Address book - Drumset
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Bag, Stickbag - Black
Colored Drumstick Bag
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Buckle, Red Drumset
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Cap, Bass Clef
Cap, Drum Bum Logo
Cap, Neon Drumset
it Up, Lay it Down
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Watts Bobble Head
Links - Snare Drum
Decal - Snare
Decal - Cymbals
I'd rather be playing..
Drummer use Heads
Decal, Hug a
Djembe Drums, Miniature
Dog Tags, Zildjian
Drink Holder Accessory
Drumsticks - Light Up
- Snare Drums
Rabbit, Bass Drum
Figurine, Tri Drums
Wrap, Musical Balloons
Gift Wrap, Music Note Tissue
Drumset Charm - 10K
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rather be playing..Sticker
Keychain - Snare Drum
DB Logo DrumKey
Keychain, 16th note
Keychain, Brass Drumset
Keychain, Brass Drumsticks
Keychain, Snare Drums
Keychain, Gourd Shaker
Keychain, Energizer Bunny
Kids Drum, Thomas Tank
Drum, Winnie the Pooh
Drum, Curious George
Drum, Classic "USA"
Drums - Jr. Drumset
Percussion Set - 6 piece
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Magnet - Drum Set
Marching Snare Drum Figurine
Mug - Drum Set
Mug - Music
Mug - Drums
Alarm Clock, Drum
Timpani / Kettle
- Snare Drum
Sterling Silver Drumset
Zildjian Dog Tags
Pearl Drumset Pin
- Snare Drum
Sterling Silver Drumset
Zildjian Dog Tags
Set - Childs
Pin, Black Congas
Yellow Conga Drum
Pin, White Drumset
Pin, Bongo Drums
Pin, Marching Drum
Panther Salt and Pepper
Placecard Holders - Music
Shirt - Drumset
Poster - Cymbals
Marlin Drumset Tie
Ratchet, Promark Tuning
Rudiment Charts for Drums
Set - Kids
and Pepper Shakers
Polo - Drumset
Silk Music Tie
Drum Tree Ornament
Drum Sticker, Rat
Drum Tie Tack
Drum Stand, Ornament
- Music Notecards
Bags for Drumsticks
Sticker, DrumBum Logo
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Drummer use Heads
American Flag Sticks
Miniature Drum Sticks
Black Drum Sticks
Metal Practice Sticks
Neon Drum Sticks
"BEAT" Snare T-shirt
Drum Bum Logo
Civil War T-shirt
Gene Krupa T-shirt
Uggy Rock on Drums
Drum Jester T-shirt
Drum Xing T-shirt
Logo Long Sleeve
Be a Player T-shirt
Drum Corps, Band
Tye Dye Drummer
Drums of Africa
Max Roach T-shirt
Roy Haynes Tshirt
Red Drumset Tshirt
Tools of the Trade
Tie, Snare and Sticks
- Jazz, Music Gift
Ralph Marlin Drumset
Snare Drum Grid
Colorful Jazz Tie
Tie, Pearl Drumset
Pin -Duo Drums
Paper, Music Note
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Beach - Music Notes
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Thomas Tank Drum
Winnie the Pooh Drum
Curious George Drum
Classic "USA" Drums
6 piece Percussion Set
it Up, Lay it Down
Watch, Snare Drum
DRUM BUM Logo
Designer Music Note
5 piece drumset
Wire Sculpture, Snare Drum
Sculpture, Conga Drums
Sculpture, Steel Drums
/ Bells - Figurine
Tricks, and Secrets!
..for drums and drumset.
- It's RHYTHM
not rythem. Come on guys, we need to know this stuff!
Let us help: The Reason He Yearns Tonight is His
The physical aspect of your drums (posture, how you hit) has a lot more to
do with your playing than you think. When you are properly balanced, you have
a center, and when you are centered you can move more freely and relaxed without
any wasted motion.
is in the eye of the beholder. For some, success means playing on television and/or
with a big artist. For others it is the simple attainment of wealth. Websters
describes success as eminence, wealth, and desired outcome. We like to think of
success as "the attainment of goals" but especially.."being happy".
This version of "WIPEOUT" incorporates single, double, and triple Paradiddles.
Repeat over and over until you build up your speed. This is a great exercise for
hand to hand control.
