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Lesson Plans

Adding Drums to Drummerless Songs – Part 2

A while back I did a video about one of my favorite lessons, “Adding Drums to Drummerless Songs.” In it I create my own drum part for the Punch Brothers’ version of Josh Ritter’s “Another New World.” The idea is to use this idea to inspire creativity in your students and try to get them…




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A Student’s Last Lesson

There are plenty of ‘first lessons’ out there, but what do you do for a student’s last lesson? Twitter: @musiciansnotes Facebook: http://facebook.com/musiciansnotepad Lesson Plans is a periodic column featuring both specific and conceptual lesson plans. They are designed to get you to think as a teacher and to give you a springboard to create your…




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Lesson Plans – Charting!

Charting is an extremely important tool for all drummers. The real life situation that I always pitch to my students is this: It’s Wednesday and the phone rings. A friend of a guy you once played a gig with is on the other end of the line and they’re looking for a drummer for THIS…




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Lesson Plans – Adding Drums to Drummerless Songs

Welcome to the first in a series called Lesson Plans, wherein, you guessed it, we share our favorite approaches and lessons in teaching drums and percussion. One of my absolute favorite lessons is to get students to play along to music without drums. There are many outlets for this. For one there are many tracks…