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Percussion 101 - DRUMSET
This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the drumset.
   
 
Stanton Moore: Beginner Drumset Lessons
Stanton's lesson series for the beginning drumset player covers everything from set-up, to tuning, to playing your first beat! It's an invaluable tool for beginners of all ages!
   
We Want the Funk
Vic Firth is happy to present "We Want The Funk" – a historical perspective on the grooves and drummers that shaped modern music.
   
 
History of the Drum Set
Compiled by Daniel Glass and Vic Firth, this interactive online resource presents 100 years of American music from behind the drums!
   
Drumset Playalong Tracks
Vic Firth playalong tracks are the perfect tool for both the private teaching studio and for individual practice. Join us for a new track every week! Download the chart and mp3, with or without the drums and play along!
   
 
Jazz Rhythm Section 101
In this lesson series, Steve Houghton will discuss rhythm section concepts within the big band setting. Designed for the jazz educator and student alike, Steve will cover many of the standard jazz styles.
   
Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials
12 “Essential Grooves” from Groove Essentials 1.0 – covering rock, funk, r&b, jazz and world/specialty styles.
   
 
Groove Essentials 2.0
An additional 6 sample grooves from Tommy Igo's follow up book and DVD. Including new rock, funk, r&b, jazz, world as well as odd-metered grooves.
   
Playing with Brushes
In this lesson series, Vic Firth Signature artist Peter Erskine will cover basic brush skills on the drumset. Peter's musical approach will benefit players at every level - from beginner to advanced.
   
 
Brian Ferguson
Brian covers a wide range of drumset related topics – from improving your time keeping to creativity and orchestrations in patterns and fills. For the intermediate or advanced player.
   
Steve Houghton
A follow-up to Steve's Beginner Lesson Series, these video lessons address issues such as balance around the drumset, listening, technique and establishing an effective practice routine.
   
 
Single Strokes
Sergio Bellotti uses Single Strokes – one of the most basic drumming skills – to create a variety of grooves and fills across various musical genres.
   
Skip Hadden: World Fusion Drumming
World Fusion Drumming combines the energy and feel of rock, Latin, and world music with the technique and improvisational skills of jazz.
   
 
Broken 8th note feel
Skip Hadden breaks down the concepts behind the loose, broken 8th note feel in many acid jazz recordings the late 1960's / early 70's.
   
Contemporary Jazz Drumming
Noted jazz artist Ian Froman tackles the fundamentals behind playing jazz in a contemporary setting.
   
 
Mastering the Tables of Time
David Stanoch shares the fundamental concepts behind his new book, "Mastering the Tables of Time: A Comprehensive Drumset Method to Improve Your Groove, Coordination, Polyrhythmic and Soloing Skills.
   
Polyrhythms - Jason Gianni
Jason Gianni will cover the basics of playing polyrhythms on the drumset – from layering 3's, 5's and 7's over basic 4/4 rock grooves to exploring four way independence and orchestration.
   
 
Royal Hartigan: Dancin' on the Time
“Dancin’ on the Time” is a highly comprehensive coordination development book for drumset players based on applying rudiments and patterns around the kit.
   
Jeremy Hummel
Jeremy explores a series of exercises for the drumset and apply them to a wide range of skill levels – from novice to advanced.
   
 
Donny Gruendler: Playing with Loops
Make your drumming a complete package! Learn how to work with and master the use of music and percussion loops in addition to backing tracks.
   
Dom Famularo Video Lessons
Dom discusses a wide variety of topics - from strokes to styles, from studio setup to motivation. His infectious smile and drumming talents make him one of the most sought-after solo artists and clinicians in the world.
   
Ndugu Chancler Video Lessons
Ndugu Chancler is known not only as a world-class drummer and percussionist, but also a producer, composer, clinician and teacher. Check out this video lesson series covering topics such as sound and time development and foot technique.
   
   


40 Essential Snare Drum Rudiments
Videos and audio play-along files of each of the 40 rudiments, exercises that apply the rudiment to "real world" musical phrases and practice suggestions from the Vic Firth Education Team.
   
 
Percussion 101
From instrument setup to maintenance to performance techniques, Vic Firth's PERCUSSION 101 will cover the essential skills necessary for today's all-around percussionist.
   
Band Director's Percussion Survival Guide
This popular tool offers answers to common questions for the non-percussionist band director
   
Rudimental Rams
Vic Firth covers the expanding library of Rudimental Rams — broken down, explained, and demonstrated by some of the world's premier percussion instructors and performers!
   
Hybrid Rudiments
This series covers the vast library of Hybrid Rudiments — broken down, explained, and demonstrated by some of the world's premier percussion instructors and performers!
   
