Drums are a subset of percussion instruments played by beating a "head" stretched over a hollow "shell."

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What do you work on to get more confident, stay relaxed and play consistently?

I've been a self taught drummer for the past 18 years and only a few months ago started getting into drum notation and actually practicing rudiments. I'm realizing how important these both are to ...
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Repairing cymbals?

I have a bunch of cymbals that are in various fairly poor states of repair. One has a few small cracks near the rim. One is just bent out of shape entirely (I don't know how that happened). Is it ...
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Reading and Writing Drum Tabs?

I have been playing Drums for 4 years or so now and I have never understood tabs for them is there an easy way to read and write them? Or is it down to personal preference? Also any hints and tips on ...
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Methods of effectively recording drums (out of studio)

I have made many drum covers on youtube but I find it hard to record drums. I have settled for using a decent quality camera and hoping it picks up the sound okay. I was wondering, is there any ...
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What factors affect the loudness of a drum?

Is it the size of the drum? The width? The length? Particular body materials? Particular head materials? Given that there are a hundred different kinds of drums in the world with very different ...
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How to prevent snare rattle?

When I play my drum set, the toms make the snare rattle. Also, some pitches played by guitar or bass will make it rattle. I've tried tuning all the drums to certain pitches (somewhat effectively), but ...
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What are the different ways to hold drumsticks and what are the pros and cons of each? [duplicate]

The most common method of holding drumsticks based on my experience (and this is how I do it as well), is holding the two drumsticks like a spoon and a fork, like this : However, I do occasionally ...
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John Bonham's bass drum technique

I've been playing drums for a number of years off and on, and one thing which has always eluded me is how the (amazing) John Bonham managed to get quite so much out of his right foot. The classic ...
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How do i differentiate a crash cymbal from a ride cymbal which looks so similar

Today I was practicing for a drum performance in school and i didnt know the positions of the crash cymbal and ride cymbal was wrongly placed from the usual drum set up . I only realised the mistake ...
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What do these numbers at the start of the music score mean

At the start of a guitar or drum score , there are always these 2 numbers which I don't understand What do the 2 numbers circled in red mean ??
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Is closed hi-hat the same as foot hi-hat

I am confused over the terms Closed hi hat and foot hi hat Closed hi hat is hittng the hi hat when your foot is depressed on the hi hat peadal What exactly is foot hi-hat , is it the sound made ...
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Are “unobtrusive drum studies” possible?

I have and idea to take some drum lessons with the goal to learn more about rhythm which I really like. I think it may be good to take also some homework from the teacher, but the ordinary drum set ...
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How many sound interface inputs do I need to record drums?

I'm aiming to buy a sound interface to start recording. I need to record drums, guitars, vocals, and bass. I notice most products have XLR inputs with pre-amps (usually 2, 4 to 8), and have extra ...
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Practicing drums with metronome and not hearing it's tick

Often times when I'm doing simple strokes (as from Stick Control) to the tick of a metronome, I get into streaks of not hearing the metronome, just my strokes. I suppose that's a good thing, right? ...
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Drummer: Follow Bassist, Guitarist, or Lead

I spent the first 10 years of my drumming life identifying the flashiest elements of songs I played, and charting my performance around those accents. What this meant is that I found myself following ...
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What do multiple l's and r's beneath a note mean?

I do a tad of drumming, but not enough at all to call myself a drummer (or anything close). I understand what a R or a L means under a note, but i'm not sure what two or three under each note means. I ...
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Cajon as Alternative to Drum Set?

The first time I saw this Cajon drum is during a performance by a band in a shopping mall. The band uses keyboard, guitar, violin and a Cajon. I though that box is actually a digital drum kit. And ...
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How does one improve on his/her drumming technique without owning a drumset?

Due to space constraints, I am unable to have a drumset at home. Going to a studio would be optimal but I take at least an hour to travel to the nearest drum studio. How else can I improve on my ...
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Are Floor Tom and Low Tom refering to the same drum

When people use the term "Floor Tom" to refer to the drums which normally has a 3 legged stand I am wondering if the term "Low Tom" is another name for "Floor Tom" ???
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Learning drum parts by components (each hand and each foot) versus by timeslices

I would like to take drum lessons but unfortunately my schedule doesn't permit it. I know there are many resources online but I'm not sure how long it'd take me to find an answer to my specific ...
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What do I need to know about drums as an electric metal guitar player

My questions are as follows ... As A guitarist (Mostly electric with heavy distortion) what minimum knowledge of drums do I need to be able to create or chose drums beats that suits the song I am ...
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Must one be born with a sense of rhythm to learn to play a drum set with both feet and both hands?

I am a semi pro musician (only because folks are generous enough to pay me to perform on occasion - not because of great talent) and can play guitar well enough to accompany my singing and play a ...
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How can you prevent loss of or bad posture during drumming?

As an IT technician I am well aware of the problems with posture and the injuries as a result of such problems at work... so I was thinking can the same principles be applied to drumming to prevent ...
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On being a musician and doing weightlifting

I've had no shortage of music and health professionals tell me how strength training (hypertrophy) is bad for anything that warrants muscle relaxation (singing and drumming being two that I do). And I ...
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Ideal Cowbell Placement

When I was younger, I had a cowbell clamp that I fixed to the top of my bass drum hoop. I wouldn't dream of doing that today. I have tried setting up a percussion array with my cowbell and woodblock, ...
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Sound proofing underneath the drumset

I live on the 3rd floor of my apartment and people downstairs are just about to lose it cos of me practicing my "L R Kick" triplets. I want to know if there is an intelligent, makeshift way to ...
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What is the name of the drum you wear on your back to play without your hands?

