Cymbal Drum Set – #NAMM2016

Posted: January 30, 2016 in Drum Videos

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 with your purchase of any Drum Set or a total purchase 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.

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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
“Feel the joy of learning to play drums”

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!!

3723 W. Monte Cristo Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85053

DRUMMERSRULE! Drum School 101 – For Ages 10-100

These Drum Lessons are perfect for anyone ages 10 – 100 that are interested in learning to play the drums. In this 4 week Course you will begin to build the necessary coordination and skills to play the drum set. You will also learn how to read and play drum notation and play along to various songs.

These are GROUP CLASSES and last 60 minutes long. They are taught in our ELECTRIC DRUM STUDIO. The Studio has 4 top of the line Roland electric kits for students to use. This 101 Class is very unique, it enables the student to learn faster and retain more while having fun. The Group Classes are affordable, and a great way to see if you, or your child, has what it takes to become a drummer.

Saturday, January 9th – Saturday, January 30th 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Price = $95.00 (Price Includes Drumsticks and Binder)
Meets EVERY Saturday for 4 weeks

Students must be registered prior to the start of the first class. New students will not be accepted once the first class has started.


Look forward to seeing you in class! Call with any questions 602-769-2075.

3723 W. Monte Cristo Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85053

Practice Routine That Still Works – a Great Drumming Article!

I have read many drum articles suggesting ways to practice and this is one of my favorites. If you’re not familiar with Carl Albrecht and his work, I suggest reading up on him. He breaks down the practice routine into 5 key areas of study to help the growth any drummer.

Click the picture below to pull up the article… Enjoy!!


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As always, contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at Drum Lessons!!


Mr. Brett

Brett Frederickson – DrummersRule! Drum Lessons

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Check Out My New Social Media Page…

I recently came across this great tool from It puts all your social media links in one place for clients, colleagues and friends to access your content with one click. Check it out, just click on the picture below…

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As always, contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at Drum Lessons!!

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Drum Hand Techniques

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Drum Videos

A look into the different hand techniques for both drum set and drum line. Enjoy!

Mr. Brett

A look into my past…

Posted: August 15, 2015 in Drum Videos

Fellow Drummers,

I recently came across an individual frustrated with my bio in my Craigslist posts. Accusations were made that I was providing false information.

First, I would like to say, I’m really honored that someone would look into and research my background. Second, I encourage anyone who has questions about me to come ask me directly. So, below is my response to clear up any confusion, address concerns and give some insight into my past, including Megadeth — thank you.

During my senior year of high school in Windom, Minnesota, I played in a band called Killers. Our band was comprised of David Ellefson, Greg Handevidt, Jerry Giefer and myself. Jerry and I would go to Jackson, Minnesota to practice at David Ellefson’s farm. Afterward, we moved to California to attend Musicians Institute. Megadeth LogoLater, Greg & David dropped out of MI, and met David Mustane and started the band Megadeth. I began playing with them November of 1983. I only played with them for a short time and never got the chance to tour or record an album with them. I was wrapped up in school (MI) and work and chose to step down. A decision I’ve looked back on many times, but grateful for the path God has me on. Since then, I have gone back stage at their concerts about 4 times (including one time when they were Vic and the Rattle Heads.)

Regarding the other people whom I’ve listed in my bio, please note that I have played with them in studios, on albums or live. My favorite CD I that I performed on was Omnidirectional with Scotty Mishoe. Of the numerous gigs that I played with bands, my favorite group was a jazz fusion band called Wicket Kickit (see pic below), then Hot Tracks, Trilogy, F8 and many more. I played gigs fairly consistently until 2005 and now prefer just to play church gigs.Wickit Kickit

It was mentioned ‘those who can’t play, teach’, when (honestly) those who can’t make a good living at teaching have to play. I promise you that it’s harder to teach a student 4 to 7 yrs and get him to college than it is to play a top 40 or country gig in your local bars. I am proud of the fact that many of my students have received scholarships to major music universities. In the last two years alone, Kenny Harmon and Gabrial Deshey received scholarships to Berkeley School of Music. I firmly believe that these accomplishments are a direct result of my students’ ability to read, write and study different styles and meters. In my personal situation, I chose to teach vs play due to the fact that I place a huge emphasis on family. When I found that I could continue doing something that I love along with spending quality time with my family, I jumped on the opportunity. Due to this decision, I have been happily married for 27 years. Also, my daughter has graduated from ASU and my son is a senior there (studying micro and cellular biology). They both share my love of music and in addition to his heavy course load, my son also maintains over 20 guitar students of his own.

