Your Rock Drumming
Get weekly guidance and personal coaching with a rock
legend to improve EVERY aspect of your drumming.
Must-Know Rock Beats
Discover the straight rock beats that ALWAYS work -- and that everyone should know -- along with Todd’s advice for adding variations and texture within the grooves to make them your own.
Effective Drum Fills
The most effective rock drum fills are often much simpler than you’d think. Todd will share his toolkit of drum fills that EVERY rock drummer should be able to play like their life depended on it.
The Foundation Of Musicality
Todd will share the “Rosetta Stone of 2 & 4” so you can decipher ALL there is to play in 4/4 backbeat time -- the foundation for becoming a musical drummer in a 20th century rock and roll context.
Bass Drum Combinations
You’ll get extensive bass and double bass drum ideas that you can apply to a variety of musical situations, from more creative drum fills to creative hand/foot combinations and ending songs effectively.
Expressive Drum Solos
Soloing gives you the opportunity to tell a story and make your own creative ideas come to life. Todd will give you the tools you need to orchestrate effective drum solos for a variety of musical situations.
Rhythmic Ear Training
Rock drumming is more than a learned motion. This course will help you train your ears to hear the patterns within the patterns -- so you can explore your imagination for new rhythmic possibilities.
Better Hand Technique
Get Todd’s best insights for improving your hand technique and natural motions for more speed, power, and longevity -- from holding your sticks to cymbal techniques for creating the sounds and patterns you want.
Utilizing Ghost Notes
Add more flavor to your drumming by exploring the ghost note possibilities that Todd utilizes in his own performances, whether it’s a flurry of audible notes or soft comments between the accents.
Drum Rudiment Orchestrations
Add the most effective rudiment orchestrations and variations to your arsenal, with exercises that will help you internalize the patterns and express them more effectively on the drum set.
Shuffles And Variations
Explore the most useful rock shuffles throughout history and the different ways you can play them predicated on the style, tempo, bass drum patterns, and hand patterns you choose.
Linear Drumming Grooves
Linear drumming is where no two sound sources play at the same time. You’ll dive into Gary Chaffee style linear drumming that uses a number system for creating your own ideas and figures.
Exploring Your Creativity
While you’ll explore the concepts that Todd uses in his own playing, you’ll be pushed to explore your own imagination and develop ideas that are uniquely YOURS (and have way more fun on the drums).
THE EASIER WAY TO PRACTICE
Get one new lesson each week with hand-picked exercises so
you always know exactly what to practice (and for exactly how long).
Weekly Lesson Plans
It’s easy to make progress when you know exactly what to do, and when to do it.
All Skill Levels
Each lesson will include tips for all levels - so any drummer can get practical results.
Guided Video Lessons
Learn at your own pace with Todd Sucherman’s easy-to-follow video lessons.
More Effective Practice
Don’t waste your practice time. Only work on the right exercises, at the right time.
Get all of your rock drumming questions answered directly from Todd Sucherman.
Even though it’s a structured 26-week course, you’ll have lifetime access for life.
Introduction To Rock Drumming
Every drummer has their own heartbeat. You are the only YOU that exists. So you’ll get an introduction to rock drumming with some concepts that have been proven to work for most drummers, but you’ll also hear about some other ideas that might work better just for you!
We’re going to build your rock drumming from the bottom up by focusing on foundational beats, bass drum patterns, and how you express yourself within those parameters by HOW you hit the drums. The simplest grooves along with some tasteful variations can carry you a long way.
You don’t have to save the world with every drum fill you play. Simple fills work for a reason - they telegraph changes to other musicians and the listener. You’ll gain a series of simple fills that will always work in rock music and the guidance to play them with purpose and intent.
When you understand the form of a song you’re playing, you can get inside the music and sculpt the sections dynamically and emotionally. Todd will help you understand the foundations of songs and be able to map out songs -- the different sections and number of bars -- so you can feel the music and let it show you what it needs.
The Motions of Drumming
Motion exercises are a great way to practice a few things at the same time -- including subdivisions, your timing, and your motions around the kit. You’ll become more comfortable with various sticking patterns and make practical improvements to your coordination.
The Rosetta Stone - Part 1
You’ll get Todd’s “Rosetta Stone of 2 & 4”: the key to deciphering the ability to play WHATEVER you want in a 2&4 back beat 4/4 time context -- which is largely what drummers play in a late 20th century Rock & Roll context.
The Rosetta Stone - Part 2
You will find new ways to go through "The Rosetta Stone of 2 & 4" to reinforce your back beats, add different variations, and improve your playing on so many levels. Your independence will grow by leaps and bounds.
Ghost Notes - Part 1
Ghost Notes are the soft snare drum notes played in between the main back beat accent notes -- such as 2 & 4 or whatever accents you're playing - in any given time feel. You'll explore different possibilities for applying them in your drumming.
