Level 1 – Always have the big picture at your disposal

Learn how all aspects of drumming and rhythm are connected. Grooves and fills, patterns and shapes, orchestrations and phrases. All will become apparant. While you learn how to play drums. Even better!

What the pros of the pros say

This is what the teachers of the best drummers of today have to say about Level 1

“I wish you nothing but success with your new project. Continuing the tradition of expanding the drum universe is something that I hope never ends. Please accept my best wishes for your project.” Gary Chaffee | Master drummer, educator, author.

Teacher of master drummers such as Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Dave DiCenso and many more

“I have closely examined the drumbook/encyclopaedia LEVEL 1, and I find it to be an exceptional work. It’s unique, clear and well thought out, and I highly recommend it to any drummer, looking for material from which to study.” Joel Rothman | World class drummer, educator, author

Author of more than 100 drum books.

Almost 2500 Pages

Level 1 is an interactive encyclopedia of drum lessons

The volume may seem daunting at first. But we’ve divided them into 8 parts to create a clear distinction.

Grooves

This is the foundation of drumming. Our primary goal is good timekeeping.

Tips

We will show you how to spice things up and prepare you for improvisation from day one.

CORE

Rhythmic theory divided into 24 Categories Of Rhythmic Elements.

Audio

Learn how to play to your favorite songs right away. Starting on day 1.

Fills

Here you will learn how to string grooves and sections in music together by using vocabulary.

Exercises

You’ll see exactly what needs to be done in order to achieve your next goal.

Systems

CORE Categories made applicable by turning them into Systems.

MIDI

Practice to music at your tempo using our web based MIDI player.

Eight Interactive Parts

Level 1 is divided into 8 parts all linked so they can be used interchangeably. No need to buy eight books. It’s all in here.

1. Grooves

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2. Fills

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3. Tips

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4. Exercises

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5. CORE

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6. Systems

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7. Audio

Learn how to play your favorite songs as soon as you start to play drums

Click a link in the Audio part of Level 1 and your browser wil open the corresponding page in YouTube.

You’ll have a choice of songs to play along to while practicing specific grooves and/or fills.

8. MIDI

Practice grooves, fills, form, technique, coordination or whatever at your tempo

Click on a link in the MIDI part and the corresponding MIDI loop will open on our website.

You get to decide what tempo, which instruments, and which mix you want to play along to.

FAQ

Level 1 specific Frequently Asked Questions

These are some specifical Frequently Asked Questions about Level 1. If you have a question about something else please refer to our main FAQ section where all are bundled.

What is Level 1?

Level 1 is an encyclopedia of drum lessons, rhythmic theory and systems to implement this. Level 1 provides the user with a bird’s eye view only very advanced students of rhythm would normally have.

How should I study from Level 1?

Basically you start at G1.1 and work your way down in a diagonal motion towards G9.20. There is no one way, only your way. However, we encourage you to view Level 1 as a 3D method as much as possible.

1. Left to Right (Chapters/Time feels)

2. Top to bottom (Paragraphs/Subjects)

3. Front to back (Parts/Grooves, Fills, Tips etc.)

Should I play every exercise in Level 1?

No you shouldn’t. But you may. You decide the pace with which you move forward. Just remember that if you can’t play something well there’s a very good chance this is precisely what’s keeping you from progressing more.

Should I start using parts C and S right away?

No. These will come into play naturally more and more. Parts C and S are a heavily compressed version of parts G, F, T and E. So the more advanced students get, the more they will feel inclined to study from parts C and S.

Why are there so many holes in the index of part A?

That’s because we haven’t been able to scan and find an appropriate song for every groove or fill in the book. Yet. All of our books will be updated so they will get better all the time. We won’t rest till we can assign a specific audio track to every groove and every fill in Level 1.

Do I need to be able to read music?

No, you’ll learn this as you go. Theory is not our main focus. It should never be. First there was music, then there was music notation. Not the other way around.

I feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of Level 1. What should I do?

First breathe in and out deeply a few times. Feel better? Good. Level 1 is meant as an encyclopedia of drumming and rhythm exercises. Who’s to say what’s the correct order, or how long it should take you to absorb all the knowledge inside? You decide. If you need help, visit a local teacher or check out our online courses here.

Or book private lessons here.

Should I play everything chronologically?

Absolutely not. There is an order because there had to be one. We hop around Level 1 with students all the time. It’s about studying that which makes the most sense at this point.

Can I try before I buy?

Absolutely! You can download Level 1 Trial Version and start to use it right away. You only need to enter a valid email address which we will only use to notify you of any future Skillz news and/or updates. If you like the Trial Version you can purchase the whole package once you feel like it.

Why are there even more holes in the index of part M?

That’s because we haven’t had the time to develop specific MIDI tracks for every groove, fill, and CORE element. Yet. All of our books will be updated so they will get better all the time. We won’t rest till we can assign a specific audio track to every groove and every fill in Level 1.
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