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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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The number of notes drums have

I'm wondering if there is anything about the number of notes a drum set has. Western music typically has 12 notes, but that is for everything except drums. Wondering if there is a way to classify drum ...
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Trigger / sync drum beat / drum machine to MIDI keyboard bass line

I play a bass line with my left hand, melody with my right and chords between the two. I want to add in drum beats triggered and synced to my left hand bass. For example, if I play C-E-G-D-F#-A-C-E-G ...
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what is the 'let' and the '&'

I am playing around with Drum patterns, and trying to decipher what is going on in these notes .. I have 2 bars in front of me.. but now thinking I need 4?? What does the & signify? The ...
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slow drum beats over fast sub beats

I'm looking for the definition of a drum beat where the main beat is slow, about 70 bpm, but the sub beat is about 3 times faster. What is the official name/style of that playing? for example ...
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Best way to practice bass (drum) technique without a bass drum

A question to all those who have been or are in my current situation of temporarily not having access to a bass drum to practice on. I do have a pair of sticks and carry a pad to practice my hand ...
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Guitar Drummer Pa system

So me and a friend have got a partial band lol. Its me on guitar and vocals and him on the drums. My question is how should we set up. we usually play in my shop metal walls and concrete floors. I ...
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Is the metronome the closest thing to a mechanical drum?

I noticed there's a lot of drum machines out there, but they're all electrical. Is the metronome the closest thing to a mechanical drum? and by mechanical I mean, there's no batteries/electricity ...
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Could I use “normal” headphones with an electronic drum?

I have recently purchased a Roland TD-4KP drum kit (that did not arrive yet), and I am wondering if it is possible to use my current headphone (a Sony WH-1000XM2) to play the drum, or is it required ...
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Converting Vocal Line into Guitar - Speed, Dynamics

I'm struggling with creating a vocal-less cover version of a song that does have a vocal line in my digital audio workstation. I know exactly what's going on in terms of notes/chord progressions in ...
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Stage monitoring for drums - in ear and speakers combined

I am a drummer and I am using in-ear for live performances as monitoring. But sometimes I have problems with the cymbals mix which can get to really high frequencies during the performance (moments ...
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Can “regular” drummers play Death Metal?

I am an amateur drummer, and I can play a bunch of rock songs and other styles too, but death metal is way too extreme for me. So I have always wanted to know if any drummer can play it, or just death ...
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Is there any standard format for MIDI drum lines?

I'm getting the impression that the answer to this is probably no, but I'm wondering if there is any standard for writing drum tracks in MIDI format? For example, I downloaded a MIDI file for a (rock) ...
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How do I record my drums onto computer with roland td1kv?

I am using Roland TD1KV electronic drum kit. The manual says that you can easily record your drums and transfer it into a computer using a "standard USB cable", "sold separately". What do they mean by ...
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Pinky in traditional grip flying out for no reason

So I'm a new marching snare player and I've been practicing traditional grip for about 3 months now, and my technique has improved a ton over these months. But as of yesterday, my pinky in my left ...
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I feel my limits when I am learning drums techniques

I love drums. I am an amateur, but from my childhood I was fascinated by this great instrument. I've never owned a drum kit but I was always doing noise (with my hands on my belly, with my mouth, ...
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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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What does this “legato” means for bass drum?

I am looking at the tab for heart of gold on Songsterr and I've come across this bit what does the legato notation means? Should I put two notes there or just one?
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Effectiveness of learning drums by playing Rock Band

For a few years I have been an avid Rock Band 3 player. For the last year, I have been taking more and more interest in playing drums on the game. My favourite bands to play on the game right now are ...
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What does the double 3s mean in these patterns?

These are from For Whom the Bell Tolls drums: I understand the sixteen-notes triplets, but the other 3 above them confuses me. The first sixteen-note of the triplets would be in the same location as ...
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Need help playing 16th notes on bass drum

This problem has been persistent ever since i began playing them. Whenever I play two 16th notes with the hi hat on the first it's usually completely fine, though when i play the first on the offbeat ...
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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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How to make drums sound punchy and fat?

I know it's mostly about compression and EQ but I can't seem to get even closer to this. It just sounds really kicky, even the snares. I'm using Addictive Drums with almost all the presets, but none ...
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Why can't drums produce melody?

