Daily Fill #83: Drum Lessons: Levels of Musicianship


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 next couple of weeks, I wanted to talk about a very subtle and introspective topic. And that topic is, objectively judging your technique and more importantly your Sound behind the drum set. This week we focus on the first Primary Class of a Musician the “Beginner Class” with in these class falls Level 1 and Level 2 of the Musicianship

Let’s break down the Beginner Class.

The Beginners Class: This is someone who has zero experience behind the drum set. I would recommend you seek out beginner drum lessons¬†from an in-person private instructor or an online drum lessons instructor to help you get started. This is truly exciting because you are finally taking your first step towards learning the instrument of your dreams! There are two levels in this class. Let’s break them down!

Level 1: 0-2 years of playing experience

You have either zero or little knowledge of the drum set but you have started taking drum lessons or purchased a drum or drum set to begin your journey. You’re a blank slate, and everything you learn is exciting because you realize what was once intimidating is actually a lot of FUN! You learn your first rudiments, how to read some basic rhythms, how to hold the sticks, the history of the drum set, and you learn your first set of grooves and beats!

Level 2: 1-3 years of playing experience

This is an exciting level because although you are still a beginner, the concepts that you have learned so far are starting to become controlled. You are able to play certain things at will, and those concepts aren’t as challenging as before. Your brain can recognize the musical patterns faster, therefore, you are learning new exercises quicker and more efficiently. You’re reading more rhythms, (maybe adding 8th notes) you learn about dynamics, (Loud versus Quiet) you learn the 4 main stroke types (full, down, tap, and up), and you’re learning new styles such as Rock, RnB, hiphop, pop, and maybe a shuffle or some reggae.

For a more detailed breakdown, I will be posting a PDF file with the last Podcast of this series that will available for download.

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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I hope this helps you in your practice.Thanks for watching 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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If you missed any of last weeks episode you can catch a quick link to any of the episodes below

Scott’s Drum Lesson

Daily Motivation for Drummers with Richard

Morning fuel with J.C. Clifford

Drum Rants with Kevin

Last Friday’s Podcast featuring Guy Juravich

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