Daily Fill #96: Drum Lessons: Levels of Musicianship Finale- Master and Grow


Welcome to the Monday edition of the Daily Fill with our lead educator Scott Jackson! Every Monday Scott drops into give us a quick drum lesson that we can apply to our playing right now! Let’s get started…

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been discussing a very subtle and introspective topic. And that topic is, objectively judging your technique and more importantly your Sound behind the drum set. Similar to the previous lessons, this week we focus on the start of the 3rd Primary Class of a Drummer the “Advanced Class” within this class falls Level 7, 8, and 9 however; we will only discuss Level 9. We also discuss the “Elite Class” which is Level 10.

Let’s break down the Advanced Class.

The Advanced Class: This class expands over three different levels, and is the class where you really come into your own. At this point in your drum career, the main focus is mastering what you know while still focusing on learning some new ideas or taking old ideas new the next level. What I mean by that is, you focus more on having extremely consistent time keeping within a groove and soloing. You take an old fill or lick and permutate it, play it in a new subdivision, or add more notes to it. You begin to focus on Mastering what you know to help you in your performing and teaching career

So in this stage, I recommend private lessons an elite player that knows what it takes to get to the career you want to have

Level 9: 8-10 years of playing experience: Master and Grow


At this point, you can play whatever you want, and if you can’t you can sight read it or learn it in a few minutes. The focus here is gaining more experience to further hone your skills, and you start to focus on building your career further in the drum world. You begin to focus on getting gigs such as touring, teaching, online lessons, clinics, masterclasses, recording sessions, local gigs. You are at the or close to the highest performance level available.

Level 10: 10 years and onward


This is the final level. You can now play whatever you want, and have opportunities to play with some of the best musicians on the planet. Your name is known on a national or international audience, and you are an influence to many drummers around the world. You have become a member of legendary drummers.

I want to emphasis that these levels are meant to be used as a road map. It is for you to objectively judge your own skills, and figure out where you would like to go next.

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Remember, Each stage will be different for everyone, and over the coming weeks I will outline each Level via my drum lessons page. The outline is not to tell you what you should be learning, but what you could be learning. Again, this is a very personal guide and each level will vary for each drummer. However, by the end of this series, you should be able to write down the skills you are working on and how skillfully you perform them to determine which Level you are in.

This topic is extremely subtle, and sometimes can make you confront areas of your playing you haven’t thought of before. So, just stay with me, and I guarantee you will have a new positive outlook on your Development as a drummer.

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Thanks for listening and Go Practice!

That’s it for the Daily Fill! Tune in Every Morning Monday Through Thursday for a new episode!

– Scott

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Scott’s Drum Lesson

Daily Motivation for Drummers with Richard

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