R l r r, L r l l, R l r l r l r
r, L r l r l l, R l r l r r, L r l l (Capital letters are
Teaching drums is an excellent motivator. You'll learn a lot and your students
will constantly keep you challenged. When you're able to articulate your point
about a particular drums subject, it's then that you truly understand it.
NOW HAVE MUSIC
GIFTS FOR OTHER INSTRUMENTS TOO: GUITAR ...PIANO
Drummers, don't forget to detune your drums slightly before packing up, especially
in more humid conditions. This preserves the life of the heads and allows them
maintain their elasticity.
Tabs: Don't miss Drum Bum's drumtab database. Click
here for links to literally hundreds of drum tabs.
you change your drumheads, write the date in small numbers off to the side
of each head. This will help you know how long it's been since the last time it's
been changed. Remember that there is no specific period of time to gauge when
replace your heads. It should depend on how they sound (feel),
how hard you hit and how often you play.
Gaffers Tape: Ever hear musicians talk about "gaffers tape"
and wonder what they're referring to? Although it is similar to duct tape,
gaffers tape leaves no residue and is a bit thicker and easier to tear. It's also
considerably more expensive.
The Library: Don't forget your local library as a rich resource
of information about drums, drumset, miscellaneous drum things and overall percussion.
(CD's, reference books, music history and more.)
- Quote: "We
have to do the best we can". This is our sacred human responsibility."
- Albert Einstein - Keep your dreams alive!
Need a quick sizzle cymbal? Simply tape 4 or 5 pennies to the back of a
5" strip of duct tape (about 1" wide) and tape it to the bell of your
ride. This will allow your cymbal to sizzle as if it had rivets in it.
to replace the wires (or plastic strips) that hold the snares on the bottom
of your snare drum? Common household materials often used are picture frame wire,
heavy string, plastic straws and strips of plastic cut from old drum heads.
Warming up before a gig is something many players overlook. Spend
20 to 30 minutes warming up with rudiments or related exercises. Practice with
music for added inspiration. The music will get your creativity flowing. Warming
up allows you to be loose on the drums and perform at the peak of your potential.
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a small 2" circle in the middle of your practice pad and challenge yourself
to play dead center. Your snare drum too!
Drum Set: It's a bit of a misconception that you always need a drumset
to work out licks or patterns. You can still have an effective practice by playing
in the air and/or tapping on your legs. The main idea is to go through the motions
so you form some amount of muscle memory.
greater stick control, practice accenting the upbeats in paradiddles: Ex.
r L r r, l R l l or r l r R, l r l L (capital letters
are accented notes). Tap your foot on quarter notes to keep your place.
paradiddle exercises for drums here.
Singles and Doubles. The rudiments are simply made up of doubles and singles.
Learn to play these as fast, cleanly, evenly, and correctly as possible. Do the
same with doubles. They make up all the rest! Master this and you'll find that
everything else comes a lot easier when playing the drums.
Drums Alive! - Did you know that drums are even being used in fitness programs
now? Check out the drums alive fitness programs in your area. Get fit and get
in shape with drums!
Tip: Want to save on shipping costs at Drum Bum?
Consider ordering together
with a friend or coworker.
for punk drums here.
- You can
make your own plastic cymbal sleeves by going to the hardware store and purchasing
a foot of plastic tubing slightly larger than the shaft of where it will sit.
Simply cut it in 1" (or so) lengths, and you're ready to rock!
crank down on that snare head any longer? It could mean that it's stretched
out and needs to be replaced. Heads stretch over a period a time, especially if
they're tuned tight and left that way for long periods of time. Eventually they'll
stretch so far that you are not able to tighten the lugs.
your band's board tape to know what to practice and clean up. Sometimes you'll
be surprised to learn that the drum fill you're so proud of in a particular tune,
may in fact not be coming out right at all.
Monitor Mixes: Try to get a "medium" volume from your sound guy.
You can then go down or up from there. Low volume mixes will help you play softer
if necessary. Mixes that are too loud can not only be physically harmful to your
ears but can sometimes cause confusion.
Have a "Don't forget" list for packing up before you head out
the door. This works!! Type it out on your PC (O.K., your Mac) and laminate it.
You can keep this in your stick bag as well to make sure you have all your drum
things before leaving for your gig.
Check your form: Often times existing problems stem from the most unsuspecting
origins. Are you hitting straight up and down? Are you too far back on the stick?
