So, this website is completely free?
My beginner course is 100% free. It will help you buy the right gear, set everything up and then it will teach you the system I use for finger drumming as well as a couple of nice beats and fills. Just a matter of creating an account, login in and enjoying the content.
After that course, you can enjoy a couple of courses with a free start. That means that you get the first few lessons in the course for free and at some point you will have to become a premium member in order to continue.
Ah so there is a catch!
No catch. I want to reach as many people as possible and therefore don’t want money to be an issue in learning the basics.
The premium content is for those who really want to take this thing to the next level after being completely convinced that the content on this website is valuable to them. At that point I think it’s more than fair to ask someone to contribute.
Right, but if I sign up for the free stuff you’re gonna spam me to death to try and get me to buy your premium shit right?
No. I will actually send you 1 email and then give you the opportunity to voluntarily select topics you’re interested in. Like gear updates, or motivational content, or information about newly released courses, or a combination. You can also select a frequency (like max once a month/week/quarter) and I will only send you the stuff you want at the maximum frequency you want. If you don’t select anything you will never hear from me again after that one email.
I am a premium member and I want to cancel my monthly subscription. How?
First of all, if you paid for 1 year in 1 go, there’s no auto renewal. You only have to cancel your monthly subscription because that one auto renews.
The whole subscription process goes through Patreon so that I do not have to handle complicated things such as VAT and exchange rates and stuff like that. Therefore, cancelling your membership also has to be done via Patreon.
The Patreon account page where your subscriptions are located is: patreon.com/pledges.
After logging in, you can click edit next to your Quest for Groove subscription and then there should be a small, grey text link (Edit or Cancel payment) there that you can click to cancel. It is right below that big button that they use to distract you 🙂
Step by step instructions on how to cancel your membership on Patreon can be found on this Patreon FAQ page as well!
Who are you guys?
Right now it’s only me, Robert Mathijs. I’ve been an Amsterdam based producer / guitar player / singer for over a decade and a couple of years ago I started fingerdrumming to speed up my workflow in the studio.
I found that the biggest problem when recording and especially multitracking songs was always that it didn’t really groove and I felt like I had to become a groove master myself in order to effectively deal with that problem.
I had absolutely no room in my bedroom studio for a drumkit, and that’s how I found fingerdrumming and was very pleasantly surprised by how much you could do with that and how much I really did not need to hire studio drummers anymore.
Why a website and not just youtube lessons?
This website is built specifically for online courses and therefore has a lot of nice functionality that Youtube doesn’t have.
Structuring content and combining video’s, audio examples and written text in a convenient way for example.
How long will it take before I’m the best fingerdrummer ever?
The truth is that learning to play drums on a pad controller is just like learning any other instrument. It just takes a lot of time and practice to really become good at it.
The trick to becoming an awesome musician is to make the journey of learning an interesting, fun and rewarding one from the moment you begin. That way you will keep playing, time will pass and eventually you will be awesome :-).
With this website I hope to provide people with exactly that.
What stuff and or software do I need to start?
You can either enroll in my free beginner course or check out this blogpost with lots of finger drumming gear recommendations.
I’ve dedicated a special page to that subject, written in plain english (no complicated legal jargon). Check it out over here.
I have another question
Feel free to contact me with your question(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org .