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These are the old issues of the e-mail 'newsletter' drum lessons. They have all been offered in the 'Tempo Dispatch' (newsletter) at one time or another. Some of these lessons later became html (web page) lessons too. You are seeing them here in their original form. Many of the ads and links in these archives are no longer valid. This list of lessons has grown with time.

Disregard all the old ads. I'm presenting these old newsletter lessons as they actually appeared at the time the were issued. I've recently become discourage from sending the newsletters, for many reasons.

Each of these lessons should be of tremendous benefit to almost all students. Just focus mainly on the lessons (feature-articles), and ignore the old ads.

1997

  • #1. Jan. 1997 Feature Article # 1: Creativity Vs. Academics.
  • #2. Feb. 1997 Feature Article # 2: The Beauty Secrets of Simplistic Drumming.
  • #3. Mar. 1997 Feature Article # 3: SOLO TIPS & FAQ.
  • #4. Apr. 1997 Feature Article # 4: IMPROVISED FILLS
  • #5. May 1997 Feature Article # 5: SOLO TIPS II
  • #6. Jun. 1997 Feature Article # 6: Getting That First Gig
  • #7. Jul. 1997 Feature Article # 7: Beating the Monster Players to that 'Dream Gig'
  • #8. Aug. 1997 Feature Article # 8: Tuning Opinions (Bass Drum)
  • #9. Sep. 1997 Feature Article # 9: CUT-TIME 2/4 (POLKA)
  • #10. Oct. 1997 Feature Article # 10: Jamming!
  • #11. Nov. 1997 Feature Article # 11: Special Help with FATBACK
  • #12. Dec. 1997 Feature Article # 12: Tuning Tips

1998

  • #13. Jan. 1998 Feature Article # 13: 'Write' & 'Read' drum notation.(Part I)
  • #14. Feb. 1998 Feature Article # 14: 'Write' & 'Read' drum notation.(Part II)
  • #15. Mar. 1998 Feature Article # 15: Solo Techniques (Triplets)
  • #16. Apr. 1998 Feature Article # 16: Feeling The Backbeat
  • #17. May 1998 Feature Article # 17: PERFECTION / Internal Clocks & Rudiments
  • #18. Jun. 1998 Feature Article # 18: THE 'UNIVERSAL' SONG COUNT
  • #19. Jul. 1998 Feature Article # 19: DUMP THE TABS AND JAM!
  • #20. Aug. 1998 Feature Article # 20: STICKS, PEDALS & SOUTHPAWS
  • #21. Sep. 1998 Feature Article # 21: CYMBAL TIPS AND TRICKS
  • #22. Oct. 1998 Feature Article # 22: Personal Musical Tastes VS The Real World
  • #23. Nov. 1998 Feature Article # 23: DRUM SOLO MAGIC!
  • Special Bonus: Drum Set Assembly (Out of the Box & Under the Tree.)
  • #24. Dec. 1998 Feature Article # 24: PLAY PERFECT FILLS . . . Always!

1999

  • #25. Jan. 1999 Feature Article # 25: First Night On A New Gig! (Calming the jitters!)
  • #26. Feb. 1999 Hi Hat Tips!
  • #27. Mar. 1999 Reading Notation: Helpful Tips!
  • #28. Apr. 1999 Development & Control
  • #29. May. 1999 Tempo Teamwork!
  • #30. Jun. 1999 Learning to Learn!
  • #31. Jul. 1999 Double Bass and Song Ending Tips
  • #32. Aug. 1999 The Quest For Perfect Fills
  • #33. Sep. 1999 Using (open) 32nd-Note Rolls In Mid-Song
  • #34. Oct. 1999 READING DRUM NOTATION: A Practical Perspective
  • #35. Nov. 1999 Overcoming Stage-Fright
  • #36. Dec. 1999 Improving Coordination

2000

  • #37. Jan. 2000 Swishing the Hi-Hat
  • #38. Feb. 2000 Warm-Ups & Practice Rituals
  • #39. Mar. 2000 PRESS ROLLS & RUFFS
  • #40. Apr. 2000 Adapting 'Ruffs':  Making Funky, Funkier!
  • #41. May. 2000 MORE . . . Drum Solo Goodies
  • #42. Jun. 2000 Rudiment Applications / Drumset
  • #43. Jul. 2000 "Feeling The Groove"
  • #44. Aug. 2000 "The Birth of Rhythmic Ideas"
  • #45. Sep 2000 "#1 Secret to Drumming Success"
  • #46. Oct 2000 "DRUMMING MATH = SWISS WATCH TIMING"
  • #47. Nov. 2000 "Spice Up Your FILLS" (PART I)
  • #47b. Dec. 2000 "Spice Up Your FILLS" (PART II)
  • #48. Dec. 2000 Two free drum lessons this month

2001

  • #49. Jan. 2001 Buying Drums - Getting ROI
  • #50. Feb. 2001 DRUMS: Faster Fills+MORE FUNI
  • #51. Mar. 2001 DRUMS: USING 'FLAMS' AS FILLS
  • #52. Apr. 2001 QUIETER PRACTICE DRUMS
  • #53. May. 2001 DRUMS: Sight-reading tips
  • #54. Jun. 2001 DRUMS: Snare Rattle / Partial Remedies!
  • #55. Jul. 2001 DRUMMING APTITUDE / SELF-TEST
  • #56. Aug. 2001 Maintaining your PASSION-4-DRUMS.
  • #57. Sep. 2001 Counter-Rhythms and Poly-Rhythms
  • #58. Oct. 2001 TWO DRUM LESSONS this month
  • #59. Nov. 2001 FAST TEMPO FILLS / Punk and Jazz
  • #60. Dec. 2001 Drumset Bargain Hunting!

2002

  • #61. Jan. 2002 Coordination Solutions (Drumset)
  • #62. Feb. 2002 Rudiment help (Drumset)
  • #63. Mar. 2002 Common sense & drumming improvement (Drumset)
  • #64. Apr. 2002 Drumming Imagination
  • #65. May. 2002 Working the Cymbals
  • #66. Jun. 2002 TIME SIGS: 6/8 vs 4/4?
  • #67. Jul. 2002 More help with Rudiments/Fills?
  • #68. Aug. 2002 Coordination / Age / Tuning Tips
  • #69. Sep. 2002 Tips for improving the WEAK-HAND.
  • #70. Oct. 2002 32nd Doubles, / Fills n Solos
  • #71. Nov. 2002 Tempo perfection
  • #72. Dec. 2002 Drumming Stats/Female

2003

  • #73. Jan. 2003 DRUMS / Punk, Metal, Reggae, Jazz.
  • #74. Feb. 2003 Mastering Bass Techniques without drums.
  • #75. Mar. 2003 Teach to learn.
  • #76. Apr. 2003 Mastering Independence / Drums
  • #77. May. 2003 UNDERSTANDING BEAT-NAMES
  • #78. Jun. 2003 DRUM CHARTING & COUNTING, TIP

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