4 Easy Drum Songs for Beginners

Easy drum songs for beginners

It’s well-known that learning a musical instrument can enhance creativity, coordination, and overall happiness. The drums are a popular choice for their rhythmic sound and the tempo they give to group music.

But while it might be nice to be able to play like Keith Moon from “The Who” right away, you’re going to need to practice first in order to learn how to play the drums that well!

If you’re just beginning, one of the best ways to establish a foundation is to learn songs that are good for practicing beginner drum techniques. Learning the easy drum songs for beginners on this list will help you master some rudiments and get used to song structure!

4 Easy Drum Songs for Beginners

1. “Run to the Hills” – Iron Maiden

The speed of Clive Burr’s epic drums might make you think that this is a hard song to learn.

However, while learning to play as fast as the great Clive Burr can take time, “Run to the Hills” is quite simple to play because it features the rudiment that every beginner should first learn: the single stroke roll.

To play this sticking pattern, alternate strokes between the left and right drumsticks. Start out slowly, then go faster once you start to get the hang of it. Use a metronome to help with your tempo.

Relax your shoulders and wrists. Learning this is fun, because you’ll sweat as you try to speed up and perfect your single stroke roll.

2. “Beverly Hills” – Weezer

Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” features simple patterns and slow-paced drumming, making it a great song for new drummers who love alternative rock.

This hit from 2005 is a wonderful song for applying another important rudiment, the double stroke roll (especially on the hi-hat for this song), which consists of alternating double strokes with the right and left hand.

While learning this song start out at a manageable speed, and make sure to watch your stick height. When practicing the double stroke, you may find that having an instructor’s guidance is the best way to polish your technique and increase your speed.

3. “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry

The Katy Perry hit “Teenage Dream” is another one of the best easy drum songs to learn because of its simple pattern. This song is great for practicing the flam on the snare drum, which is yet another rudiment to know. It’s used to thicken the notes by adding a grace note.

To do this, place one drumstick a few inches higher than the drum and the other one eight to ten inches higher. When you play, these two strokes should be nearly simultaneous.

The higher drum stick thickens the note when it hits. Once you can play the drum flam right, you’ll feel like a true pop star as you jam to this song!

4. “Cantaloupe Island” – Herbie Hancock

One of Herbie Hancock’s all-time best songs, “Cantaloupe Island” maintains a slow and groovy tempo throughout much of the song, which makes it a manageable piece for beginners.

Any jazz aficionado knows about Herbie Hancock’s truly exceptional drummer, Tony Williams. If you want to be a jazz drummer and play like Williams, there are few better songs to learn than “Cantaloupe Island”.

With an easy tempo, “Cantaloupe Island” won’t feel like it’s too fast after some practice. This iconic jazz song calls beginners to learn the buzz roll, something that’s very popular in big band and jazz music.

This multiple bounce technique is great for crescendos and is best played at a smooth, medium-paced tempo. It’s important that the sound stays even between the two drumsticks. While playing buzz rolls, alternate hands after roughly three strokes and keep the drumsticks very low.

Final Tips!

Are you ready to pick up the drum sticks now? The key is to first study the rudiments and get a basic grasp of them, as these are the building blocks for playing drums. Once you start getting some rhythm, you’ll be hooked on playing the drums and improving your skills.

Looking for a few more things to play? Check out our ultimate list of drum songs!

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How To Develop Your Own Unique Drum Style

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When you’re learning to play drums you will find many artists you want to emulate. This is a great way to get started, but eventually you will want to develop your own drumming style. Here, San Diego, CA drum teacher Maegan W. shares her tips to help you develop your own unique style…

When it comes to learning drums, what is style, and how do we develop our own drum style? Read on for the answers to these important questions.

When you think about any drummer who has made a name for himself (or herself), or made an impact on drumming and music as a whole, it’s usually because he stands out in some way, and has a distinct drum style that people recognize.

The most successful drummers are well known and recognized everywhere. You can figure out who is playing by the first eight bars of a song. Their sound is so well defined, that even non-drummers notice their signature sounds, fills, and style.

There’s a big difference between being inspired by other drummers, and simply copying their sound. It’s great to have musical influences, but you need to take this a step further and develop your own drum style.

We all have our individual sound and purpose. Sometimes, we’re afraid to express ourselves, so we play it safe and copy other people.  The truth is, however, once you find, develop, and express your unique voice, you will have found what makes you valuable as a drummer.

Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate drummer, these tips will help you develop your own unique drum style.

1. Listen

So how do we find our voice or sound? Believe it or not, we find it by listening. Turn off the music, and just play. Express whatever comes to you. Don’t worry about how it sounds initially, just try everything that comes to mind.

Play freely, and have fun. When you hear something you like, repeat it over and over to lock it in. This is now one of your signatures.

Really get in the zone for this process. When we connect with music in this way, something magical happens. This concept may seem weird to you, but I assure you, most of your favorite drummers do the same thing when they practice.

2. Add Your Own Twist

At this point, you’re ready to start playing with some music. Play along with a song, but also incorporate what you have discovered as your sounds and fills.

If there are fills or ideas that you have adopted from other drummers, try adding your own twist. You can take basic ideas and do simple things that completely change the way something sounds.

Remember, there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to drumming. Be creative, take chances, and try something new!

Until next time, happy drumming!

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Maegan-WMaegan W. teaches drums, songwriting, and more in San Diego, CA. She earned a degree in Percussion from the Musician’s Institute, and has been teaching private lessons since 2004.  Learn more about Maegan here!




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