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Drums 102: Learn How to Play the Drums By Ear


Reading sheet music is a good skill to have, but if you are able to play instruments by ear, this can open up more opportunities than you thought were possible.

Playing music by ear will allow you to explore your music creativity to the fullest. You will only be limited to play what your ear can hear, but if you can hear everything…watch out!

The video above gives you a snapshot of how to play drums by ear by the amazing Kenneth “Bam” Alexander. Bam has played with many people in the industry. His drumming can be heard on Jay-Z’s comeback album Kingdom Come, and with Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco…

Bam has made many television appearances with Lupe on shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, and the MTV movie awards. Bam was personally invited to be the drum instructor at Hear and Play to help you take your drumming skills to new levels.

He shows all the techniques and tricks that took him over 20 years to master e.g. cut-time, and off-beat patterns applied to various genres like funk, rock and latin.

Yes, I Want to Learn How to Play Drums by Ear

Hear and Play Drums 102: Featuring "Bam" Alexander


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