FAQ

This is the central place for all Frequently Asked Questions

The 3D Drumming System includes 1 Year of 3D MIDI player access and 1 year of 3D support

The Premium Membership (a 3D upgrade) includes he 3D Drumming System, Sub 5, Additional Rudiment Sections, Premium Courses, and 3D Additional Lessons

Skillz Drum Lessons FAQ

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What is Skillz Drum Lessons?

Skillz Drum Lessons is all about drum education. We live and breathe rhythm and music. 

What can we do for you?

We offer the one and only 3D Drumming System and additional Premium online drum lessons based on the 3D Drumming System. We also offer 1-on-1 (Skype) drum lessons at our studio, the Skillz Drum Academy located in the Netherlands. 

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

You most certainly don’t. You have a few distinct options starting with the 3D Drumming System

1. Get the 3D Drumming System

2. Upgrade to the Premium Membership after getting the 3D Drumming System

3. Get private lessons (physical or via Skype) based on the 3D Drumming System after purchasing the 3D Drumming System

Can I use the Skillz material alongside other educational material?

Yes, in fact this is highly recommended because other drum lessons will probably start to make a lot more sense when studying from Skillz material! As long as it’s good quality material. If you already own books and DVDs by well known authors/players then it’s fine. After studying parts C(ORE) and S you will probably see lots of new possibilities in these other educational materials.

Do you have an affiliate program?

We certainly do and we have crazy high commissions! Check it out here.

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 Nederweert, 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

3D Drumming System FAQ

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What is the 3D Drumming System?

The 3D Drumming System is an encyclopedia of drum lessons, rhythmic theory and systems to implement this. The 3D Drumming System is the complete foundational work which as such 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 3D?

The 3D Drumming System is truly in 3D, three dimensions:

1. Left to Right (Chapters/Time feels)

2. Top to bottom (Paragraphs/Subjects)

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

This will take time to get used to, and you WILL be overwhelmed. That’s good since it is the COMPLETE foundational work.

You will basically start at G1.1 (or G1.0 Trial Lesson) and work your way down in a diagonal direction towards G9.20. But you do this in all 3D parts, more or less simultaneously.

Who’s to say what’s the correct order, or how long it should take you to absorb all the knowledge inside? You decide.There is no one way, only your way. However, we encourage you to view your drumming goals and practice in 3D as much as possible. 

I feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the 3D Drumming System. What should I do?

First breathe in and out deeply a few times. Feel better? Good. The 3D Drumming System is the COMPLETE foundational work and it is meant as an encyclopedia of drumming and rhythm exercises.

Watch this video and in 3.58 you’ll know why feeling overwhelmed is a good thing, and how you can deal with it: https://www.skillzdrumlessons.com/blog/overwhelmed-why-you-should-feel-overwhelmed-and-how-to-deal-with-it/ 

If you need help, you might want to become a Premium Member so I can help you personally.

Should I play every exercise in the 3D Drumming System?

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 just because there had to be one. I hop around the 3D Drumming System with students all the time. It’s about studying that which makes the most sense at this point to YOU.

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?

Yeah because there’s a 30-day 100% Money Back Guarantee. 

AND you get to keep the 3D Drumming System in case you don’t like it.

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

That’s because I 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. I won’t rest till I can assign a specific audio track to every groove and every fill in the 3D Drumming System. 

Btw, Premium Members also get access to more songs in Premium 3D Audio.

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

That’s because I haven’t had 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. I won’t rest till we can assign a specific audio track to every groove and every fill in the 3D Drumming System.

However, the MIDI loops used in paragraph 1 have been chosen in such a way that these can be used along with any Groove, Fill, Tip and or Exercise in the 3D Drumming System. So you may get a bit bored with the same loop, but it will still work wonders for your tempo, timing, form and improvisation among other things.

Btw, Premium Members also get access to Premium 3D MIDI.

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.

Should I get Sub 5 standalone?

Sub 5 is now part of the Premium Membership so if you want to do yourself a favor you should first get the 3D Drumming System and then get the Sub 5 for free by upgrading to become a Premium Member.

But if you don’t want to you’re more than welcome to get the Sub 5 Book and Online Course as a standalone. Just click the button below.

Skillz Drum Coach FAQ

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What is Skillz Drum Coach?

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

Which memberships do you offer?

We currently only offer the Premium Membership which is the upgraded version of the 3D Drumming System.

What is the Premium Memberships?

The Premium Membership is all the 3D Drumming System material plus a collection of Premium Courses which can be seen as add-ons to the 3D Drumming System material. 

But it’s not just about more advanced subjects. Premium also offers in depth knowledge by getting into more detail about all aspects of drumming mentioned in the 3D Drumming System.

So in short the Premium Membership is

– Additional examples and explanation of the 3D Drumming System

– Combinations of and additions to the 3D Drumming System

– Stylistic preferences applied to the 3D Drumming System

– Premium Courses such as Checkup Course, Odd Time Signatures, Brazilian Drumming and many more to come

– Additional Rudiments (200+ Rudiments added to the 40 PAS Rudiments)

– Premium MIDI

– As a Bonus you now get the Sub 5 book and accompanying Course for free

 

The Premium Membership is for drummers who value time over money.

How do I sign up for a Premium Membership?

You first get the 3D Drumming System. Afterwards you get invited to become a Premium Member for a very special price…

Can I cancel at any time?

Yes you can. You can do so yourself in My Skillz => Settings => Subscriptions. If you want to stop notifications via email you can unsubscribe at any time. But think about it, because since we’re growing, so are our prices. So 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 feedback, the sooner we can improve and upgrade and so on.

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. And 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 Skillz” button. How’s that for caring about your customers?! Holy drumming emergencies Batman!

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Do I need to study the 3D Drumming System before I do Premium Courses?

No you don’t. All Premium publications can be used as stand alone learning material. But if you’re serious about drumming and rhythm we recommend studying from the 3D Drumming System at least in part. 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.

Are the Courses in Premium updated regularly?

Yes they are. If there’s a good reason to do so. 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 Premium 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 Premium Courses as well?

YES PLEASE! 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?

Yeah you can because there’s a 30-day 100% Money Back Guarantee.

And if you don’t like it you get to keep the 3D Drumming System. 

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