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Instruments > Drums > 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

Jazz Drums with Peter Erskine

What You'll Learn

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.

Top Quality Drum Lessons

  • 100s of drum lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

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


  • Introduction to Jazz Drums with Peter Erskine
  • Recommended Course Materials
  • Submit a Placement Video: Introduce Yourself & Find Your Starting Point
  • 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”
  • Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics

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Select A Plan

  • 3 Month Plan     $105
  • 6 Month Plan     $179
  • 12 Month Plan     $279
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What's In This Plan

  • Unlimited Access to Lessons
  • Unlimited Access to Video Exchange Library
  • 1 Video Submission to Teacher
  • Music Theory Workshop
  • Acoustic Guitar 101

Affordable Plans

Each subscription is for a single school. Pricing and features can vary slightly per school.

1 Month membership
renews monthly
Unlimited Access to Lessons
Unlimited Video Exchanges
Exclusive Content
$35/month (prepaid)
3 Month membership
renews every 3 months
Unlimited Access to Lessons
Unlimited Video Exchanges
Exclusive Content
$30/month (prepaid)
12 Month membership
renews every 12 months
Unlimited Access to Lessons
Unlimited Video Exchanges
Exclusive Content
$20/month (prepaid)