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I can relate to your situation. I am a songwriter/composer as well and I am decent on guitar - but totally lousy on drums. So I rely on sampled loops in my Boss BR800 Multi Track recorder that I can adjust the tempo and add fills, and endings and variations. The software will even let me create custom drum tracks from the existing loops/samples. ...


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I forced myself to learn (on a Boss drum machine in the 80's) from drummer's books. These books are not that expensive. Search Amazon for instance - there are a few that have hundreds of patterns and can keep you busy for a while. You can learn so much that way. You can also find drum tabs online. Sites such as this - http://drumbum.com/drumtabs. ...


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Some of the references say that its a Ride cymbal which is similar to the hi-hats which is played on the imaginary line above the measure. Actually the 'x' sits on the line and that is the reason it looks like a star.


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I have never seen something like this before and couldn't find anything either, so my guess would be that it's a crash cymbal that lasts a whole note (semibreve). I'm guessing it's shaped like that to resemble the whole note.


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Sorry for the late answer - I hope you don't mind. I wholeheartedly agree with Tim's answer; playing with other musicians is undoubtedly the best way to improve. Since you mentioned you are expanding your technical repertoire, I would advice practising the rudiments in a musical context. Try playing beats around the rudiments (for example a simple paradiddle ...


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I play Piano but it is a very similar thing with coordinating each hand differently. The trick is not to think of each limb playing its own part but instead to think of it as all four limbs playing one part. Don't play the bass drum with your left foot and the snare with your right hand, play the drum kit with your body. Like typing on a computer keyboard. ...


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The Roland V-Drums Drum Tutor looks like a good product if you're willing to shell out $60 for it. The "Purely Drums" product looks as good or better and offers a free trial. And finally, there is a cheaper-looking product called "Drum Groove Trainer" from Lumbeats. Also, if you want something free, check out the open source game "Phase Shift," which is a ...


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I play the violin an piano (no drums), but I find that the better I know a piece, the easier it is to play it well in front of people. If I have practised a piece a great amount, I will generally be less stressed when playing in front of audiences as I know that it probably won't go wrong; there is no reason for it to do so since I have already played it ...


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I'm just going to add on to some of the already decent answers here. In your head you need to separate the idea that playing with energy means playing loud. Intensity and energy can happen even at very soft dynamics. But most importantly, I'm not sure you're asking the right question, it sounds like you want to find sticks or techniques that allow you to ...


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I'm just going to keep it really simple: The measure in question is to be played 'free' or 'fill'. You can do whatever feels right musically to you, then continue on as you were playing before.


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Apart from the obvious practice for and by yourself; get out and play with as many different musos as possible - different instruments, different genres, different styles, different experiences (beginners to seasoned players), different venues (from small cosy clubs to arenas- if you make the chance). You maybe only play one or two styles, so doing these ...



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