Congratulations to Gabriel DeShay!! He was recently accepted into Berkley School of Music!!
We are all proud of Gabriel. He has been my student for the past 4 years and I’ve enjoyed watching him grow. His parents have also been instrumental in his success. Behind every great musician, in addition to talent & drive, is the support from those they love.

Attached is a video of Gabriel DeShay performing as a Finalist at the Guitar Center Drum-Off Regionals in Phoenix, AZ October 22, 2013.

Again, good job Gabriel, I will miss having you come in for lessons. I wish you all the best at Berkley!!
Mr. Brett

Video  —  Posted: April 5, 2014 in Drum Videos
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HOW TO TUNE A DRUM KIT… 

One of the most essential skills every drummer must know is how to tune their drumset. The reality is, most drummers do not know how to properly tune their kit – resulting in a poor sound. Take the time in your regular practice to learn how to tune your drums the right way; you will be happy you did. If you have tuned your drum set as much as you can and you are still getting a poor sound, let me know and we’ll figure it out together. There are a few rules that you must consider when tuning in order to maximize your tone, resonance and endurance of your drum head. Tuning one drum is the same as tuning them all. The same steps and procedures should be taken to ensure the best sound from any drum you are playing. So let’s get started.

There are a few rules that you must consider when tuning in order to maximize your tone, resonance and endurance of your drum head. Tuning one drum is the same as tuning them all. The same steps and procedures should be taken to ensure the best sound from any drum you are playing. So let’s get started.

POSITIONING THE RODS
- seating the drum head on the shell. Before you even place the head on the drum, make sure you wipe down both the rim and the head. Any unwanted dirt or chips will cause an uneven sound on the tom. So with a towel, just wipe around the rim of the drum. 
-the next step is seating the drum head on the drum. Once this is done, and the rim is placed over top; screw in the tension rods hand tight. You do not want to screw them in to much right now, or you can throw off the tuning process. 
- Once all the rods are secure, you want to stretch out your drum head. This is an important step to do; it will strengthen and stretch out your skin as well as help it maintain its tuning once it is found. To do this, simply make a fist, and press down in the middle of the drum. Do not press to hard, you do not want to damage your skin.

TUNING A DRUM KIT...TUNING THE KIT
- To make sure there is no unbalance, you will have to tighten the tension rods opposite to each other. The best way to do this is to start at any rod, and tighten a few turns with your drum key.
- Once that is complete, locate the tension rod opposite to that one and repeat the process. Do this until each rod is secure and tight. Try to keep each turn uniform by counting the amount of rotations and imitate that on each tension rod. 
- See the attached diagram of the tightening process:
As you can see, each tension rod is tuned opposite of each other. Start at A, and work your way around the drum.
- Once each rod is tightened, try striking the drum. Chances are you will not get the right sound on your first try. This is where you have to start fine tuning. Pick a tension rod to start at, and tap the head around 2 inches from that rod.

Again, use the diagram and tap each rod opposite to each other. Try and hear for any inconsistent sounds. If there are any tones that are not even, tune each tension rod accordingly. 
Remember this is a fine process, tuning a half a turn will change the sound to the whole drum.

Feel free to contact me with any questions…
Brett

I came across this video of a street performer playing on one drum using all his fingers. He does an excellent job and reminded me of a buddy of mine who was able to play like this.
Something interesting and fun – enjoy!!
Mr. Brett

Video  —  Posted: February 22, 2014 in Drum Videos
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Learn to Play a Funk Mozambique Groove on the Drums with Brett Frederickson – DrummersRule! Drum Lessons

On this drum lesson video, I describe how to play a “Funk” Mozambique groove on the drums. In my previous lesson we focused on the Mozambique style and now we are learning how to integrate this into a funk groove. Enjoy, and and always, let me know if you have any questions!
Brett

Info on Brett Frederickson. He has been teaching drums for over 27 years including drum line instruction for 17 years. He is a graduate of MI (Musicians Institute); Featured in Drum Magazine, Drum Business and Modern Drummer.

- Degreed instructor — Musicians Institute of Technology (MIT)

- Drum Set instructor for over 27 years

- Drum Line instructor for over 17 years winning many State Competitions and Awards

- Featured in magazines including Modern Drummer, Drum Business, and Drum Magazine

- Has Performed and done Studio Work with many bands including Megadeath, Scott Mishoe, Keith Horne, Jeff Kollman, Ray Riendeau and many more.

