What are the best apps for learning to play the drums?

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    #1Classic Drum

    Classic Drum
    Classic Drum is a free app for Android that simulates vintage drums in your mobile/tablet screen. Ideal for those who want to study or play drumming without making much noise or taking up much space.


    Free- with in-app purchases

    Doris Holmes
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Classic Drum is an Android app that lets you drum your fingers on the screen and the sound of drums will play. You don't need to know how to play the drums for this app to work for you. It comes with lessons and a tutorial."
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    Learn chords in real time with this website, based on the famous (and not free) Guitar Pro


    José Juan Mondragón
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Songsterr is an app to help people learn to play guitar, bass, and drums. It's easy to use and has a pleasant and easy to read interface."
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    This app will help beginner drummers to improve their drum skills: there are notations of every official rudiment, keeping the tempo exercises, reading tests and many more features that are basic for every player.




    Debra Greene
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I downloaded this app for my son since he wants to start playing drums. I could not believe how easy it was to follow along. I really like the detailed instructions it has. In only a week the sound he makes from his drums has improved!"
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    GarageBand is a music making software and app for Mac and iOS respectively. It offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Users can access piano and guitar lessons.


    Mac, iOS


    Chris Tang
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "GarageBand helps me keep my rythem while I'm away at work and need to make sure that I can hold a solid 4/4 rythem or any other type of rythem. The interface is very clean and it runs quickly as well. "
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    #5911 Tabs

    911 Tabs
    911 Tabs is a great tablature search engine to find tabs for guitar, bass, piano and drums.


    Brandon Barrett
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "911 Tabs is a terrific resource if you're learning how to play specific songs by famous artists. I wouldn't call it the best resource for learning how to play the drums, however; there are better sites and apps out there for that purpose. If you're already a bit advanced as a drummer though, this is a good site for learning songs. "
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    #6Drum kit

    Drum kit
    What to do if you want to play the drum set, but you do not have it? There is nothing easier! This is a great simulator drum kit. Play drums anywhere using your device.

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jordan Watkins
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "Drum kit is the best drum app I have found so far. It is very useful for learning how to play drums or playing around with ideas. The one problem with this app is that rimshots can get in the way sometimes."
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    #7Drum set

    Drum set

    This app features a full drum set to play along your favorite songs: you will be able to use this app while listening to your favorite song, so you can play the drums of it like if you were the drum player. 




    Brian Nelson
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "The intent is good and some of the technology is awesome but it just doesn't work well on a phone. I thought it might be the cheap phone speakers so I tried it with headphones and it's still not right. There's a lag that dives me crazy. Try again."
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    #8Ultimate Guitar

    Ultimate Guitar

    The Ultimate Guitar app lets users find over 800,000 chords, tabs, and lyrics for guitar, bass, and ukulele. It comes with a tool for users to edit chords, lyrics however they want. The app is also available in dark mode and offline.


    Web, Android, iOS


    Jeremy Beck
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "Well Ultimate Guitar is not really an app. Nor is it for drums; it's for guitars. So I would recommend looking elsewhere for drum apps. Otherwise good site."
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    DM1 is a virtual drum machine for iOS that makes interesting and fun the process of creating your own music directly from your mobile. It includes a step sequencer, drum pads, a mixer, and more.



    Aaron Murray
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "At 3.99 I really have nothing bad to say about DM1, it's quick and easy to learn and I actually learned more than I was expecting about what a good drum beat should sound like. Plus it's really fun to play around with and see what stuff I can come up with."
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    #10Drum Beats+

    Drum Beats+

    This app has everything you will ever need to learn how to play drums: it features a metronome, more than 100 drum sets, timing exercises and a tempo modifier so you can play at the speed you wish. 


    iOS, Android

    $3.99- with in-app purchases

    Mary Fowler
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "This is great for beginners and music teachers alike. Being able to set a tempo gives a lot of control and can help the student memorize the different speeds which is crucial for orchestral and sight-reading accuracy. It's nothing fancy to look at, but it can definitely help improve your skills."
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    #11Drum Guru

    Drum Guru
    This educational app will teach both beginner and more advanced drummers lots of techniques, skills and tricks to get to play like their idols. Drum Guru has lots of video lessons waiting to be downloaded, so it can be used offline. 



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alice Baker
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "This is an app that helps teach you how to play the drums. Unfortunately, others have stated it crashes a lot and they seem to charge you for every lesson. It is also only available for Apple devices."
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    #12Alfred's Beginning Drumset Method

    Alfred's Beginning Drumset Method
    This innovative method presents a practical approach to playing the drumset. Students start their first lesson by actually playing a beat! The book covers two styles, rock, and jazz. Students will learn how the hi-hat, ride cymbal, snare, and bass drum are used in each style.

    Check price

    Celia Miranda
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is a good book for the new drummer. It has lots of different exercises to practice, and you even start playing a beat on the first day. I would suggest buying the cd's as well they are not included. Some people learn better by watching."


Best What are the best apps for learning to play the drums
1Classic DrumApps 26 Free
2SongsterrWebsites 23 Free
3RudeApps 20 Free
4GarageBandSoftware 18 Free
5911 TabsWebsites 15 Free
6Drum kitApps 13 Free
7Drum setApps 11 Free
8Ultimate GuitarApps 9 Free
9DM1Apps 9 Paid
10Drum Beats+Apps 5 Paid

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