My little brother wants to learn drumming, and seeing that I have a cheap RockBand drums clone lying around I wanted to know if there are is some kind of didactic software for drums that accepts MIDI input. This way I could hack something up with that little toy and he could interface with the software.

I'm not a drummer myself, but I'm imagining something that shows rhythmic patterns, drum techniques and has some guided lessons. A quick search did not show anything like it.


You can download the Octopus Sequencer by signing up for free from here. Here is a video from the owner of the software.

After the comments, I think this is what you mean exactly. If so, I will try to see if I can find anything similar to it.

  • That looks promising, but could you specify how the software contemplates my question. Does it work with MIDI input and are there lessons available? – lfzawacki Sep 28 '11 at 14:17
  • @lfzawacki Ah, you meant interact with the software. Sorry for the misreading. I thought you want to create examples and play along with them. That was the didactic part for me. I will edit my answer accordingly once I have the chance to search and locate the related software (if any). – user1306 Sep 28 '11 at 14:23
  • @lfzawacki Is this closer to what you have asked for? – user1306 Sep 28 '11 at 14:35
  • Yes, that seems precisely what I was looking for. I'll check this out later today. – lfzawacki Sep 28 '11 at 14:56

No MIDI input, but I found DrumSchool a great way to learn. It has basic patterns, fills, adjustable speed, scrolling notes. There are also embedded videos that helped learn read the drum tabs in the beginning.



The Roland V-Drums Drum Tutor looks like a good product if you're willing to shell out $60 for it. The "Purely Drums" product looks as good or better and offers a free trial. And finally, there is a cheaper-looking product called "Drum Groove Trainer" from Lumbeats.

Also, if you want something free, check out the open source game "Phase Shift," which is a clone of Rock Band and can play with a full electronic drum kit via MIDI.

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