Drums: Basics 1 (non-credit)

Lessons Overview:

Lesson 1: Snare Drum Basics

  • History of the snare drum
  • Parts of the snare drum
  • Drum sticks and drum heads
  • Tuning the snare drum
  • Grip types
  • Proper technique for playing
  • Rudiments: single strokes and double strokes

Lesson 2: Rhythmic Notation

  • Pulse and tempo
  • Introduction to metronome use
  • Rhythmic notation basics
  • Notes and rests
  • Simple rhythms
  • Notation history

Lesson 3: Eighth & Sixteenths

  • Eighth notes and rests
  • Sixteenth notes and rests
  • Rudiments: paradiddles

Lesson 4: Bass Drum Basics 1

  • Parts of the bass drum and accessories
  • History of the bass drum
  • Tuning the bass drum
  • Bass drum technique
  • Bass drum rhythm exercises

Lesson 5: Bass Drum Basics 2

  • Bass drum rhythm exercises continued
  • Bass and snare drum rhythms—tw0-way coordination
  • Backbeat rhythms

Lesson 6: Ride Cymbal

  • History of cymbals
  • Ride cymbal basics
  • Quarter-note grooves—three-way coordination
  • Eighth-note grooves—three-way coordination

Lesson 7: Hihat

  • Hihat basics
  • Hihat notation
  • Closed hihat grooves
  • Incorporating your left foot—four-way coordination

Lesson 8: Crash Cymbal

  • Crash cymbal basics
  • Essential crashes
  • Phrases with multiple crashes
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 9: Introduction to Drum Fills

  • Drum fill basics
  • Snare drum fills—one beat
  • Snare drum fills—two beats
  • Snare drum fills—one measure

Lesson 10: Tom Toms

  • Tom-tom basics
  • Tuning the tom-toms
  • Two-beat tom-tom fills
  • Four-beat tom-tom fills
  • Performance review

*Please note: there are other lesson components and assignments that are not reflected on this summary.

Required Materials:

  • Drum Sticks (suggestions provided in lesson 1.5)
  • Full Drum Set (floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Drum Throne
  • Computer and internet access
  • Recording device (video camera, smart phone, computer, tablet, etc.)

Optional:

  • Practice pad

Drums: Basics 2 (non-credit)

Lessons Overview:

Lesson 1: Sixteenth-Note Grooves

  • History of rock & pop music
  • Right hand sixteenths
  • Alternating sixteenth grooves

Lesson 2: Disco Grooves

  • Characteristics of disco music
  • Eighth-note disco grooves
  • Alternating sixteenth-note disco grooves
  • Additional four-on-the-floor disco grooves

Lesson 3: Bell-Accent Grooves—Downbeats

  • Downbeat bell grooves parts 1-4

Lesson 4: Bell-Accent Grooves—Upbeats

  • Upbeat bell grooves parts 1-4

Lesson 5: Alternative Hi-Hat/Ride Patterns—Part 1

  • Alternative hihat/ride patterns—1+a
  • Alternative ride patterns—1+a
  • Alternative hihat patterns—1+a (alternating)

Lesson 6: Syncopated Hi-Hat and Ride Patterns—Part 2

  • Alternative hihat patterns—1e+
  • Alternative ride patterns—1e+
  • Alternative hihat grooves—1e+ (alternating)

Lesson 7: Breakbeats

  • History of the breakbeat
  • Eighth-note breakbeats
  • Sixteenth-note breakbeats

Lesson 8: Hihat Barking—Part 1

  • Barks in eighth-note grooves
  • Barks in sixteenth-note grooves

Lesson 9: Hihat Barking—Part 2

  • Offbeat sixteenth-note barks with bass drum
  • Essential sixteenth-note bark grooves
  • Alternating sixteenth-note bark grooves

Lesson 10: Gadd Grooves

  • History—Steve Gadd
  • Gadd grooves parts 1 & 2
  • Performance review

Required Materials:

  • Drum Sticks (suggestions provided in lesson 1.5)
  • Full Drum Set (floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Drum Throne
  • Computer and internet access
  • Recording device (video camera, smart phone, computer, tablet, etc.)