The stool? Are your drums angled properly?
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the
egg, not by smashing it.- Arnold H. Glasow
Song form: Have a thorough understanding of song form (ex: aaba or vs,
vs, ch, vs) so that you can more easily navigate the tune and know where you are
at all times.
Why read music? Besides the obvious, one of the best reasons for reading
is the fact that you can teach yourself anything out of a book or a magazine without
having to continually take drum lessons. More on reading music here.
Paiste is officially pronounced, "pie-stee".
A trick for playing slightly behind the beat: With your dominate hand on
the hi-hat and other on the snare, play a flam on your backbeats (2 and 4) so
that the snare falls slightly behind your hi-hat hand. -It works!
A lick a day, keeps the doctor away: If you learned just one new drum lick
a day, that's 365 new licks a year! Think about it. This same example works for
drum grooves or drumbeats in different styles.
to make practicing READING more fun? Invite a friend over for a "reading
workout". It's not only fun but allows for some healthy competition.
Engrave your drums and cymbals. Many drummers have their equipment stolen
in the course of their career. Your chances of retrieval are far greater if your
drumsets are marked with identifying information. Most police departments have
an engraver that you can borrow. Do it now so you don't have any regrets!
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great motivator is to have a workout partner for practicing SNARE DRUM solos.
It's great for your chops even if you're not in a corps or drumline.
Did you know ..that in many Latin American countries, people clap the clave
rhythm (2/3 or 3/2) to the music instead of 2 and 4, as we commonly do in the
are a dead end road! Practically every other biography on VH-1 is about a drug
addicted rock star who either OD'd or is finally finding the light some 30 years
later. Be smart and learn from those before you. They'd give anything to be in
your place and do it all over again.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
looks like work. - Thomas Edison
Think twice before cleaning those cymbals! Many of the old pros swear by
that crusty old dirt that's engraved in them. They claim that it, more often than
not, gives them a real warm sound that adds character, and body.
Don't underestimate showmanship! Many players snub this aspect of drumming.
While it's certainly not required, it does increase your overall marketability
and the crowds eat it up. Remember Buddy Rich on the Muppet's show? -Incredible!
It's Zildjian, not Zilgen, or Zilgen, or Ziljian, or Ziljin
Are your highs high and your lows low? Although most of us are aware of
dynamics, we often don't spend enough time practicing just that. We have
a concept of what dynamics are but we don't always pay enough attention to it
or we don't give it enough thought while we're actually playing. Remember that
dynamics are "extremely" important in the big picture.
Study a melodic instrument. This will give you a valuable understanding
of harmony, chord structure and overall music theory. You'll then be a greater
asset to your band and can be more involved in song-arranging.
tips for learning the Pataflafla.
- Don't quit
your day job! Many musicians pride themselves in never having worked a day
job. While our attempt is not to put them down, we would advise working a day
job now and then to help instill and reinforce a work ethic. It teaches you how
to work hard and reminds you what the rest of the world is doing.
Walk to the beat of a different drummer. Be your own player. Be an individual.
Strive to develop your own distinct style on drums that will make you unique.
Do something different. Have a niche. This could be from mastering one particular
technique to standing on your head while you're playing. Just be different in
the art of brushes alive! Jazz is America's music. Brushes are an extension
of this music and the legends have spent many years perfecting this art form Don't
be afraid of brushes. They offer countless opportunities to create and there are
many masters that have paved the way for us to emulate and even take to a new
Keep jazz drums alive. Keep brushes alive.
Shoot for the stars, and you might just hit the moon! You'll usually go
much farther in life if you keep your goals set high. Keep your dreams alive.
Keep your goals set high.
Inventory your equipment: Log all of your drums and other instruments.
Take pictures of them (all sides), and create a page for serial numbers. You'll
be glad you did this if they ever get stolen or lost in a fire.
Say it, then play it. The best way to learn a new rhythm is to say it out
loud first. This allows the brain another method of comprehending it and has proven
to be a very effective learning technique.
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Write it out. Transcribing a drum fill or groove (or song for that matter)
is one of the best ways to thoroughly understand it.
Practice in front of a mirror and videotape yourself playing. You'll be
amazed at what you can learn from this. Everything from that stupid look on your
face to your snare drum that's tilted at a 30 degree angle. You'll also be able
to examine your posture and the correctness (or not) of how you're hitting the
get a lot of flack. We get blamed for tempo fluctuations, etc. Many other
musicians have never even practiced with a metronome, but they'll often be the
first to speak up about it. Take the time to talk to your bandmates about the
importance of their contribution to timekeeping. (Don't forget to be diplomatic.)
