Drum Gym is an app that provides you with the tools you need to be creative and musical in your drumming. It achieves this goal in three progressive stages. First, you will cover a comprehensive overview of all the essential snare drum rudiments and their various components. Next, the rudimental vocabulary is combined into exercises that are more complex and challenging. These exercises cover a range of rudimental combinations across different subdivisions and are designed to further your technical and musical approach. Finally, we take some of the rudiments that we’ve covered and apply them to the drum kit in a variety of patterns and fills. These ideas will allow you to take the skills you’ve acquired through learning the rudiments and create a dynamic musical vocabulary.
Drum Gym provides you with some innovative and interactive options on how to approach your learning. Each exercise starts with an explanation of the content, with the important points of each exercise written out for your convenience. Next, there is a demonstration of the exercise at a fast and a slow tempo that simultaneously features scrolling notation. After that, you can move into the practice section of the exercise and play along with the audio loop and click track at any tempo that feels comfortable. You can adjust your mix between loop and click, and also mute the individual voices of the kit for increased flexibility in how you hear and practice each exercise. In addition to scrolling notation, the practice section in each exercise features a bespoke graphic that clearly indicates which drum or cymbal is being struck and which hand should be doing the striking.
Because of the progressive nature of its content, Drum Gym is suitable for the beginner who is learning the rudiments for the first time or the intermediate to advanced player who is looking to refine and enhance their knowledge of the rudiments and explore their application to the drum kit. The mixture of tutorial and demonstration videos along with the interactive practice section for each exercise make this the ideal app for studying drum technique and applying it creatively.
We've updated the sample library so that the cymbal now sounds on its own without a kick drum underneath.
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Ratings and Reviews
Massive Amount of Content
This is by far the best drum tuition app I have (and I have most of them). There is enough to give beginner drummers a nudge in the right direction and plenty to keep more advanced drummers busy on the kit for years.
The tuition videos are very detailed and tell you everything you need to know to get started. One bugbear is the the tuition video plays each time you select a new excercise, which can be a bit annoying.
Overall though, easily a 5 star app. If you're looking for something new to learn/ practice on the drums you won't be disappointed here. It's a serious attempt at a comprehensive drum tuition app with masses of content you won't find anywhere else.
I hope there will more from Mike in the future - maybe a Drum Gym 2?
Best Drum App!
I would recommend this app to all musicians.
It's great for beginners and got some really cool ideas for pros.
Im gonna get a lot from this app, I'm also gonna use it with my students and get them to practice using it for home work.
Defo worth the money.
I'm on and iPad3 and the app installed like a dream. Once installed, well, what can I say…Mike 'The Oracle' Sturgis is a legend and I'm loving the app! Loving 'The Gaddamacue':-)
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.