Questions tagged [drums]

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

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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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Which drum kits to choose as a beginner - Electronic or Acoustic? [closed]

I want to learn to play drums. But I have absolutely no experience in playing drums. However, I have played Tabla before in my school days, which was about 7 years back. I have seen some posts on the ...
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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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Hitting Snare, Kick and Ride at the same moments in a song

If I virtually (via a DAW) hit the snare, kick and ride at the same moments in a pop-rock song is that hard or challenging for seasoned drummers in case I wanted to play this song live? I would ...
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How do you decide what kind of rhythm/time signature to use?

What would make you want to use 4/4 time compared to 3/4 time? Or 6/8 time over 3/4 time? I'm starting to get a grip on understanding different rhythms and how to read them etc. but I want to ...
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What are ways to emphasize a rhythm/time signatures without drums?

What are some ways a song without drums can indicate the rhythm/time signature through the melody or chord progression? It seems that when drums are involved, they play a certain beat over and over ...
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Which specific terms could be used to search for music without beats / percussions / drums?

From what I can gather, most music besides some specific genres is based on top of a background beat layer. I happen to be one of the (apparently) few people with a strong dislike of any kind of ...
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Using two steel tongue drums to build a chromatic scale

Most steel tongue drums aren't chromatic, most are pentatonic, hexatonic, or diatonic. This trait make them easy to play but not very versatile. Is it a good solution to have two tongue drums with ...
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How do I add drums to an already written rap?

I spent a lot of my free time over the last year working on a diss track and practicing so I can rap at a decent pace, and I'd like to actually record it at some point. Problem is, I'm struggling to ...
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Connect an electronic drum kit to a powered speaker

I have a Behringer B112D (powered PA speaker) for my son's drum kit (a ddrum DD1Plus). The drum head has separate 1/4" jacks for output, L/mono and R (I'm assuming those are TS outputs?) and a 1/...
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Can a drummer hit the snare, ride, and crash at the same time?

I'm producing a song and I'm using virtual drums via midi notes to achieve the drum sounds. I want a real drummer to eventually perform this piece so I'm asking you drummers out there if it's ...
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My hands start going in unison when I start to play faster single stroke rolls

My problem is with single stroke rolls. When I start to try and play faster my hands want to go in unison almost going into flams. I have been playing slow single strokes with metronomes keeping the ...
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Do I need a practice pad?

I've been taking drum lessons for about two months now. I'm a bit short on money, and I spent savings on drum class. So, I've been practising paradiddles on a wooden board with a cloth on top. Today, ...
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Practice drills for finger drumming

I have spent a bit of time learning to play drumkit but now I want to learn kit drumming with an MPC or midi controller in live performance. Are there different drills I should practice to learn ...
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Does the piano really originate as a combination between drumming and guitar?

I heard this concept from one my friends, who is a guitar player, that first the guitar and the drum were created, and then somebody decided to drum on guitar and so was the piano born. I really ...
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Is it true limb independence if I can play the piece, but think of each voice as a single whole?

Apologies for the strange title; I'll explain. Let's say I'm tapping out a 5:3 beat or playing something like this minuet. I can think of the rhythms in two ways. 1) It's a single piece—there's ...
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How to improve improvisation (darbuka / doumbek) hand drum

A few years ago, I bought an instructional DVD on how to play the darbuka, and now, all these years later, I have more or less got the all the featured beats down. The issue is I tend to sound a bit ...
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Playing a steady beat consistently on drums

I've been self-learning to play drums over the last month and my metronome has been the most useful tool in helping me learn to play things that feel difficult to me. I managed to learn how to play ...
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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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Tenor drum sweeps exercises

Hey does anyone here know any really good excercizes for practicing sweep patterns for marching tenor drums (preferably with 6 drums)? I have little to do with school shutdown and just wanted to ...
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When reading Darbukah drum notes, some letters are capital, what is the meaning of it?