Quotes: I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success
as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything. - John D.
snub the groove! And don't put down players who make there living off of a
strong backbeat. They are valuable commodities. Just ask the musicians who play
with them. They have a feel that usually can't be surpassed.
Chops.. it's not a dirty word! Respect the time those musicians have devoted
to their vocabulary. They're often more creative players with much more to offer
the world of music.
for practicing 20 minutes instead of 2 hours. This is a little self-applied
psychological trick that really works! After 20 minutes, you usually feel propelled
to practice much longer.
Something! - Want to change the world and make it a better
here and get involved: Remember
the old saying: If you're not a part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
is equal to, if not more important than practicing. Remember; "out of sight,
out of mind" Networking
is advertising (or marketing). Ask any business about the importance of advertising.
You are, in fact, a business. You are the product (service) and you need to be
"sold" to others. If they don't know how to find you, you will not get
Practice pad: Save yourself some money by taking an old mousepad and gluing
it to a slab of wood. - Voila! You have a practice pad made from just a few accessories.
Spelling: It's Syncopation (with an "o"), not Syncapation. Come
on drummers, we need to know this stuff!
Keep up with the times. Stay on top of new gear, players, songs, etc. Read
the trade publications (DRUM!, Modern Drummer, Rhythm, Stick It, etc.), go to
drum clinics/events and engage in conversation about drums with like-minded drummers.
Word: Know matter how much more money it pays, stand by your commitment to
play the gig you had booked. Don't take another gig just because it pays more.
Protect your reputation. This will pay off in the long run... and it's the "right"
thing to do.
To better understand time signatures, visually think of dividing a pie
into halves, quarters, eighths, etc. When it's in quarters, imagine putting a
cutout of a quarter note on each slice and then slice that piece in two. You will
then need to use two eighth notes for each and soon this will provide a better
understanding of rhythmic values. This is also a great teaching method.
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For dried up duct tape residue on your drums, cymbals or stands, invest
in a bottle of "Goo Gone". This stuff is amazing ..and even smells good!
Repetitiveness is the key to learning half of what's out there. Many drummers
only go over a drum beat a few times and than expect to have it down. In most
cases, it's necessary to "overlearn" it to get to the point where you
can utilize it without any extra thought.
drum shows and conventions. There is a wealth of information there from product
information and drum clinics to valuable educational seminars on drums. You'll
often even have a chance to meet many of your favorite players! One familiar show
is the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
Use a large drum cover in your bass drum instead of a pillow. That way
you'll have it to cover your drums whenever necessary, and it will come out of
a precut hole a lot better. It will also allow you more muffling flexibility than
a pillow on the inside of the drum due to the fact it can be arranged to touch
Be the best drummer alive! Don't tolerate mediocrity. Eat, sleep, and breathe
drums! Let nothing stand in your way!
get farther in your drumming career if you set goals for yourself. Read this great
article on New
Years resolutions and goal setting and motivation.
If you want to catch a marlin, go where the marlin are. You won't catch
a marlin in a pond or a lake. This is a famous saying that gets you thinking about
where you need to be to attain success. Think about it; if you want to play with
a major artist, you should move to a big music town. Otherwise, you're spinning
freely when you play the drums. Otherwise you stifle the flow of oxygen and
cause your body to work harder. This in turn will prevent you from being fully
your feet equally as aggressive as your hands. Think of your feet as if they
were another set of hands. They need the same amount of attention. Apply the rudiments
Some drummers practice for hours by themselves but don't
enough to actual music. Practicing with music teaches
you taste, phrasing,
dynamics, and how to properly interact with the bass player and other musicians
in the band.
Playing your drums ought to be as comfortable as driving your car. If you
have to reach too far in either direction, it will work against your overall balance
off disasters by oiling bolts and springs, replacing worn heads on your drums,
and carrying extra gear for emergencies.
"everything"! It's tax season and many of us are considered "self-employed".
We operate as a small business more or less and as a business, we have the full
legal right to deduct expenses incurred as a result of our work. Hire a tax consultant
to help sort through the latest tax laws. The small amount you have to pay for
professional advice is well worth it in the long run. They can usually help you
save a lot of money by sorting through and taking advantage of all the allowances
available to you. (Don't forget to save "all" your receipts.)
