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After the Kickstarter is over, you can visit www.stephensdrumshed.com anytime to become a Drum Better Daily member or pick up one of my drum courses.

NEW UPDATE

We're adding bonus rewards to levels because we hit our initial goal! We also have a NEW push goal with rewards unlocked once we get there. This new rewards go for all past and future backers. Here's the skinny...

  • Everyone that  backs at $25 or more will get a free copy of my book "Functioning In Time" ($25 value)
  • Everyone that backs for the 3 month DBD pass will have 1 month added for a total of 4 months (additional $28 value)
  • Everyone that backs for the 6 month DBD pass will have 2 months added for a total of 8 months (additional $56 value)
  • Everyone that backs for the year DBD pass will have 3 months added for a total of 15 months (additional $84 value)

CLICK HERE to learn about the new push goal and watch the video

If we hit the new push goal:

  • Everyone that backed above $25 will be entered to win a 23" Zildjian K Sweet cymbal
  • Everyone that backs at $100 or more BEFORE we hit the push goal will receive my new course Groove Independence for FREE ($150 value). If you back after we hit the push goal, you will have the ability to get this course as a reward but it will not be a free reward.

And we're still doing the In-Ear giveaways: For every 100 backers to pledge over $25, we are giving away a FREE pair of Alclair custom molded in ear monitors ($649 VALUE; CMVK 5 driver monitors for drummers & bass...the same ones I use) to one of those 100 supporters. The drawing starts over every 100 people so you always have a GREAT chance of winning an incredible prize. Thank you Alclair for the support!!!

Hey there, it's Stephen Taylor with www.StephensDrumShed.com

I'm beyond excited to announce that we are buying a free standing studio just south of Nashville, TN!

This is something myself and the team have been working toward for quite a while, and it is finally time to pull the trigger - but we want YOU, the SDS community, to be a part of this exciting next step.

For the entire existence of the You Tube channel, the website, and the Drum Better Daily program, I have worked out of studio rooms in my home. However, not having a stand-alone facility is beginning to severely hinder our ability to create content and grow the community. It's no longer just ME that makes the drum lessons and content happen, so the goal is to purchase a building that can house the team's offices and a studio. This will enable us to produce video content at greater scale (both in quality and quantity). We have plans to bring in some of the top players in the drumming world as guest artists (I've already begun contacting them), to host in person drum camp experiences, and so much more - but we need a stand-alone studio to do so. 

We need your help! All of the funds from this campaign will go directly towards finishing the downpayment, buying equipment to outfit the new studio, and renovation of the new space once we are in it.

Where this all started...

I began this entire journey about 10 years ago. I took our family garage, walled it in, and made it a "studio". There was no heat, no air conditioning. In the winter I turned on the "professional video lighting" that I had bought from Lowe's hardware store (yes, they were work lights) to heat the room up and in the summer I took breaks in between takes to towel off the sweat. At one point I even installed a window A/C unit in the studio door!

Garage studio buildout
Garage studio buildout

The next studio...

The next "studio" was an 11x11 room just off of the den in our second home. I took off the closet door to have room for the lights and for months we had a 16 channel snake running across our den floor to the audio computer. Below is a walk through of that studio.

And now...

Fast forward to the current studio space...a 10x11 room off of our garage. You walk out of the studio and you literally almost run into the lawn mower. There is room enough for a drum set and a standing desk for me. I haven't sat down to answer emails in years. That's not a complaint, just a fact. There's just not room in here for a desk on the floor. The lighting rig is made out of PVC pipe. The "audio control booth" is a closet in the downstairs hallway. A 16 channel snake runs from the garage into the house. Storage for gear is spread out in the garage and a room downstairs.

As you can tell from the pictures below, this is absolutely not a place we can bring guest artists. We have booked our first guest artists...we just need a better space. The plans we have are not in the future...they're now. We are just needing to move quickly to accommodate the growth of the Drum Better Daily program and the community in general.

Current space (10x11 video room off of garage, storage in the garage, mix "room" in a closet)
Current space (10x11 video room off of garage, storage in the garage, mix "room" in a closet)

The next steps...

So when is this all happening and what has to happen before it CAN happen?

The plan is to secure and purchase a space by the end of this summer. Obviously we will look until the perfect space comes on the market. I would love to have our first in person camp experience by November of this year.

