Drum School

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Welcome to the Gigajam Drum School. Get ready to learn to play drums with our award-winning web-based method.

To get started first download and install the Gigajam Xtractor software, for either Windows or Mac OS X. Read the lesson instructions and watch the Introductory TV Show to get the most from your lessons.

Then open a lesson and have fun learning. When you've completed an exercise you can upload it to your porfolio in your locker.

Introduction:  Introducing the drums

If you are new to Gigajam or to the drums, then this is the place to start. You'll first of all be introduced to the drum kit and then shown how the Gigajam software and method works to provide fun, focused practice.

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Level 1

Lesson 1:  Building a rock groove

In this first lesson you will build up a simple groove step-by-step until your are comfortable playing all three parts. And so you will have mastered three way co-ordination and  a quarter note rock groove.

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Lesson 2:  Introducing eighth notes

This lesson introduces more musical notes, namely eight notes. By the end of the lesson you will be able to not only play, but also read five more rock grooves.

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Lesson 3:  Introducing sixteenth notes

In lesson 3 you'll break things down further with sixteenth notes. By the end of this lesson you'll be playing even more, varied rock grooves. You will also be able to play simple fills around the drum kit.

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Lesson 4:  Using subdivisions for fills

In your fourth lesson you'll build your library of rock fills whilst you also learn how to read simple, effective fills easily.

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Lesson 5:  Developing hi-hat lines

After this lesson you'll have improved your time keeping skills. You will begin to vary the patterns you play on the hi-hat whilst playing a steady groove.

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Lesson 6:  Developing rock grooves

This lesson continues straight on from Lesson 5 as you expand the library of grooves you can play.

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Lesson 7:  Phrasing Part 1 – Introducing phrasing for fills

Playing exciting fills whilst using the whole kit is what drumming is all about. This is the first of a two-part lesson where you'll learn more exciting fills.

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Lesson 8:  Phrasing Part 2 – Developing phrasing for fills

In this second part you'll continue learning and playing more exciting and musical fills using the whole kit.

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Lesson 9:  Introducing the crash cymbal

In this last lesson before the end piece you'll learn about how to use the crash cymbal to add structure to different parts of a song.

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Lesson 10:  Performing a song

Learn how to play with a professional band, whilst reading a drum chart. This lesson completes your Level 1 in Essential Drum Skills with Gigajam Drum School.

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Gigajam Band:  The First Time

Watch the The First Time being performed by the Gigajam band and learn a little about some of the skills required to work together in a professional situation.

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