Book content breakdown


Applied playing & timing

Technique & rudiments

Reading, theory & knowledge

Co-ordination & independence

Kids book Playing in time with the pulse Holding the sticks The pulse in music Playing around the drums
Playing rhythms in time with music Where to hit the drums & cymbals Intrduction to tempo and BPM Playing simple rhythms around the drums
Playing basic grooves in time with music Posture Meet the drum family Unisons
Playing 4 bar phrases in time with music Using the pedals Meet the cymbal family Basic grooves
Playing rhythms by ear Introduction to rudiments notes on the stave (steps) Basic fills
Writing notes onto the stave Getting used to left & right Learn note positions on the stave 4 bar phrases
Single stroke roll Follow simple patterns across the stave Rudiments around the drums
Double stroke roll Tea & Coffee rhythms (Quarter & eighth notes)
Paradiddle Counting bars & phrases
Rudiments played with feet
Foundation Playing quarter note grooves and fills with music Introduction to technique Intorduction to the drum kit Quarter note groove and fill
Creating fills Good technique checklist Basic notation 4 bar phrases
Playing eighth note grooves and fills with music Basic grip options Basic stave markings Eighth note groove and fill
Mixing quarter and eighth notes in time with music Basic foot technique 4/4 time signature Mixing quarter and eighth notes in grooves and fills
Creating fills using quarter and eighth notes Introduction to rudiments Reading quarter and eighth notes with click Changing bass drum patterns in grooves
Create basic grooves using quarter and eighth notes Rudiments played over eighth notes Introduction to stickings Introduction to independence
Differences in approach to playing rock & pop Single stroke roll Introduction to note values Rudiments in fills
Reading, following and playing basic drum charts Double stroke roll Whole & half notes Leaving gaps in playing (rests in fills)
Playing with pop music Paradiddle Whole, half, quarter & eighth note rests Part bar fills (shorter fills)
Playing with rock music Using different parts of the stick to create different sounds Pop music – History, characteristics & examples Mixed 4 bar phrases
Using different parts of the drums and cymbals to create different sounds Rock music – History, characteristics & examples
Introduction to drum charts
Level 1 Playing eighth note triplet grooves and fills in time with music Triplet rudiments Eighth note triplets Eighth note triplet groove and fill
Playing sixteenth note grooves and fills in time with music Useful triplet stickings Reading quarter notes and eighth note triplets Triplet rudiments in fills
Playing off beat grooves and fills in time with music Basic rudiments over sixteenth notes Sixteenth notes Sixteenth note groove and fill
Create fills using all notes and rests covered so far Reading exercises with quarter, eighth note and sixteenth notes with rests Playing sixteenth note grooves hand to hand and lead hand only
Playing with Blues music Reading eighth note rests and off beat rhythms Off beat groove and fill
Playing with disco music Slurs Playing mixed rhythm fills
Playing with music while changing hi-hat intensity and adding lifts Tied notes Various bass drum patterns with all hi hat patterns covered so far
Chart reading blues, disco & rock songs Blues music – History, characteristics & examples 2 bar phrases
Disco music – History, characteristics & examples Introduction to using the hi-hat pedal
Feel in music – apllying feel to different styles and song types Hi-hat intensity
Opening and closing hi-hats
Level 2 Playing grooves & fills with broken patterns in time with music Accents – Loud & quiet notes Reading groups of 3 sixteenth notes Playing grooves with broken hi-hat patterns
Playing 4 to the floor grooves and fills in time with music Basic introduction to down, tap, up & full strokes Soul music – History, characteristics & examples Mixing broken hi-hat patterns
Playing grooves and fills with stepped hi-hat patterns in time with music Single handed exercises EDM music (electronic dance music) – History, characteristics & examples Off beat sixteenth note bass drum patterns (sixteenth note independence)
Playing with soul music Accent patterns over eighth notes Adding texture to different styles of music using various techniques Playing fills with accents
Playing with EDM music Accent patterns over sixteenth notes Introduction to dynamics and dynamic markings Four to the floor grooves and fills
Adding texture to playing using various techniques including dynamics Applying accents to rudiments More chart markings including 1st & 2nd time endings Quarter note snare grooves (soul feel)
Reading snare drum charts that include all notes and rests covered so far Flams Stepped quarter note hi-hat patterns
Reading soul, dance and house music charts Basic flam rudiments Stepped eighth note hi-hat patterns
Mixing rudiments in one full chart Accents as flams Stepped off beat hi-hat patterns
Level 3 Playing various shuffle grooves with different styles of music Eighth note triplet patterns with rests Shuffle grooves & fills
Create rhythms and fills with shuffle feel Dotted notes All broken sixteenth note variations (broken rhythms) applied to bass drum
Playing in time with punk, rockabilly & psychobilly music All sixteenth note variations (broken patterns) Advanced independence grooves with off beat bass drums & snare drums
Playing in time with Ska, 2-Tone & reggae music Punk – History, characteristics & examples Punk grooves
Introduction to ad-lib and improvisation Rockabilly & Psychobilly – History, chracteristics & examples Ska, 2-Tone & Reggae grooves & fills
Reading charts over 2 pages in various styles Ska & 2-Tone – History, characteristics & examples The Reggae one drop groove
Reggae – History, characteristics & examples The Reggae Steppa groove
Dal segno & codas
Different sections of a song
Song structures
Creating and following simple song maps
Level 4 Mixing straight & triplet rhythms Accent patterns over eighth & sixteenth note triplets Half & quarter note triples All triplet variations in grooves & fills
Mixing straighth and triplet rhythms in grooves and fills with music Ghost notes Sixteenth note triples Broken sixteenth note rhythms around the drums in fills
Playing along with music with a half time shuffle or swung sixteenth note feel Paradiddle variations (double, triple etc) over sixteenth or sixteenth note triplets Broken sixteenth note triplet rhythms Playing independence grooves with a half time shuffle feel
Playing grooves and fills in 3/4, 5/4, 6/4 & 7/4 in time with music Moving accents in paradiddles Half time shuffle Half time shuffle becomes swung sixteenth notes
Playing with a triplet or shuffle feel in different time signatures Grace notes Time signature revision Paradiddle variations around the drums as fills
Playing along with funk music Ruffs & drags Changing the top number in time signatures (3/4, 5/4, 7/4 etc) Patradiddle grooves
Playing along with hip hop music Flam, drag & ruff rudiments Funk – History, characteristics & examples Funk & hip hop grooves & fills with swung sixteenth feel and ghost notes
Chart reading various styles and time signatures Hip hop – History, characteristics & examples