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

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Did percussion instruments communicate spoken words in click languages?

There are a number of click languages in Africa where 'clicks' function as part of their language. It seems like it would be possible to communicate some words with percussion instruments (maybe a ...
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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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How to make Big beat drum from scratch? [closed]

I'm a beginner producer and I have difficulty with making drum for my records. Generally, I go to YouTube to learn how to create drum beats, but this time when I came across Big beat, there was no ...
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Yamaha DTX500 snare drum volume is much lower than the other drums

I know that there is a dial under the snare drum to control its gain, but even when I turn it all the way up, the snare drum sound is still barely half that of all the other pads and cymbals. Is there ...
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DTX402k eDrum kick sounds opaque into PA SPEAKER

I was wondering if I need a mixer between my DTX402k and my BEHRINGER B112 PA speaker in order to get the sound of my kick pad right. When I connect my headphones it sounds perfect but once I try to ...
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Should I keep forcing my very left-handed body to learn drums with the typical right-hand kit setup?

I got a beginner mesh drum kit for Christmas and set it up according to the picture and have been trying to learn the basics on my own. I’m very left-handed in life. I always start out with my left ...
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Recording technique: not letting the crash cymbals ring out

I listened to the following song this morning on the way into work. I heard something I hadn't heard before. Each of the crash cymbals were very minimal, almost gated, or maybe miked from a distance. ...
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Separate drumkit into hands and feet in Musink music maker

I'm writing drum and percussion exercises in Musink music maker software. It's going well except when I write the hands and feet the notes 'join'. I would like them to be separate. I read about voice ...
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What instrument in a drum kit is played on the second and fourth beat of a song during a verse or pre-chorus?

I've tried to locate this particular sound in a drum kit, but I can't figure out what it's called. It's equivalent to hitting your drumsticks together on every second and fourth beat of a song during ...
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Meaning of drum TAB notation: horizontal line with upward stroke

I came across the following notation which I couldn't find in any guides to drum TAB notation: It resembles a small x note lying directly on the 2nd stave line from the top (i.e., a D4 in the treble ...
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Why do snare players only have one drum?

In marching drum lines, like Blue Devils, it's common that there are some tenor drum players with 4-6 drums, but the snare players only have 1 drum. To me, that seems like a waste. Sure, more drums/...
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Drumming. Beginner. The value of practicing limb independence

I'm teaching myself to drum. I've zero background in drumming. My thinking is to focus on limb independence, instead of the paradiddles in the entry-level drumming book, so I can more easily learn any ...
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How to generate MIDI of a drum score in Lilypond?

I am beginning to experiment with Lilypond, trying to see the possibilities for writing drum scores / lead sheets. So far I have found the \drums notation, as well as \midi { } command. However, when ...
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Drum and dotted notes

I am trying to practice Smell like a teen spirit on drums and there is something I don’t understand with dotted notes. Here is the sheet: I don’t understand the use of dotted notes in this sheet. If ...
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How effective is a "glancing blow" technique at preserving crash cymbals?

I've heard it said hundreds of times that hitting a crash cymbal with a "glancing blow", rather than straight on, will extend its life and help prevent it from cracking. ...
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Vibration Modes of Drums

I just learned in the context of a PDE course how the various modes of vibration arise as solutions to the 2D Wave Equation. I am curious as to how many of these describe the motion of actual drums. ...
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How to get faster and better on bass drum pedal

When I drum I constantly struggle to keep the beat on the bass drum pedal for faster songs. Are there some practice techniques someone could help me with? The song I struggle with is Build Your ...
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How to fix the drum part's staff in the correct form in Sibelius?

I wrote the drum part in DAW, exported the midi and imported it to Sibelius. It recognized this track in this form: How can I quickly transform it into the correct form and remove these polyphony? ...
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Replacement for Experienced Drum Teacher?

I live in a smaller city with <25,000 people. There are no drum teachers here (I've looked everywhere), and I want to reach a higher level of drumming. What replacements are there for a good drum ...
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how do you arrange a drum part for piano?

I'm currently trying to transcribe Come As You Are by Nirvana, for piano. I've got the melody right, but I'm struggling with the drum part, and without the beginning sounds it's really boring. Any ...
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Why everybody say that percussions like drums or whispering does not have notes? [duplicate]

Nevertheless I think each time there is one sound, there is one fundamental note and harmonics ?
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How to notate a double stop for snare drum music

I'm just writing some stuff out by hand, and wondered how to indicate a single note where both hands play in unison, called a double stop. Or perhaps how to indicate a few bars will use double stops. ...
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Is it OK to watch TV while practicing speed?

Two of my teachers recommended me to practice something like speed or a certain repetitive technique, e.g. drum double strokes, while listening to music, watching TV, paying attention to something ...
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two hands playing different things - how do you feel or hear or pronounce it?

