Drum lessons

Drum Lessons

Drum Lessons at Kamata Music School are designed to build your skills and technique, enabling you to become a great drummer over a short period of time. We are in the lead in drumming instruction in Nairobi, Kenya. The drum lessons you’ll find at Kamata School are packed with valuable information on how to get started and propel your knowledge and skill to your desired level. At Kamata School you will quickly be off in the right direction. We shall fast-track your progress if you’re already playing. We acquaint you with concepts, tips, exercises and tricks you weren’t aware of as a more advanced drummer.

Thinking about learning how to play drums? Kamata Music School is the right place for you to be. Our drum lessons instructor will guide you step by step and mould you into becoming remarkable at playing the drum kit.

If you’re playing for the first time, you won’t need to know how to read sheet music to be able to learn to play the patterns taught. We explain each of the patterns in a step-by-step approach. You’ll learn how to play drums in no time. If you’d still like to learn how to read and write sheet music, we are here to help you in the advanced pack.

Drum Lessons Structure
Each Drums training session takes 1Hr. We conduct 2 or 3 weekly tutorials, on Saturdays you can devote more time to practice. The days and time are agreed upon between the teacher and the student. The program takes 3 months, totaling to 36 days to complete the program. We can adjust the time period should the student be unavailable during the course of the training.

Drum Patterns

1.      The main example we might take a gander at is the standard eighth note rock drum beat. The initial segment of this example is shown directly underneath. The numbers and the ‘&s are checks. The x’s are notes played on the shut hi-hat. For each measure you’ll need to play eight 1/8th notes on the shut. Begin by – 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 after that play the hi-hat caps alongside your tally. Make progress toward having notes played at a predictable pace and with a similar dynamic level, as you circle this activity again and again.

2.      The second part, we include the catch rhythms 2 and 4 of the tally. Play the hi-hat cap strokes as you include the catch drum. The strokes on the instrument must arrange impeccably when played. Keep the strokes reliable to make a smooth vibe.

3.      The third exercise we include the bass rhythms 1 and 3 of the check. We should not be stressed over the catch drum. The strong note heads on. This activity is the bass drum strokes. Include the bass drum hits as you play while tallying boisterously. The strokes on the two instruments must arrange splendidly when played.

4.      The above exercise is to influence you to assemble certainty to play the essential eighth note shake beat. You’ve figured out how to play its three layers, it’s a great opportunity to assemble them all. The hello there cap is played on every eighth note, similar to what we have learned on the past activities. The catch drum is included in 2 and 4 while the bass drum is played on thumps 1 and 3. Make sure to keep the hello there cap steady and the catch and bass drum strokes agreed with the ones played on the greetings cap.

On the off chance that you encounter challenges with this beat, don’t hesitate to backpedal to the past activities. Work on them for some time. Make sure to hone with a metronome, and continue rehearsing.

5.      Finally is your first drum fill. A drum fill is utilized to set another segment of a melody. The beat you simply learned is eighth note based while the example in this activity is sixteenth note based – designs with notes played on the e’s and the ah’s of a measure.

The hand with which you strike the greetings cap plays the notes of the fill on the beats (1, 2, 3, 4) and on the ‘&’s, while the other hand fills in with whatever remains of the notes on the “e’s and “ah’s. A decent method to begin honing this fill is to just play the eighth notes around the catch and toms by playing precisely what you were executing on the hello there cap. As you get settled with that progress you can begin filling in the notes in the middle of with your catch hand.

Take as much time as necessary with these activities, they might be difficult to play at first yet in the event that you keep at it you’ll have no issues. Once you’ve figured out how to play them, it ought to be your last objective with each example you learn. So at whatever point you learn new examples, keep in mind to rehearse.

Since we’ve acquainted you with some essential parts of honing drum set, we need to present drum set up. It is a crucial part in our drum lessons bundle.

1. Start with the feet
Take a sit on the drum stool, place your feet flat on the floor, shoulders apart, and an equal distance away from your body. This posture should be solid and comfortable.

Put the pedals where your feet are. The bass drum pedal will be under your right foot and the hi-hat pedal will be under your left foot. If you use a double bass drum pedal the additional pedal can be positioned after the rest of the kit has been put in place. Remember, at this point there should only be two pedals set in position.

2. Assemble the rest of your drum kit
Attach the bass drum to the bass drum pedal by carefully moving it into position behind the pedal. Set up the snare stand and position in between the two pedals. Mount the toms, set up the cymbal stands and add the cymbals.

