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How To Play The Drums In Ten Easy Steps

Develop Skills, Enjoy Drumming - with grooves, playing styles, drum fills, rudiments, advise etc
Would you like to learn to play the drum kit? Do you wish you had someone to coach you with the most important things to play? • You will learn all these -
How drumming works and drum rudiments • Hand and foot co-ordination • Different styles • Build your confidence and enjoyment.
1. Learn how the structure of drumming works 2. How to play the most important drum rudiments 3. Develop hand and foot coordination 4. Read drumming notation
Student Greg Ison completed this course and practised all the material thoroughly, enabling him to go on to develop his own style and become a pro drummer.

How To Play The Drums In Ten Easy Steps

This easy to achieve drumming course is designed for the absolute beginner and those who play already and now seek to further develop their skills, technique and understanding of how drumming works.

With this unique drumming course you can be assured you’ll get great results, in the easiest way possible. You’ll benefit from the 40 years experience I have as a qualified drumming coach and as a professional touring drummer in bands right across the world.

You will learn how to play the most important drum rudiments, Rock Drumming, Funk Drumming, Latin styles, Blues and more and you’ll understand clearly how the structure of drumming works and start discovering your own unique drumming style and ideas.

The course materials include the three best approaches to learning: 1. by watching video teaching demonstrations, 2. by listening to played audio demonstrations and 3. by seeing simple printed drum note examples to help you fully understand, all combined to give you the very best teaching support you will get to help develop your technique, confidence and enjoyment in playing the drum kit.

About the course tutor Steve Laffy – professional international drummer, author and drumming coach.

Steve has been a professional drummer for over 40 years, working in television, radio, theatre and has toured and played gigs extensively worldwide.  He’s played major festivals in the UK and overseas including most of Europe, from Italy to Norway and worldwide to Japan and Mexico.

He writes his own music with the group Rhythm Rising and has played drums on many albums over the years. He has played live with a diversity of top international artists such as William Bell, Zoot Money, Daniel O´Donnell, Chris Jagger, Baka Beyond, The Foundations and many others.

Steve has achieved Rock School Grade Eight drums and has a diploma in Music Practice from London Trinity College. He is an Associate Lecturer in Music Practice and has taught in schools, colleges and at University level. Steve has tutored thousands of individual students over the years with many themselves becoming successful professional drummers and drum kit teachers. He’s a Endorsed Artist with the ‘Vic Firth’ Education Team and published drum tutorial print and Kindle books and DVDs, with his book/CD ‘The Really Easy Way To Play The Drums’ reaching the No.1 ranking position on Amazon.

How Steve got started.

As a child there was no room in the family home for a drum kit and no money for lessons, so he started by tapping out some beats on tins with pencils. Steve was a late starter, getting his first full drum kit at 18 years of age.

He played around on the kit for a few years learning what he could, until the age of 21 when Steve decided (with the encouragement of others) that he would take it seriously and make it his profession. He soon realised he had a lot of hard work to do to reach a standard that would be required to be a professional musician, so he started on a committed 3-year study, practicing 5 hours every evening after work. He tried to learn as much as possible about all styles of music and taught himself to read drum music notation, discovered and studied the drum kit rudiments and listening to lots of great drummers. This study continues still today, some 35 years later and he now is making every effort to share his experience and knowledge with you on this drumming course.

Learning to play well, will need time to develop your skills and this will take persistence, patience and practice. It is well worth it and you will get a lot of enjoyment for your efforts. Each person will set their own goals for learning the drums and decide how much time they are happy to dedicate to developing the skills required.

Getting started is the hardest part of anything that is a challenge. I am sure that this drumming course will help you on your way and that you will learn a lot about your self in the process.

Drums have been around for thousands of years so you are joining a tradition with a long history. Now it’s your time to contribute to that amazing and rich history. Taking this course will put you on the path to becoming a successful drummer.

Here is what you will cover during this course:

Section 1

Welcome and introduction to the course.

Section 2 Pages 9 – 14

Getting started by explaining and demonstrating the fundamentals of drumming and the structure of how drumming works.

