Advanced Ghost Notes

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

Throughout the beginner and intermediate free drum lessons on ghost notes, you were introduced to the essential techniques and basic independence required to play great sounding ghost notes. With this free drum lesson, Jared Falk, from the DrumLessons.com team of instructors, takes things up a notch by showing you some creative approaches for incorporating ghost notes into single paradiddle, 8th note and 16th note triplet based drum beats.

This series of free drum lessons on ghost notes are a great example of how you can act upon your learning experience with drum set playing – learn the basics first and play around with your own ideas afterwards. Now don’t take this too literally or you’ll end up spending your entire life on the basics for all styles of drumming, without ever developing your own ideas. What we mean by this is to learn the basics of a specific topic you’re interested in first and foremost. This will give you a very solid foundation to build upon, which in turn will have you developing your own ideas with greater ease. Therefore, be sure you go through the free drum lessons “Beginner Ghost Notes” and “Intermediate Ghost Notes” before taking the time to learn the content within this one.

Exercise #2 is a good example of a really cool and original drum beat. The single paradiddle is a favorite among drummers, for coming up with ghost note based broken hi-hat drum beats. This is achieved by spreading this drum rudiment between at least two different instruments. The coolest thing about this concept is that it’s applicable to any other of the 40 drum rudiments. If you’d like to keep exploring this concept, we encourage you to check the drum set rudiments section on DrumLessons.com for some inspiration and examples on how to play drum beats based on the 40 drum rudiments.

Knowing how to play ghost notes while opening the hi-hat is a very useful asset to have. This is one of the core ingredients of many groove based styles of music like funk and drum ‘n’ bass. Therefore, once you’re done with this free drum lesson, we encourage you to go through the free drum lesson “Beginner Opening-Closing Hi-Hats“. After mastering those drum beats, mix the open-close hi-hat patterns with the exercises in this series of free drum lessons on ghost notes. This is a great way of working on 4-way coordination, feel, and of increasing your collection of drum beats.




  • karl says:

    Thank you!
    I only have six years old, and I love drum. I went to a school at age of 5, but the teacher left and never come back. I will try to play with your interesting technique. I’m thanking first my Mam who was looking to find something for me to keep, so I can continue to play.
    Thank you so much Jared Falk.

  • Benjamin says:

    Hi Jared!
    I really love these lessons since it inspires and gave me a strong determination to better myself playing drums.
    I’d like to know how you make your toms sound so deep (I mean low/low-pitched), is it natural sound?

  • Rjbass says:

    RAKKONY i suggest using your hi hat instead of a ride

  • Kyle says:

    Jared mentions that he loves exploring the half-time shuffle grooves that are out there…


    The link is a unique way to play the half-time shuffle. If you like the drum video, check out the produced song: Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie.

  • dhan says:

    i lyk it!.. wr did i get that vdeo.. i want to practice it

  • jaredluver says:

    ur pretty sexy

    • RAKKONY says:

      Hi Sir Jared, How to practice without ride cymbal? In your video there are many different cymbals.I have only hi-hat and crash..?

  • ashane says:

    great exercise jared, thankx alot!!!!

  • Dean McGaveston says:

    Nice ghost note intro. I would just like to suggest to those following this lesson, once you’re proficient at the strokes and timing substitute (or build) a one-handed ghost roll instead of the single ghost beats and listen to the difference. A 3-beat press roll should do it, played as a “ghost” roll – it requires a slightly different wrist action but will sound great.

    • Ashligh says:

      thanks allot man i had the hrsaedt time trying to figure this one out and now I’ve almost got it down i appreciate it allot next time I’m in Austin I’ll definitely try and make a shout out to talk about one of those kits :p

  • andy says:

    Great sounds, great exercise, great movement like>> to see more of your master movements…great mannnn.

  • Anka says:

    Interesting techniques. It’s very useful lesson. Thank you!

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