Teach yourself to play the drums! An easy-to-follow self-study course for absolute beginners wanting to learn how to play the drums. Absolute beginner level – perfect if you’ve never played drums before but have enthusiasm to learn. You’re never too old so what are you waiting for? Start learning straight away!

Online drum lessons from a UK teacher

What will I achieve on this course?

By the end of this self-study course you will be able to:

Hold the sticks properly
Play some easy drum beats
Read drum music
Play different drum rhythms
Understand basic music theory
Develop good technique

The course is designed to take you from the very start at a gentle, easy to understand pace. I’m assuming you’ve never picked up a pair of drum sticks in your life. This is one of the ONLY courses aimed solely at beginners so you can be assured you’ll not be left struggling with exercises that are too difficult.

How does it work?

This is an online self-study course. You can sign up to a monthly or yearly subscription and take as long as you want to complete it. You can cancel your subscription at any time. Let me show you what it’s all about…

Meet your teacher!

I’m Andy Mac and I’ll be your drum teacher throughout your online learning experience on Drum 101. I’m from the UK and I’ve played drums for over 30 years. In that time I’ve played in many professional bands and taught thousands of lessons to students. I’m really excited to help you get started on this wonderful instrument!

Online drum lessons
Andy taught our son, James, for 5 years. He loved every single one of his lessons. Andy has a unique patience and friendly approach to learning. James has gone on to study music in school.Katherine (parent)

My course is designed around the proven framework I used with actual face-to-face lessons. You’ll be studying exactly the same material I used for thousands of professional lessons with my students. The lesson materials are all entirely bespoke and written by me – evolved over years of teaching students at beginner level.

I’ve been following Andy’s online lessons for a while. They’re presented at a pace that’s perfect for my abilities. Thank you Andy for all your help!Michael (student)
I have really enjoyed the course. I think this is a must course for those learning to play another instrument, such as guitar. It is a real eye opener to the importance of the drummer and the time keeping, tempo and rhythm of the band. The drummer is always pushed into the background and given what appears to be a less glamorous and lowly status, and yet he/she is so important. I dabble in playing the guitar, and feel this course has helped me to improve my playing. I also found it very therapeutic in these stressful times, and the limb independence exercises are really good for improving your coordination abilities. The course is amazing value for money.Harry (student)
I’m retired and wanted a new hobby. I always fancied trying drums but didn’t really know where to start. I didn’t want face-to-face lessons, I just wanted to work at my own pace. I completed the beginner course and I feel like I’ve really accomplished something! Thank you so much Andy, your course is amazing.Diane (student)

How is this different from other online drum courses?

For absolute beginner drummers
Easy to follow self-study lessons at a gentle pace suitable for absolute beginners on the drum kit.
Video lessons and sheet music
Professional video lessons. All required sheet music is included.
Never picked up drum sticks before?
The course covers everything from holding the sticks through to posture at the kit. Focus on good technique.
Structured lessons from an actual UK-based teacher
A structured online learning path that you can work through at your own pace.
Learn good technique on drums
Completely independent
I’m not sponsored by a brand or manufacturer – we’re a family business and lessons are from an actual experienced teacher.
Teacher support
This is a self-study course but if you get totally stuck or don’t understand something you can get in touch at any time.
All ages welcome!
Suitable for all ages – from 8 to 80 and beyond!
Easy to follow online drum lessons

Frequently Asked Questions

Course access starts from just £8.99 (about $11.50) and you can cancel your subscription at any time. Worldwide access – international music standards followed throughout the course. You can sign up for either a monthly or yearly membership. Both give you FULL ACCESS to the beginner level course and all required sheet music downloads. Any other questions? Have a look at the FAQ here or start learning straight away using the link below.

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Remember you can cancel your subscription at any time if you find the drums aren’t for you. At least you tried! What are you waiting for? Sign up below and you can start learning straight away!