Drumeo is the biggest drum entity in the world at the moment. There’s no getting around that fact. The brand has become so popular that I can’t scroll through my social media pages without seeing at least one piece of Drumeo content.
I love the guys behind Drumeo and everything that they do. However, I always wondered if Drumeo wouldn’t really appeal to me as I mainly work as a teacher, not a learner. I didn’t like this mindset that I had, so I signed up for a Drumeo Edge membership in hopes of unlocking my inner student again.
In this in-depth Drumeo review, I’m going to give you the full rundown on the platform and tell you everything I think about the Drumeo Edge Membership. It’s a fantastic platform. But what makes it so good? Read on!
In a nutshell, I do recommend Drumeo Edge for drummers of all skill levels. I've been a paying customer for over 4 years. The amount of content offered by them (including thousands of song lessons and play-along tracks) is second to none.
The initial stages of signing up were fairly overwhelming. There is so much content on the website that it can be difficult to find a starting point. Thankfully, they try to steer you in the right direction straight from the get-go.
Once I got over the wow factor, there were a few things that I noticed that I think are worth mentioning.
Firstly, I love the branding of the website. I knew this before I signed up for the membership. If I see the color blue along with drumming content, it automatically makes me think of Drumeo. I think they’ve done brilliantly in establishing their brand and it’s paid off over the years.
In terms of the layout of the site, it’s quite easy to navigate once you’ve logged in. There’s a sidebar that clearly maps out all the destinations that you can go to regarding content.
I initially thought that I’d get lost on the site, but I found myself easily finding my place whenever I needed to do something. The home page started to become very familiar as I logged in every day.
I’m only briefly touching on the layout of the site as I don’t think it’s the most important thing in the world. However, I do think it’s fairly vital in gripping newcomers in and making them feel at home.
The easier a site is to navigate, the longer I can see myself staying there.
Value for Money
The main thing that I feel is worth mentioning regarding my first impressions of the membership is just how much content there actually is. There are hundreds of videos to watch and learn from. I got so overwhelmed because there was so much on there, which I don’t think is a bad thing at all.
I couldn’t find any solid statistics, but I’m assuming there are thousands of hours of educational content on the Drumeo website. You get access to almost all of that for only a few dollars every month. The value-for-money is insane.
Seeing all of this made me do a bit of figurative math. If I carried on teaching all the drum students I currently have once a week for another 2 years, I still wouldn’t have taught them as many lessons as there are on Drumeo to watch.
I truly believe that you could keep busy with an Edge Membership for decades. I don’t think anyone could possibly learn and master every lesson that is on there.
I saw that they occasionally offer a lifetime membership to the site. Makes complete sense, in my opinion.
Which Drummers Can Use Drumeo?
After getting over the sheer scope of content available, I wanted to see just how well Drumeo caters to drummers of all kinds. I knew that the site had plenty of beginner drum lessons, but I wanted to see how much value they had for people like me who have been drumming for over 20 years.
Here’s what I found.
Firstly, I looked through the site to see what lessons I could find that would benefit my drum students. If these were good lessons for students, I knew they’d be great lessons for any beginner drummer that has signed up for an Edge Membership.
The main lesson package that they try to steer you towards is the Edge Method. It’s the perfect platform for beginners, but I’ll elaborate more on that a bit later.
On top of the Edge Method, there are other great places for beginners to learn from.
One of my favorite aspects of the site is that you can select what level of lessons to choose from. At each level, there are several lessons that explain content to the extent of how high or low the level is.
For example, all the level 1 lessons are things like playing basic drum beats, learning how to hold sticks, and essential techniques for beginners.
I watched a beginner course about bass drum techniques that was taught by Dave Atkinson. I compared how he teaches things with how I teach things, and I found a new way of teaching a particular technique that was more understandable for a few of my drum students.
Through this process, I realized that even the beginner lessons were valuable to me as they helped me iron out my own teaching methods.
I personally think intermediate drummers will find the most value out of the Drumeo Edge membership compared to everyone else. Beginner drummers need correction when they’re first starting out, and that’s always tricky to get through an online platform.
However, intermediate drummers who have nailed the basics will find so much content on the site that they can learn from without needing personal interaction.
Another fantastic aspect that I appreciate regarding the search tools is that you can organize the lessons by topics. This is where I think intermediate drummers will thrive the most. As an intermediate drummer, you’ll start learning how to play drums to different styles and develop ideas with varying concepts.
