The Blog, The School, The Studio, The Shop

I have a lot of new and, hopefully, exciting things to offer you. Please take a look around.

There are currently three live on demand courses, and many more courses and lessons waiting in the wings to be introduced in the near future. All details are available on your account page, which becomes active when you join the site. You’ll find an area for your site bookmarks, profile picture, password, store purchases, active courses, completed courses and tips on how to get the most out of your membership.

Speaking of memberships, there is a free level which gives you access to the store and free lessons posted in the blog. And until March 30th, the premium level will be discounted 50%; plus, there is a coupon code that will give you an additional discount on monthly or yearly subscriptions if you are one of the early birds. The 50% off and the extra discount coupon will expire March 30th. Your price will be locked in as long as you don’t break your subscription.

The video page includes a couple dozen performances from various projects – many of which were recorded at my studio. I am an enthusiastic engineer, and I know what drums should sound like and am able to capture them pretty well… you decide. If you are interested in having me record for you, this site can make that process easy. You send me your files and I can send back real drums, raw or ready to plugin stems for your project. There are also loop packages available if you want to go that route. My loops are full-length tracks based on songs that can be repurposed for your project, at a fraction of what you would pay for a live session.

I give drum lessons in Los Angeles four days a week. See my calendar for more details if you are interested in private lessons. The Store has a few dozen play along songs, music, loops and video lessons… even some free stuff if you’re a registered member. My studio is available for tracking, voice over and overdubs. See the Studio page for more details. The Blog has lots of posts already and will be updated regularly. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram and join my mailing list to stay on top of what I’m doing here.

Thanks for stopping by!


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10801529_10204216181156695_143209629360647622_nFrom the Istanbul Agop cymbals website;

Frank Briggs is best known among drummers for his top-selling instructional book/DVD package, “The Complete Modern Drum Set” which has remained in Mel Bay Publications top 10 for the past 18 years.

He has worked, toured and/or recorded with; Jimmy Haslip, Dean Brown, Philippe Saisse, Kit Walker, Atlantic Starr, Mike Keneally, Brian Beller, Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Jennifer Batten, 805, Engelbert Humperdinck, Swamp Thang, Pat Boone, John Ondrasik, Five For Fighting, Minako Honda, Frank Gambale, George Clinton, Jimmy Earl, Tim Pierce, Gary Shea, Masters of Reality, Matthew Charles Heulitt, Frank Macchia, AntiGravity, Cirque Du Soleil, Ronnie Lawson, Travis Carlton, Mark Doyle, Chris Golden, St. Clair, Rudy Sarzo, Don Randi, Don Peake, Jeff Miley, Scott Thunes, Brian Price, Joe Jewell, Mariana Ingold, Pamela Polland, Steve Weingart, Ric Fierabracci, Ohm, Chris Poland, Mitchel Forman, Andrew Lane, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Babko, Dennis Hamm, MB Gordy, Satnam Romgotra, Eric Jensen, Doug Lunn, Ken Rosser, Scott Sheets, Chris Goss, Maxine Nightingale, Kim Hansen, Alex Isles, Sal Lozano, Hale, David Lawrence, and others.

He has appeared on record labels Universal, EMI/Sony, Warner Bros, Reprise, RCA, Tone Center, Immune, Higher Octave, and MTM (Germany). TV/Radio commercials and underscore for; Disney, Galoob, Micro Machines, PBS, NPR and Deutsch Welle (Germany). TV/Movie appearances/music cues include; Soul Train, Arsenio Hall, Pat Sajak, Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Telethon with Ed McMann, MTV, VH1, Studio Jams, Argentine TV Buenos Aires, and Ulysse Films. He currently has endorsements with Istanbul Agop cymbals, Attack heads, Regal Tip sticks, and Yamaha drums.

Frank has lent his band leading, music directing, composition and performance skills to Fortune 500 companies American Express, Toyota, Forest Labs, GameStop, Disney, SAP, AstraZeneka, Sepracor, Amway, Lunesta, Celexa, and Eli Lilly – just to name a few, and has worked with the biggest event producers in this genre. His band has backed up and/or performed with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Riverdance, Cirque Du Soleil, The Answer Guys, AntiGravity, Caroline Rhea, Hector Elizondo, Billy Porter, Earth Wind & Fire, Hip Pickles, and many others.

Frank has written over 10 instructional books and 2 DVDs on drum set for publishing companies Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard. His educational books and videos have been used worldwide by professional drummers, educators and music schools. He has traveled extensively giving master classes and clinics on drum set vocabulary and performance. The Collective (NYC), Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA), Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA), EMU Music School (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Red House PAC (Syracuse, NY) and many retail outlets, including Guitar Center (27 locations), House of Guitars (Rochester, NY) , Big Apple Music (New Hartford, NY), The Music Center (Syracuse, NY), Sam Ash (Hollywood, CA), Tom Lee Music (Vancouver, BC) and dozens more.

Modern Drummer magazine recognized Frank’s Complete Modern Drum Set instructional DVD as one that helped set the standard for the industry, and has consistently given his educational books 4 star reviews, and a featured interview.

A native of Central New York, Frank settled in southern California where he remains busy as a private instructor, session/live drummer, drum set clinician and coach, and where he produces various types of projects at his studio in Los Angeles, CA.

Frank’s newest project is an online educational experience for drummers called thedrumschool@frankbriggs.com look for it in 2015.

PS: I am available for recording, tours, gigs, masterclasses, clinics, general sessions, corporate events, and drum set coaching and instruction, in person drum lessons in Los Angeles, via my online school, or Skype. Poke around the site for more info, or contact me.




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      Ed ShaughnessyEd Shaughnessy
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