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Learn How to Play Jazz Drums Online with Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has taken his entire knowledge of playing drums and poured it into a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of incredible jazz drum lessons. Subscribers get unlimited access to all online drum lessons, supplemented by backing tracks and other study materials. Plus there's special guest appearances and a community of drum enthusiasts from all over the world.

What ultimately sets these drum lessons apart from other online offerings however, is the ability to submit a video using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® Learning platform. Peter reviews each submission and records a video response where he offers tips and techniques to practice. All students can access Peter's Video Exchange library, which might contain the key to unlock your drumming.


Top Quality Jazz Drum Lessons

  • Hundreds of drum lessons
  • All levels and styles of drumming welcome
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
Video Exchange® Learning

  • Submit practice videos to Peter
  • Get custom feedback on your drumming
  • Practice the advice and improve your sound
 
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress your drumming

Peter Erskine Jazz Drums Lessons

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  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Beginner

  • Introduction to Jazz Drums with Peter Erskine
  • Recommended Course Materials
  • Holding the Sticks
  • Practice Pads - Introduction
  • Practice Pads - Basic Strokes
  • Practice Pads - Warm Up Pattern
  • Practice Pads - Warming Up with Rudiments
  • Basic Tone Production
  • Ride Cymbal Technique
  • Ride Cymbal Phrasing vs. Tempo
  • Basic Hi-Hat & Ride Practice Techniques
  • Mindful Practice Routine
  • Subdivisions
  • Jazz Phrasing
  • Heel Up or Heel Down?
  • “Tribute”
  • Independence & Coordination - Unisons
  • Unison Exercises
  • Independence & Coordination - Contrapuntal
  • Vocabulary - Jazz Context
  • The Comping Game
  • Introduction to Coordination Exercises
  • Coordination Exercise 1
  • Coordination Exercise 2
  • Coordination Exercise 3
  • Coordination Exercise 4
  • Coordination Exercise 5
  • Coordination Exercise 6
  • Coordination Exercise 7
  • Coordination Exercise 8
  • Coordination Exercise 9
  • Coordination Exercise 10
  • Coordination Exercise 11
  • Coordination Exercise 12
  • Coordination Exercise 13
  • Coordination Exercise 14
  • Coordination Exercise 15
  • Coordination Exercise 16
  • Coordination Exercise 17
  • Coordination Exercise 18
  • Coordination Exercise 19
  • Coordination Exercise 20
  • Coordination Exercise 21
  • Coordination Exercise 22
  • Coordination Exercise 23
  • Coordination Exercise 24
  • Coordination Exercise 25
  • Coordination Exercise 26
  • Coordination Exercise 27
  • Coordination Exercise 28
  • Coordination Exercise 29
  • Coordination Exercise 30
  • Coordination Exercise 31
  • Coordination Exercises - Overview
  • “Home Basie”
  • Introduction to Jazz Coordination Exercises
  • Jazz Coordination Exercise 1
  • Jazz Coordination Exercise 2
  • Jazz Coordination Exercise 3
  • Jazz Coordination Exercise 4
  • “Della Buys Car Lights”

Intermediate

  • Staccato to Legato Phrasing
  • Hi-Hat Control - Basic Technique
  • Hi-Hat Control - Exercises
  • Hat Tricks
  • Brushes - Basic Technique
  • Brushes - The Silent Lift
  • Brushes - “Autumnal Foliage”
  • Brushes - “Badlands”
  • Brushes in 3/4 Time - “Up Jumped Spring” Playthrough
  • Reelin' in the Ears
  • “Boogie Shuttle Stop”
  • Elvin Triplets
  • Call & Response Exercise - Trading 4's (1/4 Note = 120 BPM)
  • Call & Response Exercise - Trading 4's (1/4 Note = 150 BPM)
  • Call & Response Exercise - Trading 8's (1/4 Note = 180 BPM)
  • Introduction to Destination Point Fill Exercises
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 1
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 2
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 3
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 4
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 5
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 6
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 7
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 8
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 9
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 10
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 11
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 12
  • Destination Point Fill Exercise 13
  • Creative Practicing with Fills
  • “Now What”

Advanced

  • Phrasing (Backphrasing)
  • Playing a Melody on Drums - “Billie's Bounce”
  • Listening
  • Slow Jazz Blues - 4/4 Time
  • Ballads - “Flesh & Spirit”
  • Ballads - “Daddy, What is God's Last Name?”
  • Odd Time Signatures
  • Odd Time Signatures - Freestyle Soloing
  • Odd Time Signatures - “Waltz of the Flowers”
  • Odd Time Signatures - “Bulgaria”
  • Odd Time Signatures - “Ellis Island”
  • Call & Response Exercise - Odd Time Signatures: 3/4 Time
  • Call & Response Exercise - Odd Time Signatures: 5/4 Time
  • Call & Response Exercise - Odd Time Signatures: 7/4 Time
  • Call & Response Exercise - Odd Time Signatures: 9/4 Time
  • Working with Vocalists
  • Jim Keltner: Let the Microphone Do the Work
  • “Remember Me Mañana”
  • Exploring Textures - Drum Sticks
  • Exploring Textures - Brushes
  • Exploring Textures - Mallets
  • Exploring Textures - End Button
  • Brazilian - Introduction to Samba
  • Brazilian - Samba Rhythms
  • Brazilian - Essential Clave Patterns
  • Brazilian - Baião
  • Brazilian - Adding Brushes
  • Brazilian - Dynamic Control
  • Brazilian - “Blues Bassa”
  • “Joy Luck Club”
  • Building a Solo - Getting Started
  • Building a Solo - Adding Dynamics
  • Building a Solo - Free Soloing
  • Choices - Rhythms and Textures
  • Choices - The Backbeat
  • Choices - “Tribute”
  • Choices - “Home Basie”
  • Choices - “Now What”
  • “Runferyerlife”
  • “Pesos”
  • “Cats & Kittens”
  • Soloing to an Image

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About Peter

Peter Erskine first started playing drums when he was four years old. Since then he’s appeared on over 600 recordings, won two Grammy Awards and an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. He’s played with legendary artists including Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and many more.

Peter’s drumming can be heard on many film scores including “The Secret Life of Pets,” “The Majestic", and all three of the Austin Powers movies. Peter also has his own record label Fuzzy Music which produces jazz and is an active author with several books published.

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