If you’ve been drumming for a while and you spend a reasonable amount of time on the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Drumeo. Jared Falk and his team have created an empire that has constantly evolved over the years and turned into the biggest drumming platform in the world.
While most people have heard of Drumeo, not everyone knows all the details of what the website has to offer. So, I joined and created a Drumeo Edge account to see how much value was packed into the monthly subscription.
I’m going to give you a highly detailed breakdown of everything the subscription unlocked for me.
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Before getting into the specifics of content, I thought it would be good to give you my overall thoughts on Drumeo before being exposed to the Edge subscription. My main exposure to them is primarily through their YouTube channel and other social media pages.
The Drumeo YouTube channel is currently the only drumming channel on YouTube that has over one million subscribers (it's nearly 2 million now) and doesn’t purely post drum covers. This is a significant statistic as it proves the scope of how large the reach is of the company.
They provide some next-level content that is completely free to all who watch it. If you’re not up for paying the monthly fee for Drumeo Edge, there’s more than enough content on their YouTube channel to keep you occupied and learning for months on end.
They used to do weekly live lessons with professional drummers a few years ago. They don’t upload those to YouTube anymore, but the old ones are still there to watch and learn from. Those were always my favorite part of Drumeo as a company.
After watching the free content, I always had the impression that Drumeo was a platform for beginner and intermediate drummers to join while advanced drummers like me would be left to watch the free stuff that interested me.
It may have been something like that when the site first started gaining traction. However, the guys over there have consistently tried to cater to everyone and much to my surprise, the Drumeo Edge platform provided a huge amount of content for me to get through as an advanced drummer.
Drumeo obviously wasn’t always as big as it was now. It’s been really cool to see the growth over the years that Jared Falk and Dave Atkinson have gone through. It gives me hope as a drummer that I can do or join something similar one day if I ever wanted to get into heavy business.
I remember the two of them teaching on a website called freedrumlessons.com. It was aimed at beginner drummers, including lessons on everything you need to get started as a drummer. They’ve kept the domain open, but they’ve merged it with Drumeo and labeled it as legacy content.
The Drumeo platform was launched in 2012, which seemed like the perfect time for an online drum lesson site to start gaining traction. All the drum education channels started blowing up around that time, so the demand was high.
I personally only became highly invested in Drumeo in 2014. They did a few videos with my favorite drummer at the time, Cobus Potgieter. The casual nature of the lessons is what hooked me in. It felt like I was having a good time with friends and learning new things at the same time. They’ve managed to keep that teaching style in all their lessons through the years, which is why I feel they’re as successful as they are.
I actually had a Drumeo Edge membership for a brief period in 2016. Fast forward a few years and the membership looks very different. So, without further ado, here’s everything you get with a current Drumeo Edge membership.
Drumeo Edge is the ultimate package that Jared Falk and his team offer. Getting an Edge membership will unlock 90% of all the content that Drumeo has ever produced. For a relatively small monthly fee, you get an extraordinary amount of education and entertainment in the form of videos.
The Edge membership doesn’t only involve a bunch of videos, though. It also enters you into a community with forums and several teachers who are there to help you on your drumming journey. On top of that, you get play-along tunes, transcriptions of songs, and a progression system that I think is quite unique to the music education world.
This membership promises so much that I was quite worried that it wouldn’t end up feeling personal to me. With so many videos and topics, I can see how someone could feel overwhelmed and have little idea of where and how to proceed after each lesson. The site does a few things to help people like this, but I still found myself wanting more. However, we’ll get to that a bit later.
Overall, I think the Edge membership is highly worth the money you pay for it. Many private drum teachers charge more for single lessons, so the value is definitely there.
After getting a general view of everything the membership offered, I took a deep dive into every section. Let’s get into my thoughts on those.
The forums are one of my favorite parts of the Edge membership. It’s a space for people to discuss everything drum-related. I found myself reading through threads for what felt like hours and it proved to me that drummers are some of the nicest people in the world.
The homepage of the forums section breaks the threads down into different categories. This gives you a sense of structure and allows you to go into a certain category to get your questions answered. The categories involved things like general drum discussions, student progression threads, and drum gear discussions. There were a lot more than those, so I’ll add a screenshot here for you to see.
