I talked to a drummer friend and he recommended two things. A free option and a pay option.
You can Google all of these terms for more information
- L - R - L - R - L - R - L - R
- L L - R R - L L - R R - L L - R R - L L - R R
- L R L L - R L R R - L R L L - R L R R - L R L L - R L R R
- L R [L] - R L [R] - L R [L] - R L [R] - L R [L] - R L [R]
(accent the hit in brackets like this, left right LEFT - right left RIGHT)
- (I’m going to let you Google this one if you wish. It involves using a grace note and I’m finding that difficult to explain simply)
These five stick movements are the foundation of the 26 primary drum rudiments.
He recommended not even using the drum kit for these initially. And stressed they should be played very s-l-o-w-l-y. The objective is to get both sides of your body working in time with each other following 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. Also, most of that can be played along with almost any song, commercials, background music to movies and TV shows.
Drum Kit Work
Four on the floor with accents on the snare.
Kick Drum plays 1 -2 - 3 - 4
Snare plays 1 - 3
- 1 (Kick/Snare) - 2 (Kick) - 3 (Kick/Snare) - 4 (Kick)
https://www.mikeslessons.com/ with Mike Johnston
My friends review was that he wished he had access to Mike 30 years ago. He could have avoided so many mistakes and time wastes. He also said Mike is the only person on the Internet he would be willing to give money to for drum lessons.
He says Mike is very straight forward, no bullshit, transparent about the realities of drumming, leaves his ego out of his lessons and has an unfortunate (bad? odd? messed up?) sense of humor.
I don’t know what all that about his sense of humor means. Apparently he tries to be professional, gets frustrated with himself and makes up new curse words to express his frustration.
I hope all this helps.