Weather: Careful with keeping your drums in extreme weather. Humidity,
extreme hot, or cold can wear your drums down over time causing all sorts of problems
from laminates wrinkling to shells going out of round.
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Your duct tape roll makes a great drink holder. Set it down to the right
of your bass drum foot where it can't be knocked over.
Don't sleep too much. This is a terrible habit of musicians. We don't mean
to spoil the party, but too much sleep can waste a lot of time. Time is something
that gets more and more precious as you get older and your responsibilities increase.
Work hard and prosper!
Protect your reputation. Don't burn any bridges. Settle arguments and debates
as diplomatically as you can. This way they won't come back to haunt you.
a drum lesson, ensure retention by practicing as soon as you get home while
the information is still fresh in your head.
Weather: In the summer, careful not to leave your drums in the hot car for
too long. On a typical 90 degree day, temperatures on the inside of your vehicle
can soar to 140 degrees or more!
Think deterrents. Keep your drums hidden and/or covered in your car or
van. Take extra precaution at clubs. Make sure someone is always around when you're
not there. Don't underestimate the thief. He's just waiting for you to let your
It's about time. Our primary responsibility as drummers (before anything
else) is to lay down a nice, steady beat for the band.
Time Management - Here is a famous
writing that will inspire you to manage your time more effectively. (You'll
then have more time to practice drums!)
Keep an Emergency Tool Kit with you at all times. This should include things
such as a screwdriver, extra drum lugs, cymbal sleeves, felts, tuning keys, etc.
Insurance: You should seriously consider insuring your drums. You'll then
be covered If they're ever stolen or go up in a fire. Check into "Island
Marine" policies or add-ons to your homeowners policy.
It's Vinnie COLAIUTA,
not Coluita, or Coliuta, or Colauta.
care of your drums.
We're often surprised at the amount of drummers who spend thousands on top quality
drums but never buy cases or covers for them. The drums inevitably end up getting
scratched up and dented over a period of time. Even if you can't afford cases,
you owe it to yourself to take extra precautions to protect your drums with some
sort of covers or blankets. This will help preserve them so they'll hold their
Support female drummers. They're paving their way in a male-dominated industry.
They've worked very hard and deserve your respect.
Invite your drum teacher to come out to your gig and evaluate your playing.
This will give you valuable insight into how effectively you're applying everything
you've learned. If they're extremely busy, you can always offer to pay them for
True story: A famous drummer once asked his famous bandleader how to develop
perfect time. The bandleader said, "listen".
Put your drumkey on a chain or rope
and wear it around your neck. You'll then always know where it is.
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Have fun! We all started playing drums because it was fun (and/or to get
girls:). Don't lose sight of this and get jaded. Work hard and be serious about
your craft but don't forget to have fun!
Everything is hard...until you learn it. -Think!
The best way to know if you've truly grasped a concept is to teach it to
Hard! You'll usually find that in searching for one thing, you'll stumble
across another great idea. Keep your thirst for drum knowledge alive. Practice
Prescription: Take all 40 rudiments and go through them all leading with your
weak hand. Write down which ones you struggle with. The result will be your practicing
"prescription". This concept can be applied to other areas of drumming
wires: Don't underestimate their importance as they're the key to good snare
drum response. Make sure they're all there, straight and seated. If not, replace
Drummers: Purchase business cards for yourself and hand them out to "everyone".
This not only gets your name in front of people but it reassures them of your
professionalism. They'll know you're serious if you've taken the time to put a
calling card together.
Use a can of compressed air (you know, like they use for computers)
to get the dust out of those hard to reach places like in-between lugs and
under foot pedals.
tips on buying a drumset? Learn how to buy drums here.
competitive, but not back-stabbing. Normal competition is healthy and you
should keep it alive. But it can quickly get out of hand if our heart isn't in
the right place. Our competitors are our brothers. Treat them with kindness and
respect, ..then go out and kick their butts! ;)
Tips for teachers: Keep the time signature 2/4 instead of 4/4 while teaching
students the very basics. It makes it less confusing for them and allows them
to focus in more on the actual rhythm.
Put address, phone and directions in your wallet so you don't forget them.
