Welcome to TigerBill’s DrumBeat, the most educational Drum and Percussion site on the Web! Feel free to browse all you like. There are free drum lessons, free expert advice, low priced drum gear and educational products, and much more. All designed to help you become the best drummer you can be.
In addition to that, we have one or more giveaway contests where you have the chance to win valuable Drum Gear, DVDs, and Books.
Hi. I welcome you to look around my site. I’m a drum pro with more than 30 years of experience and I’ll guide you to the best, most exciting products, services, and free stuff on the Web.
They call me Tiger Bill, and you might recognize me as your guide to Drums and Percussion from the About.com network back in the day. About decided to no longer support a dedicated Drums and Percussion site. The good news is that all of the great info from my original “About Drums” site is here at TigerBillsDrumBeat.com, plus a whole lot more!
Oh, and if you’re curious about how I became known as Tiger Bill, read on!
Don’t Blame Me
You can blame Joe Morello for my nickname “Tiger.” Joe liked to nickname people. He called Carmine Appice (in the photo above) “Apache” and he called me the “Tiger” (that’s me on the left).
The first time I saw Joe play, his chops knocked me out. At that moment, I knew I had to learn his technique. So, I put everything I had into it and in one month, I was playing all of his left-handed triplets and sixteenths runs at respectable speeds: Triplets were up to 208 and groups of four-sixteenths were 168, although I’m faster now.
I was also Joe’s first student to make it through his book “Off The Record,” which is a collection of transcriptions of his most famous (and most technically challenging) drum solos. This is how Joe came to call me the “Tiger.”
The name must have grown on me because three decades later, I’m still using it. (People seem to remember Tiger Bill easier than Bill Meligari. I wonder why?)
Anyway, that’s how I got the name.
I Love It
Since I first began teaching (in my early teens), I’ve always tried to provide quality instruction yet still keep things fun and exciting. Everyone learns better when they’re having fun. When I started working on the Internet, I carried over that same philosophy.
Now, with my own company, I have the opportunity to develop educational materials, products, and services that can make learning easy, entertaining, and more effective than anything previously available. And, through the wonderful World Wide Web, I can reach students in all corners of the globe, including those not fortunate enough to have a good instructor in their local area.
My Custom Internet Drum Lesson Courses are now available both online and on DVDs. These will make learning at home without the help of a “live” instructor easier and more effective than ever before. My technique is based on various systems including those of Gladstone and Moeller. Check out Tiger Bill’s Drum Shop for lessons and more.
This site is constantly being updated, to keep you coming back for more.
So, check out the site. Enjoy the hundreds of free links and feature lesson articles I’ve written and, when you’re ready to take your drumming skills to the next level, check out the products in my Online Drum Shop.
We make ordering easy too by accepting credit cards over the Web, as well as checks (personal, business, certified, or money orders) and PayPal.
TigerMix is the name of my “official” corporation. How’d I arrive at that name? I guess I was just tired of being the only “Tiger” in the lineup!
Navigating Your Way Around The Site
This site is setup for easy navigation. It includes the finest in free drum lessons, drum software, reviews, interviews with world famous drummers, free giveaways, and more. Everything you need to know about drums and drumming.
I’m having a great time, doing what I love. I hope you enjoy my work. You’re feedback, both positive and negative, is a great help to me. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think, so I can bring you more of what you want.
Have fun on the site and Stay Loose!
Tiger Bill and the DrumBeat Team