I especially appreciated the section where you can give feedback on the website. There were several queries on there that were answered and pinned so you could easily see them. Something like that makes me feel like I’m being taken good care of as a paying customer.
The final section that I feel is worth mentioning is the student feedback discussion. It’s a space for the Edge members to post clips of themselves playing and for people to comment and give feedback. After browsing through there, it showed me the diversity of all the people on the site.
There were clips of pro drummers performing at high-tier gigs and there were beginner drummers playing their first drum beat. All the comments on these videos showed support and some people gave tips on improvement. I felt like it was a great space to get some constructive criticism on my drumming.
Moving onto the educational side of the website, the Drumeo Method seems to be their ultimate lesson package. It’s designed to take you from the early stages of drumming all the way up to a proficient level of playing.
Basically, it’s a group of courses that are taught by several different drum teachers. There are 10 levels, and each level has up to 8 courses in it. Overall, there are 70 courses to work through.
While that seems like a hectic amount, the Drumeo Method includes the most vital lessons you need to learn to become a good drummer. There are no lessons in these levels that you don’t need to learn at some point in your drumming journey.
If all the content on the Drumeo Edge membership seems too overwhelming, the Drumeo Method is the perfect place to start. With so many lessons included in it, I’m guessing it could take about a year to get through. That’s not a bad thing, though. It’s been expertly crafted to keep you coming back and eager to learn more, which keeps you on the site and paying for the membership.
There were a few things that I could learn from in these courses, even as an advanced drummer myself. The Drumeo Method is arguably one of the most extensive and thought-out drum courses I’ve ever come across.
The Coaches section works a bit differently from the Drumeo Method. It’s the newest addition to the Edge membership as I recall seeing a bit of advertising for it fairly recently. This section involves 11 professional drummers who do weekly livestream lessons.
The lessons are a bit more informal as the coaches do the streaming from their personal drum spaces, not from the Drumeo HQ. Each coach covers specific topics that they have mastered, and they answer questions in the livestreams as well.
The point of the Coaches section is that Drumeo is providing several teachers to suit different people’s preferences. You can choose one of the coaches and then tune into their livestream every week, or you could try to catch all of them.
I was immediately sold on this idea as Larnell Lewis is one of the coaches. He’s my number one favorite drummer, so I made sure to tune into his livestreams for a few weeks. Being able to get weekly tips from one of my biggest inspirations is a fantastic opportunity. The fact that he’ll answer any question I submit in the livestream is the icing on the cake.
The Coaches section caters more to intermediate and advanced players. The majority of the livestreams involve professional drummers giving their input and advice about concepts that a gigging drummer would use and need. I’m not entirely sure if a beginner drummer would get too much value out of these lessons.
Songs and Transcriptions
The next section on the Edge membership involves songs that have been transcribed for the drums. It seems like there are thousands of them, ranging from different levels and genres of music. Since there are so many, Drumeo has made it easy to search through them with specific search tools.
You can choose between difficulty levels, musical style, or directly select which artist you want a song from. After choosing a song, the sheet music for it appears next to a linked YouTube video that plays the audio of it.
There are a few notable features with the sheet music. Firstly, there’s an indicator line that shows you where you are in the music as the audio plays. I found this very useful for when I got lost. Secondly, you can slow the audio down as much as you want in order to practice the tune at a more comfortable pace.
The one major gripe I have with this section is that when you download the sheets as PDFs, the bars are so big and they take up a huge amount of space. This means that songs that are fairly long will have you printing 5 or 6 pages. Playing along with the sheets on a music stand required a lot of page turning. I feel that this wouldn’t be an issue if the bars were made smaller, fitting more of them on each page.
While the Drumeo Method had courses that worked and flowed with each other, the Courses section of the Edge membership has individual courses that stand on their own. Each course has several videos inside it that have a drummer explaining a certain topic.
These courses involve everything from beginner drum lessons to advice about gear. I wasn’t able to get a definite amount, but it seems like there are hundreds of courses to go through. Similar to the song transcription page, you can sort through the courses with the sorting tools.
This courses page has been the only place on the Internet where I have seen Larnell Lewis explaining exactly how he plays certain grooves from Snarky Puppy albums. While that’s the value I found, there’s plenty of value in the other courses for all kinds of drummers.