Section 3 Pages 15 -19

Playing drum grooves, by developing hand and foot co-ordination and the technique for playing four bar structures and a four bar solo.

Section 4 Pages 20 – 23

Acquiring good drumming technique and a clear understanding of drumming and various drum fill patterns by playing a sixteen bar piece.

Section 5 Pages 24 – 26

A study of three ‘Latin’ rhythms: Building different grooves and styles including Rumba, Samba and Cha, Cha, Cha beats.

Section 6 Pages 27 – 30

Learning about Time Signatures and how to combine various drumming styles to build different sections of a drumming piece.

Section 7 Pages 31 – 32

Introducing Triplets and how to play 12/8, Shuffle and Swing rhythms and fills for Blues, Jazz and Hip Hop swing style.

Section 8 Page 33

Playing Funky drums! An introduction to ‘syncopation’ using Funk beats with sixteenth note hi hat grooves and ghost notes.

Section 9 Pages 34 – 35

Reading the score and playing the final piece Show Time using the skills and techniques learned throughout this course.

Section 10

Congratulations on completion of this course with a certificate

From this course you will learn the importance

of warming up and good posture.

It is important for preventing injury to warm up your body – both on and off the kit, before playing the drums.

Before you sit at the kit stand tall, legs slightly apart, arms by your sides and roll your shoulders in big circles 5-6 times one way then the other. Now put your thumbs on your shoulders and make big circles with your elbows 5-6 times one way then the other. Now with your arms fully stretched, make circles as above.

Try and stay loose and relaxed at all times while playing the drums.

You will learn the benefits of correct grip and sitting positions for good drumming.

Hold the sticks correctly and you will make a good sound from the drums and be able to play without getting fatigued.

Are you already learning to play the drum kit?

– Do you ever feel stuck with what to practice when you sit down to play your drum kit?

– Do you wish you had someone to coach you to become really good at drumming?

– Do you wish you had a clear understanding of what you need to play to make great progress?

– Would clear drumming goals, practice examples and an easy to follow simple method, inspire and motivate you to play better drums?

This Course For Beginners Will Help You: – Understand The Most Important Drumming Skills To Focus On – With Support To Make Fast Progress Learning Drums – Build A Clear Understanding Of How To Play Drum Kit – Gain The Control Of Drumming That Will Build Your Confidence

Issues That ‘How To Play The Drums In Ten Easy Steps’ Will Address: – To Handle The Challenge Of Making Continuous Progress – How To Deal With Any Self Doubts – Building Your Confidence As A Drummer Today

This Progressive Method Drumming Course Will Guide You With: – Proper Grip And Posture For Learning Drums – Skills For The Most Useful Basic Drum Rudiments – Understanding Drum Notation And How To Read Drum Charts – Understanding The Structure Of Different Drum Rhythms

Specific Sections On Playing Different Music Styles: Learning to play the Basics of Rock, Funk, Blues and Latin. Understanding time signatures and how to play them whilst learning how to develop your own ideas and playing style.

Specific Sections On Developing Drumming Skills: Play the drum kit using 4way co-ordination. How to develop snare and bass drum variations and increase your speed and stamina. Discover your sense of excitement as you feel your capability and confidence build.

What The Experts Say About

‘How To Play The Drums – In Ten Easy Steps’

“I’ve been looking for a course that explains drum beats, music notation, and counting systems in an uncomplicated way. Steve has made it as easy as possible for any beginner to gain a good knowledge of playing the drums and reading music. I highly recommend it for all new players.”

– Ross Elder; Professional drummer and Drum Kit & Percussion Tutor.

“This course helps students be self motivated and to develop their own style – it’s great.”

– Sam Kelly; International Drummer and Educator. Voted Best UK Blues Drummer of the Year.

“Your books and course are methodical and progressive. I like the carefully graded feel to them and the fact that they are easily achievable beginning to end by most beginners.”

– Colin Woolway; International drummer, Author of Drumsense books.

A personal note from Steve:

Hello and thank you for your interest in ‘How To Play The Drums In Ten Easy Steps’ drumming course. I am delighted to communicate and share my experience and knowledge with other people who wish to learn to play the drum kit, .