Drum Lessons Kenya

3. Check the height of the stool
Check the height of the drum stool (also known as ‘drum throne). Sitting is what you’ll be doing most, so double-check you’re going to be sitting comfortably!

When you sit on the stool your knees should be bent at a 90 degree angle. Hips should be slightly higher than knees. Don’t have the stool set too low. If your knees are higher than your hips it can lead to unnecessary strain on the hips and upper legs.

Adjust the snare stand to the correct height. Some drummers tilt their snare drums whilst other drummers prefer the surface of the snare drum to be parallel to the floor- this is something to experiment with. In terms of snare height, keep the rim of the drum about the width of your fist higher than your thighs. This means when you hit rim shots on the snare you will not hit your legs too! If the snare drum is too high it can cause your elbows to be raised uncomfortably, leading to tension, which in turn leads to poor drumming technique.

4. Position of the toms and cymbals

The snare and the floor tom should be about the same height as– so adjust the floor tom legs to make the surface of the floor tom the same height as the snare skin. You might want to angle the floor tom so it slopes towards you slightly.

The rack toms are adjusted either by the tom mounts that attach to the bass drum or they have their own clamps which are fixed to cymbal stands or a drum rack. Whichever type of tom mounting system you use, you should be able to find a suitable angle and position for the toms. These should be in easy reach without having to stretch or lean forwards.

Cymbals should be above the kit so that to play them you move your arms upwards, not forwards. Just like the idea you applied to the position of the toms, you shouldn’t need to lean or lose your balance on the drum stool when you play the cymbals.

In the event that you require some further counsel, please send us an email and we’ll be upbeat to help.

Learners are by a long shot the biggest populace of drummers, and they come in loads of shapes and sizes. While a few instructors complete an extraordinary activity of considering age, foundation, and learning modalities (visual, sound-related, and material), others utilize a treat cutter approach (most likely in light of the fact that they were shown along these lines) to help their beginners. Work out of just a single book, hold the sticks a specific route, play inside just a single classification of music, take in specific fundamentals, et cetera. In spite of the fact that huge numbers of these teachers have had past progress with these strategies, advanced customers regularly observe this tight way to deal with be antiquated and stale; they’re not locked in and having a ton of fun. It’s not astonishing when understudies ask, “For what reason not show me?”

In the not really far off past, self-learning was exceptionally restricted: get a book (or a magazine, obviously), tune in to accounts, or watch your most loved drummers play live. You may have even popped a couple of instructional recordings into a VCR. With the abundance of cutting edge instructive assets accessible to learners nowadays, including YouTube, DVDs, ebooks, online lessons, sites, and applications, we’re swimming in an ocean of development. In any case, it’s turned out to be progressively troublesome for understudies to remain above water. They effectively progress toward becoming overpowered with the sheer number of decisions, lose their concentration, and require direction. The accompanying ten classifications give amateurs an approach to sort out their learning. Educators may likewise discover accommodating plans to add to their tool kits. Classes are not positioned by request of significance. At the end of the day, you could begin with any (at least one) of these. It’s imperative to continue wisely.

Set aside the opportunity to rehash new activities and play them at various beats. Go for authority over touching the most superficial layer. Dispose of all diversions, complete your objectives and you’ll soon observe substantial outcomes and how each strand is interconnected. Regardless of whether you choose to have a tutor to manage you through this procedure, eventually you should move and propel yourself. Who knows? In the event that you stay with it, we may soon be expounding on you in this magazine.



Grasp Holding the sticks in a productive way is vital to getting off to a decent begin. A simple method to discover your grasp is to stay strong with your hands next to you. Utilizing your left hand, put the stick into your correct hand. The level piece of your thumb should reach the stick and your residual fingers at that point wrap around normally. Rehash the strategy, putting the other stick into your left hand. Holds the sticks back somewhat from the genuine adjust point (the center) of the stick. When utilizing coordinated grasp, it’s normal that the butt (back) of the stick reaches close to the base of within your hand.

Support Pinch the sticks between the thumb and first joint of the pointer as well as the thumb and the second joint. A few drummers feel better utilizing the center finger or a blend of list and center finger.

Tight versus Free; Gripping the sticks too firmly shields the tip from bobbing openly off the playing surface. Secure the stick just sufficiently hard to guarantee that it doesn’t fly out of your hand. As the late Jim Chapin prompted, hold the sticks as you would a child feathered creature.

