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Instruments > Drums/Percussion > Jazz Drums with Peter Erskine

Jazz Drums
with Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine captures his wealth of knowledge in this rich library of jazz drum lessons online. Students access hundreds of video lessons, backing tracks and much more. Learn how to play jazz drums from a true master.

 Jazz drum drills  Drum fill exercises

 Tons of play along tracks  Lots of jazz charts

About Video Exchange® Learning

What ultimately sets these jazz drum lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Peter Erskine reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your drumming to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Peter. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

About Peter Erskine

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 College 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 which include “La La Land", all three of the Austin Powers movies and many more. He has his own record label Fuzzy Music which produces jazz and has authored several drum technique books. He’s been teaching at ArtistWorks online since 2016.

Jazz Drum Lessons


Submit a Placement Video: Introduce Yourself & Find Your Starting Point
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
Jazz Phrasing
Ride Cymbal Technique
Ride Cymbal Phrasing vs. Tempo
Basic Hi-Hat & Ride Practice Techniques
Mindful Practice Routine
Heel Up or Heel Down?
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
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
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”


Submit a Placement Video: Introduce Yourself & Find Your Starting Point
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”
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics


Submit a Placement Video: Introduce Yourself & Find Your Starting Point
Phrasing (Backphrasing)
Playing a Melody on Drums - “Billie's Bounce”
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
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
Building a Solo - Free Soloing
Choices - Rhythms and Textures
Choices - The Backbeat
Choices - “Tribute”
Choices - “Home Basie”
Choices - “Now What”
“Cats & Kittens”
Soloing to an Image

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