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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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How to play proper time when other instrument is playing out of time?

As a drummer, I'm expected to provide a metronome-like precision and a foundation to a band. When playing in a band and having an instrument (i.e. guitar) which doesn't play in time correctly or is ...
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How to do visual (waveform?) analysis of one's playing

As I notice that my left hand is not on the beat at all times, I was wondering if there was a simple way to do a visual analysis of one's playing. What I mean is the ability to see whether we hit the ...
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Why do I not get stereo output of my drums through the mixer?

I am trying to mix my electronic drum kit with music from my iPhone so I can play along with tracks on my drum kit. Here is my drum kit controller with outputs. And here is my mixer: I am ...
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How are the notes organized on a tongue drum?

Disclaimer: I don't now much about music theory. Anyway, my wife just bought one of those, which I think is called a "tongue drum": What strikes me is that, as bad as I am at playing music, whatever ...
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Hi-hat Sheet notation

Would someone help me out with the hi-hat notation here?: My theory's a little rusty, I'm thinking it is a foot close of the hi-hat and not a closed strike? I only started learning 6 months ago so it'...
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Performing drums with my band while listening to metronome?

I'm a drummer in a band; is it common for drummers to wear headphones and to listen to the metronome while playing with a real band?
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Practicing drums with metronome and not hearing its 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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Is there a software that will allow me to create my own drumless track? [closed]

I want to be able to take any song from any source, and remove the drums so that I can practice, and possibly play my own interpretation. Is there an specific software package to do this? I see a lot ...
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Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat

I'm a pretty good guitarist, and I can play some tricky rhythms (weird time signatures, syncopation, some of the easier djent stuff) but I've always had trouble when my drummer starts to play anything ...
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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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Can the bass be used instead of drums?

I noticed how there's not a lot of drums in orchestral classical music, in comparison to today's beat-based music. Do they get away with that in the orchestra by having instruments in the bass range ...
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I could once play 270 BPM 16th notes with full leg motion, with a bit of ankle motion, while my left leg was tense. Now I can't do 150 BPM

Okay, so as said I could once play 270 BPM 16th notes with full leg motion, with a bit of ankle motion, while my left leg was tense. Now I can't do 150 BPM. Now, I know that it was a really bad way ...
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Name of hemispherical drum from West Africa?

Does anybody know what to call a West-African hemispherical drum with two bands of what seems to be electrical tape crossing at right angles on its "north pole"?? The drum can be seen below: For an ...
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What are the pros and cons of Traditional Grip vs. Matched Grip for snare and drumset?

So far I've just been learning matched grip for my snare and drumset playing, but I see of lot of people using traditional grip as well. I'm curious, what are some of the pros and cons of matched vs. ...
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Are most modern drums in pop/hiphop/edm music synthesized?

I was wondering if the drums that I hear around me on the radio/youtube/etc for the most part are synthesized or sample based. And even if they are samples, were they originally created by synths? I ...
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Performing/Recording Drums over backing track that already contains drums

When I record myself playing along with a drumless track I sound perfectly in time, but when playing along with a track that already has drums in it I am a tiny fraction out which makes every note ...
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Rhythm non-standard notation

I have read this paragraph a couple of times, but I haven't really had a light bulb moment. My interpretation is that the upper example wants one to play In bar 1: four beats of ones own choosing ...
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Practice timing and general drumming skills

6-7 years ago, I started learning how to drum. However, I was a kid, and whenever I played or even had a lesson, it basically just ended in my trying to learn to play whatever rhythms of whatever ...
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10,000 Hours Regime - Drums

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours To Master A Skill theory. I've picked up a set of drumsticks for the first time in my life 3 months ago, at the age of 21. The barriers, as they sit ...
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Heel up technique

I want to know the muscle groups which are used in performing heel-up technique and how they are used. This is to know if I am doing it correct. While striking shall I use my hip muscles to lift my ...
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What OTK abbreviation stands for?

I've heard about it when someone was talking about drum mic positions, but I'm not sure. Is it something like overhead mic position?
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Alesis SamplePad resets itself / possible ground loop?