Drumeo makes it easier than ever to look for a course on the exact topic that you want to learn about. I’m not the most confident metal drummer in the world. So, I watched a beginner extreme metal course from Ash Pearson.
After watching the course, I felt like I knew a bit more about metal drumming and would be able to play a few songs after practicing everything that he taught there.
Courses like these are perfect for drummers wanting to delve into new styles and ways of playing the drums.
After seeing the value that the platform offers to beginners and intermediate drummers, I wanted to see how much value I could get that would improve my playing personally. The first thing I did was alter the search tools so that I was only seeing lessons with level 10 difficulty.
One of my favorite lessons that I found after doing that was one that Juan Carlito Mendoza taught about hybrid rudiments. I had worked through this lesson before as Drumeo posted it to freely view on YouTube.
However, that lesson led me to watch Juan’s course on hybrid rudiments where he delved even deeper into the concepts from the first video. I can see how concepts like this would go over the heads of most beginner and intermediate drummers.
So, these lessons were filmed specifically for the drummers on the website who are looking for a technical challenge. And challenged I was!
There were several other advanced lessons that I found on the site, proving that there is more than enough content for advanced drummers on Drumeo.
Content on the Site
There’s a phrase that many content creators live by that says that content is king. If you have valuable content, people will buy into whatever you’re doing. So, the fact that Drumeo Edge has thousands of members tells you just how royal their content is.
I’m just going to highlight a few of my favorite content types on the site, but you honestly need to sign up for a membership to fully experience everything they offer on there.
There are hundreds of courses to watch on Drumeo. Some of them are taught by the guys that run the platform while others are taught by famous professional drummers that they’ve brought in. With there being so much choice in what you can watch, I can see a few drummers getting a bit flustered.
The Edge Method is Drumeo’s ultimate solution to that. It’s basically a golden drum course that takes you from the very early stages of drumming all the way to playing advanced concepts. From everything I saw in the Edge Method, I realized that it’s something that you can solely use to learn the drums and get good at playing.
There are 10 levels in the course each level has its own lengthy courses to go through. I think there’s enough content in the Drumeo Method to keep you busy for a year or two. It’s the most elaborate drum lesson package I’ve seen in my lifetime.
While I quickly breezed past all the beginner lessons in level 1, I found myself spending a fair bit of time in the level 10 lessons. I struggled through the melodic ostinatos course, and I’ll probably get back to my drum kit to practice after writing this review.
My favorite thing about the Drumeo Method is the fact that it’s taught by several different drummers. You get to learn from different experiences and outlooks from different people, which I think is a fantastic way of learning varying approaches to drumming.
All the teachers in the Drumeo Method are highly accomplished drummers who have performed on some of the biggest stages in the world.
If I were to give only one reason to why you should sign up for a Drumeo Membership, it would be so that you had access to the Drumeo Method. It’s the ultimate drum lesson course, in my opinion.
Another content type that Drumeo is currently running that I love is called Drumeo Coaches. This seems to be their most recent addition to the platform as I remember seeing a big advertising push for it fairly recently.
The Coaches section of the membership is where a select group of professional drummers do livestream lessons once a week. You get to tune into the livestream and ask questions as they’re giving the lessons.
I found these streams to be a breath of fresh air from all the high-quality rehearsed content that you mostly see on the platform. They’re quite casual, so the lessons are a bit more informal than the pre-recorded ones.
There are 11 coaches in total, and they all focus on teaching specific things that are relevant to the concepts that they specialize in. For example, Matt McGuire is the drummer for the Chainsmokers. They’re arguably one of the biggest bands in the world at the moment. All Matt’s live lessons are about live shows and performing on the drums.
I particularly liked Michael Schack’s live lessons about electronics in drumming. Ableton has always been a program that I’ve struggled to get my head around, so his lessons about drumming along with it were just what I needed to see.
I won’t mention every single coach and explain what they do, but just know that there’s so much value in all the lessons that I saw there.
I’m assuming that most drummers with a membership choose a coach or two to gravitate towards, and then they tune into their specific live lessons every week.
With 11 coaches onboard, there are 11 live drum lessons that get uploaded to the site every week. That’s mad value for the small membership fee that you pay!
Songs and Play-Alongs
While there is plenty more to talk about regarding content on the site, I’m going to end with the songs and play-along sections as I feel the rest of the content falls under categories I’ve already spoken about.
Starting with the song section, this is where you can find thousands of full-length drum transcriptions for songs. If you’re not sure what that means, it basically means that the drums have been written out note-for-note on sheet music.