Ghost Notes - Part 2
Ghost Notes add another voice and dimension to your time feels. In Part 2, you'll focus on the hands and take a look at the buzz roll, along with ideas for alternating accents to add more flavor to your grooves.
You'll dive into four of Todd's go-to techniques including shank tip hi-hat 16ths, the moeller method, flag-tip-snap ride cymbal technique (for swing and three note patterns), and hitting crashes with a glancing blow.
It's vital to understand the relationship between the right and left hands in whatever you're playing. Anything you play on a drum is a two-note melody -- and Todd will help you understand the singular melody in each hand for when you're learning stickings or practicing rudiments.
Six Stroke Rolls & Three Note Conjunctions
Todd will train you to think differently about three note triplet conjunctions (and the different ways to orchestrate the six stroke roll). You'll find all-new ideas come alive and take shape -- from a boring printed page and into the magical realm of music.
What Does Music Mean?
Music encompasses the human experience: love, loss, joy, pain, happiness, fear, birth, death, surprise, elation. It can express every feeling and emotion that we experience -- and to become a great musician, and a great storyteller, you need to add emotion to your playing to convey ideas without words.
Shuffles - Part 1
The shuffle feel emerged from the blues, and bluesy big band swing, through the birth of rock and roll. There are many kinds of shuffles and ways to play them predicated on the style, the tempo, bass drum patterns, and hand patterns you choose. We'll start with the Texas shuffle (or Chicago shuffle).
Shuffles - Part 2
Todd will take you through some of the most popular shuffles including a Motown shuffle; some half-time shuffles made famous by Bernard Purdie, John Bonham, and Jeff Porcaro; Reggae time feels; and more -- and give you a handle on a variety of shuffle and swing time feels that will serve you well.
Hand To Foot Combinations - Part 1
It's time to work on some hand-foot combinations. Todd will introduce you to his Bass Drum Combination System -- along with a piece of music for applying your new found combinations to real music.
Hand To Foot Combinations - Part 2
Discover additional hand-foot combinations that you'll need to be effective in any rock setting. Todd will challenge you with more complex combination templates for a variety of musical situations -- and share the thought process behind the combinations so you can create your own series of numbers and orchestrations.
Chaffee Style Linear Grooves - Part 1
It’s time to talk about linear drumming. Gary Chaffee came up with a number system for linear concepts that are incredibly deep -- and Todd will give you an introduction to these concepts and help you apply them in a truly fun and creatively useful way.
Chaffee Style Linear Grooves - Part 2
You’ll dive deeper into the universe of linear drumming, exploring Gary Chaffee’s number system more intimately and finding new ways to apply linear patterns to various rock rhythms.
It happens to the best of us: you’re trying to think up ideas to play, but they’re just not coming together. Todd will share a personal example of brainstorming different musical possibilities -- and the creative process he used when writing the groove for the song “Raven” from the Taylor Mills “Lullagoodbye” record.
We'll dive into a series of triplet orchestrations around the drums - including ones made famous by drummers like John Bonham, Buddy Rich, and Steve Gadd. You'll see how the patterns can come together in a rock setting, orchestrated in different ways.
Tuning & Rhythmic Bending
Rhythmic bending is basically stretching the time like a rubber band - blurring the line between triplets and some eighth and 16th note figures. Todd will share how these ideas can create musical tension and release in drum fill ideas.
Brushes in Rock
Every drummer, yes EVEN a rock drummer, should have a pair of brushes in their bag. Todd will share the many useful textures brushes can create in a pop-rock setting that goes beyond your regular jazz standards -- and then dive into some Styx licks so you can pull some ideas out for your own musical settings.
The phrase "music is a language" isn't a cliche - it's the truth. There are many kinds of drum solos for many different musical situations. Todd will walk through some of the most common rock soloing ideas and share his creative tools for improvisation and saying something POWERFUL on the drums.
Todd’s Drum Licks
Todd will share some of his favorite drum licks and challenge you to apply your toolbox of rock skills to the tracks (including "Lunchroom Hoedown" and a few grooves from Styx's "The Mission" album).
Rock Drumming Philosophies
You're nearing the end of your 26-week journey with Todd -- and now you have an incredible foundation as a rock drummer for your own unique musical journey. Todd will share some parting thoughts to get your playing and career objectives in line so you can embark to the ports of your dreams.
Unlike a drum book or DVD, The Rock Drumming Masterclass is designed as an ongoing course with weekly exercises and cumulative improvements. Because of this, students will experience the best results if they’re able to progress along with the rest of the class. And that’s why it’s important for you to know that the course officially starts on Monday, July 22nd, and registration will close on July 31st at midnight.
