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A drum kit, drum set is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments set up to be played by a single player.

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Is this kit good enough if my goal is to develop rhythm?

I'll start by saying my interests are mostly in DnB, Jungle and Breakcore. I'm looking to learn the drums and how people play them to make better songs, along with developing my sense of rhythm, but I ...
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What are the most common kick-snare patterns?

Problem I use LilyPond to write notation for drums, and because the coding behind the typesetting is complex I've integrated the use of vim's "Ultisnips" plugin to help write out bits of ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

Is it possible to play a beat of 16th-note hi-hats with bass drum on 1 and 3, and snare on 2 and 4, at 150 bpm? I.e.: |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx| |----s-------s---| |d-------d-------| A song I'm trying to ...
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What is this notation that looks like a hat above the stave? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble finding what this notation means:
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New to reading kit music - questions about technique

I’m a self taught drum kit player and this is my first time reading drum sheet music. I’ve made drum sheets before with MuseScore, so I can read most things fine, but there’s one section where it asks ...
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What do the letters on this LEGO Drum Machine indicate?

In this video by Brick Technology, they make a LEGO drum machine. It works a bit like a music box, with a set of eleven piezoelectric drum pickups each actuated by its own Technic-built drum stick. ...
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Drum kit muting for practising

I've tried the plastic rings which rest on the batter heads, also the 4mm rubber which cover the whole head. Neither does a good job in making them quiet enough for practising. In the end, I glued the ...
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Drumstick qualities for rock music, teens, and beginner/intermediate drummers

What drumsticks/drumstick qualities: suit rock music better? suit teens (specifically 13 year olds)? are better for beginner and intermediate drummers?
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Best strategy for tuning a 4 piece kit?

I recently got an acoustic kit after playing an electric kit for a while. There's a lot to learn, but one thing that I keep getting hung up on is how to tune my kit. I've read a bunch of guides, and ...
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What is the name of the drum sound where the hi-hat creates a "riser" by opening after being hit?

There's a very common drumming technique, usually towards the end of a bar, where the hi-hat is hit while being opened creating a "riser" sound. I had always thought it was called a "...
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Force note beams to be horizontal

I want the note beams to always be horizontal rather than skewed: This issue does not occur with snares: My code: \version "2.24" \header { title = "abc" } \drums { \clef ...
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Force note stems to be connected

After changing my style to weinberg, the hi hat and bass drum stems are now disconnected: My code: \version "2.24" \header { title = "abc" } \drums { \clef percussion \...
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Change staff position of hi-hat

This is what it currently looks like: This is what I want it to look like: My code currently looks like this: \version "2.22.2" \header { title = "abc" } \drums { \clef ...
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Looking to combine my ride and crash into one main crash/ride [closed]

Currently, I use a 21inch Paiste alpha mega bell ride and an 18inch Zildjian K medium Thin crash. I don't really use the ride except for maybe one song we play, and am looking to consolidate the crash ...
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How can I make my DAW songs really groove? [closed]

For context: I make rock music in Ableton, and I use Ableton’s Drum Rack to quickly program drum beats (for reference, think “Heart of Glass” by Blondie or “Little Red Corvette" and "When ...
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How do I set the drums notation style in LilyPond?

LilyPond documentation lists several different drum notation styles (like agostini, weinberg). These are to be selected by setting the drumStyleTable in context DrumVoice. I would like to use the ...
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Playing ghost notes on the drums

I've been playing the drums (acoustic set) for almost a year now and have made good progress. I am learning from online lessons and loving it, but this has got me stuck. I'm finding it hard getting ...
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Drumming: Where do backbeats/snares go in 2/2 time

In the vast majority of modern popular 4/4 music involving drum kits (jazz, hip hop, rock, country, etc.) the snare hits (or equivalent 'pat' noise) occur on the backbeats (2 and 4). Of course, like ...
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What should be key considerations when splicing drum loops?

In this post, I asked you all about isolating individual hits from a drum loop. This was important to me because I wanted to actually edit the drum loops to create my own version of the original. ...
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Can Bongos be Safely Incorporated into a Normal Drum kit?

I recently obtained an oldish pair of bongos, in good shape, and would like them to be part of my drumkit. But - they have animal skins, rather than the plastic heads found on most drums. That means ...
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Notating Dynamics for Drum Kit

I'm currently finishing an arrangement in Sibelius. One of the last things I'm adding is dynamic markings. For context, there is a string section, an electric guitar, electric bass, piano and vocals ...
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how high to position the snare drum?

I'm not a drummer. But sometimes I play basic beats on my brother's kit when at his house. His snare it positioned so the head is around 5 inches above my lap. He and I are about the same height 5'10&...
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Where do I get a frame for my electric drum kit

I found an old electric drum kit in my friends garage. He had a Simmons SD5x Drum kit. However, somehow he's lost the frame while moving houses. They don't sell that model anymore, any idea where I ...
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MIDI connection between drum kit and laptop not working

I have an electronic drum kit (Millenium MPS-100) connected to my laptop via a MIDI (5-pin) to USB cable (just a cheap cable, there's no brand/model on it). I can't seem to get any signal from the ...
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rock drumming (swing?) pattern

I've been curious about the drumming in "Someday" by The Strokes for some time now. Are the kick and snare going in double time? Or is the tempo actually that fast and the hi hats are played in half ...
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Aluminum vs. Wooden Drumsticks?