One of my strengths as a drummer is being able to learn things quickly from sheet music. I’d rather find a notated bar and read it for myself than watch a drummer explain how to play it for a few minutes. So, the song transcription section seemed like a goldmine to me when I found it on the site.
While the large number of transcriptions impressed me at first, I soon found a few issues that made reading these sheets quite difficult. My main issue was that the notes were so big on the bars that most of the transcriptions were 4 or more pages long.
Large notes a great for learning, but I find it very tedious to have to flip through pages when I’m playing the drums.
I also couldn’t figure out how to download the sheets at first. It took a bit of tinkering to get there, making me wish the layout was a bit easier to follow. Apart from those two things, the transcriptions are a fantastic resource to have access to.
The Play-Along section has dozens of drumless tracks to play with. They provide you with different musical styles and difficulties so that there is something for everyone. It’s a classic play-along library that you’ll find on most drum education websites.
I saw that quite a few of the drumless tracks linked to lessons that have been taught on the membership. So, once you finish a course on Latin drumming, you can test your skills out on a few Latin tracks. Very useful!
Community and Interaction
Being part of a community is always one of the best parts of joining in on a membership. After signing up for Drumeo Edge, it was nice to see how helpful and supportive all the other members could be.
It was also great to see that the people that run the site are highly interactive with all the members. I experienced the community aspect through two platforms.
The Drumeo Forums are a chatroom where people can freely talk about any drumming-related topic. I typically go to Reddit to have discussions about drumming and ask certain questions, but I found the Drumeo Forums to be way more hands-on.
It was surprising to see how one of my questions about hand technique was answered in just a few hours. An in-depth discussion broke out between a few of the members, and I left the conversation feeling like I was contributing to a tight-knit community.
I love how there’s an option to follow threads, making them easier to see every time you jump onto the Forums section of the site. Overall, I love this section and I don’t think there is a better drum discussion page than this one.
The other interactive aspect of the Drumeo Edge membership is the Student Focus section. One of the big struggles with learning the drums online is the fact that you don’t get constant feedback on your playing. This often leads to bad habits being ignored and general looseness when it comes to choosing what you learn.
The Student Focus platform is the solution to that. They let Edge members send in videos of themselves playing, and then a Drumeo instructor will sit and give as much advice as he can about what the student needs to work on.
I watched a few of these Student Focus videos and I loved how constructive the instructors were in their advice. I also appreciate how these videos stay in the Student Focus section. You can scroll down the page to get to videos from years ago.
It’s great for members who want to look back in a few years to see how much they’ve progressed.
There is so much content on this site that it’s almost impossible to beat. However, there are still a few concerns I have. They’re not dealbreakers. Instead, they’re just things that I think everyone should think about when they sign up for an online lesson membership.
Online vs In-Person Lessons
I can’t see online drum lessons ever beating the value you get from a dedicated one-on-one drum lesson. Online education has come very far in recent times. Someone could undoubtedly learn how to play the drums very well from just watching Drumeo lessons.
However, it doesn’t beat the inspirational relationship that you develop from having a private drum teacher. I’ve had so many students that I’ve built strong friendships with. They often come back to me for advice even though I don’t teach them anymore.
If I taught them through a membership, the relationships wouldn’t have been built as strongly. So, you’re not going to get that student-teacher bond from learning on Drumeo Edge.
I’d suggest every drummer gets a private drum teacher. Your growth on the kit will arguably be much steadier and more reliable.
With that being said, Drumeo Edge is a fantastic supplement to add to private lessons. You only get one lesson a week with a private teacher most of the time. So, the Edge membership is a good place to learn whatever your private teacher isn’t teaching you.
The other concern I have is the novelty effect that sites like this often have. There is so much content on there that you could potentially end up not utilizing most of it. Think of how you’d react to someone giving you 500 books to read. It would be overwhelming. It’s much easier to get one book at a time.
I’d assume some people would sign up for Drumeo Edge and then stop using it after a few months or years.
However, I looked through the forums and saw that many drummers have been members for years. They all seem to know each other fairly well. So, I think the community aspect is something that will keep members on the website once the novelty has worn off.
I can’t think of any music education website that has more content than Drumeo. The value they provide for the money you pay is unmatched compared to all the other sites I’ve seen.
To wrap this Drumeo review up, if you’re looking to learn how to play the drums, or if you’re looking for drum lessons on anything and everything, I highly suggest checking Drumeo Edge out.
I discovered that it’s a great platform for drummers of all levels. There is something on there for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or advanced drummer.