Believe me, I recognize it, just playing the exercises does not make you a ‘master’. You have to mess with those exercises, you have to turn them upside down. But that sounds so easy! How exactly do you do that?
For each chapter in the books I will make videos that can help you on your way. And the first 3 are ready! These videos are spoken in Dutch, but the notes & sound is of course in the international musical language. 😉 I hope you have fun with these.
A great project started in the second month of 2020! Every Saturday morning at 8:00 a new training video appears on YouTube. In every episode I will practice with you for 20 minutes so that you do not have to do everything on your own. That’s handy, right!? I do know that practicing at home, on your own, is quite difficult. Doing nice things is perfect, but those serious technical exercises… Pfff…
All exercises are in the same sequence, namely: 4-2-4-2 3-2-3 loud-loud soft-soft. But, every week, it will be used in a way that is just that little bit harder. This way we train your wrists, fingers and especially your head and ears. And those last two are perhaps the most important thing of all!
There will be a total of twenty videos of around 20 minutes, but the first are already online. Are you in?
Everyone knows that novice drummers want to learn a lot. But nobody knows if that fire is big enough for a long drum career. Sometimes the purchase of a serious method book is just a step too far.
For that reason I have made a very small edition for starters: 360DRUMS BOOK ZERO. This free e-book can greatly help every new drummer, both with and without a teacher.
You our your student will learn a new concept on every page, and in this way you actually play along with almost all famous radio hits after studying some of these pages. Furthermore, you will also combine beats, fills & play-alongs with every exercise. That basic principle is the way to learn to play the drums well.
BOOK ZERO is available for download (click this link below) and can be found in the iTunes Book Store as well.
The app for 360DRUMS has been completely updated, especially the video section has been given a major makeover which makes it even easier to find good sample videos while you are practicing.
This makes the videos (that fit the chapters) much easier accessible and you can get a lot of inspiration while you are practicing.
What can you find in this new version:
lots of inspiration for studying beats
many ideas for playing more creative fills
challenging drummer clicks (40-115bpm)
slow drumless playalong tracks (40-65bpm)
Besides all above, PayPal has recently been added as a payment system in the webshop. Furthermore, the digital version of the books can be purchased in de app by using PayPal. Many customers were asking for this feature. I am very glad to inform you about this new possibility.
In the latest edition of the Slagwerkkrant (the Dutch trade magazine for drummers) there is a nice article about my teaching method for pop drums 360DRUMSbook (two books, audio, video & app). Mark Eeftens describes in a beautiful way why these books are so very useful, for every drummer and drum teacher. Thank you very much Mark!
“The smart thing about the audio tracks is that they really do build up from slower tempo’s where you learn the fastest and most thoroughly … the rhythms contain many variations and patterns that you need in daily playing practice … they start simple but are ultimately bold and challenging … so no bookmarks or long texts but practice and apply immediately! “- Mark Eeftens
It is not easy to become a good drummer. Try to play the exercises well, becoming faster, integrate more and more techniques, play more and more variations, get better control over the muscles. And let’s not forget steadyness and volume control…
But creativity is a difficult quality, one that we can hardly train specifically. Taking risks, experimenting and making mistakes is the best route for this.
To show you how I do it… I have taken 2 chapters from Book of Fills (3.1 and 3.3), chosen a feel (even/triplet/bluesrock) and started to jam… Watch some of these 4 video’s & I hope you get inspired to do the same!
Every drumbook is written in a specific order, some start easily and become more and more difficult, other books are divided into categories so you can determine your ideal route yourself. The books for 360DRUMS are part of that second group. In the book I present 3 different routes, where my favorite is the 3rd. This article helps you to understand a bit more about this ‘custom’ route.