Approach the American grasp (where the sticks turn into an expansion of the lower some portion of your arm and the thumb is in a 3/4 position) creates a playing edge of around 60– 80 degrees. This makes it simple to focus on the internal concentric hover of the drumhead, and enables you to all the more effectively get to the two wrists and fingers. The French hold (thumb to finish everything) and German grasp (thumb as an afterthought) are additionally valuable (the French grasp, for instance, functions admirably to play time on a ride cymbal or a story tom), however the American grasp is the favored method to begin.

Free versus Controlled In a free stroke, the bounce back conveys the stick from a high position (close shoulder tallness) back to a high position. In a controlled stroke, the stick begins high, strikes the drum, however is then controlled by the fingers in a low position (a couple of creeps off the head). Ex. 1 Play controlled strokes in the main measure (a straightforward eighth-note shake beat) and free strokes in the second measure (the sixteenth-note fill). You may think that its less demanding to create free strokes utilizing the second joint and thumb as the support while using the grasp.

Coordinated versus Customary Beginners frequently find conventional hold more difficult to get than coordinated, customary support (non-predominant hand just) is situated in the meaty webbing between your thumb and pointer finger (rather than between a few of the fingers in coordinated). Likewise, rather than the more common place all over movement of coordinated, conventional utilizations a totally extraordinary movement — an underhand revolution of the lower arm — to create the stroke. To maintain a strategic distance from superfluous subjective cacophony, you should need to hold up to learn conventional grasp until you’ve turned out to be OK with coordinated.

Arm, Wrist, And Fingers from the beginning, a few tenderfoots tend to wastefully utilize their arms to drive the sticks, rather than their wrists. To figure out how to maintain a strategic distance from this, snatch your correct lower arm with your left hand, consequently immobilizing your correct arm. Presently play utilizing your wrist as it were.

Joining your fingers in the playing movement — alongside the wrists — is another imperative strategy. To figure out this, hold your correct stick utilizing the French grasp. Next, get tightly to your correct wrist with your left hand. Since you can’t move your correct wrist, you’ll move the stick utilizing just your fingers.

Traversed versus Generous When playing rock or funk thumps, most drummers traverse to the greetings cap while crossing their non-predominant hand to the catch (ordinarily directly finished left). The rationale here is that the solid hand can better deal with the speed and perseverance required in hello cap playing. In altruistic playing (non-traversed), the wrists/arms work inside a full scope of movement. Ex. 2 As a tenderfoot, you’ll advantage incredibly by figuring out how to both traverse and play generous. The two-measure states in this activity (one measure traversed, one measure charitable) should tempt you to make the two procedures a lasting installation in your training schedule.


Foot sole area down versus Rear area up In heel-down method, the whole base part of the foot stays on the pedal board as the lower leg and lower leg push down. This procedure takes into account the mixer to skip effectively off the head, creating a more resounding bass drum tone. In heel-up system, your rear area rises marginally off the pedal board, while the bundle of the foot remains. With heel-up, it’s simpler to cover the blender (enable it to stay on the head), emitting more assault and less reverberation. This strategy utilizes the greater muscles in your upper leg and hip and can yield amazingly intense strokes.

Utilizing heel-down, tenderfoots regularly experience difficulty shielding their toes from falling off the pedal; and utilizing heel-up, they frequently lift their whole foot off the pedal and step on it. Lifting off the bass drum pedal gives no mechanical favorable position and can create long haul control issues.

Ex. 3 This activity allows you to experiment with both bass drum procedures: heel-up and heel-down. Which one feels better to you?

Learning Methods

Vocabulary learning the names of the parts of the drum unit and the historical backdrop of each, in the case of showing it to yourself or speaking with your understudies, isn’t an exercise in futility. Indeed, it will spare you hours of dissatisfaction over the long haul.

One Note at a Time When looked with an overwhelming notch or lick, you can approach it one note or one gathering of notes at any given moment. Your cerebrum would more be able to effortlessly retain little bits of data that way. Ex. 4 Check out this sixteenth-note-based direct section. Have a go at learning it one note at any given moment. It’s a really many-sided design, so don’t swindle!

Duplicate Cat This fun technique requires at least two drummers (however it is conceivable to do this movement independent from anyone else). The pioneer (regularly an instructor) plays a lick and the devotee (the understudy) duplicates it. This should be possible with or without the guide of sheet music.

Deconstruction when multilayered thrashes and fills are broken into their segment parts, the cerebrum would more be able to effectively acknowledge the vertical connections of the notes. Ex. 5a– 5g a one-measure funk design (5a) is separated into its segment parts: howdy cap just (5b), bass drum just (5c), and catch just (5d). Next, blends of two segments are combined together: howdy cap and bass drum (5e), hello there cap and catch (5f), and bass drum and catch (5g). When you’ve aced every individual exercise, backpedal to the best and attempt the first example. Did this strategy help you?

