My uncle Bill Powelson developed the content you see on this site over a period of a half-century+
My uncle Bill passed on in 2017, living his last day to the fullest. He and I worked together to preserve some of his work. The internet when Bill started creating online drum lessons, was a very different place than what we see today. This content is pulled from multiple websites that uncle Bill developed over the years. He was an accomplished gigging drummer who played with more bands than I can count in the 60's though 90's. He picked up on the idea of mail-order drum lessons early on before the web was born and made a decent suplemental business out of it. When the web came along, uncle Bill saw the potential for sharing what had learned over the previous 30+ years (this was in the 90s of course.)
Long story short, he was constantly marketing and selling his lessons online as well as in person and taught lessons up until the day he passed.
I promised him that I would keep his work alive to the best of my ability. That being said, there's ALOT of content here to go through. I've simply built a CMS and rudely crammed a FRACTION of the content that he had built into this framework for manageability purposes. So, you're going to see product offers, requests for donations, broken links, dead images, etc. throughout the content. Given the way the web used to be authored, it's a bit of a helter-skelter series of pages that I'm doing my best to curate.
If you see product offers, or requests for donations, please ignore. I'll put up a donations page once I've got my hands wrapped around more of the content. For now, there's a TON of free content here that will help you learn to play drums. You can go pay for those expensive drum lessons from celebrities, or you can peruse the acquired knowledge of a day-to-day drum guru here for free. I like free. Uncle Bill LOVED Free. I know that he wanted a way to share this information with anyone who had the desire to learn.
Hi, I'm Bill Powelson, the author of this web site.
These lessons have all been hand written by me over a 45 year period of time since I began teaching privately in 1965. It occurred to me early in the mid-1960s that there was a need for a drum course like this. I realized then, that we do not necessarily need to see the teacher face-to-face in a class-room, in order to learn. It was at that time that I began putting this course in drumset techniques, together.
Here online, I have three separate web sites. All three sites contain essentially the same lessons, but each site is designed for different levels of ability.
With a little fortitude,some positive awareness, common sense, and just the right lessons, it is often faster and more efficient for the student to learn on their own. This course has been painstakingly designed over a 45/50 year period with that philosophy in mind.
- Site #1 is designed for the curious and total beginners.
- Site #2 is designed for Intermediate, Advanced and Ultra Advanced students.
- Site #3 is designed to help those who are having troubledeciding exactly what they should study next.
Simply visit the site(s) as time allows and pursue your dream of becoming a pro drummer, one-lesson-at-a-time. You'll gain approximately 30 years of knowledge in as little as 6-months or less with this method of instruction. If you are a self-starter, and if you can follow the simple instructions, I think you'll quickly accelerate through the entire course with ease.
I absolutely love receiving e-mail from serious, appreciative, students. In the old days of this course, I had my e-mail address on every web page, and I literally begged for e-mail responses. Most of the time, all I got was spam and more spam, haha. So . . . with this revision of the course, I've removed and disguised my e-mall address. It isn't because I don't want to hear from you. It's because of the spambots, that make a business of harvesting e-mail addresses from the web.
Anyway . . . I've decided to place my address in this one spot, in hopes that you'll find it, and e-mail me.
Sure! I encourage you to write! If I'm still kicking and screaming, I'll usually respond right away.
WRITE ME ANYTIME.E-mail your questions and/or comments to: Bill Powelson firstname.lastname@example.org