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Bucket Drumming Workshop in Kentucky

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Thanks for having me present a bucket drumming session KMEA!

I’m feeling so grateful for the experience and happy I finally got to meet many of you!
Your enthusiasm and warm welcome helped me feel right at home.

I hope to see you all again!

Other schools/organizations –
If you’re interested in having me present for your group please send me a message.


Do you know all 10 of the Bucket Drumming Parts & Equipment Names?

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This lesson describes the 10 names for our bucket drumming equipment and parts.

Do you know all of them?

Here’s the quiz printout.

For this full lesson and more lessons and quizzes like this one,
join the Bucket Drumming Online School


This lesson is meant for the beginning of our bucket drumming journey.

If we don’t know the names of the equipment we use or the parts of the bucket we play, it will make learning and teaching more difficult.

Imagine if I said, “play that thing on that thing.”

It will be hard to understand what I’m talking about unless you see me pointing.

Learning these words is the foundation for communication and thinking for bucket drumming here on.

Happy Drumming & Learning to you!

We Will Rock You – by Queen (Bucket Drumming Cover)

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Start with this song when teaching bucket drumming.

The sheet music and song form is in the Bucket Drumming Online School.
(PLUS, 150 step by step video lessons for learning to bucket drum.)-

This song by Queen is fun, easy and you can build your coordination starting with one rhythm.

The rhythm is the same through the whole song but the sticking changes.

First, we play with the RIGHT HAND.

Next, we play the same thing with the LEFT HAND.

Finally, we use BOTH HANDS for the same rhythm as above.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know how it goes in the comments.


La Bamba – Bucket Drumming Cover

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 Learn this FUN song -> “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens!

Sheet Music and Song form in the Member’s Area.
Bucket Drumming Online School

So fun!

This might be considered an intermediate level.

Not because of the notes but because of the speed.

At a slowed down level this could be more beginner.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments.


P.S. “Back to School” Sale for Annual Pass ends August 14th.


Bucket Drumming Success

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I love getting emails like this one about the Bucket Drumming Online School.

“I teach music to grade 1-7 students in Port McNeill, BC Canada.

This year I started a bucket drumming program,
mainly due to the affordability of the “instruments”. 

The students instantly loved playing along with the videos and 
had fairly quick success playing well known songs.

This site has an incredible amount of videos and 
downloads and is very well laid out.

I appreciate that Sammy uses traditional music staff and notation. 
I can have the students start to learn the rhythm patterns and counting
and then when we progress to other instruments they already
understand the rhythm concepts.

The program is also easy for me to leave notes for my substitute teachers 
when I’m away and even without musical knowledge the teacher can 
have the students carry on with playing along with Sammy.

My grade 6/7’s just performed a year-end concert, 
playing three of the cover songs from [Sammy’s Bucket Drumming Online School]
and the whole school and parents loved it! Pompeii was an amazing finale!!!

Love this site!!! Highly recommend to any teacher trying to put some music 
and rhythm into their program.

Thanks again for creating this resource!

Kevin Ogren”

If you’re interested to see what’s inside the membership area…
>> Click this <<


P.S. Save 20% on Annual Pass before August 14th 2018.

Simple Bucket Drumming Song For Valentine’s Day!

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Learn this piece for Valentines Day (Or Because it’s fun & easy!)

>> For more songs and sheet music Join our Bucket Drumming Online School. <<

I simplified the arrangement to only a few parts and kept hands in what I call, “voice leading position.”

Your hands pretty much stay in the same position the entire song.

Part A 

4 Quarter notes right on the down beats.

Right hand on the center. Left hand on the rim.

Right. Left. Right. Left.

Part B

I’ve heard this rhythm be called a “Double Backbeat.”

Makes sense if you know what a back beat is.

Right hand Beat one.

Left hand plays ‘2 &’.

Right hand plays beat 3.

Then, on the last beat, Left hand plays beat 4 and right hand on the ‘& of 4.’

Part C

Left hand holds down the down beats for us on the rim while our right hand plays two up beats: on the ‘& of 3’ and the ‘& of 4.’

Hope you enjoy this!

As always, I love hearing from you.

Leave a comment below and let me know how it goes for you!



Carol of the Bells – Cover by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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How to play Carol of the bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

First, we rest. Or… be silly like me 😉

Part A1:
Notice we are now in 6/8 time signature.
That means we are counting up to 6 for every measure.

Here’s an example how to count this first 2 measures we play.
Bold = Drum Part

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6

Count out loud at first. Say every number but say the bold ones louder.

Does that make sense?

Part B:
Just one hit at the beginning of each measure.

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6

Part C:
Only one hit on beat 1 of the two measures.

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6

Part D:
Play all 6 beats for two measures in a row.

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6

And that’s it for this sample!

If you want the full song and sheet music head on over and join my Bucket Drumming Online School.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or how this goes for you.
I love hearing from you!