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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”

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Quiet Bucket Drumming Tips

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One of the biggest challenges when playing bucket drums is their volume level.

Even though they don’t make any noise by themselves it’s easy to play them too loudly.

The video above has a few tips to keep bucket drumming more quiet.

Also, if you have any other tips for quiet bucket drumming that you’d like share leave a comment.

Happy drumming,

Simple Bucket Drumming Song For Valentine’s Day!

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

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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!


Can’t Stop the Feeling – By Justin Timberlake – SUPER EASY Bucket Drum Cover

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Here is the easiest bucket drumming cover yet…


-4 Parts in Total-

1st Part- Play on beats 2 and 4 with sticks….
Can you guess the name of this rhythm? I name it in “5 Basic Rhythms Everyone Should Know.
…Comment below if you figured it out.

2nd Part- First 3 beats on the center of the bucket with the right hand. Beats 2 and 4 on the rim with the left hand.

3rd Part- Alternating right, left, right, left… Right hand is on the center, left is on the side of the bucket.

4th and Last Part is the drum fill. Three right hands on the center of the bucket.

Easy schmeezy! And they’re all rights because it sets it up for the next part, which is the same except you just add your left hand playing back beats on the rim (2 & 4).

As always, leave a comment with some feedback! I love hearing from you even if it’s short.



“Seven Nation Army” Bucket Drum Cover

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Bucket Drumming Sheet Music >> Click Here

Here’s another easy bucket drum cover video.
It’s been in the membership area for a few months now but I decided to release it today because I haven’t posted on the blog in a while. (I’m posting every week in the member’s area though! Check it out.)

4 Easy Bucket Drum Parts

We have Four different Parts. Let’s go over them, shall we?

Part A – 4 Quarter Notes on the center of the bucket with our right hand. Simple right?

Part B – This time we add our left hand to the rim on the “back beat.”

Part C – We keep our right hand on the down beat and left hand now plays the rim on the first beat of the measure.

Part D – This is the only slight challenge to this song. There are 4 measures, three of them are the same. This measure is alternating sticking (right, left, right, left) quarter notes; right hand on the center and left hand on the rim.

The third measure of this 4 measure part is the one that’s different. It plays two quarter notes (right on center, left on the rim). Then you play either a tresillo or three quarter note triplets. Explaining it sounds much more difficult than it actually is.

And I say you can play either the quarter note triplets or a tresillo pattern because this half of the measure is so fast and subtle that most people won’t even hear the difference.

And the song form is attached with the sheet music at the top under the video for you to play along to!

If you like this video, please let me know by commenting and/or joining the membership area.

I always enjoy the feedback!









“Imagine” by John Lennon – EASY Bucket Drum Cover

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Click Here for > Sheet music and song form.

With only 3 measures to learn (not including the first drum fill) you can play along to what the Rolling Stones chose as their #3 from the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

Let’s go through it.

There’s the intro fill, which can be optional if it’s too challenging,
and it starts on the upbeat of 3, playing “&A” then rest on 4 then play on “e&”.
The next 3 measure are WAY easier.

Measure A – quarter note, quarter note, two eighth notes, followed by another quarter note. Simple right?!

Notice, the sticking pattern I’m using- right, left, right, right, left. Instead of playing “alternate sticking,” which is r, l, r, l etc. I chose to do the two rights in a row on the center. This is much easier for beginner bucket drummers because they can keep their hands in the same spot.

Next Measure, B– quarter note, then three quarter rests. Super easy! Just count to four.

Last Measure, C– is the most challenging. 2 Quarter notes followed by a doted eighth note, a sixteenth note, then two eighth notes.

If you played my Top 10 Bucket Drumming Beats you’ll notice the back half of the measure is the same rhythm as the reggaeton. The voicing (orchestration) is different, but if you can play the reggaeton pattern you can play this measure. And that might be a good way to practice it if you or students are having a hard time learning that part; Just repeat the reggaeton rhythm.

And I’ve included the sheet music and song form so you can print it out and play along to the song in your time.

Let me know your thoughts!


P.S. If you liked this bucket drumming tutorial and want a TON (100+) more videos, join my Online School. It’s designed specifically for teachers and students learning rhythm while using buckets.

It will also take your bucket drumming to the next level.

If you don’t believe me, I get comments almost every day from people saying how helpful my videos and instructional material are.

Here’s a recent comment.


Thank you so much for posting the two most recent covers. Both of my classes were jamming away to the Adele song today. It’s great because it totally fits my unit on form, demands their attention, and it even has a crescendo in it, part of the other unit that I do on dynamics.  Oh, and the tempo challenge came out the week we were covering tempi.

Yesterday, I had a newer teacher walk in to my class because he heard us working on your cover of Come Together. He stayed for the whole song and was really impressed.

We’re having a lot of fun with these videos and  the sheet music is such an important component to it all.”


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Bucket Drum to “Rolling in the Deep” with Adele (Easy & CLEAN VERSION)

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*update- looks like this video is blocked in some countries like Canada & Australia because of Adele’s copyright. 🙁 sorry about that!

*Update- I re-uploaded this song as a clean version.

Click here >> for the bucket drumming sheet music.

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Just like the Beatles song from the last post, there are only 6 different parts (not including resting) to bucket drum along to this song by Adele.

You’ll also notice that 3 of these rhythms are from included in my other video, 5 Basic Rhythms Everyone Should Know.

Can you guess which ones they are from the song form below?

A Part – Rest
B Part – Down Beat
C Part – 8ths
D Part – Basic Rock Groove
E Part – Down Beat on the rim and the center of the bucket
F Part – Back Beat
G Part – 8ths again but on rim and center of the bucket

Let me know how it goes for you!

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Bucket Drum Along to “Come Together” by the Beatles

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Click here >> for the bucket drumming sheet music.

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With only 6 parts (one part is to not play for 8 beats!) you can master this famous song by the Beatles.

I had a lot of fun playing along to this song by the way!

The intro rhythm by itself is so recognizable that even non-drummers are able to guess which Beatles song it is.

After you learn that first part the rest will be super easy for you.

A Part – Music Intro/Interlude
B Part – Basic Rock Groove
C Part – Pre-Chorus
D Part – “Come Together”
E Part – Drum Fill
F Part – Rest 2 measures

Watch this video and air drum as you watch.
Then play it and let me know how it goes for you.

I’d love to hear your experience.

Keep drumming,