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How to Play Drums with Jason Gianni

Learn about Jason Gianni, one of Howcast's drum teachers, in this video.


Hi, my name is Jason Gianni and I'm going to be your Howcast drumming expert for today.

I'm a full instructor at the Drummers Collective School of Music in New York City. I'm the drummer on the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, you may have heard that.

I'm happy to be endorsed by some great companies in the drum industry. Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Paiste Cymbals and Remo Drum Heads.

I started playing the drums when I was about eleven years old and I've been at it for many years.

I did the usual schooling in marching bands and concert bands and jazz bands for many years and then I went to the University of Delaware and eventually to Penn State for my Masters in Classical Music -percussion performance where I studied a lot of orchestral work and classical styles.

My drum set has always been my main style. During that time I did study at the Drummers Collective which led to me working there years later.

When I was around 23, I moved to the San Francisco Bay area and stayed there for about 10 years. I worked with many artists in many different styles of music, anything from Rock to Progressive Rock and Latin bands and Jazz bands.

That's where I took part in a lot the session work that I did. Many different commercials, adds for McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Sprint and many others and I worked on the music for the Hanna Montana show and that's eventually where I did SpongeBob and a bunch of other things.

I'm also the co-author of the popular drum book "The Drummers Bible" with Mick Berry. In that book there are something like 400 sub-styles of many different areas of drumming and music you want to get into.

The basic grooves and how to approach those grooves and those sounds for those styles as well as the history and background of where they all came from.

So, I really hope you've enjoyed this drumming series on If you want to find more information about me, please go to my website at and have fun.

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