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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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Soundproofing a room for drum set practice

When I practice my drums in the house, it tends to be a little too loud for people in other rooms. While I know I could trade-in my drums for an electronic kit as an alternative, I'd really rather ...
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Why are drums considered non pitched instruments?

Aren't the different parts of it having a different pitch? Can't this be used to play a melody?
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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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What would you call all-drum instrumental music?

I'm trying to find the title for music containing all percussion instruments (pianos/xylophones not included) such as drum corps and marching band drum breakdowns. I'd basically like to listen to ...
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I am trying to setup my roland td-3 drum kit as a MIDI controller

So far I've setup the kit in ableton live 10 as remote control and turned local control off on the kit itself. I've been following the guide in ableton step by step so far but failing at 'verifying ...
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Snare drum sounds off pitch after drumhead change

I have TAMA Artwood snare that is sounding off-pitch (a bit tin-ny - like Lars' snare in St.Anger) after replacing the TAMA stock heads (i believe made by REMO?). I use EVANS drumheads in all my drums ...
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Tongue drum note symbols

I've been offered recently a tongue drum similar to this one: Exploring the StackExchange answers I think it is tuned to the pentatonic scale. However I cannot make sense of the symbols on the ...
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Jay Weinberg (Slipknot) Snare Sound

I am a huge Slipknot fan and I recently saw a drum cam video from Jay Weinberg and I think the snare sound is absolutely incredible. The sound is created with a 48 ply snare but the snare costs 1600$ ...
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Why do we use valves with drums

I have stepped by a YouTube video showing Vienna Philharmonic, under John Williams, playing theme from “Jurassic Park”. In 1:44 minute of this video the drummer is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Standard” drum notation alternatives

For the purpose of playing live, working through ("popular") songs involving verse, chorus, bridge, intro, outro, etc., is there a standard notation that drummers use to help them know what to play, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I find Drum Scores / Sheet Music?

What Websites offer quality Drum Scores /Sheet Music (not Tabs)?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do drum skins crack?

I am a keen drum player and have had my first drum skin crack. It was on a medium snare drum. The drum has been played for about 20 mins a day for the past 4 years. I had got the drum second hand and ...
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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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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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Must one be born with a sense of rhythm to learn to play a drum set with both feet and both hands?

I am a semi pro musician (only because folks are generous enough to pay me to perform on occasion - not because of great talent) and can play guitar well enough to accompany my singing and play a ...

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