.Adobe.com/flashplayer/
Otherwise you can go to the html versions of online drum lessons, listed below.

Basic drum lessons html version

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VirtualDrumming Drums App on the App Store and Google Play

On the App Store and Google Play is available the version for smartphones and tablets of our virtual drum set.
Adding original features to every other Drums App, VirtualDrumming is more than a drum game,
even the most skilled drummers can use it as a real instrument.   Learn more  Arrow

The basic drum lessons, the first part of this method for drums and percussion instruments, deal with the right posture, which is the basic condition to develop speed, endurance and precision with your playing. The style and the role of drumming have evolved with time, but the basic drums and percussion instruments technique hasn't changed much, and all the great drummers still build their own style from the same basis of musical theory.

Method   It's very important, in all the exercises, to keep a relaxed approach with the drum set and the sticks, to control the breathing and to avoid muscles tension. You should approach every exercise by playing it slowly at first, then gradually speed up mantaining a relaxed posture, without changing your breathing or stiffening your body. You don't have to hurry, the study of musical instruments demands a lot of practice, and also the study of drums, as any other discipline, demands a long and constant exercise.
Improvisational skills are essential to any drummer to improve his expressive possibilities; that's why it's so important to experiment personal variations playing the exercises, following his own style and natural inclination.

Learn to read the drum sheet music

Drum set elements  Arrow   The graphic symbols of drum set elements in drum sheet music.
Notes and Rests  Arrow   Notes and rests value in drum sheet music.
Tie and Dot  Arrow   Tie and dot in drum sheet music.

Topics in the basic and advanced drum lessons and in the online drum lessons published drum sheet music are: Rudiments & Fundamentals, Coordinated independence, Basic drum beats, Advanced drum beats, Snare drum studies, Drums grooves, Songs drum parts and Drum solo transcriptions, with transcriptions of songs and grooves by John Bonham, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Ian Paice, Jeff Porcaro, and transcriptions of drum solos by Michael Bland, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams.
All the drum lessons are played in real time by the virtual drummer.

Nicko McBrain drum set

The virtual drumset of Nicko McBrain

So far Nicko McBrain is the most voted drummer by the visitors of this site. The latest version of the virtual drums is dedicated to him and to all his fans; with it you'll be able to play the drum set that Nicko McBrain plays with the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Play  Arrow