Drumming that sounds so great your neighbours will ask you to practice more

As beginner drummers, we want to spin our sticks, breathe fire, and play louder than a gorilla, but first we need to build some key foundations.

These foundations are the world famous, all-singing, all-dancing, ’common drum beats’.


“James’s lessons are very approachable!”

I can't recommend James highly enough. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started drumming, and he's been incredibly supportive. He's also unpretentious (despite his ridiculous talent) and his lessons are very approachable, which is really necessary for a beginner like me. Five stars for sure!
Beginner Drummer

Why should I learn to play the common drum beats?

Here’s something fascinating about learning to play the drums – most songs are based on just a handful of essential drum beats.

How important are they?

As a professional drummer, I couldn’t be without a single one of these common drum beats. They are the building blocks of thousands of the world’s most popular songs.

It all starts here...

Every drummer has their own unique style and they’ll usually add extra touches on top of these common drum beats, but underneath, the foundations are universal.

How it works

In this fun, approachable video course for new and beginner drummers, I’ll be teaching you 11 of the world’s most important and popular drum beats, and all of the other foundational tools you need to know as someone who’s just starting out.

Play along to music 🎶

I’ll get you playing along to music in the first 10 minutes of the course. We’ll learn some of the most iconic songs ever released, from world famous artists across a range of musical styles.

Pro-level drum technique 🥁

Everything you could possibly need to know, from how to hold the sticks, to how to keep time, to pro-level foot and hand technique, to how to best understand the music you’re playing along to… it’s all covered.

Plenty of fun and hilarity 🤪

I’m serious about teaching rock-solid drum technique and building a strong foundation for wherever you want to take your drumming, though there’s always time for a laugh or two when learning to play the drums.

What's included?


Individual video lessons


Common drum beats


World-famous songs to play


Silly jokes about drumming


“Thank you for being amazing!”

When I chose James, I didn't know what type of instructor I was getting and had decided that if I didn't like him I'd just find someone else. Fast forward 6 months, I wouldn't change a thing. He is so kind and encouraging and has a true love of music! Mix all of that with his sense of humor and it just doesn't get any better! Thank you James for being amazing!
Beginner Drummer

Hi, I'm James 👋

▶ I’m a professional drummer from the UK, and I teach adults all around the world in 1 to 1 drum lessons, online video courses and through my free website resources, which has helped over 100,000 drummers.

▶ I’ve been lucky enough to study under some of the world’s top session drummers, who’s playing credits include Stevie Wonder, the London Symphony Orchestra, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

▶ I’m passionate about presenting things in a fun, easy to understand manner, whilst still equipping my students with the essential tools they need to excel.

Here’s a few clips of me in action. 👇

Check out a sample lesson from the course 👇

My promises if you join today

‘Common Drum Beats’ for life

This drumming course isn’t going anywhere! When you’re old and grey, you’ll still be able to check in and rewatch these videos any time you like.

Support on our Facebook group

If your drum kit has exploded or you’ve got another drumming related question, feel free to let me know in our kind, supportive Facebook group.

Introductory launch offer

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“I progressed much faster than I was expecting!”

I was drumming for around 8 months before hitting a wall and knowing I needed a teacher to get me where I wanted. I looked for an online option and thankfully found James via a Google drum post. Since then, I've never looked back with James steering me to a much higher level within a short time frame. Hard work was required but the lessons got me to my goal far quicker. I personally find the online lessons great as I can do it all from the comfort of my own home.
Beginner Drummer

You have questions, I have answers

Not at all! There are two requirements for this course: you must be a human being (teaching my dog how to keep time was a nightmare) and you must be curious about what the world of drumming might have in store for you.

The majority of the lessons can actually be followed with just your hands and your feet – you simply tap along with the correct hand and foot at the correct time.

By doing this, you’re practicing the same co-ordination and timing skills that you’ll be taking to the drums in the future.

If you’ve only got a pair of sticks or a practice pad – that’s fine too.

Thankfully, no!

This course contains 36 individual video lessons – it would take a student studying in private lessons 2-3 months to cover the same material – at a far greater cost.

It would on average take me at least ten hour-long lessons to cover this content with a student in person – which would normally cost $400. 

I want this course to be of huge value to everyone who signs up – which is why I’ve decided to offer the same content online to students at $129.

If you’ve never tooted a trumpet, plonked a piano or violined a violin – that’s no problem at all.

This course isn’t just a dump of different drum beats thrown at you like a pot of soup by an angry grandma.

It’s the perfect starting point for a new drummer.

I’ll take you right from the very beginning, I’m not going to assume anything or miss any of the basics.

I’ll teach you how to count music, what the different drums are, how a drum beat works, and all of the must-know essentials that ensure everything else make sense.

Learning drums does take time and practice, but here’s the most important thing to know: I’ve never actually met a student who couldn’t play drums, regardless of age or their own ideas of their musical ability.

If you’re feeling unsure about taking up the drums and you’re not backing yourself right now, don’t worry, I am backing you!

What’s more, you’re not just going to be alone out there in cyberspace, trying to drum out there by yourself.

You’ll get access to our private Facebook group where you can feel free to pop a drumming-related question in my direction.

If your dog has eaten one of your drumsticks, that question might be better directed at a vet – but I should be able to answer any other query you may have.

If you’re just starting out – it really helps to have a course to set you on the right path – you can rest easy in the knowledge that you have everything you need to excel – and that you haven’t missed a thing.

The skills I teach in this course will carry you as far as you want to go – the technique taught is all to a professional level – and there’s plenty of insider professional knowledge included that’ll accelerate your learning curve.

The tricky thing is – every man and his dog now has a YouTube channel that you can watch – and it can be tempting to try and learn every tip and trick out there, but in my experience, this most often distracts students from what’s really important.

There are foundational skills that should be prioritised above everything else when you first start playing – and that’s what we’ll be covering in this course.

And while I am going to be setting you up in the correct way to push your drumming as far as you want to go – there’s no pressure here to become a world-class prodigy drumming robot.

It’s a serious drumming course in the sense that it gives you all the tools that you need to excel – but it’s also a fun drumming course in the sense that there’s always time for a laugh or two.

Take the "umm" out of drumming

Click the button below, sign up and you’ll be drumming with me in a blink of a drumstick (fingers crossed this expression catches on). Let’s do this!