The funds from this campaign will go entirely towards completing the down payment for the facility, renovation costs (acoustical treatment, etc.), lights, audio equipment, cameras, and other upgraded gear that will be needed. We have plans on utilizing as much of our current equipment as we can. This isn't a grab for "new stuff". I've boot strapped this entire business and plan on continuing to be frugal and wise with all decisions involved so that this community will always have a place to gather, whether that be online or in person.

Once we are in the space, we will be working as quickly as possible to get it up and functioning. We are actively looking at spaces, I have spoken with multiple consultants on gear and equipment costs, and I have an acoustician that will be helping us make the space into an official studio that this community can point to and be proud of.

The plan and why you are going to love it...

  • Free standing studio space allows for more guest artists
  • More content, both for free and for the Drum Better Daily program
  • Better content both in quality and quantity
  • In person drum camp experiences
  • Online and in person clinic events

DETAILED EXPLANATIONS OF REWARDS...

Boot Camp Download Super Pack

3 of my most popular boot camp programs. Each is designed so that you can work through them in less than 25 minutes a day. They come with videos that break apart and teach the exercises, demonstrate them, and a PDF booklet with all sheet music and worksheets. Yours to download and keep forever.

The "Eat, Drum, Sleep, Repeat" T-Shirt

This is actually a design you all voted on last year and I've only made available once. It is an original SDS design. The shirt will be black or a darker shade (dark blue, gray, etc.). This shirt is available with all rewards over $100

"Eat, Sleep, Drum, Repeat" T-Shirt
"Eat, Sleep, Drum, Repeat" T-Shirt

Drum Better Daily 3 month, 6 month, and yearly passes

The Drum Better Daily program (DBD for short) is my flagship drum lesson membership program. You have the chance to snag non-recurring access passes to the DBD members area.

Drum Better Daily is an organized drum lesson system to meet your specific needs. It helps you turn OFF the firehose of random drum information, set focused goals, know what to work on, and see your drumming grow on a daily basis.

Includes streaming access to:

  • Over 70 lesson tracks ranging from beginner to advanced in topic
  • Hundreds of drum lessons with sheet music
  • Tons of done-for-you resources
  • Weekly student reviews
  • New content added weekly
  • Personalized lesson plans and feedback from Stephen
  • Access to community forums and private community Facebook page

I am EXTREMELY active with my DBD members and have just brought on another staff teacher to ensure that I am able to continue to give that personalized feel to each member.

At the $100 supporter level you can choose either a 6 month DBD access pass or one of the following 3 courses...

The Art of Practice Course

TAOP is my most popular course to date. It helps you increase focus and get more done in your practice time. Know what to work on, how to work on it, and when to move on.

For years musicians have been fed the story that “practice makes perfect”. The remedy for any problem has been to practice more, put in more hours, really grind it out!

But what if I told you that all of that was wrong!

The concepts in The Art of Practice have been tested and proven by thousands of satisfied students.  It is the only course of its kind for musicians. It’s all about planning and developing your goals to create a practice ritual that will allow you to see the results you’ve always wanted to see. 

This course is 5 modules long, has roughly 20 hours of teaching, and comes with video, audio, and written transcript downloads of every lesson. Yours to keep for life. It teaches you how to construct a practice time that is focused and driven towards productivity.

It will help you…

  •  See that you don’t need 25 hours a day, 8 days a week to see progress. 
  •  Learn the proper way to schedule, goal set, keep a practice journal, & eliminate practice killers. 
  •  Use creative triggers to increase focus 
  •  Learn what a warm up should look like & why we use them (it’s not what you think!) 
  •  Learn how to utilize feedback loops, creative assembly lines, zoning, & so much more 
  •  Find your own voice & learn to love your playing

Ghost Note Mastery Course

The course to help you ghost and groove with confidence. More consistency, complete dynamic control, and feel good about your playing. GNM includes...

  • 8 Module course
  • Lifetime access to all GNM course materials
  • Video lesson downloads of all GNM course lessons
  •  Every lesson topic includes  3 videos: Video Lesson, Masterclass session, & Practice  Breakout Session
  •  Tons of downloadable done-for-you resources 
  •  Proven course layout to help you complete each lesson 

Lessons Include:  Introductory Patterns for Static Ghosting, Punch/Jab, Jab/Punch, and the Jab/Punch/Jab, Progressive Patterns for Static Ghosting, Functioning With Static Ghost Notes, Reactive Ghosting - Kick Singles, Hi-Hat Patterns for Ghosting Application Part 1 and Part 2, Reactive Ghosting - Kick Doubles

Masterclass Topics Include: Stick heights, consistency and clarity, ghost notes at faster tempos, technique breakdowns, breaking out of old ghosting patterns, transforming your fills with ghost notes, how to avoid overplaying, snare setup tips for best sound, and lots more!

