We take the hassle and stress out of learning the drums so that you can focus on the fun. Whether you're a newbie on the drums or a seasoned veteran, these lessons will hit you right where you need them the most.
With lessons that are available 24/7 on any computer or mobile device, you can watch a drum lesson anytime. Weird work schedule or not, we'll have a lesson waiting for you.
We freak out about organization so that you can freak out about drumming. SDS gives you organized lessons, methodical student plans, and assessment criteria in every lesson.
“As a busy jazz drummer with an active recording career…I dig Stephen’s insightful, wide open and high energy passion for drumming.”
“I discovered SDS on You Tube about a year into learning the drums and in the last 6 months my drumming has skyrocketed!”
“The downloadable boot camps helped heaps when I wanted to focus on something specific. I could just download it and print out lesson filler for the next few weeks.”
“I have had the opportunity to study with some pretty cool and well known drummers…I can honestly say that I've learned more memorable, versatile and useful drum info and techniques than all my former years and teachers combined!”
“The lessons are just the right length where they are right to the point, but also make sure you don't get left in the dust.”
“The site is super well organized. You pick the track you want to learn and everything you need from lessons to assessment criteria is right there. You can even submit it to him for feedback.”
“Rhythms and styles I never thought I would learn, Stephen taught me in a fun and well explained way.”
“Simply put, in fifteen years of drumming, no DVD, lesson, magazine article or book has helped me more than SDS. His lessons are as essential as my kick pedal."
“SDS, thank you for what you have done for my drumming ability. I am now playing in a band once again and was at the studio recording our music.”
“There are lots of things I like about Stephen's lessons, but the thing I love the most is his enthusiasm. Every singles lesson is great fun and easy to understand.”
“Stephen’s lessons have helped me to be my best on big stages around the world. I practice with his lessons online while on tour and it keeps me focused.”
“As a new drummer I found it very comforting to have access on my phone, laptop or PC, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to The Vault that contains over 350 video lessons. “
“Stephen’s lessons are really helpful as I gain lots of drum technique from them.”
“I've been watching the SDS lessons for months now, and I'm absolutely blown away with what I’ve learned from them.”
“Stephen's drum lessons are a 3 "S" course => "Short" + "Skilled" + "Superb". Stephen's guidance + my practice hours = People call me the best drummer in our university right now!”
“I am a jazz drummer and the percussionist of wind ensemble. Stephen's lessons help me remember a lot that I have forgotten to practice.”
“I enjoy watching drummers play and when someone explains what they are playing and shows you how to do it, well that is the best you could ask for. That’s what Stephen does.”
“Stephen gave me all that it takes to push my drumming to the top!”
“Thanks for all you do at SDS to make the drums fun. Even after a very long hiatus I still FREAKIN' LOVE THE DRUMS!”
“Stephen’s dedication and abilities as an educator parallel the best in the business. His commitment to the progress of his students is truly inspiring.”
“Thanks for the motivation Stephen!”
“My foot skills are noticeably improving and I’ve learned how to make the most of my practice time.”
“Thanks to SDS I’m able to keep up with band members 10-15 years younger than me. His books are very helpful too.”
“Stephen’s lessons have really helped to improve my drumming versatility.”
“There’s a difference I can hear in my progress since I started using Stephen’s materials.”
“Stephen's lessons have reignited my desire to play the drums after 45 years. They make practice fun while teaching solid fundamentals.”
“SDS has improved my playing in these past two years more than anything else has in my 16 years of playing.”
“Thanks to Stephen's lessons I started to practice harder everyday and actually am preparing my first presentation.”
“With the time difference, the lesson vault has been one of the best features.”
“Stephen’s ability to turn simple patterns into great sounding grooves is what makes me come back for more lessons every week.”
“SDS is the gold standard for learning the drums online. Quit searching for the Holy Grail of drum instruction. You have found it.”
“I have learned some cool fills and patterns, I even learned how to get rid of my nervousness at my gigs. Your videos are amazing Stephen!”
“First class tuition from a top class teacher…and an animal of a drummer!”
“An awesome drum teacher that produces content that's not as basic and predictable as some of the other, especially the bigger, sites out there.”
“Thanks to Stephen’s lessons I’ve rediscovered the joys and the surprises of drumming. I can now say, I am, and always will be, a drummer.”
“Never in my life have I come across a drum site so easy to relate to with no gimmicks. And I can finally play the Purdie Shuffle!”
“I like Stephen’s lessons because of the way he breaks a beat or fill down into manageable chunks.”
“I appreciate all the organization and planning you've put into these excellent lessons.”
“Stephens Drum Shed has been a great way to structure my practice and also learn at a time that suits me, even if that's at 1 a.m.!”
“Sign up, you will be very glad you did!”
“It's been great to have access to videos of a great drummer explaining different fills, grooves, techniques, and applications of rudiments around the kit.”
“I didn't start playing drums until the age of 35. SDS offers everything I've needed to progress as a drummer as quickly and easily as possible.”
“Stephen's lessons have filled me with confidence. The lessons give me the ambition I need to play better in my band.”
“I am 68 years young and a beginner. I stumbled onto SDS just a few weeks ago and I’m finding the lessons easy to understand and most helpful.”
“I have 4 of Stephen’s downloadable lesson packs. I really like having something specific to work on. The lessons are great!”
“Stephen rejuvenated a 61 year olds love for music and love for studying to play the freaking drums!”
“Everything I've learned from his lessons I've been able to apply to real life drumming and gigging. Bottom line, he knows his stuff and he knows how to teach it!”
“I would highly recommend Stephen’s live lessons for anyone wanting to increase their capabilities around the drum kit and overall drumming knowledge.”
"When all hope was lost, I found Stephen’s lessons on YouTube. Wow, what a difference in my playing ever since I signed up for lessons at StephensDrumShed.com."
"I must say that out of all the online tutorials that I have found on the internet, Stephen’s lessons have definitely helped me refine my playing in many ways."
"I am currently a member of Stephen’s web site and have been for a few months now. I can tell you that the lessons I have been able to participate in, whether live or in The Vault, have proven to be extremely helpful to me."