As a younger drummer, my perspective was that of many young musicians, wondering how the ‘greats’ became so good but appeared to never of had lessons. I had the opportunity to attend a Dennis Chamber dennis chambersClinic which was an awesome experience. I remember a question was asked if Chamber’s could read music or ever took a lesson. His response was “NO”. I then asked Dennis how he got so good. His answer was that his mother worked at Motown and he was always there, so when the greats came in to work, (like PHILLY JOE JONES) they would show him styles and he would practice like crazy. His comment “Oh yeah, I guess that would be lessons” brought a good laugh from the attendees. Overall, it was truly a great clinic.

Last but not least, I have done drum clinics opening for Ken Mary and once for David Garibaldi. I am endorsed by Yamaha, Aquarian, Zildjian and Vic Firth (and I am also sponsored by Roland). I’m also on Zildjian’s website under Education. Ultimately, I love to teach. God has blessed me with the ability to play and teach and I find that teaching is so much more rewarding–that is why I have taught thousands of lessons and hundreds of students in my life (including 20 years or drumline, in which I have won many captions).

Please fact check me or contact me directly. I would be happy to talk with you.

Thank you,
Brett Frederickson

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3/4 Ostinato Pattern by Brett Frederickson

A simple 3/4 Ostinato pattern. This is a great exercise to use in developing a solo in 3/4. Enjoy!

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Hello DrummersRule! Fans!!!

This week I have been focusing on 3/4 Ostinato patterns for my advanced players. Recently I watched a Neil Peart Video where he was talking about different Ostinato patterns and how to develop them.

In my next blog I’ll show you how I took this idea and created exercises based on this pattern. For this bLog however, see another great Neil Peart Interview I liked below… enjoy!!

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Exclusive Interview with Neil Peart

You can usually spot the people who’ve worked in the music industry for any great length of time: they cower in dark corners twitching nervously, constantly running their hands through thinning, grey hair and wax lyrical to no-one in particular about the dire state of modern music. In a business where cynicism seemNeilPeart Pic1s to conquer even the purest of souls, the challenge of emerging unscathed is a feat comparable to mastering one-handed drum rolls – wearing a boxing glove.

Sitting in a dressing room backstage at Wembley Arena, Neil Peart is relaxed, amiable and perfectly courteous. Having notched up 30 years and 17 albums, driving Rush to new creative heights and consistently breaking fresh ground in rock drumming, you almost wouldn’t blame him for being a little jaded by the trials and tribulations of the music industry. Over the course of an hour-long conversation, however, he talks enthusiastically about his childlike love of drums and of his continuingly fruitful, creative – and personal – relationship with his band-mates. At once deeply interesting and profoundly inspiring, it’s a conversation as far from the cynical jabbering of old hacks as you can possibly get. It is, in short, the stuff of legend. A true drumming legend, no less.

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Neil Peart’s dressing room is as homely as a clinical arena dressing ro
om can be. It’s his own personal room; band-mates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson share a similar space down the corridor. A five-piece DW black and white sparkle sits in the middle, all set for Peart and his pre-show, freeform warm-up. A huge map of the UK hangs behind the kit’s throne, a tool to plan his exploratory motorcycle journeys on days off.

The room is a testament to Peart’s desire to exert a little control in an environment where it would be easy to shrug shoulders and go with the flow. In true Lloyd Grossman style, it’s the room of someone that exudes determination and focus, two attributes that were in abundance as soon as he got his hands on his first kit.

“Oh yeah,” he says with a huge smile, “as soon as I started I was obsessive about it. I’d come home and start practising and play along with the radio. They had to make me stop practising, not make me practice. It was an irresistible attraction, really. The movie, The Gene Krupa Story, was the thing that really got me excited about it, but any time I’d see a drummer on television it was like a visual fascination as well as a musical fascination.”

“I had a teacher for the first couple of years. That gave me a grounding in sight reading and different styles. After that, I went my own way with the foundation that he’d given me, kind of knowing what I had to work on. The teaching aspect was really important. You can’t start in a vacuum. It’s like any subject you want to learn, you have to have some sense of what there is to know and what to work on. You can’t just say, ‘I’m going to work on it’, you have to know which direction to go. You can’t just say ‘I think I’ll play drums today!’ Nothing happens that way.”

So how about tips for new drummers? Is there anything you can pass on?

“Getting a teacher is thNeilPeart Pic3e first recommendation. You can’t learn too much. I worked on samba for a long time just to learn Latin feels. I’ve never used it, but I understand it and I have fun with it. Timekeeping, too, no one can work too hard on that. Every drummer goes through the stage of playing a fill, getting excited and speeding up, or coming out of the fill and slowing down. Everyone goes through that and it gives you great insecurity – other musicians pick on you, producers pick on you. It’s very undermining because you think, ‘Well, the drummer’s first job is to keep time and I can’t keep time’. Something everyone should understand though is a) that everyone goes through that and b) it’s correctable. It takes the effort to practice and practice until you realise how to play your fills so they won’t speed up and until you get an innate sense of time.”


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