Paradiddle Mastery Course

A course that teaches a new system for how to use the paradiddle on the drum set. It's a step-by-step unique system to help you finally incorporate the paradiddle in to your drum fills, grooves, & soloing. This is an email course that requires no login information. Each week for 8 weeks a new lesson with lesson materials will be sent to you.

It includes:

  • 8 module course
  • Video downloads of all lessons
  • Download links for all sheet music
  • All lessons delivered directly to your email inbox each week
  • Lifetime access to all materials

Lifetime DBD Access Pass

I have rarely made this available. Only twice before that I can recall. It's just what it sounds like...lifetime access to all past and future content in the Drum Better Daily members area. You will have lifetime full access to all lesson tracks, past and future drum lessons, personalized lesson plans from me, student video reviews, lesson plans, guest artist live streams, community forums, and more. I am EXTREMELY active with my DBD members and have just brought on another staff teacher to ensure that I am able to continue to give that personalized feel to each member. (Limit of 5 Backers)

SDS In Person Camp Reservation

As I've mentioned, one of the goals before the end of this year is to have our first in person SDS camp experience. You will have first choice for attending one future drum camp. Times TBD in the future. There is no expiration date, so you can redeem them when a camp comes up that you are able to attend.

The drum camp intensives will be 4-5 days long. During that time the SDS staff and I will be working side by side with you on your drumming. Daily masterclasses, private sessions, practice time, group sessions, group jam sessions, guest artists, and a ton more. All in a state of the art studio. At night you will be free to hang out with the other campers at the nearby hotel or go into Nashville to enjoy the night life. This camp reservation DOES include: facility and instructor/guest artist fees, transportation to and from the airport, and transportation from the hotel to the studio every day. This fee DOES NOT include your travel costs (airfare or other travel to the Nashville area), hotel costs, and food. You will also have your name included on the plaque to be hung in the new studio + t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. (LIMIT of 10 backers)

Stephen Lesson Intensive Experience

An in person with Stephen in your own city. Stephen will fly to your city (USA and Canada only) and will either: have an all day private drum lesson hang with you (8 hours of drumming and lessons). At the end of the day, Stephen will take you out for dinner and a hang.

OR...

Stephen will have a half day private drum lesson (3-4 hours) hang with you and then put on a drum clinic in the evening. NOTE: For the clinic you must arrange a place for the clinic to happen. Location must be the equivalent of a music store, studio, concert hall, or school with drums provided. This pledge amount includes Stephen's airfare, hotel, lesson/clinic fees, and food costs. You will also have your name included on the plaque to be hung in the new studio + 2 year long DBD access passes + t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. Times to be determined by you and the SDS team. (LIMIT of 3 backers)

SDS Team Fun Hang Excursion

We will fly you to Nashville, put you up in a hotel, then the next day you'll get in a car with the SDS team, drive to Atlanta, spend all day at Six Flags with the SDS team, grab dinner, and then we'll shuttle you back to Nashville (all expenses covered including travel costs, transportation, hotel, ticket costs, and food included). You will also have your name included on the plaque to be hung in the new studio so we can thank you and tell all of our guest artists and visitors about you. Also included: 2 year long access passes to the DBD program + t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. Times to be determined by you and the SDS team. (LIMIT of 2 backers)

The Nashville Pro Recording Experience

You will fly to Nashville for the professional studio experience of a lifetime!

After a comfortable night in your hotel room resting from your flight, you will spend a full day at a professional Nashville studio recording with experienced Nashville session and touring musicians (guitar, bass, and keys. Who we are able to book will depend on touring and recording session schedules at the time. You can rest assured they will be comprised of seasoned touring players and first call session players...all with killer resumes. We have incredible contacts here in Nashville).

This includes all studio fees, engineer fees, musician fees, hotel, your travel, track mixing, video editing, and food costs. We will provide the drums and cymbals for the session. We will give you several options of studio spaces and engineers so that you have the session of your dreams.

You may provide an original track that you would like to have recorded, a cover song you want to record, or we will provide 1 pre-written original track for you to record to and make your own. The musicians and engineers will be at your disposal for the entire session and it will be run like any other pro Nashville recording session is run.

In addition, we will be filming throughout the day and taking pictures so that you have PLENTY of ways to remember your session and share the experience with your friends and family on social media. We will send you your mixed track, an edited compilation video of the day, edited pictures of the session, and all of the raw files (pics, video, stems, charts, etc.) for you to keep forever and share however you like.

