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Discover the 'LOST KEY' for Unraveling ALL the mysteries of rhythm, and musical time.

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It contains the potential to help YOU change the face of modern music!

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Bill Powelson's School of Drums


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

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.


I will 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!


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.

Once 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.


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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