I'm learning to play Darkbuka these days and when reading notes, I see that some letters representing notes are capital and some are not and I looked for the reason online and couldn't find it, so ...
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Harmonic lengths of a set of tubular drums?

I have a 200 cm long piece of a clear plastic tube with 20 cm outside diameter that I would like to cut into three pieces to make a bigger diameter version of the tubular drums that exists today in ...
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Which should I record first?

So my problem is that I don't know which is recorded first, do you record the orchestra first or do you record the drums or guitar first? I've tried recording the drums first but it didn't sound ...
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With EZ Drummer 2, when do you use a midi pack versus an EZX?

With EZ Drummer 2, when do you use a midi pack versus an EZX extension? I'm not sure when to use one versus the other.
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Stick Control for Speed

I've been working on fine tuning my finger control to increase speed and finesse. Here is the problem. My stick rotates in my left hand. It does not move forward or backwards, just rotates. The ...
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how can you put samples together and make a drum machine out of them for midi instruments?

how can you add samples together in garageband to make a drum set on a midi? I want to group my samples of 1 beat drums into an instrument so I can play the midi like a drum machine. Lmk
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In double kick playing, which foot should match with snare?

I’m beginning playing double kick since few months.... my question is; when i play a basic rythme like double kick on every quarter note with hi hat on every single note and snare on second and ...
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how can i mic a 7 piece drumkit to record it in a professional studio

The type of drum is a standard kit ....and i need to know the types of mics i will need to use and also their type (condenser/dynamic),brand names along with frequency response,directionality in terms ...
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What are the physical differences between tuned and non-tuned drums?

Why do some drums (e.g. timpani, rototom) have a distinct pitch, while others do not? What is the physical difference that results in a distinct pitch or lack thereof?
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Should I use PA speakers for a full band all the time?

I've been playing guitar, drums, and singing for about 6 years but I have no experience outside of playing by myself with an amp and speaker. I want to get serious about starting a band and playing ...
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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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Meaningfully significant BPMs

A bit of a trivial question perhaps, but are there any historically/intrinsically meaningful BPMs? As in, there's obviously 60 bpm. I ask because while trying to correct my rushing, I've noticed ...
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How do you write ghost notes in stop time?

From my example I have a rhythmic slashes notation (stop time), how do I change some of them to a ghost notation? I know in regular notation you do an X, I think in slashes you do brackets, is that a ...
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I find it hard to understand compression

Unlike other effects, compression seems to be the hardest for me to recognize as there's no much of notable change when it's applied, so how do you determine if your drums need to be compressed or not?...
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Is anything that doesn't have a pitch considered noise?

If we take drums for example like snare, kick, cymbals, etc. They don't have a pitch I was wondering if they're in the "noise family" like pink, white, brown noise. Generally, is anything that doesn't ...
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Is the main role of the bass guitar to give a pitch to the kick drum?

I was reading how the drum and bass are related in a band. Especially the kick. I think it's the main drum part the bass is listening to (?). My understanding is that the bass is giving the kick a ...
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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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Should I look into IEMs as a drummer(not playing live)

I've been drumming for a few years in my spare time for fun, and I've recently got issues with my ears.(I'm not playing live) Although I've always been drumming with some sort of protection, I feel ...
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What's the difference between a grace note and flam?

I'm an amateur drummer but slightly less amateur with other instruments like guitar, piano and clarinet. What's the difference between a grace note and flam? As far as I can tell they're very ...
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Why didn't classical music use drums?

I was wondering why doesn't most classical music use drums? For example when I type in "classical music" on youtube, most of the music I hear doesn't have drums. Take Bach, Mozart, Beethoven as an ...
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Is this a correct traditional grip?

I know I put the stick on my ring finger but the exact joint that I’m supposed to have it on confuses me as I was told to do this, but it is slightly painful and my ring finger slides around a lot.
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Unusual position of little finger while holding drumstick [closed]

Is this ok? It feels natural but it looks awkward.

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