At the end of the day, the SDS team will take you out for a celebratory dinner at a local hot spot, give you a surprise drum gift (you will love it), and then spend the night exploring downtown Nashville, listening to music, and hanging with you. The next day we'll put your butt back on a plain and fly you back home with a lifetime's worth of memories to share with friends and family.

Also includes 2 year long Drum Better Daily passes, t-shirt, name on plaque, Boot Camp Download Pack, & an invite to the private livestream celebration party. (Limit of 1 Backer)

Risks and challenges

We obviously want to move on this facility as quickly as possible. That being said, there is no way for us to predict the housing market and what will be available in the coming months. Over the past 6 months we have already seen multiple buildings that would have been perfect for the studio space once a little renovation and remodeling happened. We just haven't been ready to move on them. We have an agent who is actively looking, we are pre-approved, and we are ready to move quickly once the right space comes available.

While we want to make this happen by the end of the summer (our current work space, team meetings, data backup and management, etc. are a complete pain at the moment), there is no guarantee that it will. Just rest assured it is our #1 priority at the moment. Until we find the space and are able to renovate it, we will continue producing quality content at the same pace we always have. We have also ensured that there will be little to no downtime during the renovation and moving phase. It should be a smooth transition.

As long as we are able to fund this project, you can be sure that this will happen as soon as humanly possible. We will update everyone often on the project progress.

Thank you SO MUCH for being a part of this journey. We are honored to share and engage in a community as awesome as this one.

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    Boot Camp Download Super Pack

    3 of Stephen's most popular downloadable boot camps for the price of 1. Instructional videos + PDF Booklet ($75 Value)

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    The Art of Practice Course

    SDS Super Supporter Option 2: Seriously, you're amazing...thank you! You will get access to Stephen's most popular course to date, The Art of Practice. A 5 module course (20 hours) that teaches you how to get more done in your practice time. Lifetime access to download and stream all materials. Included are a t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate.($249 Value)

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    SDS Super Supporter Option 3: What is even happening?! Thank you! You will get access to Stephen's popular course on tackling & conquering ghost notes, Ghost Note Mastery. An 8 module course that is a DEEP dive on the art of ghost notes. Lifetime access to download and stream all materials. Included are a t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. ($249 Value)

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    Paradiddle Mastery Course

    SDS Super Supporter Option 4: Your paradiddles (us too) thank you! You will get access to Stephen's in depth course on applying paradiddle's to the drum set, Paradiddle Mastery. An 8 module course that is a DEEP dive into applying this popular rudiment. Lifetime access to download and stream all materials. Included are a t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. ($229 Value)

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    TAOP + 6 Month DBD Pass Limited Edition

    This reward will be available from 10:00 am CST on Thursday, May 2nd to 4:00 pm CST on Thursday, May 2nd as part of the livestream lesson celebration.

    You will receive The Art of Practice Course along with a 6 month Drum Better Daily pass. The Art of Practice Course is Stephen's most popular course. It is a 5 module course (roughly 20 hours) that teaches you how to get more done in your practice time. Lifetime access to download and stream all materials in this course. You will also gain 6 months worth of access to Stephen's flagship membership drum lesson program, Drum Better Daily. Hundreds of lessons, over 70 courses, forums, guest artists, and so much more. Also included with this reward are a t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + and an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. THIS REWARD EXPIRES AT 4:00 PM CST ON THURSDAY, MAY 2ND

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    1 Year DBD Access Pass

    SDS Plaque Supporter: Thanks just isn't enough! You'll get a 1 YEAR access pass to the Drum Better Daily program w/ access to over 70 lesson tracks, hundreds of lessons, member challenges, guest artists, & an AWESOME community. You will also have your name included on the plaque to be hung in the new studio so we can thank you and tell all of our guest artists and visitors about you. Also included: t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate.($268 Value)

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    DBD Year Pass + Course Bundle

    DBD Plaque Course Super Bundle: Thank you so much! This one is insane: 1 year Drum Better Daily access pass (access to over 70 lesson tracks, hundreds of lessons, new lessons weekly, guest artists, community challenges, and a supportive community of drummers) + Boot Camp Download Pack + The Art of Practice course + Ghost Note Mastery Course + Paradiddle Mastery course + name on plaque in studio + Livestream party + t-shirt...phew, we're tired from just typing all of that!