Is there a type of drum which is intended to be worn on your back and played "hands-free"? If so, what is it called? I know I've seen this several times in my life, and assumed it was not a custom ...
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Sources for sight-reading exercises that focus on subdivisions (emphasis on drums)

As is the case for all drummers, for me, it's a great fun to find weird rhythmic patterns and to practice over basic beats to create some tension in the straight sections of various songs. However, ...
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Rests & Their Usefulness in Drums

Well, I'm a drummer. I've been drumming for the past three years. I can read sheet music and I had this question. What's the point of having 'rests' in drums. I mean, why can't you leave the part ...
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Drums - Having trouble playing bass 16th notes

The title is an understatement. I've been trying for months, and I can't for the life of me play bass drum 16th notes while playing 8th notes on the hi-hat. I can play snare 16th notes and hi-hat 8th ...
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What is the standard closed hi hat hit notation?

So far I've been able to find standard notation for the hi hat hit and hi hat pedal hit but it its not clear to me what is the closed hi hat notation. As i understand, normal hi hat hit is on the G2 ...
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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

I've wanted to play the drums since I was kid. I tried to learn when I was 11 but I lacked the psychological confidence to keep myself on it - my teacher at the time had learnt by banging on his ...
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What do you learn in music colleges, for drums?

What do you even learn in music colleges? I play the drums, and I want to know what I should be ready to learn (and learn some of it now).
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Projecting “Playing ahead/behind/on the beat ” onto tangible concepts

I was trying to tell to my fellow drummer friend, that he should play something behind the beat so that we can experiment some particular song. But then I realized that I have no idea how to translate ...
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What to look for in a drum machine for practicing guitar with

I want to practice guitar with a drum machine instead of a metronome. I want something that has a lot of pre set rhythms but also has some flexibility if required. What features should I be looking ...
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How can I improve my sense of time?

I'm a semi-professional drummer, and feel that lately my sense of time is slipping. Specifically, I tend to count in songs a bit too fast and/or the tempo rushes a bit over the course of the song. I ...
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Are there any wrong positions of last 3 fıngers while holding a drumstick?

I am new to this website, so if my question doesn't have the proper form please edit or comment. (while saying holding I mean holding drumsticks with matched grip) I play drums for several years but ...
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Starting out on drums with just a practice pad and sticks

Context; I've been a guitar player for over 20 years and have done dozens of gigs on guitar and bass. I've written drum parts on FL studio, and did one gig where I played drums on a couple of songs ...
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Play Side Stick (SS) on Electric Drums

I currently have a electric drum set I am wondering if its possible or is there any way to play the Side Stick technique which is meant for an acoustic drum set on a electric drum set
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What is the best sticking for drags?

What is the best sticking to use when a drag is preceded by 16th notes? For example, a drag might occur on the downbeat (LLR) but is preceded by 4 16th notes.
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Should you practice all basic drum patterns on both sides?

Should I practice all drum patterns on both sides or is it not necessary? For example - I started learning how to play ghost notes and all the youtube lessons that I've seen so far show how to play ...
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How to get my drum tracks louder for guitar practice , PA ?

How do I get enough volume from my iPad drum tracks to match my guitar amp ? PA ? I have been practicing heavy metal rhythm guitar with drum tracks from my iPad amplified with a blue tooth speaker . ...
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Drummer looking to learn one-handed keyboard

I'm a drummer looking to supplement my playing with a keyboard (simultaneously) and also contribute a little more to the writing process. Likely, I'll be playing keys with my left hand, probably basic ...
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Cymbal rolls on electronic drums

I know that cymball rolls is a common issue on electronic drum kits. I tested different kits (Yamaha and Roland) and I can't achieve to create a good and smooth cymbal roll. The sound suffer of a ...
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How to stop my double bass pedals from squeaking?

I have had my double kick pedal for at least a year and a half now and I've started to notice a squeaking when the left pedal is pressed (the slave pedal.) I've tried oiling the bearings and it ...
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What characterizes ragtime drumming?

I listen to a lot ragtime pieces played by brass bands. What generally characterizes the drumming? Which elements of the drumset are used more and which aren't used as much?
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Can playing in cold weather damage a drum set / skins?

My set is in the garage, and now that it's winter, temperatures have been between 10 C and -10 C (50 F and 14 F). Is it OK to play the drums at such low temperatures, or will it cause damage to the ...
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Is there different bass pedal sizes?

I'm new to drumming. I'm an electric guitar player who likes rock and heavy metal, and after playing drums in school and on my spare time in a "band", I'm planning to buy a Roland TD-11KV kit. I've ...
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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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How to sync original bpm of an mp3 file to the bpm of my drum module?

I start by creating a drum loop or a percussion loop in Acoustica Mixcraft at a specified bpm. I turn into an mp3 file, store it on a usb, connect the usb to my Roland TD-30 Module and play it as a ...