Course curriculum

  • 1

    Start Here - Course Companion Book

    • Welcome! Here's where to start.

  • 2

    Snare Drum - Module 1 - The Basics

    • Lesson 1: Intro

    • Lesson 2: Setting Up the Stand and the Drum

    • Lesson 3: Tuning the Drum Head

    • Lesson 4: Tuning the Snares

    • Lesson 5: Snare Drum Playing Position

    • Lesson 6: Snare Drum Grip

    • Lesson 7: Three Basic Strokes

    • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting

  • 3

    Snare Drum - Module 2 - Lots of Practice

    • Lesson 9: Intro

    • Lesson 10: Exercise - 8ths and 16ths

    • Lesson 11: Exercise - 8ths and 16ths

    • Lesson 12: Exercise - 8ths and 16ths

    • Lesson 13: Exercise - Timing with Accents

    • Lesson 14: Exercise - Timing with Accents

    • Lesson 15: Exercise - Timing with Accents

    • Lesson 16: Exercise - Timing without Accents

    • Lesson 17: Exercise - Timing without Accents

    • Lesson 18: Exercise - Timing without Accents

    • Lesson 19: Exercise - 16ths

    • Lesson 20: Exercise - 16ths

    • Lesson 21: Exercise - 16ths

    • Lesson 22: Exercise - Triplets

    • Lesson 23: Exercise - Triplets

    • Lesson 24: Exercise - Triplets

    • Lesson 25: Metronome and Syncopation

    • Lesson 26: Etude

    • Lesson 27: Etude

    • Lesson 28: Troubleshooting

  • 4

    Snare Drum - Module 3 - Getting Started with Rudiments

    • Lesson 29: Intro

    • Lesson 30: Using Your Wrist

    • Lesson 31: Clapping Exercises

    • Lesson 32: Exercise - Chop Building

    • Lesson 33: Exercise - Chop Building

    • Lesson 34: Exercise - More Chop Building

    • Lesson 35: Exercise - More Chop Building

    • Lesson 36: Exercise - Doubles and Triples

    • Lesson 37: Rudiment - Paradiddle

    • Lesson 38: Rudiment - Paradiddle-Diddle

    • Lesson 39: Rudiment - Para-Paradiddle

    • Lesson 40: Etude - Paradiddles

    • Lesson 41: Etude - Paradiddles

    • Lesson 42: Troubleshooting

  • 5

    Snare Drum - Module 4 - Flams

    • Lesson 43: Intro - Using Your Arm

    • Lesson 44: Exercise - Stick Control

    • Lesson 45: Exercise - Fast Singles

    • Lesson 46: Exercise - Fast Singles

    • Lesson 47: Exercise - Fast Singles

    • Lesson 48: Exercise - Paradiddle

    • Lesson 49: Exercise - Paradiddle

    • Lesson 50: Rudiment - Flam

    • Lesson 51: Exercise - Flams

    • Lesson 52: Rudiment - Flam Tap

    • Lesson 53: Rudiment - Flam Accent

    • Lesson 54: Etude - Flam Pattern

    • Lesson 55: Etude - Flam Pattern

    • Lesson 56: Troubleshooting

  • 6

    Timpani - Module 1 - The Basics

    • Intro

    • Timpani Playing Position

    • Physics of the Drum

    • Parts of the Timpani

    • Range

    • Tuning

    • Troubleshooting - Pedal Sliding

    • Troubleshooting - Buzzing

    • Troubleshooting - Uneven Pitch

    • Timpani Arrangement

  • 7

    Timpani - Module 2 - Stroke

    • Intro

    • The Timpani Grip

    • Basic Stroke

    • Wrist Exercise Without Mallets

    • Music Theory

    • Exercise

    • Exercise

    • Troubleshooting

  • 8

    Timpani - Module 3 - Alternating Drums

    • Intro

    • Exercise - Moving Your Hands

    • Exercise - Moving Your Hands

    • Exercise - Adding Strokes

    • Exercise - Adding Strokes

    • Exercise - Triplets

    • Exercise - Triplets

    • Exercise - Adding Triplet Strokes

    • Exercise - Adding Triplet Strokes

    • Exercise - Adding Triplet Strokes

    • Etude - Multiple Drums

    • Troubleshooting

  • 9

