Get control of your drumsticks.

Play things you never thought you could.
No private lessons necessary. 

Course Walkthrough

As you can see, in the Better Hands course we’ll dive deep into the hand techniques that will allow you to play whatever you want on the drums. Here is a video from my YouTube channel that touches on these techniques a little more.

How much does the Better Hands Course cost?

(It’s a steal, we’ll get to that in a second)

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If that seems pricey, it’s actually a deal, especially compared to private lessons.

To be clear, I’m not against private lessons. I just think they’re a step you should take AFTER you’ve developed a solid foundation of hand technique. It will be much more cost effective for you to view and review lesson videos and exercise videos online, taking as much time as you need to understand and get comfortable with the techniques, than to try to get that hand technique foundation through weekly private lessons.

Here’s what you’d be looking at for private instruction:

The range I found on Google is $10-$30, but $25 for half an hour is really as low as you’ll want to go for good in person instruction. At that price, $75 (about the price of my course) will buy you an hour and a half of private instruction. That’s enough time to cover about two modules from the Better Hands course. Since there are 17 modules in the course, you’d be looking at over $600 just to cover all of the material that the course presents, and there’s really no great way to review in detail what you learned. When you buy the Better Hands course, you can watch the videos as many times as you want.

There’s also a 14 Day Money Back Guarantee.

But, why choose Tempo League over Drumeo or another lesson site?

Drumeo is fantastic! But watch the video below to get my thoughts on this. For me it’s pretty simple. I recommend building up a strong foundation of hand technique first, and then moving on to other drum DVDs and educational materials. Tempo League is specifically focused on building up your hand technique for the drum set, giving you the tools to play whatever you want and make it sound good. After going through the Better Hands course, you’ll have so much more fun with Drumeo content or Tommy Igoe Groove Essentials DVDs or whatever.

So if you find a hand technique course on Drumeo that works for you, awesome. Whatever you decide to do, I just recommend you focus on hands first, and I designed the Better Hands course to help you maintain that focus.

In case you’re wondering, here’s a little more about me.

My name is Barrett Dastrup. I have been playing drums since 2004. From 2004 until the beginning of 2015, I didn’t know a single rudiment and I’d never taken a private drum lesson. I felt like I’d peaked with my drum abilities and that playing some of the grooves, chops and fills I saw other people playing on YouTube weren’t for me. They were out of my league.

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Then I found some online drum resources that taught me how to hold the drumstick and let the stick do most of the work instead of letting my hand and arm do the work. These resources also helped me develop stick control and learn rudiments that I could apply on the drum kit. It took a lot of work on my part, but I progressed to a point that I never thought was possible without spending a lot of money on private lessons.

After learning what I did online, I took private lessons for several months from a great drummer named Gavin Ryan. He especially helped me start developing more limb independence. So again, I’m not discouraging private lessons. But you can learn plenty from good online resources and consistent hard work.

I hope you’ll join me on the path to Better Hands!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer refunds?

Yes, I offer a 14 Day Money Back Guarantee. Just email

What is the best way to practice the things you teach in the course?

I’ve put together a roadmap that I recommend you follow (see "Where do I start?" under my Free Lessons section of the site), but keep in mind that everyone is different. Some have more time to spend practicing than others. The most important thing is practicing somewhat consistently. For you that might mean 5 days a week, or it might mean 2. It doesn’t mean once or twice a month.