How To Count 32nd Notes

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this free video drum lesson, DrumLessons.com instructor Jared Falk teaches you how to count 32nd notes, and how to relate them to quarter notes, 8th notes, and 16th notes. He does so by using some simple but effective exercises and fills. Jared also teaches you how to read and write 32nd notes.

Before going through this free drum lesson, be sure to check the free drum lessons “How To Count Quarter Notes“, “How To Count 8th Notes“, and “How To Count 16th Notes“. They are the basis for everything you’ll learn here. So having a good understanding of quarter notes, 8th notes and 16th notes will help you master this lesson’s content a lot faster.

Although exercises #1 to #4 are used for ear training purposes and for practicing your ability to move between different note values, you can still apply them to your everyday playing. We suggest using them as drum fills by orchestrating the strokes around the drum set, or as broken hi-hat patterns.

Once you’ve been through this free drum lesson, we encourage you to keep expanding on your knowledge of note values by moving on to the free drum lesson “How To Count 8th Note Triplets“.




  • abednego says:

    always saw your lesson, not drummer but my son, self though drummer, 11 yo. thanks, GBU from indonesia.


    Love you
    God bless you

  • John Maboe says:

    all the videos are produced are important and interesting.. because Ive learnt many important thing like basic on how to play drums .

  • Stephan says:

    I read this more than once, understand it, can read it mostly. But the one question I have always, is this.

    if you playing fast tempo, say, technical death metal, and you count 16th notes, at a speed of say average 300BPM, how do you count that 1 e and a 2 e and a 3 etc, at those speeds? you doing more counting that focusing on the playing part of things? just always curious. as it is important to stay within that time. Like Mike Portnoy etc. How do they do it? play on feel, play because knowing fast is 32nd notes, while playing 16th notes with the hands. and still landing each beat spot on, I tried it, and it doesn’t work for me, as I tend to have to practice long periods of time, to get the timing and the beats right.

    Please I am about to audition for a very technical band, and need to know how to make things simpler, as at the minute, I am just jamming, I am suppose to enjoy it over and above, feel pressured. not feeling it.


  • Rahul says:

    Bro u rock thank you so much for the lesson, love the way u explain things…

  • Bryan Barber says:

    Thanks very much you have just explained very easily to me the concept of reading and playing 32nd notes, and just unlocked a mystery that has been bothering me for a long time.

  • Corey Johnson says:

    Damn haha, I consider myself an advanced drummer but all these beginner vids are helping me, guess I shoulld have learned how to walk before I ran.

  • Zachary says:

    I’ve been playing drum for year and i self tought. I only learn through follow the song.
    I never like drum lesson online couse i think they suck but after i found this website, i think it actually very good indeed.

    Thank you drumlessons.com

  • Bradly says:

    Oh My God, you are the man, you cannot imagine how you re helping me, I thought that i would never be able to play and count 32nd notes in the same time, but now, since i watch this i can, actually you guys make me have a wonderful progress since i started to watch videos on this website, thank you, keep it up!!!

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