Basic Drum Beat Variations: Vol 1

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How to play some great variations on standard drum beats; get expert tips and advice on music theory and drumming in this free instructional video series.

Series Summary

The drum is the oldest known musical instrument in the history of man and its basic design has not changed in thousands of years. Far from today’s uses as a percussive foundation for pop music or for fueling marching band excitement, drumming has a more profound history as a method of communication, and the drum as an implement of religious symbolism. The drum was perhaps first created from the primal idea of mimicking the human heartbeat, yet today its music has developed into a technical, complex arrangement of beats and grooves.

The modern approach to drumming is to try and master the fundamentals of beat and time signature, and then to create fresh, innovative patterns and fills for each song. In this free instructional video series you will learn how to play several contemporary drum beats and how to add your own variations to those grooves. Our expert Joel Siegel shares techniques for creating a basic drum beat variation on your own, adding fills, and offers tips and advice on how to begin the process and walks you through some great informational steps to becoming a more advanced and original drummer.

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