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.
- 54 exercises covering rudiments and their applications
- Video for each exercise covering Mike’s explanation and a fast and slow playthrough
- Practice feature to play the exercises from 20bpm - 150bpm
- Animated drum kit to show you which drums to hit when!
- Mixer to isolate drum or click track sounds
- Follow-along musical notation
- Helpful tips on how to practise
- Favourite exercises to help you create a daily workout
We've updated the app for the latest version of iOS.
Thanks to everyone for your feedback and ideas - Drum Gym is still going strong eight years after it was first released!
Ratings and Reviews
I love the app. The best part for me is that you can put the rudiments on a loop and practice them over and over. Mike Sturgis is great on this as well.
A couple small fixes are needed: For me I’m not able to save favorites, once I close the app and come back they’re gone. Second the flamacue is missing the intro, which is a bummer because that’s a particularly tricky rudiment for me. Thanks!
Excellent drum practice app. Honestly it’s probably the best drum app available for practices. Every lesson is important as well as presented in a meaningful thoughtful way.
If you’re learning drums this is essential. Even if you’re a veteran this is still useful.
Great app for beginners
What an amazing resource for a beginner drummer. He doesna great job of going over each rudiment, but I especially like that you get to practice with an onscreen guide and can set the tempo you want to practice at.
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- Leafcutter Studios Ltd
- 671.8 MB
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Age Rating
- © Leafcutter Studios Ltd and Mike Sturgis
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.