Is Your Drum Teacher
odd Sucherman has played more than 2000 rock shows -- entertaining music fans around the world for more than 30 years. He’s been voted the “Best Rock Drummer” by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine and hailed as the “Best Drum Clinician” by the readers of DRUM! Magazine -- releasing multiple award-winning educational DVDs and enjoying a 20+ year tenure with the legendary rock band Styx.
And for the next six months, Todd will be sharing his “keys to the kingdom” with students around the world through The Rock Drumming Masterclass -- a 26-week course that will give you the confidence you need to play ANY rock music you want.
“I’m going to give you one new lesson each week, for 26 weeks, so you always know exactly what to practice, for exactly how long, without any guesswork”, Todd explains. “And unlike other online masterclasses, you are going to be able to rack my brain -- asking me any question you have along the way and getting my personal feedback to help you overcome any obstacles and see real improvements in your playing.”
Students will receive weekly videos with unique exercises and assignments for each skill level -- so whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, you will be challenged in different ways to improve your skills and become the best rock drummer you can possibly be.
“I won’t just share my own style of playing rock,” Todd explains, “I’ll also show you how to express your own musical style and create your own identity on the drums. You will see results.”
The Rock Drumming Masterclass is delivered through the award-winning Drumeo platform, where you can access your weekly videos and assignments using any internet-ready computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. And while Todd will be personally supporting your journey for the entire 26-week masterclass, you’ll also have unlimited lifetime access to all of the videos and assignments.
Just click any of the big buttons on this page to take the first step towards making 2019 your best year ever on the drums.
"Todd Sucherman is one of the
greatest rock drummers of our time."
Steve Smith (Journey)
"Todd Sucherman is one of the premier drummers touring today..."
There are times when his approach reminds me of the way I played with Journey in the late 70s and early 80s, except he’s much better than I was! He perfected and honed the concept, infusing it with his deep musicianship and super chops. His musical development is inspiring and he continues to grow as a player. We always have a great time hanging, trading ideas, and discussing music. Carry on Todd!
"Todd Sucherman is a great drummer. Although he’s most known for playing Rock-n-Roll, he possesses the facility and knowledge to play any style of music at a high level."
(Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music)
"Todd Sucherman is one of the greatest rock drummers of our time. Brains, brawn, heart and soul - he has 'em all!"
(Toto, The Who, Judas Priest)
"Whenever I get the opportunity to hear Todd play I am struck by his preciseness and musicality no matter what the musical setting might be."
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
"Todd is the most advanced drummer in the world right now… that has bought me a beer"
(Animals as Leaders)
"Todd Sucherman is a legend. He is super clean, musical and really knows what he's doing. This polished playing only comes about after decades of touring and practice."
"I’m happy to endorse my chum Todd with this splendid Drumeo course. Wherever you are along your drumming path, I can honestly say that “Todd hardly ever wrecks the music.” Seriously though! You’re in great hands here— double entendre intentional!"
(Jazz & Rock drummer, pianist, and bandleader.)
"It’s always just right-across-the-border drums excellence with Todd! Every time! No matter what the music. It’s the musician he is, primarily, also the warm spirit and how benevolent he is. The taste, the articulation, the feeling, his amazing sound ... all icing on an already delicious cake."
...while saving up to 77% comparedto local private lessons.
|Weekly Drum Lesson|
|Guided 26-Week Course|
|100% Focused On Rock Drumming|
|Learn From Home, Anytime|
|Re-Watch The Lessons Anytime|
|Designed To Get Easier|
|Organized To Save Time|
|Unlimited Access For Life|
|Connect With Other Students|
|World-Class Student Support|
|Your Total Investment||$11.42/week||$30-50/week|
Todd Sucherman will be your personal drum coach, giving you a new exclusive video lesson each week, a clear path to improve your skills, and personally answering your questions along the way -- all for just $11.42 per week.
You can choose a one-time payment, a two-payment plan, or a five-payment plan -- and the entire Rock Drumming Masterclass is yours for life with no recurring subscription or additional fees.
THE ZERO-DAY GUARANTEE
Normally we offer a 90-day money back guarantee. But The Rock Drumming Masterclass isn’t normal! We aren’t looking for students who aren’t quite sure if they’re ready or not. This isn’t meant for a ‘wait and see’ approach. If you’re committed to improving your drumming, then you can’t go wrong: A world-class course delivered by a world-class drum educator. Take the leap of faith and join us for an amazing drumming experience.
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Drumeo Edge Six-Month Membership
We’ll immediately add a six-month, non-recurring Drumeo Edge membership to your account. Drumeo Edge is our award-winning online drum lessons experience with step-by-step courses from more than a hundred of the best drummers in the world. (If you’re already a member, this bonus will automatically extend your renewal date by six months.)