    Auxiliary - Module 1 - Cymbals, pt. 1

    • Intro

    • Kinds of Cymbals

    • Cymbal Playing Position

    • Exercise - Align

    • Exercise - Crunch

    • Exercise - Sizzle

    • Exercise - Pass Through

    • Exercise - Listen

    • Tying a Cymbal Knot

    • Troubleshooting

  • 10

    Auxiliary - Module 2 - Cymbals, pt. 2

    • Intro

    • Short Cymbal Crash

    • Etude

    • Soft Cymbal Crash

    • Suspended Cymbal

    • Etude

    • High Hat

    • Troubleshooting

  • 11

    Auxiliary - Module 3 - Bass Drum

    • Intro

    • Bass Drum Playing Position

    • Bass Drum Stroke

    • Bass Drum Muffling

    • Bass Drum Muffling, pt II

    • Bass Drum Roll

    • Etude

    • Troubleshooting

  • 12

    Auxiliary - Module 4 - Tambourine and Triangle

    • Intro

    • Tambourine Playing Position

    • Soft Tambourine Playing

    • Basic Tambourine Strokes

    • 3 Kinds of Louder - Faster Tambourine Playing

    • Tambourine Shake Roll

    • Tambourine Finger Roll

    • Etude - The Tambourine

    • Etude - The Tambourine

    • Triangle Playing Position

    • Soft Triangle Playing

    • Muffling the Triangle

    • Triangle Rolls

    • Etude - The Triangle

    • Troubleshooting

  • 13

    Auxiliary - Module 5 - Woodblock and Castanets

    • Intro

    • Woodblock Playing Position

    • Etude - The Woodblock

    • Castanets Playing Position

    • Castanet Rolls

    • Etude - The Castanets

    • What's in Your Stick Bag?

  • 14

    Mallets - Module 1 - Meet the Marimba

    • Intro

    • Meet the Marimba

    • A Brief History of the Marimba

    • Parts of the Marimba

    • Mallets

    • Mallet Grip, pt. I

    • Mallet Grip, pt. II

    • Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors

    • Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists

    • Review

  • 15

    Mallets - Module 2 - Playing the Marimba

    • Intro

    • Grip Review

    • Mallet Technique

    • Marimba Playing Position

    • Marimba Playing Location

    • Music Theory

    • Mallet Stroke

    • Mallet Rebound

    • Sound

    • Introduction to Major Scales

    • Scale C Major

    • Scale F Major

    • Scale G Major

    • Common Pitfalls

    • Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors

    • Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists

    • Review

  • 16

    Mallets - Module 3 - Scales and Speed

    • Intro

    • Mallet Technique Review

    • Introduction to Scales, pt. II

    • Arpeggios

    • Marimba Rolls

    • Speed and Consistency

    • Exercise - Speed and Accuracy

    • Exercise - Speed and Accuracy

    • Exercise - Speed and Accuracy

    • Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors

    • Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists

    • Review

  • 17

    Mallets - Module 4 - Advanced Mallet Technique

    • Intro

    • Technique Review

    • Correct Mallet Sticking

    • Musicality and Phrasing with Mallets

    • Exercise - Alternating Patterns

    • Exercise - Alternating Patterns Continued

    • Mallet Dynamics

    • Four Mallet Technique - Left Hand Grip

    • Four Mallet Technique - Right Hand Grip

    • Four Mallet Technique - Playing Position

    • Exercise - Alternating Four Mallets

    • The Glockenspiel

    • The Vibraphone

    • Mallet Types Explained

    • What's in Your Stick Bag?

    • Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors

    • Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists

    • Review