Watch the Introduction online guitar lesson by Danny Gottlieb from Master Class Drum Lessons

In this segment, I talk about my background, history, and provide a basic introduction to the course. I have been playing drums for over 30 years, and one of my most important mentors has been the legendary drummer and educator, Joe Morello. Most of the technical concepts in this instructional course are based in his teachings. Joe, in turn, studied with George Lawrence Stone, the author of the famed instructional text, Stick Control, and many of HIS teachings are based in Mr. Stone's concepts. In reality, this course is a tribute to these two great teachers, and my interpretation of their concepts. For further information concerning the technical aspects of this course, please use as an additional reference, Joe Morello's texts, Master Studies Vol. 1 and 2.

In addition, I also refer to some of my other teachers; Mel Lewis, Bob Moses, Ed Soph, Airto Moreira, Jack De Johnnette. I encourage you to check out their many recordings, videos, and educational works. I also describe my background as a student at the University of Miami. I now use many of my college experiences as a guide for my own teaching at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville. Please feel free to visit the school website,, where you can find background on all instructors, and some of the teaching concepts that I use for private students (many of which are contained in this course).

Lastly, after learning about my background, you can see that I enjoy playing many different types of music, and I use the techniques and musical approaches described in this course constantly. It is my goal that the information contained in this course will provide you with some helpful tools, and useful information that will help you in your own musical adventures. All the best of luck, and, again, I hope you enjoy this course.

Special thanks to Brad, Ali and all at TrueFire; Joe Morello, Winnie and Robert at Drum Craft; Sarah, Joe, and John DeChristopher at Zildjian, Kevin and crew at Hot Sticks; Dave at Off World Percussion; Garrison, John, and Don at DW; Bruce and Michelle at Remo; John and Polly at Hammerax; Joe and Pam at Eames Drum Shells.