This short pamphlet is not a compendium of everything you can do on the
It does not cover rudiments and exotic rhythms, but instead focuses on
establishing a basic, yet solid understanding of rhythmic values and shows how
they are used in contemporary pop and rock drumming.
By mastering the following exercises, you will be able to convincingly “fake”
your way through just about any song on the radio and gain a firm musical
foundation, which will set you up for further studies, whatever direction you
chose to go.
Most importantly, this will get you ready to play and jam with others and start
I’ve been teaching drums for 17 years with a focus on adult novices and those
returning to the drums, and have used all of these exercises successfully with
my own students.
You can work through the material by yourself, but I highly recommend getting a
teacher, who can help you understand the basics and fill in the blanks.