How To Count Quarter Notes

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

With this free drum lesson, Jared Falk teaches you how to count quarter notes through cool exercises, beats and fills. He teaches you how to read and write quarter notes, talks about the importance of counting while you play, and shows you what quarter note rests are as well. This is the perfect lesson for you to be introduced to drum theory and notation.

The quarter note is the pulse behind most styles of music. Even though you may have never attended a music lesson in your life, you’ve already been exposed to quarter notes. A good example of this is whenever you tap your foot, or your knee with your hand, when listening to music. When you do this you’re playing along to the main pulse of a song, which is the quarter note on about 90% of the occasions.

If you’d like to keep practicing your ability to count quarter notes, move on to the free drum lesson “Quarter Note Drum Fills“. If you’d rather keep expanding on your knowledge of note values, then the free drum lesson “How To Count Eighth Notes” is the next best thing for you.

This free drum lesson is a great place to start honing your skills on the djembe and cajon as well. Don’t know what’s a cajon and a djembe? Are you confused about how to use this free drum lesson to learn to play those two hand drums? Then check the free drum lesson “Hand Drumming – Djembe/Cajon.




  • Jang moses says:

    I think the notes are wrong pls fix them they are confusing

  • Gabriel Landon Thurow says:

    Yeah Jared Falk thats true

  • tanishq says:

    hey…can u try and put all the sheet music videos together in one video???

  • Mitch says:

    I think there’s an error in the sheet music for Exercise 5. On beat 3 of the fill the music sheet shows a snare drum note, but you’re playing a mid-tom.

  • prex says:

    you guys are good.i like the lesson but i still lesson on how to handle my stick and to count my rolling

    • Imam says:

      i have the iphone 3g and on it is that video cmreaa app; so i exported the videos from the app into my photo library on the iphone, and now i’m trying to import the photos AND the videos onto iphoto, but the videos won’t show up on the iphoto import library. what do i doo???

  • prex says:

    you guys are good. i like the lesson but just need tips to count again.

  • Larry says:

    These videos are fantastic. I’m a 30 year old newbie drummer who has been leg drumming and playing Rock Band for years. 🙂

  • joey says:

    do u use Progressive Rock Drumming by Andy Griffiths? ur lessons are similar. Great teaching Jared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • Brent says:

    or even LED tip lighted sticks would be really helpful.

  • Harry Abrams says:

    Use black heads and then the sticks will really show and not leave a mark.

  • Andrew Tomasino says:

    Hey Jared. Any chance you’ll start to post on Google plus for your social media arsenal ?

  • Martin says:

    Just a simple idea for Jared I got today: what do you think of using colored sticks ? Would help to track motions and where you hit

    • Jared Falk says:

      Me thinks this is a good idea as long as it doesn’t leave coloured marks on my heads, cymbals, and rims. 🙂

    • Janado says:

      In that case you won’t use them. Steve Gadd has his skins stained with black spots from hitting them with his signature sticks. The tips of the sticks aren’t colored, but he keeps having black marks on the skins from them.

      Travis Barker is another example of that. In the rock remixes he uploaded on to YouTube a couple of years ago, you can see the edge of his crashes marked with white ink from his signature drumsticks.

      No dice, DL.com students :].

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