Punk Drum Tips
our readers took the time to send in some "Punk Drumming
Alright - I've been playing drums now for 2 years or so, and I
always played jazz, blues, and rock/alternative stuff off of the
radio. Recently, a good friend of mine invited me to join a punk
band that he'd started. Not being used to this style of drumming,
which tends to be more complex than it sounds, I have enclosed
some helpful recommendations that helped me to learn the style.
#1: You can always go cut time on the high-hat if you can't
keep up with the speed.
Make sure you're not changing the beat, but the energy will be
the same if you use cut time.
#2: Just because the music is fast doesn't mean you can't
be creative or do interesting fills. Listen to bands like the
Dead Kennedy's for some interesting fill work on the drums.
#3: Use a lot of energy! Punk music is based on energy. Wrestle
with your buds before a show, build up some serious energy and
then just go nuts! If you screw up your beat a little bit, its
not as bad as if you lose your energy, so really get into the
energy of the music.
#4: As with lots of energy, go nuts with the bass drum. I
myself don't use a double-bass drum pedal, but I find that with
one pedal, a healthy distribution of bass drumming definitely
Dont think you have to be boring with a simple bass-snare-bass-snare
beat. You can still have creativity in punk music. PUNK DRUMMERS
UNITE! KEEP ROCKING, KEEP THE ENERGY ALIVE. GO PUNK ROCK!
THANKS CHARLIE FOR SHARING YOUR TIPS!
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