A note is a vibration at a certain frequency. A drum produces a tone with a certain pitch much like a string percussed with a mallet. Why is a drum unfit for playing a melody while a string inside a ...
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LilyPond: Subdivided beam grouping for compound time signatures

I'm trying to write a 12/8 drum score in Lilypond, with a lot of 32nd note phrasing, and the default beam grouping looks a bit ugly to me: (Here's the above example in LilyBin: http://lilybin.com/...
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Vertical score positioning in LilyPond

I'm writing a drum sheet template for LilyPond and I'd like to place a drum key box to the left of the header. Here is what I've done so far: LilyBin link for fiddling with my markup: http://lilybin....
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What is a paradiddle?

I have very recently tried to get a bit into very basic drumming and often read phrases like: "Start with practicing Paradiddles" or even "Paradiddlediddles". I got that far that this has something ...
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drumming — voice as a 5th dimension of independence

Working on 4 limb independence. Counting beats or measures in my head (or out loud) is really hard. 4/4 I can just feel and seldom screw up, but I'm studying jazz and trying not to get lost doing ...
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What is the name of this drums “disco” rhythm/technique?

I can hear this drums beat in several songs, but could never find a tutorial about it because I don't know what it's called. Genesis - Abacab (listen to the drums at ...
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2 drum stools broken in 2 years, both the same way at the stem, is that normal?

2 drum stools broken in 2 years, both the same way at the stem near the 2nd hole, is that normal? Before snapping 2 of them, I played drums for nearly 10 years with the same drumset and same stool ...
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What is the effect of “Conglomerising” your percussion?

When writing music, I use a program called Fruity Loops. Of the music that I write that has percussion, some of them are written with all the percussion instruments being grouped into one pattern. ...
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How to properly play the “Funky Drummer” beat

I'm very new to drums but I've started learning and it's amazing! Right now I'm trying to learn the "Funky Drummer" beat from here: One example is playing the second ...
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Writing to 4/4 midi grid with triplets for drums

I'm trying to write the following to a MIDI grid and unsure exactly how it should be written. Any help would be great. This is how i have the grid so far. 1/32 Quantize T = Tom (Aka LT) K = Kick (...
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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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Right handed drummer on left handed drum set?

I have a two-part question. Is there any advantage playing a left handed drum set if I'm a right handed drummer? And we all know about famous left handeds drummers playing right handed drum sets, ...
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Lost direction in practicing drums

I am a self-learning drummer for playing drum for around 1 year. Recently I am facing a problem which is I have lost my direction of practicing. I feel like I am at a bottleneck and need some ...
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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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What is forward momentum?

I've heard the words "forward momentum" in different context referred to music but I couldn't find any definition for it (and it might very well be that it is used with different meaning in different ...
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Inear wired monitor for drummers

I need an advice from someone that has experience with this kind of situations. I am drummer for a fast and loud band. In our last tour I experienced locations with good and bad sound. I have a ...
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How to efficiently jam as a guitarist with a drummer

So I am currently in somewhat of a ¨band¨ with my long time friend. He has recently learned how to drum, although he is almost prodigious for the amount of time he has put into it. My question is, how ...
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Frame Drum Over-Stretch

I have a Synthetic skin 20" Remo Frame Drum and it seems that I have over-tightened one side on one occasion resulting in a sort of wave in the drum. I have tried loosening everything and starting ...
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Train rhythm before starting drums

I want to train my sense of rhythm before start learning drums. In order to do that I listen to a metronome on 200 bits/min frequency during my workday. Is it working methodology? And if it is then if ...
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How fast is the BPM should you start to use double bass pedal?

First I am quite new to drums, like playing frequently for about a year. But I am quite depressed with my own progress and I have many questions in my head, here's one of them: I never learnt / ...
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How many grades are there in learning the drums?

I've gotten to grade 8 in the drums and I want to know how many more grades are left for me to finish.
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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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How to do doubles?

Is there a "by the book" way to do doubles, or is this something that different people will simply interpret (and execute) in different ways? I understand that both strokes with each hand should sound ...
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How to improve rhythm timing on off beat rhythms

I am practicing Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions for a long time, but I mess up on the timing in one or the other place. In that song, the snare comes at 3rd beat (or 7th if you count 8). And ...
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Teaching a lefty to play drums

I've been asked to teach someone to play drums. I noticed that he's predominantly left-handed. I play right-handed, and feel that for his future, he'll be better off learning with the kit set up ...
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What are important techniques to improve solid timing on drums

I've started playing drums, while I have extensive music background in piano, and know how to play beats, the problem I'm finding is I am consistently playing slightly late to the beat. I worked this ...
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Common reasons for poor drummer swing feel?

I'm a jazz pianist who frequently plays with a drummer who can't swing. The thing is, I just can't figure out why. He seems to be going through the correct motions. Even when I ask him to play simply, ...