Optional:

  • Practice pad

Drums: Basics 2—UC Approved

Lessons Overview:

Lesson 1: Sixteenth-Note Grooves

  • History of rock & pop music
  • Right hand sixteenths
  • Alternating sixteenth grooves

Lesson 2: Disco Grooves

  • Characteristics of disco music
  • Eighth-note disco grooves
  • Alternating sixteenth-note disco grooves
  • Additional four-on-the-floor disco grooves

Lesson 3: Bell-Accent Grooves—Downbeats

  • Downbeat bell grooves parts 1-4

Lesson 4: Bell-Accent Grooves—Upbeats

  • Upbeat bell grooves parts 1-4

Lesson 5: Alternative Hi-Hat/Ride Patterns—Part 1

  • Alternative hihat/ride patterns—1+a
  • Alternative ride patterns—1+a
  • Alternative hihat patterns—1+a (alternating)

Lesson 6: Syncopated Hi-Hat and Ride Patterns—Part 2

  • Alternative hihat patterns—1e+
  • Alternative ride patterns—1e+
  • Alternative hihat grooves—1e+ (alternating)

Lesson 7: Breakbeats

  • History of the breakbeat
  • Eighth-note breakbeats
  • Sixteenth-note breakbeats

Lesson 8: Hihat Barking—Part 1

  • Barks in eighth-note grooves
  • Barks in sixteenth-note grooves

Lesson 9: Hihat Barking—Part 2

  • Offbeat sixteenth-note barks with bass drum
  • Essential sixteenth-note bark grooves
  • Alternating sixteenth-note bark grooves

Lesson 10: Gadd Grooves

  • History—Steve Gadd
  • Gadd grooves parts 1 & 2
  • Performance review

Required Materials:

  • Drum Sticks (suggestions provided in lesson 1.5)
  • Full Drum Set (floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Drum Throne
  • Computer and internet access
  • Recording device (video camera, smart phone, computer, tablet, etc.)

Optional:

  • Practice pad

Drums: Basics 1—UC Approved

Lessons Overview:

Lesson 1: Snare Drum Basics

  • History of the snare drum
  • Parts of the snare drum
  • Drum sticks and drum heads
  • Tuning the snare drum
  • Grip types
  • Proper technique for playing
  • Rudiments: single strokes and double strokes

Lesson 2: Rhythmic Notation

  • Pulse and tempo
  • Introduction to metronome use
  • Rhythmic notation basics
  • Notes and rests
  • Simple rhythms
  • Notation history

Lesson 3: Eighth & Sixteenths

  • Eighth notes and rests
  • Sixteenth notes and rests
  • Rudiments: paradiddles

Lesson 4: Bass Drum Basics 1

  • Parts of the bass drum and accessories
  • History of the bass drum
  • Tuning the bass drum
  • Bass drum technique
  • Bass drum rhythm exercises

Lesson 5: Bass Drum Basics 2

  • Bass drum rhythm exercises continued
  • Bass and snare drum rhythms—tw0-way coordination
  • Backbeat rhythms

Lesson 6: Ride Cymbal

  • History of cymbals
  • Ride cymbal basics
  • Quarter-note grooves—three-way coordination
  • Eighth-note grooves—three-way coordination

Lesson 7: Hihat

  • Hihat basics
  • Hihat notation
  • Closed hihat grooves
  • Incorporating your left foot—four-way coordination

Lesson 8: Crash Cymbal

  • Crash cymbal basics
  • Essential crashes
  • Phrases with multiple crashes
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 9: Introduction to Drum Fills

  • Drum fill basics
  • Snare drum fills—one beat
  • Snare drum fills—two beats
  • Snare drum fills—one measure

Lesson 10: Tom Toms

  • Tom-tom basics
  • Tuning the tom-toms
  • Two-beat tom-tom fills
  • Four-beat tom-tom fills
  • Performance review

*Please note: there are other lesson components and assignments that are not reflected on this summary.

Required Materials:

  • Drum Sticks (suggestions provided in lesson 1.5)
  • Full Drum Set (floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Drum Throne
  • Computer and internet access
  • Recording device (video camera, smart phone, computer, tablet, etc.)

Optional:

  • Practice pad

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