Back It off Slowing down an example enables your body to unwind and gives your cerebrum time to process the data. On the off chance that you go gradually enough, a potential slip-up rather turns into an effortless recuperation. A metronome is an extraordinary apparatus. It guarantees that you begin as gradually as you figure you should, and can help pull you along to a perfect rhythm.

Play Softer There’s nothing very as elating as beating without end on the drums. In any case, it can be counterproductive when you’re attempting to discover some new information. Uproarious commotions can cause slips by in fixation. When you have the example under control, turn it move down to ten.


Let be honest; drumming is generally utilized for backup. Our activity is to help pass on the message and bolster the melody. In spite of the fact that there are numerous extraordinary play-along accessible, drumming to music that incorporates both vocal song and verses is important. Ex. 6a– 6d Listed here are four fundamental shake grooves with a tune suggestion for each. Clearly, numerous more beats (and tunes) could be added to this rundown. A portion of the rhythms are excessively quick for a few amateurs. Moderate killjoy programs, accessible as applications or programming for your PC, are exceedingly prescribed to help with this issue.

Metronome developing a relentless heartbeat is of key significance for each drummer. Metronomes are currently accessible as applications and are an awesome device to reinforce your planning. Ex. 7a– 7h the steady snap sound found in metronomes can wind up plainly grinding and counterproductive to learning. In this activity, a catch entry is rehashed various circumstances, yet you’ll see that the snap shows up in various cadenced positions: sixteenths, eighths, quarters, each and, beats 2 and 4 (half-take note of), each e and ah, beats 1 and 3 (half-notes), and beat 1 (entire notes). Keep on using this idea, and it won’t just breathe life into your training sessions, however will remarkably affect your improvement.

Examples From time to time, a starting understudy appears to her first lesson, and promptly needs to take in a propelled beat or fill. As an educator, now and then you need to reject the demand. Different circumstances, you can utilize that eagerness to educate an entire slew of interrelated abilities and ideas. Ex. 8 Here’s an ordinary funk design. You’ll watch a beat with both cadenced multifaceted nature and dynamic enunciations. Obviously, this is an example not ordinarily connected with starting understudies, but rather separating it into the accompanying components gives various open to instruction minutes: musicality (blends of eighth-and sixteenth-notes), staying (see the diddles on beat 3 in the main measure), and different verbalizations (buzz strokes, ghosted notes, and accents).


Obstinate Drum set coordination can be a terrifying prospect to apprentices. One approach to create coordination is to utilize ostinatos (consistent examples). The thought is to get at least one of your appendages going over and again so you won’t need to consider that appendage much. Thusly, your different appendages can start to perform works autonomously. Ex. 9 Instead of the regular ostinato exercises in which the feet keep up a relentless example and the hands play over the best, here, the hands stay steady while the feet switch things up.



Rundown For Beginners The accompanying basics are generally simple for tenderfoots to get a handle on: single-stroke moves, twofold stroke moves, various ricochet moves, five-, six-, seven-, and nine-stroke rolls, flams (counting power flams), flam highlights, flams taps, and Swiss armed force triplets.

Application once you are acquainted with these fundamentals, apply them to the drum pack. Ex. 10 In this one-measure groove, a nine-stroke move, seven-stroke roll, flam tap, and flam are connected to the howdy cap and catch.



Going around the Drums When a great many people take a seat to the pack out of the blue, they need to move their sticks all around. Without a composed method to do this, the outcome may sound a dreadful part like drums tumbling down stairs. Ex. 11 Let’s take a gander at an activity adjusted from my novice’s book, Drum craft. It utilizes single strokes and the single paradiddle (as a rotate) to enable you to movement around the drums, from the left side to the correct side and back.


3.5 + 0.5 Short fills have turned into a current staple in popular music: indeed, most are restricted to maybe a couple beats. Regardless of whether this is something worth being thankful for is easy to refute, however it’s a reality all things considered.

Ex. 12a– 12b Four-bar phrases are built in three and a half measures of a stone section and a half measure (two beats) of a fill. Notice the roundabout idea of these expressions: The finish of each fill turns into the starting (the downbeat) of the following measure (the stone notch). You can arrive back on the hello cap/bass drum — as recorded here — or supplant the greetings cap with a crash, utilizing the shoulder of the stick to reach the cymbal in a looking blow.