This interactive course is derived from the print book version of an Amazon No 1 Best Selling drum book and is the result of my professional work as a drumming coach and teacher. The course helps thousands of students learn to successfully play the drums using the practical knowledge of my 35 years as an International professional drummer.

I know the experience first-hand of learning to play the drum kit, especially for beginners and the whole subject of how to solve the problems that can sometimes seem a mystery. Enjoy the journey.

I wish you every success and enjoyment with your drumming, and I will be delighted to join with you on the ‘How To Play The Drums – In Ten Easy Steps’ drumming course.

Very best wishes with your drumming adventure!

Steve Laffy

A bit about the instructor:

When he first heard a drum kit being played live the sound just amazed him. Steve starting playing on some tins as a teenager and eventually got a kit and at age 20 deciding he really wanted to dedicate himself to drumming.

Steve didn’t realise then where that journey would take him, what he would learn about himself in the process, and that he would play the drums professionally for the rest of his adult life. Over those years Steve has had the pleasure to play with some great musicians, hundreds of different bands, travelled to play in many countries across the world and to earn enough money with his drumming to live and raise a family.

His great respect for the long tradition of drumming has encouraged him to share what Steve has learnt along the way with others. He has had the opportunity and satisfaction to share the skills and knowledge that he’s gained, and had the pleasure to coach many young drummers (and some older ones), even some who have gone on to become excellent, successful professional drummers themselves.

The single thing that inspired Steve in the early days, was that although he did not have the skills necessary at the beginning he had the self-belief that with effort, by applying himself and developing his ability he could find out what it takes to be a good drummer. In a nutshell Steve says regular practice, dedication and learning the skills that you will really need to know is a unique journey, full of interest and adventure and he wants to share what he’s learnt with others.

With this in mind, he has designed this drumming course to help you get the very best start with playing the drums. Steve’s intention is to keep it simple, clear and achievable so that you can go on to develop your own unique way of playing the drums and discover all the wonderful material that exists to help you.

Introduction To The World Of Drumming

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Welcome To The World of Drumming

This easy to achieve drumming course is designed for the absolute beginner and those who play already and seek to further develop their drumming skills and understanding of how drumming works.

The course materials include printed drum notation, an audio play-a-long track and video lessons, all combined to give the drum student the support they will need to develop their technique, confidence and enjoyment in playing the drum kit.

From this course you will also learn the importance that warming up and good posture has and learn the benefits of correct grip positions for good drumming. Get some basic things right at the beginning and you'll make faster progress, produce a better sound from your drums and enjoy your drumming for many years to come.

Arrange all the drums and cymbals so you can reach them easily without over stretching, sit up straight... and try and get a good solid comfortable drum stool.

May I recommend for practising to use ear protection if you play loud and for long periods of time.


It is important for preventing injury to always warm up your body both on and off the kit before playing the drums. Try and stay loose, comfortable and relaxed when sitting at your drum kit.

Any exercises just for a minute or two will help like:::;

• Circle your wrists (one way then the other)

• Circle your whole arms (one way then the other)

• Put your thumbs on your shoulders and then circling your elbows (one way then the other)


Link to Drumming Warm Up Exercises on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAtVtoc1QXst=3s


Section 2: The Foundations Of Drumming

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The Fundamentals Of Drumming

You will learn the fundamentals of drumming, gaining control of your hands with the single stroke roll. By gaining an understanding of 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 along with this you will be developing 3 way hand and foot co-ordination.

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The Drum Kit Rudiments

You will learn the drum kit rudiments, singles, doubles and paradiddles. you will also learn how to play the rudiments around the drum kit as 1/8 and 1/16 notes whilst developing 3 way hand and foot co-ordination (hands and bass drum).

3
Reading Of Drum Kit Music Notations

You will learn how to read drum kit music notation on the stave and will also learn to develop both feet alternating between the bass drum and hi hat. You will gain the skills by playing 1/8 and 1/16 notes fills around the kit and using 4 way independence co-ordination (both hands with both feet).

