What are the best resources to learn to play drums?

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    #1Real Drum

    Real Drum

    Real Drum is a free app for mobile devices that simulates a real drum on your device, and lets you record it. It features different types of drums and cymbals, 45 drum sounds, 60 rhythm samples with tutorials, and 33 loops to practice with.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Eric Wells
    Written on September 19, 2017
    "This thing doesn't work. Drums are all about rhythm, and it's nearly impossible to keep a steady beat due to the delay in sounds. You press a button, and it's takes a half a second before the sound plays. When you try to play two drums at once, it gets even worse. This app is not worth it. "
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    #2Drum Learn Tube

    Drum Learn Tube
    Make you learn drums online the fun way just by watching youtube videos!
    Videos

    Free

    Maria Bishop
    Written on August 3, 2017
    "My friends suggested that we start a band and since they already know how to play instruments and I do not, they told me to look into learning drums. Drum Learn Tube does not offer any original content but instead finds the best Youtube videos available about learning the drums and presents them to the viewer. This saved me time with searching on Youtube but I found some of the videos to be more miss than hit in terms of usefulness or quality. I know it's subjective but I thought the selected videos could have been more vetted. A good resource to start a youtube search though."
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    #3Drummerworld

    Drummerworld
    Drummerworld: World of Drums and Drummers. Created and run by Bernhard Castiglioni. Pictures, Sounds, Movies, Bios of all important Drummers in History.
    Websites

    Free

    Martha Hunt
    Written on September 19, 2017
    "The resources are a little hard to find on how to play drums. Also the videos are way to advanced on how to play drums which makes no sense since it even says "how to play..." on the videos. Very poor way of teaching. "
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    #4Free Drum Lessons by Drumeo

    Free Drum Lessons by Drumeo
    Are you looking for inspiration, education, and support to take your drumming to the next level? Join the best community of passionate drummers!
    Websites

    Free- 7-day trial. Varies by plan.

    Johnny Weber
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "It was probably a big mistake to get my kid a drumkit for Christmas. Regardless, there's no turning back now. I've just got to deal with the noise as best as I can. But if the kid's gonna create a racket, it might as well sound good, right? So I signed the kid up to get free lessons with Drumeo. He's still working on the basics - which this site covers very well. When he gets better there's a lot more advanced material, too. The kid's having fun and I'm sure he'll improve a lot soon."
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    #5Alfred'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.
    Books

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    Daniel Ruiz
    Written on September 19, 2017
    "Alfred's Beginning Drumset Method is a widely used guide to learning how to play the drums but some of the techniques are rather rudimentary and the book often progresses much too quickly, not allowing the beginner to learn more gradually. The book itself is also quite expensive for what you are getting."
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    #6Vic Firth Education Resource Center

    Vic Firth Education Resource Center
    For the past 50 years, Vic Firth has been the industry leader in design, innovation, technology and education for the drumstick and mallet market. The right tools for the job, plus the resources to help you become a better player and better teacher.
    Websites

    Free

    Juan Snyder
    Written on September 19, 2017
    "This is really an almost flawless site, and I've used it daily to continue on my path to become the next Neil Peart. However, the use of Flash videos is becoming something of a problem, with my recent browser. Also, it seems a lot of the premium videos have free equivalents on Youtube now."
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    #7Drum Set Fundamentals - Berklee Online

    Drum Set Fundamentals - Berklee Online
    Gain a solid foundation in drum set performance and musicianship with Drum Set Fundamentals. The course explores five main topics musicianship, hand-to-hand technique, snare drum reading, drum set coordination, and repertoire development with each week becoming increasingly more challenging.
    Course

    $1.229- Non-Credit Tuition.

    Daniel Ryan
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "The description sounds great! It is worded wonderfully, however I would use less of the drum playing terms in the description. The use of drum lingo gives the description an intimidation factor. If I was interested in learning to play drums I would definitley consider this course!"
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    #8Learn To Play The Drums - Udemy

    Learn To Play The Drums - Udemy
    Become a drummer with a step by step program to get you from being drumming novice to drumming expert!
    Course

    $10

    Leonardo Romo
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "I've always wanted to learn to play the drums since I was a kid. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and I just don't have the time to go learn from an instructor. I started browsing online for some courses that I could take so that I could learn at my own pace. I came across the "Learn to Play The Drums" course on Udemy and it is fantastic! It offers many hours of video tutorials and allows me to learn at my own pace. So if one day, I only have a half hour of free time, I'll fire up a course, watch, and learn. It's definitely a must for anyone interested in learning to play, but don't have the time to block out scheduled time for an in-person instructor."
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    #9Drum Channel - Lessons

    Drum Channel - Lessons
    Online drum lessons with the world's greatest drummers. Voted Best Drumming Website (DRUM! Magazine Reader's choice awards).
    Course

    $14- per month. $96 per year.

