Questions tagged [drums]

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

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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 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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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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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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When playing drums behind the beat, what instruments define the actual beat?

As a drummer, I'm trying to improve my micro-time to put more feeling in the grooves I play. For certain songs (ballads for example), you usually try to get a "laid-back" feeling by playing slightly ...
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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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Name of hemispherical drum from West Africa? [closed]

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 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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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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Music Theory for a Beginning Drummer

I've been learning Drums for the past few months (lifelong dream, and I should have my very own kit in 36 hours or so! \o/) and my teacher has been teaching me how to sight-read. I'm doing quite well (...
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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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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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Keeping both hands (and arms) strong for better stick control

Since there aren't many drumming or percussion related questions, I will start this out with one of my own. As a drummer of almost 20 years, I still have a weaker left hand (and arm), despite trying ...
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Reading and Writing Drum Tabs?

I have been playing Drums for 4 years or so now and I have never understood tabs for them is there an easy way to read and write them? Or is it down to personal preference? Also any hints and tips on ...
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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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Cleaning Up Zildjian Cymbal Stains

I brought brand new Zildjian A Custom cymbal set including a 14" hihats, 16 and 18" crash cymbals, and a 20" ride. I like the sound. However the cymbals shipped with these odd stains on them. I ...
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Sticks moving in my hands (weak grip?)

I've been playing drums for a while and there's something bothering me. I've watched a lot of "how to hold your drumsticks properly" videos for the 'matched grip' style (the one i use) to try to ...
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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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Composing For Drums as a Non-drummer

As an instrumentalist I am primarily a guitarist, but as a composer I write for a range of instruments. The one thing I am particularly struggling with is writing for drums. Although I've managed to ...
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Rhythm/Drum exercises without drums

I am a 24 year old computer engineering student who just have started playing drums. I spend on avarage 1 hour on bus to school and 40-60 min on exercise like running, biking, etc every day. My point ...
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Samba percussion for songwriters

I'm a song-writer (a guitar player) and I need to write drum parts for myself. I discovered how cool the brazilian samba carnival percussion is (not the watered down European jazz-samba), but haven't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Name that beat: bass-bass-snare-bass

Is there a name for the rock drum pattern that repeats 4-beat measures of bass - bass - snare - bass? Examples: Next to You (The Police), Pain Killer (Judas Priest), Tyson vs Douglas (The Killers) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using brushes as low-volume drumsticks

I'm playing a pretty simple drum part over some light rock and pop music in an small theater, for a piece in which the vocalists play an extremely prominent role and need to be heard very clearly; I'm ...
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Are the drum patterns in songs comprised of rudiments?

I've been trying to get some basic understanding of drumming. The first thing I came across is rudiments. Some have likened it to practicing scales for melodic instruments. But I was wondering if ...
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What are Upbeats and Downbeats in a 16 Step Sequencer?

I'm trying to figure out the terminology of upbeats and downbeats in regards to a step sequencer. In this image of a 16 step sequencer, each box represents 1/16 of a measure: Is it correct to say ...
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How to play proper time when another 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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Drummer: Follow Bassist, Guitarist, or Lead

I spent the first 10 years of my drumming life identifying the flashiest elements of songs I played, and charting my performance around those accents. What this meant is that I found myself following ...
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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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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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