7. Perusing and WRITING

Subdividing Breaking down quarter-, eighth-, and sixteenth-notes into their slightest shared factor (sixteenth-notes) enables the novice to keep these rhythms in time. Building up a decent establishment enables amateurs at that point branch to out to more mind boggling rhythms. Ex. 13 In this activity, quarters, eighths, and sixteenths are in an arrangement. Make the most of beyond any doubt to a constant flow of sixteenth-takes note of completely through as you play.

Looking Ahead Reading and playing cadenced documentation can be a test when your eye stays on the current musicality; when you get more comfortable with the rhythms you’re perusing, start to look a beat or more ahead, as you do when you read message in a book.

Composing Your Own Music Learning to peruse and play music documentation is especially similar to the way toward taking in an outside dialect. Without figuring out how to compose in the meantime, you might pass up a major opportunity for completely grasping the new dialect. Locate some clear staff paper and compose your own particular music. You’ll be shocked by the advantages.

Deciphering/Listening/Analysis It’s never too soon for drum understudies (particularly with direction from an instructor) to start to listen eagerly to music, choose the drums from the blend, and record what they hear. This enables numerous understudies to better conceptualize documentation, get a feeling of why drum parts are played inside a melody structure (introduction, verse, chorale, scaffold, et cetera), and enables them to discuss better with different artists.

8. Staying

Exchanging most individuals get on the idea of substituting (one stick after another) effectively. Ex. 14a Hand-to-hand playing works exceptionally well here, particularly when the correct foot isn’t included. Notwithstanding, when you contemplate the kick drum, you see that both the privilege and left hands arrive on the beat (with the kick), and the included coordination is all the more difficult.

Sensible Approach The idea here is that the predominant hand arrives on each beat. Along these lines, staying turns out to be considerably more unsurprising, and coordination with the kick is less demanding. Ex. 14b: Compare this adhering to the sentiment the rotating illustration (14a).

9. Flow

Parity Depending on the melodic type, dynamic adjust can be of most extreme significance. For instance, in shake the kick and catch are most transcendent, while in jazz — with the exception of playing complements — the ride cymbal is heard over the kick and catch.

Accents the energy produced by encompassing louder notes with milder notes (or the other way around) is one of the shrouded keys to mind blowing drum part creation. A few drummers battle with the idea of raising or bringing down the stick tallness to create louder or gentler notes.

In 1942, George E. Glasgens distributed a book to help understudies with this called Strokes And Taps. Since that time numerous others have culminated the framework, including Charles Wilcoxon, Roy Burns, Lewis Malin, and most as of late, Jeff W. Johnson with his amazing book, The Level System. Ex. 15a– 15b Play a two-measure highlight design on the catch (15a). Ensure the emphasized notes don’t influence the volume (or stick stature) of the unaccented notes. In 15b, the accents are currently connected to the crash cymbal (and bass drum).

Crescendos A crescendo is a continuous increment in volume from delicate to noisy, which regularly gives strain in the music. Ex. 15c: This activity includes sixteenth-notes played as level flams (synchronous hits) utilizing the catch (left hand), floor tom (right hand), and bass drum (right foot). Since the crescendo is executed more than two bars, make a point to influence little unique changes (and stick tallness increments) as you go.

10. Fare thee well

Extending Warming up Playing drums is physically requesting, and simply like numerous different strenuous exercises, extending is prescribed to avoid damage. Warming up is likewise useful for your body as it builds blood stream to your appendages previously you begin to strive.

Hearing Protection There is a lot of choices accessible to enable you to avoid hearing misfortune: quiet cushions, earplugs, and ear protectors, work heads (Remo), low-volume cymbals (Zildjian), and low-volume drum surfaces (Aquarian). You are basically out of reasons. Secure your valuable ears!

Ergonomics the way you set up your drums, cymbals, pedals, stands, and honored position is fundamental to keeping up a solid drumming future. Battle the inclination to slump as you play. Since we as a whole have marginally extraordinary physiologies, it merits investing the energy to decide the setup that is best for your body.

Drum Care; the more you play drums, the nearer the relationship moves toward becoming amongst you and your apparatus. Purchase cases (or packs) for your rigging, change drumheads intermittently, grease up pressure poles and pivots, don’t over-fix wing screws to abstain from stripping the strings, and continue everything clean and tidy free.

Tuning To a specific degree, you are just in the same class as your sound. With every one of the books, DVDs, YouTube recordings, and contraptions out there to enable you to tune, you ought to have the capacity to accomplish a beautiful darn great drum sound. Once more, in the event that you experience any difficulty with this, search out a specialist.