I have an Alesis DM Lite e-drum kit , an Alesis SamplePad , a Roland UM-ONE mk2 MIDI-to-USB convertor , a Montarbo Eve 5 mixer and a MacBook Pro. Sometimes I use the audio output from both drums (and ...
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Where can I get Native American drum and flute samples [closed]

I would like to be able to dynamically compose music using JavaScript using the sounds like from this video. I don't know where you would even begin. Do I need to record it all myself or is there some ...
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The gist of how you create varied pitched/volume realistic drum samples in JavaScript

Like this, what do you need in terms of drum samples to do something like this and have it sound like that native american drum, with dynamic loudness and duration and depth, it's not just the same ...
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Cubase doesn't export stereo [closed]

In my arrangement, I set panner left/right for different instrument channels. It sounds good but when I export the file, the final export wav file doesn't reflect the left/right features, it sounds ...
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Use MIDI e-drums sounds in Ableton 10

I have no experience with Ableton, but I wanted to start learning by recording some drums samples with my e-drums (Alesis Crimson 2). I already set up the instrument and it sends and receives MIDI ...
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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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Why do drumsticks break?

I understand that drum sticks are supposed to be hit with the tip, and the only reason you hit the drum set with the shaft is to do a rim shot- so technically it would take a lot of rim shots to break ...
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Leftie drummer being taught as rightie - should I switch?

Well, i believe, it's pretty classic situation. I'm left-handed person that went to a right-handed teacher in order to learn some drumming. I'm being told that we'll be playing open-handed on a RH ...
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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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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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Is it wise to focus on putting odd beats on left when playing double bass drums?

I need to learn two double bass drum patterns: The first one is just repeated over and over again. The second repeats the first measure and then repeats the second measure. My question is about how ...
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What are the challenges I might face when I switch from electronic drum-kit (Yamaha DD65) to an acoustic drum-set?

I currently play drums on a Yamaha DD65. Never played on an acoustic before. So I was wondering what kind of issues I might have when I switch. Is there anything I should keep in mind when I play on ...
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Should I retrain myself to be a right handed drummer?

I'm in a slightly strange situation. I have been playing the piano ever since I was a kid, and have in recent years taken an interest in drumming. Not having consistent access to a real drum kit, I ...
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How can I switch up a four on the floor drum rhythm? [closed]

So I'm working on a song with a 4otF rhythm, but the beat gets rather boring after a while (it's a somewhat long song). I'm looking to switch up the drums but I'm not sure I know what pattern to use ...
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What’s this drum notation symbol (X in the top gap)

Hi. What’s the drum notation symbol that I’ve circled in the attached image? Thanks
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Ways to avoid pain when playing drums for long time periods?

I play the drums 2-3 times a week at my church services. Each service is about two hours long and I alternate between loud, medium-tempo to slow, steady stuff for extended periods. Recently, I've ...
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How should I go about choosing a beginner drum kit?

I'm thinking about getting a beginner drum kit, and am hesitant to make the jump for fear of either buying a lemon or not being as interested as I'd have hoped. Things to consider: 24 years old Into ...
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How effective are acoustic panels to deaden a room?

I need to deaden an echoing drum practice room and am considering acoustic panels, probably DIY ones 3.5" deep filled with rock wool. I'm look at these vs. heavy blankets for aesthetic reasons. I'd ...
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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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What types of drums in the picture below?

What types of drums in the picture below? I'm wondering if they are tom drums. Your help is a great source of inspiration for me!
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Impacts on hand dexterity caused by combat sports or martial arts

I am considering to start practicing box, karate or tae kwon do to improve my health and self defense skills. Does anyone know if any of these affect my dexterity, speed, sensitivity negatively? Not ...
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Why does American traditional music (e.g. old-time fiddle, folk, bluegrass, etc.) exclude drumming?

I'm a trained percussionist who for years has appreciated traditional American folk music. I've also been frustrated for years by the complete lack of any drums in this music. I've searched the web ...
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How do you successfully share another drummer's kit at a show?

The typical indie band showcase has 2 or 3 bands on a bill, and it usually makes logistic sense to share a backline (drums, bass amp, and maybe guitar amps). Some stage managers, or entire festivals, ...
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Is MPS-850 a good module just for triggering VSTs? [closed]

I'm converting my acoustic drumset into an electronic one, with triggers, mesh heads, electronic cymbals ... And my big question is on the electronic module : I saw the Millenium MPS-850, quite ...
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What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?

How do I know which key to press on my keyboard to get the kick drum or the cymbals for example ?
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Can old batter heads be used as resonant heads?

Is it possible to use old worn-out drum batter heads as resonant heads? I have a couple of heads that have dents in them, and are sounding pretty crap, and I'm wondering if it's worth using them as ...
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What Kind of Rhythm Is This? [closed]

I downloaded a latin / reggae / edm template for Logic Pro. I really like the beat, but I'm trying to understand it better. The creator didn't tell me anything about the key or time signature, only ...
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What makes a cymbal “dry” or “wet”?

"Dry" seems like an odd term to use for a plate of hammered bronze. What makes a cymbal dry? If it's not dry, does that mean it is wet?