    Gary Herrera
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "Finding sources for drum lessons isn;t easy but there's DrumChannel that has lessons, courses and techniques from real pros. There are books, videos and even live lessons available. If you're new to learning the drums or have been around for a while Drum Channel is a great web site."
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    #10Ultimate Realistic Rock (Book & 2 CDs)

    Ultimate Realistic Rock (Book & 2 CDs)
    Drumming legend Carmine Appice has once again updated the best-selling drum set book in the history of rock drumming. In addition to the classic information on basic rock rhythms and polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, hi-hat and double bass drum exercises, and shuffle rhythms and syncopation exercises, Carmine has included over 20 new pages and the second CD of fresh material.
    Books

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    Tejas Pillai
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "I really wanted to learn to play the drum so I saw this product on Amazon. It had good reviews so I decided to give it a try. I've been really happy with it. I have learned so much about playing the drum from this program. I think this is a great way to learn to play the drum."
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    #11Drumeo - Youtube Channel

    Drumeo - Youtube Channel
    The world's largest collection of free drum lesson videos!
    Videos

    Free

    Ishan Rangan
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "This Youtube channel, Drumeo, is very helpful for learning to play the drums. I tend to be more of a visual learner and this channel offers an enormous amount of videos that are very helpful. From beginner drum lessons, videos on how to tune your drums, all the way to just watching professional musicians play they have pretty much every video related to drums possible."
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    #12Stephen Taylor - Youtube Channel

    Stephen Taylor - Youtube Channel
    Stephen Taylor runs an online drum school at www.StephensDrumShed.com and is a former Universal Records recording artist. This channel was featured in October 2013 issue of DRUM! Magazine.
    Videos

    Free

    Vincent Bailey
    Written on May 14, 2017
    "He has tons of videos and they interesting but you have to really search for a video where he's actually playing drums. The guy is the king of personal stories and metaphors and it gets a little annoying. I already know I want to play drums and I really don't care about his opinion or life."
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    #13Classic 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.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Bruce McDonald
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "If you're jonesing for your drums while away from home, try out Classic Drum. It's got a bunch of vintage drum sets you can play right on your phone or tablet. Yeah, its not the same as banging on the skins down in the basement but it will help get you through until you're reunited with your real drums. "
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    #14Drum 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.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Cheshta Lobo
    Written on September 19, 2017
    "There are better options than using an app. Check local schools or community colleges to see if you can learn there. Or rent from a music store and watch youtube videos. You need to play real drums, an app won't cut it."
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    #15Anatomy of Drumming: Move Better, Feel Better, Play Better

    Anatomy of Drumming: Move Better, Feel Better, Play Better
    Anatomy of Drumming is your guide to moving well, learning faster and avoiding injury. When you understand the mechanics of moving and how they apply to the drums, you will know for yourself how techniques work, so you can use them effectively.
    Books

    Check price

    Liu Yang
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "I should have read this book 10 years ago when i first started playing drums. i had developed bad habits, wrong movement and a lot of aches and pains. after reading this book i think i can continue to play forever. it explains things in a simple and straightforward way and shows you the right was to sit, move, etc to ensure you are taking care of yourself when playing. i feel great!"
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    #16911 Tabs

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

    Free

    Omar de la Torre
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "As a new drummer, 911 Tabs top 100 list has made it easy to find a few songs I want to learn without wasting a bunch of time thinking about what to go for next. The way everything is laid out is perfect. Before I was spending more time thinking about what to learn rather than learning!"
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    #17Drum Helper

    Drum Helper

    Drum Helper is a website for learning how to play the drums. It has guides and blog posts about how to play, along with links to sites where you can buy drums and the necessary gears and accessories to play it.

    Websites

    Free

    Gideon Waxman
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "A great resource for all things drumming! Full of advice for drummers of all ability levels, new tips and product reviews."

Summary

Best What are the best resources to learn to play drums
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Real DrumApps 28 Free
2Drum Learn TubeVideos 25 Free
3DrummerworldWebsites 22 Free
4Free Drum Lessons by DrumeoWebsites 21 Free
5Alfred's Beginning Drumset MethodBooks 19 Paid
6Vic Firth Education Resource CenterWebsites 17 Free
7Drum Set Fundamentals - Berklee OnlineCourse 16 Paid
8Learn To Play The Drums - UdemyCourse 14 Paid
9Drum Channel - LessonsCourse 12 Paid
10Ultimate Realistic Rock (Book & 2 CDs)Books 11 Paid
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