Drums are cool. It’s a known fact. We bang on them and the blood starts pumping. But it’s also true that some people bang better than others. To make sure you’re one of them, you’re going to need some drum lessons.

Before you buy though, let me save you from making the same mistakes that I did and advise you on which factors are most important when it comes to drum lessons:

  • Is there material included that will take me from where I am to where I want to go? (i.e. beginner or intermediate to advanced)
  • How many instructors do I have access to? (Every instructor has their own style and strengths. The more perspectives you can learn from, the better.)
  • Do I want to just pay once and have the lessons forever or am I okay with paying a subscription fee for lessons every month? (Keep in mind that the subscription model is used by private drum lessons as well.)
  • How good is the video quality? Do they include several camera angles?
  • Am I able to ask questions of the instructors during the lessons?
  • How easy is it to review the lesson material? Can I easily switch between lessons or different sections of the lesson? Do they include individual MP3s for each exercise? (This question highlights one of the shortcomings of DVD courses.)
  • Most importantly, how good is the material? Are they teaching things that I want to learn and will I be motivated to learn them quickly?

These questions are meant to give you some food for thought while you read through the full reviews. My personal recommendation goes to Drumeo, but Drumming System is also excellent if you really only want to pay once for the lessons and don’t want a subscription. For a better idea of how all the lessons compare, have a look at the comparison table I put together.

And as always, feel free to leave your questions in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!