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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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Why these two songs sound similar?

I'm not a music theory expert but found two songs that sound suspiciously similar and no information on the internet as to why, when or even if a major artist intentionally tried to pay homage or ...
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How to play dynamics marks on drums / snare

Is there any rule / recommendation on how to play the notes dynamically, following the marks from ff to pp on a snare or other drums? For example, if mf is hit from approximally 6 inches height, f ...
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What would be good ways, preferably books, to practice dynamics on drums

After working out both hands practicing technique, it would be interesting to work on dynamics. However, apart from the advice to "play with others" I have not really seen a more concrete pointer. The ...
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How to practice bass drum without pedals

I don't have drum set in my room, so I was trying to practice bare foot with mimicking the motion of my foot when I kick with a pedal. I have several concerns about this practice. First, practicing ...
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What are the top 3 most desired drumming skills? [closed]

I often assume that speed is by far the most common desired skill for drummers. But then again, rudimental applications around the drum set seem to also be up there. For this reason, I'd like to see ...
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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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Wrist pain from drumming?

I've recently started using gig grips on my drum sticks and I really like them but recently I've noticed a sharp pain in my wrist when playing the hi hat. Does anybody get this and what can I do to ...
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What kind of wood is 'Lava Burl' in Cajon?

I was checking out on some cajons, and found the Meinl Artisan Buleria Cajon. On its specs, I found that its body is made of birch, yet its frontplate is of 'Lava Burl'. What is this about? Is it a ...
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What are the impications of Varnishing Drum Shells?

I have baught a second hand Mapex M kit which is practically identical to a Mapex V Floor tom I acquired previously. The only problem is that the floor tom is matte or wood finish and the kit is gloss....
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Drums in Apartment

I am currently in the market for a new apartment/house. I am aiming for a house since I want to be able to jam with others, but was wondering if this was ever possible for others in apartments. There ...
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what is it called when you hit the centre of a crash cymbal

I know how to plays this on drums but don't know what it is called.
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When and how to switch from wrists to fingers while practicing rudiments

I recently started playing drums and I'm kind of self-taught - I'm studying them by following online lessons from a few sources. I understand this is something a good teacher would probably be able to ...
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Oil in Drum wooden shells to prevent wood to dry out

I've been reading about using tung oil inside drum shells to help keep the wood from drying out and moisture to get into the wood. The obvious concern is how does the oil affect the tonality and pitch ...
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Drum tuning/timbre?

How integral to the harmony of the music is the tuning/timbre of the drum-set? It must be more aesthetically pleasing, even on a subconscious level, to have the drums tuned somewhere in the vicinity ...
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Should I put tempo change markers only on midi track in this case drums or on master track?

How will recording other instruments be affected by where I put the tempo changing markers? I'm using Mixcraft Studio Pro 8
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Working through George Lawrence Stone's stick control book

I've been drumming for about 25 years (mostly metal and punk) and lately, I've been leaning towards other styles of playing and I've noticed my stick control has been off more often that not (maybe ...
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Wood vs Stone first drum

What was the first drum instrument? Was it wood or stone? Maybe there is an answer out there, but all I found were mere discussions.
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Drum techinique - Arm and wrist questions

I'm having trouble understanding when I should play with just wrist and when I should incorporate arm movement when playing traditional. I am also having trouble letting my wrist move when I use arm ...
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Traditional grip problem with fingers

I started playing with traditional grip about a few months ago and I've been taking lessons for about a month now. I was told that if I'm having trouble with rebound, always go back to the base of ...
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Convenient notation for doubletime

I am trying to write drum sheet music and I'm not sure if using the following notation, to indicate doubletime over this one is allowed. To me, the first one seems more convenient, especially when ...
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Should drummers have blisters/calluses on their hands?

Is it common for drummers to get blisters/calluses on his or her fingers? Whenever I play on an electric drum-kit, my fingers swell up with blisters. Could this be due to bad hand form?
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how to set up electronic drums in ableton

sorry about the repost, I couldn't write a comment on the previous one, because I wasn't registered So, I have Alesis DM Lite electronic drum kit and I also have Ableton Live 9 software. I want to ...
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How can I transitionally change tempo of some portion of midi drums in Mixcraft 7.0?