There's nothing worse than driving halfway to the gig only to realize that you
don't know where you're going.
- After a
drum lesson, go home and practice right away while it's still fresh in your
head. Otherwise you tend to forget allot of what you learned.
The law of reciprocation. If you help others, it "will" come
back to you. Try it and see! Do something very special for someone in your life.
This could be anything from helping to teach a lower income child how to play
drums (for free), to starting a child sponsorship with a reputable charity. There
is a great feeling of self-worth and dignity that comes from these noble gestures
and God mysteriously has a way of repaying you for each and every one.
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Drumset players: Use a double tom case (where you put two toms in one case).
You'll have one less case to carry around.
Invest in a small portable handcart for your drums. This thing can
save you a lot of time and trouble on those gigs where the set up location is
far from your vehicle.
Be nice to your soundman/monitor engineer. They control your mix!
At soundchecks, don't show off. Hit the drums one by one and play nice
steady beats. Many times they just need a line level. Don't play out unless they
ask you to.
Famous people that play(ed) drums: Bob Crane (Hogans Heroes), Mel Torme,
Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzie Gillespie, Johnny Carson, Tipper Gore, Dana Carvey (SNL).
"Tuning a 3 yr. old drumhead is like polishing a turd. Why bother, it'll
still be a piece of crap." - Unknown
Ponder: The squeaky wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets
replaced. - Author Unknown
- Are you
keeping those drums in an outside shed or a damp basement? Keep in mind that
your drums are made of wood and
wood is affected by extreme temperatures and
humidity. While short term storage may not harm them, long term storage in extreme
temperatures is not advisable.
The Money Beat: Nashville studio drummer, Paul Leim often refers to the
Money Beat. The money beat is 1 and 3 on the bass drum and 2 and 4 on the snare
("Billy Jean"). "If you want to make a good living playing the
drums in America, make sure you can play this simple beat with good time and lot's
Polyrhythms: There tends to be an ongoing debate over the actual definition
of a polyrhythm. For the record, Webster's Dictionary defines it as: "The
simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in music".
Time: While playing a song, concentrate on keeping a consistent tempo from
one section to another. This is often where there is a slight time fluctuation
in the music due to your drum fill leading into the next section.
Relaxation is the key to a superior performance on the drums!
Your local hardware store is a great place to find inexpensive DRUM PARTS.
You can find cymbal washers, cymbal sleeves, bass drum springs and more for drumsets.
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Warm up before a gig the same way a gymnast stretches before a competition.
You'll be amazed at how much freer you are on the drums as a result.
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Take the time to tune your drums before a gig. Many drummers tend
to let this go but you would be surprised how out of tune they can become due
to repetitive playing, weather changes, and the like. There is nothing more pleasing
to the ear than a well-tuned drum and it will make your playing sound that much
As an additional warm-up before a performance, listen to CD's or tapes
that inspire you. You will usually play better as a result of the motivation
you feel from the music.
Consider practicing drums in 15 minute increments. This will allow you
to concentrate on many areas at once (ie. 15 minutes for reading, 15 minutes for
rudiments, etc.) You can often accomplish a lot more this way.
- Solo idea:
Make melodies on your toms (like "Taps"). This has been done for years
and makes a good solo that much more entertaining for your audience.
Shot: You know that sound you get when you turn the drumstick upside down
and play it across the snare drum? Well, some people call that a "cross stick"
and some people call it a "rim click". Whatever the case, it shouldn't
be mixed up with a "rimshot", "stick click", or "stick
shot". - Thoroughly confused? We thought so.
- Don't forget
to practice fast tempos. It's not enough to know how to play drum beats at
moderate tempos. Before you know it, someone will throw you a tune that's blazingly
fast. You must be prepared when the time comes!
drummers.. just need to work on the "transition" from one lick to
another, in a solo. The objective should be continuity from idea to idea.
- Odd Time:
Careful not to put too much emphasis on beat "1" of every bar when you're
playing odd time signatures. Remember, you don't do this in 4/4.
Bass pedal. One advantage to having a double pedal is you'll always
have a spare.
Are there time problems in your band and your not sure why? Make sure the
band has some of your hi-hat in their mix. This will help everyone lock in a little
Rudiments: The speed of them is only as fast as your left hand (or right hand,
if you're a lefty) will allow. Practice your weak hand diligently. You'll then
notice all the rudiments becoming easier to play.
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