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    SDS In Person Camp Reservation

    SDS Intensive Experience: Thanks a ton! Part of getting a studio space is so that we can host in person drum camps. This secures you a reserved spot to one future SDS camp (4-5 days in length, future dates TBA. There will be several a year). The regular camp fee will be between $1000-$1200, depending on the length of the camp. This is a discounted ticket for one future camp of your choosing. This includes: facility and instructor/guest artist fees, transportation to and from the airport, and transportation from the hotel to the studio every day. You also get your name on the plaque + t-shirt + private livestream party invite. NOTE: This does NOT include travel costs such as airfare, hotel costs, or food. (LIMIT of 10 backers)

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    Lifetime Plaque Supporter: Thank you for a lifetime! These have only been available a couple of times before. And there aren't many here. A LIFETIME access pass to the Drum Better Daily membership w/ access to over 70 lesson tracks, hundreds of lessons, new lessons added weekly, guest artists, member challenges & an AWESOME community. Included are lifetime DBD access pass + plaque + Livestream party + t-shirt (LIMIT of 5 backers)

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    JUST ADDED! Because these sold out so quickly and you all have been emailing in about them, I've decided to open up 5 more Lifetime DBD access passes.

    Lifetime Plaque Supporter: Thank you for a lifetime! These have only been available twice before. And there aren't many here. A LIFETIME access pass to the Drum Better Daily membership w/ access to over 70 lesson tracks, hundreds of lessons, new lessons added weekly, all past and future DBD content, guest artists, member challenges & an AWESOME community. Included are lifetime DBD access pass + plaque + Livestream party + t-shirt (LIMIT of 5 backers)

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    JUST ADDED! By request and because we hit our initial goal, I've decided to open up 5 more Lifetime DBD access passes...but they're BEEFED UP per your request!

    Lifetime PLUS Plaque Supporter: Thank you for a lifetime! This is essentially the same as the lifetime membership pass but you ALSO get the courses The Art of Practice, Ghost Note Mastery, & Paradiddle Mastery.

    These have only been available twice before. And there aren't many here. A LIFETIME access pass to the Drum Better Daily membership w/ access to over 70 lesson tracks, hundreds of lessons, new lessons added weekly, all past and future DBD content, guest artists, member challenges & an AWESOME community. Included are lifetime DBD access pass + The Art of Practice course + Ghost Note Mastery + Paradiddle Mastery + plaque + Livestream party + t-shirt (LIMIT of 5 backers)

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    Stephen Lesson Intensive Experience

    Thanks and we're gonna meet soon! An in person with Stephen in your own city. Stephen will fly to your city (USA and Canada only) and will either: have an all day private drum lesson hang with you (8 hours of drumming and lessons). At the end of the day, Stephen will tale you out for dinner and a hang. OR Stephen will have a half day private drum lesson (3-4 hours) hang with you and then put on a drum clinic in the evening. NOTE: For the clinic you must arrange a place for the clinic to happen. Location must be the equivalent of a music store, studio, concert hall, or school with drums provided. This pledge amount includes Stephen's airfare, hotel, lesson/clinic fees, and food costs. You will also have your name included on the plaque to be hung in the new studio + 2 year long DBD access passes + t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate.(LIMIT of 3 backers)

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    SDS Team Fun Hang Excursion

    Fun Hang Excursion Extravaganze: Thanks and we can't wait to hang! We will fly you to Nashville, put you up in a hotel, then the next day you'll get in a car with the SDS team, drive to Atlanta, spend all day at Six Flags, grab dinner, and then we'll shuttle you back to Nashville (transportation, hotel, ticket costs, and food included). You will also have your name included on the plaque to be hung in the new studio so we can thank you and tell all of our guest artists and visitors about you. Also included: 2 year long access passes to the DBD program + t-shirt + Boot Camp Download Pack + an invitation to a private live stream party to celebrate. (LIMIT of 2 backers)

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    The Nashville Pro Recording Experience

    You will fly to Nashville for the studio experience of a lifetime. Spend a full day at a Nashville studio recording with experienced Nashville session and touring musicians (guitar, bass, and keys. Who I am able to book will depend on touring and recording session schedules, but you can rest assured they will be comprised of seasoned touring players and first call session players...all with killer resumes). This price includes all studio fees, engineer fees, musician fees, hotel, your travel, track mixing, video editing, and food costs. We will provide the drums and cymbals for the session. Please scroll down the page to read about more of the details. Also includes 2 year long Drum Better Daily passes, t-shirt, name on plaque, Boot Camp Download Pack, & an invite to the private livestream celebration party.

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