Jeff Queen: Video Library
Jeff introduces many of the exercises included in his new book THE NEXT LEVEL: RUDIMENTAL SNARE DRUM TECHNIQUES.
   
Beginning Snare Video Lessons
Mark Wessels uses excerpts from his popular method book, A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum to provide a solid foundation for successful drumming skills.
   
Norm Weinberg: WebRhythms
WebRhythms is a series of short articles designed to teach rhythmic reading. Each article includes musical examples that help explain the concepts and an exercise that tests your new reading skills.
   
   

 



Percussion 101
From instrument setup to maintenance to performance techniques, Vic Firth's PERCUSSION 101 will cover the essential skills necessary for today's all-around percussionist.
   
 
Band Director's Percussion Survival Guide
This popular tool offers answers to common questions for the non-percussionist band director
   
Ney Rosauro: Extended Cross Grip
Renowned performer and composer Ney Rosauro gives an detailed explanation of the extended cross grip, an easy-to-learn method of gripping 4 mallets that immediately applies to all the instruments.
   
 
Giff Howarth: 4-Mallet Lessons
In this series of video lessons, Vic Firth signature artist Gifford Howarth will detail each step along the road to developing command and control over 4 mallet keyboard percussion technique.
   
Tom Gauger: Concert Bass Drum Lessons
In this lesson series, Tom breaks down a few of the basic skills necessary for playing the concert bass drum including playing position, beating area, dampening techniques and tuning.
   
Gary Burton: Vibraphone Masterclass
In this 8-part vibraphone masterclass, Gary Burton covers the full gamut of common questions on the instrument – from it's history to his famous 4 mallet grip.
   
Speed Note Reading Tutor
Designed to reinforce note-naming and 'key finding' skills, this computer game is a fun way for beginning–intermediate students to get repetitive practice, while trying to 'beat the clock' and score as many points as possible.
   
Ted Atkatz Orchestral Snare Drum Clinic
Covering snare drum and cymbal techniques, Ted applies some very simple concepts to the orchestral literature – and along the way demonstrates musical approaches to some of the most common orchestral excerpts.
   
Beginner 4 Mallet Lesson Series
In this lesson series, Dr. Gaines will discuss the fundamentals behind each new concept, demonstrate the techniques and provide an exercise that will apply the skill.
   
   
   

 



Hybrid Rudiments
In this new series, Vic Firth will cover the vast library of Hybrid Rudiments — broken down, explained, and demonstrated by some of the world's premier percussion instructors and performers!
   
 
Rudimental Rams
Vic Firth covers the expanding library of Rudimental Rams — broken down, explained, and demonstrated by some of the world's premier percussion instructors and performers!
   
Bill Bachman: The X and Y Axes of Quad Drumming
In this video lesson series, Bill explains the concept behind the X and Y axes of quad drumming and how a few simple exercises can improve your playing and keep your mallets off the rims!
   
 
Jeff Queen Video Library
In this collection of video lessons, Jeff will introduce many of the exercises included in his new book THE NEXT LEVEL: RUDIMENTAL SNARE DRUM TECHNIQUES.
   
Eguie Castrillo: Timbale Fundamentals
Eguie Castrillo is one of the most prolific studio and session timbale artists in the world today. Check out his video lesson series on timbale fundamentals.
   
Marching Percussion 101
Presented by Brian Mason and the Morehead State University Drumline, this series will help band directors and students master the fundamentals in order to become a great marching percussion section.
   
Jeff Queen: Playing with Sticks
Stick tricks are cool, but most of us drop the stick so many times that we are afraid to try them in front of anyone! Check out this lesson series from Jeff for valuable information on solo construction and stick trick ideas!
   
 
   

 



How Sticks Are Made
For over 40 years, Vic Firth Inc. has produced the finest drumsticks and mallets available. Innovative design coupled with uncompromising quality control truly provide our customers with the "Perfect Pair".
   
 
How to Recover a Mallet
Check out this step-by-step video tutorial on recovering your worn out mallets!
   
     

Vic Firth Education Articles
As part of our continuing commitment to furthering percussion education, we've assembled articles and advice from some of today's leading percussion educators. Much of the content you will find here is exclusive to vicfirth.com, written by members of our Education Team. As the number one source on the internet for percussion educational resource materials, we are proud to offer this service to percussion educators and directors world-wide.

Video Podcasts
Now you can have the best drumming and percussion content available, in the palm of your hand. And with new videos available every week, you can choose your favorite drum set, marching, and concert videos. And best of all - its all free.

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News and Announcements
Browse our clinic schedule and get the latest news from Vic Firth artists and educators!
   


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