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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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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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Foreigner - I want to know what Love is song [migrated]

What are the different musical instruments played in this song? I mean Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer, Violin etc? Is there a remix of this song?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When reading Darbukah drum notes, some letters are capital, what is the meaning of it?

I'm learning to play Darkbuka these days and when reading notes, I see that some letters representing notes are capital and some are not and I looked for the reason online and couldn't find it, so ...
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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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Traditional Grip Finger Technique

Playing matched grip with mainly fingers is fairly straightforward, but I find that when playing traditional grip, I cannot achieve similar speeds using my fingers in traditional grip. I have tried ...
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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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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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Harmonic lengths of a set of tubular drums?

I have a 200 cm long piece of a clear plastic tube with 20 cm outside diameter that I would like to cut into three pieces to make a bigger diameter version of the tubular drums that exists today in ...
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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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Stick Control for Speed

I've been working on fine tuning my finger control to increase speed and finesse. Here is the problem. My stick rotates in my left hand. It does not move forward or backwards, just rotates. The ...
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With EZ Drummer 2, when do you use a midi pack versus an EZX?

With EZ Drummer 2, when do you use a midi pack versus an EZX extension? I'm not sure when to use one versus the other.
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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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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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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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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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