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Being a (hobby) guitarist, I always wanted to learn drums. As I don't have a dedicated rehearsal space, I decided to buy a used V-Drums kit (TD 17) from Roland with meshheads. The module comes with an integrated coaching function where you can play exercises and get a summary of your timings etc. This is nice, but it is not that sophisticated and hard to read on the small display.

So I wondered if there are any "big" coaching applications available for your PC, where you can use your big screen, be it standalone or as VST-plugin for your DAW. I think of different modes, ranging from simple playalong with subtle visual feedback up to maybe something more playful (guitar-hero style).

From a technical point of view, I think there must exist something like that as MIDI has been around for ages and is still universally used everywhere. I could not find anything like that.

And yes, of course, a human drum teacher would probably be the best way to go, but I do not want to spend a lot of money as this is just a hobby, and apart from that I am mostly self-educated, so I want to keep it like that. Thanks for your recommendations, I can imagine that this might be interesting for a lot of people.

Update: It turns out that Roland has exactly what I was looking for: Drum Tutor.

Another update: An even better choice with a modern UI: Melodics Drums

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  • As a guitarist who has learned a bit of drums, I think such a teaching tool could easily lead to poor technique, because it cannot teach grip or technique, both of which are critical to success in drumming. Not only is hitting the right kit piece at the right time not the only critical task of drumming, learning the right techniques enables hitting the right kit piece at the right time. Instead of looking for a video game like drum learning experience, I suggest you check out YouTube videos, especially from Drumeo. – Todd Wilcox Nov 30 '20 at 14:04
  • You're right, technique surely is important and I have some drummers available to get on the track. My question may have gone into the wrong direction, I am not specifically looking for a game, but a real training tool with the right kind of feedback. In the meantime I also found a program by Roland called "Drum Tutor" (TD-1). This seems to be exactly what I was looking for. – Rob Nov 30 '20 at 19:44
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I'm not sure of anything from an actual teaching perspective, but if you are looking for fun Guitar Hero style learning, then check out the game Rock Band because it also includes drums. You can use any electronic drum set with a little bit of setup. Here is a video showing how to make it work:

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    The Taiko no Tatsujin game for iOS also supports Roland V-Drums, and probably any virtual drums with a MIDI output. You just need a MIDI interface for the iOS device, via the camera connection kit or otherwise. It seems to be possible on the PS4 as well youtube.com/watch?v=T8NbwA097e4 – piiperi Reinstate Monica Nov 30 '20 at 12:24
  • Sounds interesting, I'll have a look! Thank you. – Rob Nov 30 '20 at 13:11

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