From the last fourth of bridge to chorus and onwards I want tempo to speed up from 100 to 110. How can I do it in my Mixcraft 7.0? what I know is to jump tempo discretely but now I wonder how I can do ...
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set up electronic drums in ableton

So, I have Alesis DM Lite electronic drum kit and I also have Ableton Live 9 software. I want to record the drums thorugh Ableton, but I don't know how to set up the drums in the software. The drum ...
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Feeding Tempo to DAW

Basically, I have a drummer and I am a Keyboard player from whom I wanted to feed the tempo to the system and thereby play arpeggios and other things which are required, which is very important for me....
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Drumsticks held with 2 or 3 fingers?

I'm new to drumming. I've looked at a lot of videos about stick gripping, including American Grip, German Grip, Traditional Grip, etc. Nothing I've come across has mentioned holding the sticks with ...
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Mic inside the drum vs outside the drum

Does it make a meaningful change in how the drums sound is mic'ed up when the mic is outside the drum vs inside? Just for reference... Outside. Inside.
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Best drum sticks size for practice pad?

Is it worth it to practice with some sticks a little heavier/lighter than the ones that I actually play with?
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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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Where to buy programmable metronome online? [closed]

Being a beginner drummer, I feel the very need of a metronome (either hardware or at least software) that can be programmed according to the user's need instead of just a static one that plays the ...
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Lateralus drum part

I love Lateralus by Tool. But one part always confuses me. The sticking for the drum roll (with cymbals) before the 5/8 bit at 4:45. Just to clarify, NOT the 5/8 part, but the big cresendo roll ...
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Record drums for cheap

As of in the title, I'd like to record my acoustic drumset fairly cheap, but I have no idea of what I need to buy to do it. My drumset is made of: hi-hat snare drum 2x Tom's, and a floor Tom kick 2 ...
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What does this drummer use to get this electronic sound

Throught this video, the drummer can be seen using some sort of electronic pad that creates a clap sound, e.g. at 1:02. I am new to electronic drums and would like to know what is the exact name of ...
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Ableton impulse drum rack switch

I like to use the preset racks in Ableton Impulse. The problem is I for the life of me cannot figure out how to switch the positions of the drum samples. Say I wanted to have the kick drum in 3rd ...
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How do I get a short snare sound?

How do I get a short snare sound? I recently bought a used Pearl M 1330 (maple piccolo snare). I cleaned it up really well and got new heads (Evans HD Dry batter side / Evans Clear 200 snare side). ...
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Are there any wrong positions of last 3 fıngers while holding a drumstick?

I am new to this website, so if my question doesn't have the proper form please edit or comment. (while saying holding I mean holding drumsticks with matched grip) I play drums for several years but ...
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How can I find a room suitable for writing, recording and rehearsing with a band?

I've tried rehearsal studios, but you can hear the band next to you, so they aren't good for recording or writing. I've thought about renting office space, but the neighbors probably wouldn't ...
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What's this drum symbol (X with line in the middle without tail)

Can someone please help me identify this drum symbol? It's from the second bar here:
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What do you work on to get more confident, stay relaxed and play consistently?

I've been a self taught drummer for the past 18 years and only a few months ago started getting into drum notation and actually practicing rudiments. I'm realizing how important these both are to ...
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Changing drum layout in GarageBand

I'm plugging my Alesis DM6 drum kit to GarageBand. It works without any problems. However, even if I change my ride cymbal with crash in Alesis kit, it still sounds like ride in GarageBand. Can I ...
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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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Is there any rules to choosing appropriate drum pattern for a melody?

I'm just a beginner in writing music. and I am learning this just for fun. I had read some books about writing music, but still confused with some questions, this is one of my question. I had tried ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

I am gonna play a gig with an acoustic band (flute, saxophone, cello and digital piano) without any mics or speakers. I will be drumming along with them. The idea is that we play smooth jazz and ...
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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 a ride and a crash/ride cymbal

What are the main differences between a crash, ride and a crash/ride? I ordered a 22" ride, but the retailer accidentally ordered a 22" crash/ride. I want a bright jazzy tap, and don't plan to ever ...
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Garage Band: how to have a drummer play only a steady snare drum on all the eighth notes?

As for the title... I can't figure out... I can have drummers play only snare drum, but not when I'd like. I just want every eighth note, nothing more... update: as suggested, I tried either to ...
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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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Choosing Drum Sticks as per size and wood

I am a passionate drummer, not so professional, but have a band in my school. I don't focus on any specific kind of songs or beats and have an acoustic drum kit. I would prefer nylon tip drum sticks,...
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Fitting melodies to beats!

OK, need a head's up so I can practice this: the basic technique for fitting a tune to a beat. Take, for example, Red Red Wine. UB40 did it as a reggae song. I've heard it as a blues ballad, a pop ...