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Drum Workshop

Vic Firth





About JohnX Online Drum Lessons

Welcome to JohnX Online Drum Lessons where you will find over 130 easy-to-understand, step-by-step videos and transcriptions that will help you become the best drummer you can possibly be. On my online lesson website, you will develop a better understanding of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Rock and Latin drumming styles.

  • You will learn Jazz phrasing, comping patterns, fills, and soloing concepts. You will also study the styles of Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, and Max Roach.
  • You will learn a variety of funk, R&B and rock beats, fills, coordination exercises and study the styles of John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro, David Garibaldi, Steve Smith, and Steve Gadd.
  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Mozambique and Bossa Nova Latin drum grooves.

Each lesson is presented by John Xepoleas, a highly skilled drummer and educator, who has worked one-on-one with world-renown drummers such as: Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Kenny Arnoff, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Gregg Bissonette, William Kennedy and Colin Bailey.

"I've known John for many years and have watched his evolution as a player and teacher. The catalog of lessons he's put together cover the art of drumming from many angles. The content of each lesson is excellent... expertly taught, skillfully performed and beautifully filmed. Congratulations my friend"....David Garibaldi (Funk Drumming Legend)

Whether you’ve been drumming for years, or just getting started, I guarantee my lessons will help you improve your skills, boost your confidence and when mastered, make you a much better musician!

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What are people saying about JohnX Online Drum Lessons

"I just recently joined a school "rock" band and knew very little of jazz drumming. When I arrived for the rehearsal, they pushed my way some jazz music. I was at sea and didn't know what I was doing. Thanks for help, these came really easy to me. Tomorrow I have my next practice and I'm feeling good"... Michael

"It's my second journey into your lessons. Have to say they are the best available. Most important is a right balance between theory and practice. Thanks once again..." Sergey

"Hey John- your honest enthusiasm combined with your skill and research of the jazz legends create a perfect blend for a very positive learning experience. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and joy with all of us trying to improve our jazz drumming" ...Steve

"I found your online lessons from YouTube when I searched how to play paradiddle on the hi-hat, then visited your website, took a tour and decided to join. I started very first lessons yesterday and felt so helpful, have a strong belief that my drum skill will improve step by step thanks to your essential lessons. I used to join other online lessons but was not impressed much until joined yours"...Viet

"I am so grateful for your teaching. Your concepts and style have helped me become a better and well-rounded drummer than I have ever been. I am eternally thankful"...Greg

"Your lessons seem to be a perfect fit for me, since freely playing fills from 1 to 8 bars will be next level for me. I really like the transcribed material for each lesson, very nkce to work with, progressing in small steps!! The videos give a good first explanation, but for me most valuable are the transcripts, which give me a perfect guidleione for practicing and gradually adding complexity"...Robert

"Been a couple days now and I'm really loving your site. I play in a few groups here in San diego mostly jazz and your straight forward approach is refreshing. I always have trouble with soloing so your series on the 4 bar fills is great. Its given me a new love for playing. Thanks for the easy to understand real life usable fills that I will break out this weekend on a gig"…Kevin

"John, I too am a professional drummer and give lessons. Your approach to videos is one of the best I've ever seen. Your drums sound great, you speak clearly, and your technical skills are top notch. Your enthusiasm for both performing and teaching is nice to see. And your lesson plan is easy to understand and follow - just outstanding, it's people like you that make learning fun - and that can change lives for others. best regards to you" ...Dava

"I'm mainly a pianist, but I've been a devoted amateur drummer for over 20 years, and have even managed to do some gigging and recording in the past. Your site has been a great resource for me, and no doubt for many others, at an incredible value. You provide a wonderful range of styles and techniques, patiently explained and clearly demonstrated. I've especially enjoyed your videos on bossa and jazz, styles of music which I love but which proved tricky to "break into". The short format of your lessons has made it easy for me to master the fundamentals and open up a wider range of music to play and enjoy" ...Patrick

"Thank you so much for your insight, I have begun playing again after many years of being on the side lines. Your instructions are very straight forward and to the point, it has helped me greatly in finding my form and in some ways I am finding myself becoming a better drummer than I used to be"... Steven

"Your videos changed my life as a drummer. thank you so much. I wish you were my teacher when I first started in 1999"...Funklegend

"After watching these videos I felt like a lot of it was something I could implement almost immediately. I guess that's just how it goes. Some things come easier than others and I'm learning that if I work on another aspect of my drumming it seems to work itself full circle and help me with other areas. Once again, your stuff is the best. Definitely like eating at the best restaurant in town as opposed to the all you can eat buffet. All the best".... Andy


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