4
Developing 1/4 & 1/8 hi hat rhythms

You will develop 1/4 and 1/8 hi hat rhythms and also gain the skills by co-ordinating continuous patterns adding the snare and bass drum. This is a most used rhythm to know You will further develop building drumming structure using 4 way co-ordination with both hands and feet.

Establishing A Clear Understanding Of Rhythms And Fills

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Playing A Four Bar: Three Bars of Rhythm And One Bar of Fills

You will learn about adding one bar of rhythm to one bar of a fill to build musical structure and adding diversity by playing rhythms on different drums. You will also learn how to count bars, when and where to add the crash cymbal for dynamic effect and opening the high hat while playing it.

2
Playing A Twelve Bar Piece With Rhythms, Fills And A Four Bar Solo

You will learn how to switch a rhythm between the hi hat and the ride cymbal, as well as gaining the understanding of the structure of a twelve bar piece. You will also learn how to play a four bar solo and then how to play a twelve bar piece of drumming including adding a four bar solo.

3
Playing A Sixteen Piece Bar Including All Of The Above

You will develop your drum reading skills and learn about dynamics with crescendos and diminuendos and be introduced to the signs for playing volume (dynamics), first and second time bars and repeat signs. You will also learn how to get great effect by playing the rim click and the rim shot on the snare drum. By the end of this lecture you will be able to play a sixteen bar drumming piece of music including all of the above skills.

4
Playing A Two Bar Pattern Funky Groove
  1. This lecture introduces you to the funk style of drumming and syncopation (playing off the beat). Playing 1/8 notes on the bass drum you will be able to develop a good sounding bass drum funk groove and have a better understanding of the funk style and play it confidently.

The Techniques Of Drumming

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Filling In The Gap: Adding Fills In Rhythms With 16th Notes

With this lecture you will be able to successfully play different patterns leaving some spaces in groups of 1/16 notes (sub groups). This makes interesting variations to the rhythmic phrases you can play and adds to your confidence and flair whilst playing rhythms and fills.

2
Applying Acquired Techniques Of Drumming And Introducing Sub Group Patterns

At this stage you will be able to apply the drumming techniques learned so far and now adding a new sixteenth note sub group pattern you will be able to start playing the first of the Latin rhythms (the Rumba) that you will learn. This is an important and enjoyable rhythm for competent drummers to know how to play.

Exploring Latin Rhythms

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A Study In Latin: The Rumba And The Samba

In this lecture you will further develop the aspect of opening the hi hats while playing, it's called 'barking'. You will also add to the  Latin rhythms and learn to play a Samba groove on the drums.

2
A Study In Latin: The Cha Cha Cha

You will be introduced to the Cha Cha Cha rhythm which is another in the Latin style. the play a piece that incorporates the Rumba, the Samba and the Cha Cha Cha into one creative Latin groove with fills.

Learning 3/4 Time Signatures And Combining Various Styles

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A Journey Through Time: Playing A Rhythm And Fills In 3/4 Time

You will learn about a different time signature and be introduced to play the 3/4 signature to the 4/4 that we have been playing and how to add fills in these. Going back to 4/4 you will develop some snare variations and shorts fills of just one, two or three beats rather than a whole bar.

The Introduction Of Triplets

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Learning Triplets: 12/8, The Shuffle And Swing

This lecture introduces you to a pattern grouping called triplets (3 beats in the space of 2). Triplets and a 'swing' element to playing the drums. Knowing triplets will allow you to play a 12/8 rhythm, a shuffle rhythm and a basic jazz swing rhythm which are all explained and demonstrated clearly for you to practise.

The Funky Art Of Drumming

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Getting Down With The Funk: Entering The Groovy World

You will be further studying funk drumming and developing your drumming skills with now learning to play 16ths on the bass drum, evolving to create some great sounding grooves. This is high level playing in the funk style. Upon completing this lecture you will be able to 'get-down' with the groove!

The Final Showdown

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Showtime: The Ultimate Ending

You will be putting all that you have learnt during the course into the ultimate performance showing the skills and confidence you have gained for your efforts and be able to be creatively and confidently play every performance with flair, skill and enjoyment.

Elevating To The Next Level

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