The Quick Tips section includes shorter videos about different drum-related topics. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, these are fantastic videos to watch as most of them are under 20 minutes.
Many of these shorter videos have been posted on Drumeo’s YouTube channel, so you can watch them without paying for the Edge membership. However, there are a few in this section that I’ve never seen on the YouTube channel before.
Here’s a good example of the kinds of videos you’ll find in this section.
The place I found myself going back the most when using the Drumeo Edge membership was the Shows section. This section has a multitude of content for drummers to consume. It includes documentaries about drum manufacturers, drummers playing solos, behind-the-scenes footage, and a variety of different vlogs from the Drumeo team.
It’s the perfect platform for you to go through while eating dinner or to pass some time. I found the documentaries about drum manufacturers incredibly interesting. I wanted to see more after I had finished them all.
I also spent a lot of time watching all the drum solos from famous drummers such as Keith Carlock, Jost Nickel, and Marco Minneman.
This seemed like the place where I would find all the footage from the festival that Drumeo held in early 2020. That footage was found under the Packs section. It’s there because people can buy that footage as a package without having an Edge membership. However, I feel it would have been easier to find in the Shows section.
There were also a few clips from that festival that had audio that was out of sync. It was a bit distracting to watch. Other than that, the Shows section was a fantastic place to hang out for a while!
The next section in the Edge membership involved all the drumless play-alongs. There are 336 of them, all ranging in difficulty levels and musical styles. Most of them sounded very high-quality with smooth mixes.
It’s highly common to have drumless tracks that sound fairly cheesy due to being made on a computer, but I didn’t feel that was true with any of the play-alongs provided here.
One thing I don’t understand was why these play-alongs don’t have the same search tools that the other sections have. You can’t separate them by difficulty level or style. You just need to keep scrolling until you find a song that you like. If you like the last song on the list, it means you have to scroll down to the end of the list every time you want to play it.
A redeeming factor to these play-alongs is that some of them have examples of the guys at Drumeo playing along to them. I can picture how much that would help a new drummer who needs some ideas.
The Student Focus section is where Drumeo Edge members can submit videos of themselves playing to get feedback and advice from the guys at Drumeo. It’s similar to the thread discussion that I mentioned earlier, but these videos are watched on a livestream that the teachers run. They watch and give tips in a live video format.
This section has been on the Drumeo Edge membership since I had the brief subscription back in 2016. In fact, I even found one of the videos where I uploaded for the Student Focus sessions.
It’s great to see that everything gets archived on the website. I could clearly see how much my playing has improved after seeing that old video. The goal of these Student Focus videos is for everyone to feel the same way.
The last section on the Edge membership is the Rudiments page. Here you’ll find short videos explaining all 40 rudiments that drummers need to learn. There isn’t much more to it, to be honest. The videos are very short and simply tell you how to play the rudiment.
If you want extensive videos on how to practice and apply the rudiments, you can go find courses on them on the Courses page that I mentioned before.
In an attempt to help members practice and track their progress, Drumeo Edge makes use of a leveling system that is similar to how you would level in a video game. You get experience points after watching videos and you level up after getting a certain number of points.
The goal is to get to a high level, showing that you’ve watched and completed a significant amount of video lessons on the site. While you could completely ignore the system, I feel it’s a fairly good way of tracking your progress and seeing how much benefit you’re getting from the Edge membership.
It isn’t very broad at the moment, but I think Drumeo could improve on it as time goes on. Perhaps unlocking benefits only once you get to a certain level?
Now that I’ve mentioned everything that is involved with a Drumeo Edge membership, I think it would be good for you to know that there are quite a few lessons packs that Drumeo sells separately. If you’re not keen on paying a monthly subscription, you could buy these packs and still experience some of the high-quality content that Drumeo offers.
However, most of these lesson bundles are completely free for Drumeo Edge members, meaning a small monthly fee will unlock all of them at once.
I enjoyed every minute that I spent on the Edge membership platform. My initial impression of Drumeo was that it’s a great place for beginners and intermediate players but has little to offer for advanced drummers and professionals. I couldn’t be more wrong.
There was so much on the site that kept me coming back and eager to learn more from the documentaries to the courses to the drum solos. I highly recommend you give Drumeo Edge a go. They do a free trial, meaning you can try it out for a while without having to pay anything.