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Skillz Drum Lessons FAQ

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What is Skillz Drum Lessons?

Skillz Drum Lessons is a company purely about drum education. We live and breathe rhythm and music. 

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What do you actually offer?

We offer 1-on-1 drum lessons at our studio, the Academy. We offer all digital drum books. And we offer online drum lessons on this website in the Members Area we call Skillz Drum Coach.

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Do I have to get all three services/products from you?

You most certainly don’t. You can get the Free Trial Version of our Encyclopedia Level 1 and you’ll receive our accompanying online video lessons as well. If you like it you can decide what will be best for you. 

We do have a few very interesting Introductory Super Deals and Special Lifetime Deals though. So if you want to save money, now is your chance!

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Do you have an affiliate program?

We most certainly do! We offer a 25% finder’s fee to our affilates. Like easy money? Come Join The Program!

Skillz Drum Academy FAQ

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What is Skillz Drum Academy?

Skillz Drum Academy is the division of Skillz Drum Lessons where we do 1-on-1 drum lessons. These can be done either by Skype or in person at our studio.

Where is the Academy located?

Skillz Drum Academy is currently located in Echt, The Netherlands. You can check it out here.

Can I fly in for lessons?

Absolutely. We can arrange accommodations for specific timeslots. We have to schedule this a few weeks in advance though so be sure to contact us early.

Do you have drumcamps I can attend?

At the moment we do not. In the future we might so we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested.

Skillz Drum Books FAQ

Level 1 FAQ

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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.

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.

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.)

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 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 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

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.

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 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.

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.

Level 2 FAQ

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What is Level 2?

Level 2 is a collection of chapters and paragraphs which can be added to the Level 1 material. Level 2 offers you in depth knowledge by getting into more detail about specific more advanced subjects.  

Do I need to buy and study Level 1 first?

No you don’t. All Level 2 publications can be used as stand alone learning material. But if you’re serious about drumming and rhythm we recommend getting Level 1. This gives you the best structural overview of rhythm possible. As such it will save you an incredible amount of time. Don’t try to reinvent the wheels of rhythm. Explore new territory with them.

Do I need to get a Premium Membership to study a Level 2 book?

No you don’t. The material in the books by itself is more than enough to get you going. But if you want to get the most out of your practicing time we recommend it though. If you can afford it, you’ll benefit from our 10000’s hours of experience and research. So why wouldn’t you?

Are the books in Level 2 updated annually as well?

Yes they will be. If there’s sufficient reason to do so. If we can upgrade it substantially we will. But if it ain’t broken we won’t try to fix it. We’ll fix other things first, or create more new material preferably.

Should I study volumes in Level 2 chronologically?

Absolutely not. This is up to your personal preference. If you like double bass drumming we suggest you get that particular volume a.s.a.p. If you don’t we suggest you don’t touch it with a 10 foot drumstick.

Can I make suggestions for Level 2 books as well?

Yes please do! Go here and let us know how  you think we can make it better. Be sure to specify the exact location and problem you have. If you have a solution for it: great! If you don’t, no problem, we’ll figure it out. That’s what we do.

Can I try before I buy?

Absolutely! Besides viewing screenshots on the designated page (click button “More info” below) you can also register for a FREE Membership first to get a feel for how all of this works. If you like it you can upgrade your plan and download the added material instantly.

Sub 5 FAQ

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Do I have to be an advanced player to start playing quintuplets?

No you don’t. A basic understanding of rhythm and subdivision is advised though.

What level do I have to be at to be able to start using Sub 5?

I would recommend working out the wrinkles of playing in more common subdivisions first. Simply because these are needed more often.

Skillz Drum Coach FAQ

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What is Skillz Drum Coach?

Skillz Drum Coach is the division of Skillz Drum Lessons about online drum lessons.

Which memberships do you offer?

We offer three levels of memberships.

Free

Level 1

Premium

How does the free trial work?
When you sign up you get a code in your email. This code allows you to download Level 1 Trial Version once. You can now enjoy using our MIDI-player and Free Lessons. We’ll keep you in the loop of future updates, additions and special offers.
Can I cancel at any time?
Yes you can. If you decide to quit your membership you simply don’t pay again. If you want to stop your FREE membership you can opt out of the email list at any time. But the price you got when you enrolled may no longer apply if you decide to reapply.
How often do you release new content?
Daily if possible! Drumming, music and teaching are what we live for at Skillz. Not a day goes by without thinking about and developing new lessons. Since it’s all a proces of evolution we aim for uploading everything a.s.a.p. The sooner we upload, the sooner you can give us feedback.
What age groups do you support?
We welcome drummers of all ages. But it’s fair to say that the really young drummers won’t benefit as much from online drum learning. We therefore strongly encourage (young) children to seek the expertise and guidance of a renown local instructor. Don’t worry, we’ll see you in a few years!
Do I need a private instructor?
No you don’t. But you might benefit greatly from visiting one. It depends on your level of self analysis and introspection. A private instructor can give instant feedback as well as motivate you to get over the hurdles. But with our curriculum you certainly won’t need weekly private lessons. And you will gain an understanding of the big picture right away. So you will save money and loads of time no matter what.
What if I get stuck on a lesson?
If you do, we need to get better. You need to make us get better. We need to hear from you. We have our Emergency Contact Form button for cases like these. As soon as you become a paying member you get to use this button which will be under the “My SDL” button. How’s that for caring about your custmers?! Holy drumming emergencies Batman!
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