WELCOME TO Bill Powelson's School of Drums . . .
This is a complete (6 month to
two-year) free course in drumset
techniques. It will rival all the expensive private lessons
you might take anywhere
in the world. These lessons are structured for
absolute beginners to ultra-advanced. These 125-lessons, are the
same lessons I would teach you, if you came
to me for private drum instruction in my studios,
at the current cost of $50 per hour.
If you were to study these drum set lessons privately with me, I would feed these
lessons to you one-at-a-time, weekly, in thirty-minute sessions, over (an average) two-year
period of time. Here, many people can ace this complete course in 6-months or less,
because they can study as often as they choose, and at any time of the day!
I've gathered all this knowledge
over a lifetime, 50-year (night and day) career, as a working pro-drummer, and teacher. Some of this
knowledge was VERY difficult to obtain! It wasn't in the books. 80% of the material in this
course, was learned onstage, (in front of a crowd), and under intense pressure. Also; Many of the best
lessons in this course were slowly designed in the
private teaching studios, as I watched other students struggle with the same techniques
that had puzzled me as a student! Slowly . . . over the many years, I've found countless ways
to make all this sooooo much easier.
I should have learned most of this material
the way I'm teaching it here, but this stuff wasn't available all in one place, when I was
finding 'my own' way. Now that I'm reaching old age, I realize what a tragic waste it is,
when hard-earned knowledge follows any older-person to the grave. I've vowed to avoid doing
that, in this case, . . . thanks to the miracles of the Internet. I want to leave this knowledge
behind. I'm now looking for ways to make it all free, indefinitely. Sometimes I think
I'll be happier when there no more rent to pay, haha.
THIS IS MY HUMBLE ATTEMPT AT LEAVING
THIS WORLD A LITTLE BETTER THAN I FOUND IT.
If I can save anyone from some of the frustrations and ignorance that I encountered on my
own 50-year 'path to enlightenment', it'll make me feel as though I've helped make the world a better
place, in some small way.
not stoop to using sleazy-tricks, to weasel your money out of you. If you do see something for sale that
you want or need . . . PLEASE BUY IT HERE.
This complete course
will save you the equivalent of 30 or 40 years of frustration. You'll save
thousands of dollars, and years of wasted time. That's my promise to you.
I've personally designed every lesson over a 50 year span of time, through trial and error.
Only the best of the best lessons have made the cut, here. All this has
been done in order to save you from searching book after book, and
hitting numerous brick walls.
Just follow the lessons. It will all be explained as you go. Most
of the info contained here is NOT in the many books and study methods you'll
encounter elsewhere. THIS is the stuff you'll learn the hard way, onstage
in front of a crowd. If you don't get it here, it will most likely turn into
a 30 year project . . . just trying to learn it the hard way.
You do not need a drum set, nor drum sticks to begin!
HERE'S HOW TO PRACTICE . . .
Just tap on your computer desk, (or the arms of your chair)
and pat your (right) foot
on the floor. You will need access to recorded music of
your choosing. You will be learning to play the DRUMSET, using
the same movements we (working) drummers use at a real drum set, on
the gigs we play. You will
be learning to play along with all the
same music you'll hear playing around you every day, but you'll
do it as you sit there at the computer desk.
From this day
forward, as you hear any song playing on the radio, jukebox, CDs,
tapes, movies, etc., etc.; You'll learn to habitually listen,
analyze, then play ANY song, instantly. You'll quickly
and easily discover that you do not need a drumset or sticks
to learn. The formulas for
doing that are all here in these lessons, and you may never
find all these secrets anywhere else . . . all in one place.
you've learned to study and practice MY way, you'll discover
how to MAKE EVERY IDLE MOMENT, A PRACTICE MOMENT . . . no matter
where you are. This secret is the one secret that will virtually
guarantee your success!
You are about to learn to practice the way all pro drummers practice
(24/7/365) when they are away from their own drumsets. If
you do NOT learn to practice this way, (without drums), I doubt
you'll ever become truly successful, anyway. This is the way all
pro drummers do it! As a matter of fact, this one secret
is their secret to success. I doubt though, if you have ever
read or heard much about this method of practice at all. It's
really just so practical and a matter of common-sense,
that most teachers never think to tell you about it.
TIP: YOU WERE BORN WITH A SET OF DRUMS!
As you sit in any chair, your right knee becomes your hi-hat, your
left knee becomes your snare, and as you pat your right foot on
the floor, it simulates the bass. Practicing this way develops the
needed muscles and coordination, in the same way as if you were
sitting behind a $2,000 drum set. It may not be nearly as much fun,
but you can learn 95% of the techniques this way. It means you
can prove to yourself that you have talent, before spending a fortune
on a equipment. You'll get the hang of it in the first
few lessons of the course.
A little later in the course,
once you are successful with the early lessons,
I'll show you how to save a bundle on your drumset equipment. But, that's for
later! First, you will need to
successfully coordinate the movements, and connect those movements to the music,
as you listen to your favorite recordings, (CDs, tapes, etc.)
Further down on lesson menu #1,
we'll discuss a myriad of ways you
can save a fortune on equipment and completely fulfill all your drumming
dreams, without dropping a bundle of your hard earned dollars, rubles, or pesos.
My objective here is to help you make it all happen, the easiest, fastest,
most thorough, and least costly way possible, anywhere on earth.
This complete course
is designed to take you from air-drummer to accomplished
pro in as little as 6 months, (or maybe less.)
BEGINNERS should simply start at the beginning.
If you think you are INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED,
I recommend that you should at least look over lesson
#3, (the basic beats) before for moving any deeper into the course.
If you can repeat all five of those patterns from memory and
recognize them in the music playing around you everyday,
then study any lesson that interests you after that. Check out
all the lessons on all four lesson menus.
No matter how long you have been playing, or what levels you may have
achieved, there is something here for just about everyone. Surely you will
gain some new and useful knowledge.
As you work your way down lesson menu #1, the techniques to
be learned will increase in difficulty, but almost all
the lessons in this course(95%) can be practiced without a drum
set, right there on the desktop, or the arms of your
chair. Later, once you do acquire a drum set, you'll amaze yourself
(and your friends) at how professional you will sound. You can learn to do
95% of this without spending a dime. So . . . quit whining, daydreaming,
and procrastinating. Get started right now!
BEGINNING DRUMMERS: Take the. . .DRUMMERS APTITUDE TEST,now!
Learn to jam with your first song. As you
do that, you'll discover that you've just learned to jam with
more than 50 million songs. It's true! You will learn to
jam with more than 50 million songs as you complete
this one lesson. Once you realize just how easy it
is, you'll know without a doubt that you have the talent
and special aptitude needed to become a working pro-drummer.
- ADVANCED, INTERMEDIATE AND PROFESSIONAL drummers may want to skip the
basics! Click here for some suggested ideas as to what you should study first.
Or . . . visit all the Lesson Menus and make your own determinations!
- INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: If you are somewhat confused as to which lessons you should study first . . . Click
the following KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT lesson. Learn to assess your own personal
'current knowledge level', then plan your own directions through this course. You may not need ALL
these lessons! There's nothing
more frustrating than wasting time on lessons you do not need.
- To meet Bill Powelson the drum teacher and author, go to . . . Bill's Bio
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