Todd Sucherman’s 26-Week OnlineCourse For Just $11.42 Per Week
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What past students are saying about
Todd & the Rock Drumming Masterclass.
"Todd shares 40 years of drumming expertise within a few months. There's nothing you can't practice or work on for the rest of your life. If there's a drum fill or phrase I need to work out and learn, I know where to go in the lessons. The information is there, word for word from Todd himself. I wish someone had shown me these things years ago."
"It feels like life is now unlocked for all that it has to offer musically. It’s amazing to realize all the possibilities we have when playing the drums! Todd gave interesting tips that helped me understand how my body works, particularly when I learned that the moment we change the sticking, we change the melody. You will enjoy the ride with Todd. With his help, reaching your goals will be easier."
"I was skeptical about online instruction, but this has made me a believer. I’m now looking at drumming as a continuous learning journey as opposed to an ‘instant cure.’ Todd takes a no fluff, straight-to-the-point, no-magic-pill approach, which I really appreciate! I love the fact that you can continuously reference previous lessons, slow or speed up tempos, and see the instructor break it all down."
"Rock Drumming Masterclass was a breath of fresh air. I was squeezing too much on the sticks before, and fixing that has made such a difference. After 25 years as a full time drumming professional, I’m already using the techniques learned here with my own students. The course is wonderfully conceived, well produced, and highly informative. It’s given me a new perspective!"
"While each lesson focuses on very specific things, you’ll notice how they’re all connected as your playing evolves. Now when I start jamming along to a song, I can play just about any sticking or fills on the fly. My hands seem to know how to resolve patterns without thinking. This course proves that with the right material and some honest work and discipline, you can vastly improve your musicianship!"
"I was self-taught and needed encouragement to get through my struggles with fills and kick technique. This course broke everything down into manageable steps. Even though it’s video-based, it still felt personal. Todd would respond to all my questions, even with his busy schedule. Every lesson is catered to your level, and he presents the material with energy and passion that will transfer to your own playing."
Still Have Questions?
When does the course officially start?
The first lesson officially launched on July 22nd, but you can still register for the Rock Drumming Masterclass until July 31st at midnight.
Do these lessons work for electronic and acoustic drum-sets?
Yes, the lessons will work on both electric and acoustic drum-sets. While you’ll even gain plenty of value with just a practice pad, it’s recommended that you have access to a drum set to get the most from this course.
What’s the difference between The Rock Drumming Masterclass and Drumeo Edge?
Drumeo Edge lets you learn anything you want, whenever you want, from the best drummers in the world. But we've noticed that students sometimes benefit more when they are guided on a specific path - always knowing EXACTLY what to practice, when to practice, and for exactly how long. The Rock Drumming Masterclass is a 26-week approach to rapidly improving your rock drumming where you'll also have full access to Todd Sucherman’s personal inbox to get the feedback you need to reach your drumming goals.
Should I use The Rock Drumming Masterclass alongside Drumeo Edge?
Absolutely! The Rock Drumming Masterclass isn’t intended to require 100% of your practice time. It’s a focused, dedicated plan to helping you improve your rock drumming. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to improve anything else during the next 26 weeks, or learn from any other instructors! We recommend both The Rock Drumming Masterclass and Drumeo Edge for a well-rounded approach to improving your skills.
How much time per week will this course require?
For time invested, obviously the more time you practice the faster you’ll get better. But we recommend investing at least 2-3 hours per week to truly benefit from this course.
What if I can’t follow the lessons EVERY week?
You’ll get 26 weekly lessons and exercises. And while they’re intended to be completed week-after-week, we know that everybody’s schedules are different - so we’ve included progress-tracking so you never lose your spot. If you need to miss a week, that’s fine! You might need to review the previous lessons a bit before continuing again, but you’ll never lose your spot and once you’ve registered, you have unlimited access to the entire course for life.
Can I contact Todd Sucherman directly whenever I have a question about this course?
You sure can! For 26 weeks, Todd will be your personal drum coach! You’ll have direct access to ask him questions along the way to make sure you achieve your drumming goals.
Will I still have full access to the course after 26 weeks?
Yes! Even though it’s a week-by-week course, you’ll have LIFETIME online access to everything inside The Rock Drumming Masterclass, so you can review the materials or re-watch the lessons, anytime.
So there’s really no 90-day guarantee? What if I really, really don’t like the course?
There’s really no guarantee for The Rock Drumming Masterclass. We believe you’ll LOVE the course and the progress you make during the 26 weeks, but because this is a structured plan we’re looking for drum students who will commit and ‘grind-it-out’ to achieve results. If you really, really don’t like the course - we’ll hope you’ll keep pushing for the full six months to see what happens. You can always send us your questions and we’ll do our best to resolve any issues and make sure you have everything you need to progress!