Progressive Drumming Masterclass

Progressive Drumming Masterclass

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This masterclass covers it all – from how and what to practice to playing some of the most progressive grooves and fills imaginable. I’ve designed this masterclass to specifically answer the questions I am asked most frequently by my students, such as:

  • How do I improve my limb independence?
  • How do I compose more complex, interesting grooves?
  • How do I learn to make my drumming ‘groove’?
  • How do I come up with more interesting drum fills?
  • How do I use polyrhythms musically within my drumming?
  • How do I improve my consistency and dynamics?
  • How to I improve my double kick and pedal hat control?

If you have any of these questions about your own playing, you will find answers here.

The Masterclass is split into 5 modules, each covering a specific topic so that you can choose which areas to focus on. I highly recommend running through the Masterclass in sequential order though to get the most out of it and see the biggest improvements in your drumming and composition.

Module 1 – Practicing

This module covers some of the often-overlooked essentials to help design your life around becoming a better drummer. So many drummers aren’t sure how to set up a practice routine, or simply don’t have a routine at all. In this module, I’ll show you how to set up a practice routine that, when followed, guarantees to improve your abilities. You’ll also learn a concept I use that ensures that I never run out of fresh ideas behind the kit.

Module 2 – Rudimentary Fundamentals

You need to walk before you can run – this section of the masterclass covers some of my essential rudimentary patterns. It also helps to correct potential issues you may currently have with grip and comfort behind the kit. Ultimately, we want to be able to move around the kit with ease and efficiency, and spending the time working through these exercises will put you on that path.

Module 3 – Groove

Most drummers you look up to will have one thing in common – they have ‘groove‘. In this module, I’ll help you to discover and develop your natural feel, and ability to groove using patterns and exercises that have helped me immensely.

Module 4 – Repeating Patterns & Longer Phrases

If you’ve ever listened to a TesseracT song (or a song by any modern progressive band), you’ve definitely heard a selection of repeating patterns, even if you’re unaware of this as a concept. It’s a super-effective tool we use when composing to produce intricate and interesting grooves that sound complex, but when broken down and realized, are surprisingly easy to understand. In this module, I will teach you concepts that you can apply to your own compositions and will do this using examples and exercises from my own music as well as brand new challenging exercises designed specifically for this Masterclass.

Module 5 – Drum Fills

So many of my drum students ask for help with their drum fills, and in this module, I’ll walk you through a selection of patterns and interesting concepts you can use to create your own unique drum fills. We’ll work with linear patterns, polyrhythms, stroke-rolls, and displacement to put together some of the most amazing drum-fill combos you’ve ever heard.

**Additional Advanced Content (2022)**

In my first addition to the Masterclass since launching it, I have put together a collection of nine new lessons containing 43 exercises, that are a natural development from the material in the first five modules. These are optional extras you can choose to work through and cover some advanced concepts covering Drum fill development, Grooves, and Quintuplets.

Who is this Masterclass for?

This Masterclass is designed to help drummers of all skill levels who perhaps feel stuck creatively, who feel as though they’ve run out of ideas behind the kit. It is designed to help drummers who are looking for help improving their dynamic control (ghost notes and accents), groove, limb independence, double-kick technique, single kick technique, and compositional skills, amongst many other things.

This Masterclass presents a curated selection of drum lessons that my own students have found to be the most helpful in helping them overcome a multitude of creative and physical hurdles behind the kit.

How long is the Masterclass?

The masterclass consists of 36 detailed drum lessons + nine additional advanced lessons that you can work through at your own pace.

As I work with more drum students through my 12-week mentorship program and identify the most helpful material, I will continue to add and update the Masterclass with new lessons, exercises, and modules (since launching the Masterclass, I have added another eleven exercises to it).

Can I get help from you directly if I’m stuck?

Absolutely – If you find yourself stuck on an exercise, unable to realize a new feel or count a new repeating pattern or drum fill – you can reach out to me for support via an exclusive Facebook Group – this is an exclusive group for Masterclass Students. Simply post a comment in there, ideally with a video link to you performing the exercise, and I will respond.

This video demonstrates a response I posted in the group, to a progress video for one of my students:

The community of like-minded drummers in the group may also have tips for you that can help. It’s also a fantastic place to help with accountability – sticking to your practice regime!


Joseph Arrington // Masterclass student // Drummer for Royal Coda, A Lot Like Birds, Sianvar, G0ldnecklace, and Kurt Travis

Bastian Fuentes // Masterclass student // Drummer from Santiago, Chile

Other Common Questions/Thoughts:

I’m not a good enough drummer to take this Masterclass! – This statement has not once proven to be true and generally comes from a place of low confidence – which is something I will help you build. I wasn’t always able to play the things I can currently play – I was once an absolute beginner! No matter where you are on your creative journey as a drummer, there’s a very good chance I can help you.

How much does it cost?

I currently charge $2000 (USD) to join the Masterclass, with an option for students to pay over a few months if needed.

I appreciate this is a significant investment to consider and am acutely aware of how much the cultivation of a creative skill can mean. So I insist on speaking with all potential students before inviting them to join the Masterclass. From experience, the drummers who book these calls go on to realize the most significant improvements in their playing. This is literally my life, reputation, and career so I only work with students who I know will be completely satisfied with me, my teaching style, and crucially their own progress.

For anyone who can’t afford the upfront fee, I offer flexible monthly payment options too that we can discuss.

Ok – this sounds amazing! How do I join?

To make absolutely certain that this Masterclass is going to help you in the areas you wish to improve, let’s schedule a Zoom call now. This is completely free – it’s simply a chance for me to get a better understanding of your current skill level and to discuss the areas you wish to improve. It’s also a chance for you to ask me any questions about my playing or about the Masterclass.

I’ll also be honest if I don’t think this Masterclass is for you – the last thing I want is for you to part with your money and time, if you’re unlikely to realize life-changing improvements. This is very important to understand.

If we’re both happy at the end of the call, I’ll send you a link to join the Masterclass.

Alternatively, if you’ve read enough and would like to jump straight into the Masterclass, use this link:

As an added incentive, we can schedule a free 1-on-1 video drum lesson at any point as you work through the Masterclass, if you feel you need additional feedback.

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