HD-1 Drum Tutor

Drum Tutorial Software for HD-1


(Jul. 18, 2013)
V-Drums Friend Jam Version 4.0 is available!
Metronome and other newly added functions.

(Apr. 30, 2013)
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids Version 1.1 is now available in 13 languages.

Mike Snyder's Pattern Lesson(Jan. 14, 2010)
Mike Snyder's Pattern Lesson!
Make sure to take advantage of point-by-point advice from Mike when you practice. Additional practice songs now available for download!

Drum Tutorial Software for HD-1

Roland’s HD-1 V-Drums Lite is a big hit with beginners around the world. To enhance the HD-1 experience and help drummers learn the fundamentals, Roland has created DT-HD1, a fun, educational interactive software application. Connect your HD-1 to a PC via USB, launch the software, and play along and learn

* Please check FAQ page for the reference before your purchasing!

Windows 7

DT-HD1 Drum Tutor is ready for Microsoft® Windows® 7.

  • - 34 preset patterns with SMF compatibility
  • - Notation screen with bouncing ball and timing check with right and left hand instruction
  • - Game screen with falling blocks and score points
  • - Metronome, A-B repeat, drum mute, drum and pad solo
  • - UM-1G USB-MIDI interface and audio cable included to connect the HD-1 to a computer
  • - Windows compatible (Vista/XP)
Drum Notation Screen, Game Screen
Preset Pattern
Basic (only drum pattern): 8, Primary: 10, Advanced: 16
Quarter note = 20 to 250
Notes that can be shown in the Notation Area
Values: longer than 8th note triplets, Velocity: 20 or greater, Note number: corresponds to the pads of the HD-1, MIDI channel: 10
Playable Song Files
Format: Standard MIDI Files (Format 0/1), Number of Measures: 999 or less, Number of Events: 99,999 or less, Resolution: 24 ticks per quarter note or more
UM-1G USB-MIDI Interface, HD-1 Drum Tutor CD-ROM, Audio Cable, Cable Tie, Install Guide
System Requirements
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP Home/XP Professional SP2
CPU/Clock: Intel Core, Pentium processor 1.2 GHz or higher (2.0 GHz or higher is recommended)
RAM: 512 MB or more
Hard Disk: 25 MB or more
Display/ Colors: 1024 x 768 or higher/65,536 colors (16 Bit High Color) or more
Others: CD-ROM Drive, USB Port

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

8-beat 101

This lesson is composed of seven segments to teach you how to play 8-beat patterns, the basic pattern in drumming. From lesson 3 onward, you can practice along with backing tracks. So let's start out with learning how to play the 8-beat pattern.

HD-1 Drum Tutor owners can download new practice songs here. The download contains SMF files that you can play on the HD-1 Drum Tutor, plus a PDF file with explanations.

Lesson 1: Basic Training

Lesson 2: Experience 8-beat.

Lesson 3: Familiarize yourself with 8-beat.

Lesson 4: Add fill-ins.

Lesson 5: Play an 8-beat pattern along with a song.

Lesson 6: Let's warm up the song with an 8-beat pattern.

Lesson 7: Let's master the 8-beat performance.

Let's check out “Lesson 1 Basic Training”. This is an example that you can download. Download here.

Lesson 1: Basic Training

Always use the metronome when you practice. It's very important that you keep steady time when you play.


Exercise 1-1

Remember, you are the central timekeeper, so focus on consistency when you're playing.

 Exercise 1-1

This is an example that you can download. Download here.

Exercise 1-2

This time, let's add the bass drum.

Exercise 1-2

This is an example that you can download. Download here.

Exercise 1-3

Next, we're going to practice how you can get your hands and feet to move independently of each other. Enjoy this exercise as if it were a sport. Begin by setting the repeat to two bars. This practice is most effective if you do it daily.

Exercise 1-3

This is an example that you can download. Download here.

Tricks for practicing with Drum Tutor

First, get your file ready.

Import your downloaded file into Drum Tutor.

Tips 1

Make the best of all of Drum Tutor's convenient functions!

Drum Tutor is packed with functions that are optimally suited for practice. Make the most of them!

Tips 2

Set up the repeat function and practice over and over again!

It's very important that you practice the difficult parts over and over again! Follow these steps:

Tips 3

Choose your pads for concentrated practicing!

This is a handy feature only available with Drum Tutor. Tame that pad that you are struggling with!

Tips 4


To the top of page