- Former students have graduated from Berkley College of Music & Musicians Institute

- Former students have received full ride scholarships to ASU, NAU and U of A for drum-line, jazz band, and percussion

- Located in North Phoenix

Brett’s true passion is teaching students to play drums, in a fun, quality learning environment. So whether you are just getting started, or have been playing for years, Brett can help you take your skills to the next level.

Lessons are for a full hour at $25.00/hr. Come see why his students keep coming back!

Brett Frederickson 602-843-3114 or Online at http://www.drummersrule.net.

Video  —  Posted: February 15, 2014 in Drum Videos
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Learn How to Play Mozambique on the Drums – Taught by Brett Frederickson

On this drum lesson video, I describe how to play a Mozambique groove on the drums. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions!
Brett

Info on Brett Frederickson. He has been teaching drums for over 27 years including drum line instruction for 17 years. He is a graduate of MI (Musicians Institute); Featured in Drum Magazine, Drum Business and Modern Drummer.

- Degreed instructor — Musicians Institute of Technology (MIT)

- Drum Set instructor for over 27 years

- Drum Line instructor for over 17 years winning many State Competitions and Awards

- Featured in magazines including Modern Drummer, Drum Business, and Drum Magazine

- Has Performed and done Studio Work with many bands including Megadeath, Scott Mishoe, Keith Horne, Jeff Kollman, Ray Riendeau and many more.

- Former students have graduated from Berkley College of Music & Musicians Institute

- Former students have received full ride scholarships to ASU, NAU and U of A for drum-line, jazz band, and percussion

- Located in North Phoenix

Brett’s true passion is teaching students to play drums, in a fun, quality learning environment. So whether you are just getting started, or have been playing for years, Brett can help you take your skills to the next level.

Lessons are for a full hour at $25.00/hr. Come see why his students keep coming back!

Brett Frederickson 602-843-3114 or Online at http://www.drummersrule.net.

Video  —  Posted: February 5, 2014 in Drum Videos
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Double Bass Technique Using Hands – taught by Brett Frederickson

This is a great technique for drummers who want a double bass sound but don’t own a double bass foot pedal. How you get the sound is by alternating your right hand and your foot. The left hand fills up the time by playing the back beat and using ghost notes.

**We apologize for the crappy and low sound volume – this was a quick video I made from my cell phone. **

Video  —  Posted: December 14, 2013 in Drum Videos
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Happy Holidays!! Are you planning on shopping at Guitar Center, Sam Ash or any of your favorite music stores this Holiday?

Brett Frederickson, owner of DrummersRule! Drum Lessons, wants to Celebrate by giving away Two (2) FREE Hours of drum lessons and a pair of Vic Firth drum sticks along with your purchase of any Drum Set or a total of $350.00 spent on any combined percussion sales items from Guitar Center, Sam Ash or your favorite Music Store.

Call Brett today to schedule your FREE drum lessons! **Just print out this Blog Post and present it along with your receipt when you arrive at his drum studio.**

Located near I-17 & Bell Road, the drum studio offers 4 top of the line Roland Electronic Kits and Yamaha Custom Kit to learn on.

Shopping at Guitar Center or Sam Ash this Holiday Season?

Brett provides full 1 hour drum lessons at $25.00/hour.
Whats included:
- learn faster and retain more
- drum styles to develop skills to play your favorite songs
- read music
- sight reading
- syncopation
- increasing speed
- hand technique
- rudiments
- mastering all of the various music styles
- drum line techniques for snare, tenors and bass drum

Call us today at 602-843-3114 with any questions or check us out online at http://www.drummersrule.net.
“Feel the joy of learning to play drums”
Brett

Info on your teacher, Brett Frederickson:
He has been a top drum judge for Guitar Center over 20 years and Sam Ash for the past 10 years. He has also been one of the most “referred out” drum teacher from both stores. He has been teaching drums for over 27 years including drum line instruction for the past 17 years. He is a graduate of MI (Musicians Institute); Featured in Drum Magazine, Drum Business and Modern Drummer
. He has played drums with many bands including Megadeth and has done studio work for various artists like Scott Mishoe, Keith Horne, Jeff Kollman, Ray Riendeau and many more. His true passion is teaching students to play drums, in a fun, quality learning environment. So whether you are just getting started, or have been playing for years, Brett can help you take your skills to the next level.

Come see why his students keep coming back!