I am wondering about the differences between these materials when playing drums. I've always used wooden sticks - and all the drummers I have played with, as well. But, I see the potential in using ...
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Why are drum-kits put on risers on stage?

At a concert last night my wife asked me ‘why are rock band drum-kits often set up on a platform above all the other musicians?’ I speculated it may be about the drummer being able to see the rest of ...
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Delay in sound when connecting electronic drumset to a soundbar

I recently got my Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit and it's awesome when I plug in my Audio Technica headphones. However, I have tried different Samsung, Sony and LG soundbars and I can sense a very very tiny ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

What makes it green? Any way to clean this? It looks so much like old Chinese pottery.
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Replacement on Reaper for garageband's virtual drummer?

Recent versions of garageband have a "virtual drummer" that can "follow" a midi song and provide accompaniment in one of several styles (e.g., "rock", "pop", "reggae", ..), and with a 2-dimensional ...
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Do drum skins crack?

I am a keen drum player and have had my first drum skin crack. It was on a medium snare drum. The drum has been played for about 20 mins a day for the past 4 years. I got the drum secondhand and am ...
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What’s this drum notation symbol (X in the top gap)

What’s the drum notation symbol that I’ve circled in the attached image?
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Record multiple mics on one line

Is there a way I can connect two or more headset microphones to a single jack to record drums?
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What type of cable does a hi-hat pedal use in Roland electronic drum kits?

A 2nd hand TD3 works great but the 'proper' cable for the hi-hat pedal is missing. We tried with a guitar lead but it only worked (intermittently) when inserted about half-way in. The other pads all ...
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Teaching a left-handed drummer on a right-handed kit?

After several months, a drum student of mine still seems naturally to lead with the left, despite practising on a right handed set up kit. It was at my suggestion. I'm at the point where I'm ...
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Will changing old drum skins improve the sound even if they are not visibly worn?

I'm mainly a guitarist but also play the drums for my own needs. I've had the same drum set and the same skins on it for as long as I can remember ... the skins are at least 10 years old. I don't hit ...
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Repair cracked China cymbal? [duplicate]

My China cymbal cracked a little while ago and I tried to fix it by drilling holes into the ends of the crack to stop it from spreading through the cymbal, however this doesn't seem to have worked and ...
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Drum charts - Using bar repeats and adding variations

I'm starting to chart out some of the covers our band does, and I am wondering how to add small variations to bar repeats e.g. adding an open hi-hat at the end of the 4th bar: I have seen some charts ...
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Drums: kick drum substitute for practise at home

My daughter (7 yrs) has started playing drums and at school they have a full drum set (kick drum, snare drum, high hat, etc). To practise at home, she was given a snare drum. To me it seems she would ...
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What are the attachments used for on this bass drum?

Non-percussionist here. Questlove (The Roots’ drummer on Jimmy Fallon) has this colorful bass drum with some enhancements such as a separate, smaller drum (snare?) attached to the front and a hole ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

We live in the information age. There is an endless supply of free educational content out there. In general, drummers are curious and determined people. So, when you combine determination, curiosity, ...
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How to notate a quick open and close hi-hat?

How do I notate a hit on the hi-hat where the drummer opens the hi-hat when the stick hits the cymbal and immediately closes it?
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Electric drum kit noise - cymbals only (Need advise to reduce noise)

I have read lots of posts about electric drum noise especially in apartments, but these posts relate to the kick drum the the thump sound either upwards or downwards. emphasized text I have ...
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Learning Drums in Ableton live - finger Drumming

I wanted to learn drums, finger drumming in Ableton live. I can have a sound track and a midi track with 808 or 909 kit loaded and I can play the sound clip and try to play the midi to match the same. ...
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Is it possible to add notes with inverted stems on the same beat in Guitar Pro 6

I am writing a drum-kit sheet and I would like to add two notes on the same beat with opposite stems like this and also And so far, I haven't found how to do it, I only get this kind of stuff :
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What does the music notation "/ / / /" mean in a music drum score?

I have a drum score sheet music with 4/4 time signature in which the following portion is present. . Now, I am unable to understand the symbols in the bar: Also, what to repeat for the second Repeat ...
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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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Jazz Drumming - What is the drummer (Art Blakey) tapping on?

If you listen to Nica's Dream Art Blakey is tapping the cascara on something but I can't figure out what. The tapping is right at the start of the video linked above. It doesn't sound like the rim ...
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Difference between Rjct-T and Mask-T in electronic drum trigger settings — Millenium MPS 600

I have the Millenium MPS600 drum module. The manual is a bit poor in terms of detailed information about the trigger settings. From experimentation and looking at manuals ( ie it's own as well as ...
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Alesis DM Lite to Presonus 1818vsl

Is Alesis DM lite compatible to Presonus 1818vsl cuz I'm gonna use an app called Auria on iPad
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