It’s easy to plateau when trying to progress with your drumming. Use these great apps to spice up your drumming education, experimentation, and fun!
This list includes apps that contain drum lessons, exercises, rhythm training, song arrangement, score writing, and more.
- 1. Drum School (iOS and Android: Paid, Free Trial)
- 2. Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer (iOS: Paid)
- 3. Drums! (iOS: Paid)
- 4. Skills & Fills (iOS and Android: Paid, Free Trial)
- 5. Garage Band (iOS: Free)
- 6. Knock Box Metronome (iOS: Paid)
- 7. The Drum Beats+ (iOS and Android: Paid)
- 8. Music Maker Jam (iOS & Android: Free)
- 9. Reflow Score Writer (iOS: Paid)
- 10. The Drum Dictionary (iOS: Free)
1. Drum School (iOS and Android: Paid, Free Trial)
Here is a neat “Drum School” for tech-savvy drummers created by a musician, Ferenc Nemet. Whether you are a professional player or just a beginner, there is always something new to learn.
The app has four sections that include Grooves, Techniques, Hits, and Practice. In the “Groove” section, there are about 260 beats of a different genre to master. In Techniques, there are twelve videos that demonstrate how to handle the drums and sticks properly with your hand and feet.
In the Hits section, you can access lessons that will teach you exactly what you are looking for. Then comes the Practice section, which has over 133 exercises.
The app is available on iOS and Android devices for $5.99. There is a free version of Drum School for iOS as well, with a limited number of exercises.
2. Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer (iOS: Paid)
Can you read the music fast enough? Can you keep up the pace, or you lag behind? Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer is an iOS app available for $2.99 on the App Store.
It is a nifty educational tool that teaches you to stay on a beat as you practice. Through its various levels, from beginner to professional, you can get better at sight reading, accurately manage your pace and timing, and train at rhythm reading.
The test options allow you to analyze your drumming skills and help you improve over a period of time.
3. Drums! (iOS: Paid)
For those of you who don’t have a drum kit yet, Cinnamon Jelly Ltd. has brought you an ergonomic app that will allow you to beat the drums on your smartphone like the real deal.
Whether you are right-handed or left-handed, you can configure and rearrange the drums according to your style. The app features three kinds of kits that cover all musical styles and grooves. It is available on iOS platforms for $0.99.
4. Skills & Fills (iOS and Android: Paid, Free Trial)
This specialized app is based on an eBook of the same name by Dennis Tideman. The app is ideal for both beginners and pros.
From improving your vocabulary to mastering new skills, Skills & Fills is all about drum fills.
The app claims that, unlike the book, there is less talking and more drumming. There are numerous video demonstrations and 80 audio examples with sections dedicated to single and double strokes, bass drum, double-handed fills, power fills, and linear fills.
Each lesson teaches you from scratch with the help of small screen texts. It is available on both iOS and Android devices for $8.99. If you want to give it a try first, you can try out the free trial.
5. Garage Band (iOS: Free)
You have most probably heard of this cool digital studio by Apple Inc. The free Apple Inc. app is an audio workstation that allows budding musicians to create musical tracks and podcasts with a huge sound library, pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, a large number of instrumental effects, and a variety of voice recordings.
Through Garage Band, drummers can whip up their virtual drummer track by choosing a drummer from an array of genres.
Every drummer has its drum kit and a distinct playing style which can be modified in the Editing section. Get it for free on the App Store!
6. Knock Box Metronome (iOS: Paid)
Calling itself your “personal metronome trainer,” Knock Box is a basic app designed to perfect your timing.
The app has quite a simple interface that is easy to navigate and configure. However, don’t be fooled by its simplicity. Knock Box promises to hone your drumming skills, and it does deliver the result effectively. The app has two to sixteen measure phrases to choose from that will help you build your internal time.
Once you press the “Play” button, the metronome will keep playing, and you will have to keep up with it. Over a period of time, Knock Box will help you improve your internal sense of time. The app is created by a drummer named Daren Pfeifer.
Currently, it is only available for iOS devices. You can purchase it for $0.99 only from the App Store.
7. The Drum Beats+ (iOS and Android: Paid)
The Drum Beats+ wants you to jam at your pace in a completely stress-free environment. Forget the chords you haven’t mastered yet and focus on having fun.
Designed by Ninebuzz, this drum machine app is a perfect tool when you just want to enjoy the drums and practice in a casual manner. The app has a vast collection of drum loops, songwriting options, more than 100 groovy beats, tempo changes, counts, hit packs, a randomizer button, a multitasking option, and plenty more fun built-in features.
The best thing about the application is its creativity and ease of use. Even if you are an amateur who is just getting started on the drums, you will find it convenient to navigate. You can buy the app on the App Store.
8. Music Maker Jam (iOS & Android: Free)
Music Maker Jam is a great app for musicians who are eager to produce tracks for the purpose of practicing and performing.
You can make your own beats and grooves in an array of genres that include pop, blues, hip-hop, rock, and much more. To build a track, you can use premade loops or your own recordings. The app allows you to fine-tune your tracks. Once it is done, you can share it on different social media apps, text, and emails.
What is the best part? It is absolutely free and available on Android and iOS platforms.
9. Reflow Score Writer (iOS: Paid)
Reflow Score Writer is a music notation app that allows you to build your own tablatures and sheet music as well as access and read pre-existing files.
The app is geared towards all sorts of instruments, including piano, guitar, banjo, bass, and, of course, drums. Reflow Score Writer automatically saves your files on iCloud and Dropbox, so you don’t have to worry about losing them.
There are options to import files from your phone and play them in addition to several clever features. Reflow Score Writer is definitely worth the money if you like to write your own music. It is only available on iOS currently.
10. The Drum Dictionary (iOS: Free)
Are you always on the go and worried about losing your music sheet? Forget about crumpled-up papers and carry it on The Drum Dictionary.
The smartphone application is perfect for drummers who have to travel a lot. Users can easily save their practice regimes on the app and divide them into different categories.
Along with written instructions, the application also has a number of audio demonstrations. It is available for a free on the App Store.