I'm playing djembe for 4 years, and now trying to play dun-duns. Basically, it's two sticks and two drums or a bell+drum for now. I'm trying to learn some rhythm in which the bell on the left hand and ...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

Firstly, a remark- I am not expecting to make a live drum set sound just like a recorded drum set. Also, let's restrict the scope of this question to certain pop/rock/funk/metal/country types of drum ...
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What's the genre of beat in the song [closed]

I found a great song that I liked a lot and wanna reproduce the beat in it however don't even know what is the genre. Can you please help me to reproduce it in FL? I ...
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Inverted Paradiddle

I've been learning paradiddle variations and I've come across one called the "Inverted Paradiddle". I'm not sure if this is a standard naming convention but what it means is instead of a ...
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Is there a name for this simple drum pattern/fill?

I had meant to ask this question for some time. This question triggered the thought to ask. I am a drummer of many decades. I feel I am competent, but have never bothered to learn how to read. And ...
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I cannot connect my e drum to pc

So i bought an electronic drum Roland TD1DMK last month. Until now i don't know how to connect to my PC. I bought the jack and plug it in. It says that my drum just connect but when i check on my DAW, ...
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How do I draw ghost notes in ABC notation?

Fairly straightforward question. I can't seem to find it in the standard or the docs. Perhaps it's just a matter of terminology. Basically, what I'm looking for is this: Or, more precisely, the ghost ...
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How to select and organize samples of electronic drum sounds?

I'm familiar with programming realistically sounding drums. Many programs include sampled real drum instruments organized in kits, such that the included drum samples sound good together. All that's ...
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Is it bad to make a drums double stroke roll using the rebound?

Watching a lot of YouTube videos about how to make a clean double stroke roll, and I was wondering why so many people on the videos say "do not rely on the rebound"! Is it a bad habit to ...
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How can double-stroke rolls be faster than single-strokes?

How can double-stroke (RRLLRRLL) rolls be faster than single-strokes (RLRLRLRL)? If someone can hit 2 notes with the same hand, surely they'll get faster if they intertwine this with the other hand ...
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Drum chart standards

I'm currently notating a drum chart in Sibelius. The song is "Best to You" by Blood Orange. It's an R&B/Electropop/Afrobeat song. I am not a drummer, and I have only just figured out ...
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Why are drums considered non pitched instruments?

Aren't the different parts of it having a different pitch? Can't this be used to play a melody?
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I am trying to setup my roland td-3 drum kit as a MIDI controller

So far I've setup the kit in ableton live 10 as remote control and turned local control off on the kit itself. I've been following the guide in ableton step by step so far but failing at 'verifying ...
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Snare drum sounds off pitch after drumhead change

I have TAMA Artwood snare that is sounding off-pitch (a bit tin-ny - like Lars' snare in St.Anger) after replacing the TAMA stock heads (i believe made by REMO?). I use EVANS drumheads in all my drums ...
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Tongue drum note symbols

I've been offered recently a tongue drum similar to this one: Exploring the StackExchange answers I think it is tuned to the pentatonic scale. However I cannot make sense of the symbols on the ...
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Jay Weinberg (Slipknot) Snare Sound

I am a huge Slipknot fan and I recently saw a drum cam video from Jay Weinberg and I think the snare sound is absolutely incredible. The sound is created with a 48 ply snare but the snare costs 1600$ ...
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Why do we use valves with drums

I have stepped by a YouTube video showing Vienna Philharmonic, under John Williams, playing theme from “Jurassic Park”. In 1:44 minute of this video the drummer is ...
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Best techniques for hihat foot independence

I am self taught regarding drum set and have neglected training hihat foot independence. I can keep with a metronome alright so the sense of timing is not much of an issue, but when I try to open/...
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How to achieve a wet snare drum sound?

I was listening to Say Hello 2 Heaven today by Temple of the Dog. Matt Cameron on this track (and often with how he sets up) seems to have a wet snare sound. How is this achieved? I assume it is by ...
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PC Driver for Roland TD-1DMK

I recently bought a Roland TD-1DMK kit. I want to connect it with my laptop. But when I go to the Roland site, I can find drivers for TD-11, but not for TD-1. Where can I find the drivers for TD-1?
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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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What types of feels are there for drumming?

Playing as strictly a metal or hard rock drummer, I am only aware of a swing feel (accenting every other hi-hat note), or a straight feel (this would be more of a flat, driving beat. More monotonous)....
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What is a wise Drum Samples Naming Convention?

I recently bought some groovy new tools for sampling drums and percussion. I really want to approach this seriously and see myself doing quite a bit of this going forward. But right now I'm at the ...
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Are there any MIDI-based drum coaching applications around? [closed]

Being a (hobby) guitarist, I always wanted to learn drums. As I don't have a dedicated rehearsal space, I decided to buy a used V-Drums kit (TD 17) from Roland with meshheads. The module comes with an ...
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Mixing question about sidechain compression in the low range with the bass and the kick frequency

I have a mixing question. So I have a kick that's got a pretty good sub frequency, but I also have a bass line that does too. I'm struggling to have both parts hit the way i want. I've been ...
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How can I listen to my electronic drums through my computer without additional delay?

I recently got a Roland TD-11K, which has an USB output. I plugged it on my Windows 10 and the drivers were successfully installed. I went to the Sound Control Panel, checked "Listen to this ...
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Name and origin of this alternative rock drumbeat

Does anyone know the name and origin of this drumbeat? It's widely used in alternative rock, and although I think people would tend to describe it as "funky," it isn't a textbook funk beat ...
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