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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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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 ...
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Having trouble locking into another drummer's groove while playing rhythm guitar and singing

So, I can play drums and guitar fine rhythmically (not a master but can keep time), but am having a lot of trouble locking into another drummer's groove while playing rhythm guitar and singing. FYI I'...
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Should I get a cajon or drum pad and sticks [closed]

I want to learn how to play drums but my mum said I have to wait but for now she said I could get a cajon. But I don't have and experience so should I get a cajon or a drum pad and sticks until I can ...
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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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Which would benefit my band the most, learning covers or writing originals?

I've been playing the guitar for nearly four years, and I think I'm getting better at it.My brother plays the drums, and our two cousins play the guitar well. When we had all met last time, we wanted ...
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What is the technique called where you hold a crash cymbal while hitting it?

I used to play in a band with a drummer who used to grab the crash cymbal with his left hand and strike it hard whilst playing the bass drum. This made a really nice sound like iron being struck in a ...
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How Can I Isolate Individual Drums From An Overhead Track?

Me and my band were demoing some stuff at rehearsal the other day. For my style of mixing, I'd much prefer every drum close miked and as isolated as possible from everything, but this wasn't possible ...
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Is it a bad idea to mix lessons on acoustic, and practise on electronic multipad?

Is it a bad idea for a beginner level student who learns from her teacher, on acoustic drumkit, to then use an electronic multipad to practise on ? While decent acoustic drumkits are out of my budget ...
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Beginner drum, with very low budget - stainless steel, fiberglass, wooden drums?

Kindly note that I am not looking for specific product recommendation. All that I am looking for is specific "what to expect" if one buys the absolute el-cheapo (~$200), entry-level drum-kits, for ...
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How to play drums on keyboard?

I have a yamaha i455 and I have drum kits on that and i wanted to get some notations like C D E F, you know like play this sequence and this sequences I wanted to get some atleast 50 of them so that ...
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How does one produce a drumline using software?

I have read several threads (see, e.g. Why might one want to record a drum accompaniment electronically without using regular or electronic drumheads and cymbals to drum on?) about creating a drumline ...
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“It takes dedicated PARENTS to produce a good drummer” — Tell me more

Motivated by https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/38814/why-is-it-so-hard-to-find-a-good-drummer?noredirect=1#comment55597_38814, which had a comment that stated: It takes dedicated PARENTS to ...
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What are Kick Lines?

I'm reading a drum notation book and it talks about "kick lines"? Is there a precise definition somewhere? (searching doesn't help since it thinks I'm talking about the kick drum)
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Do I need to be concerned with drum tuning when using drum samples?

I'm starting to get into writing and recording some music and am using synthesized drums for the time being. Do I need to be selecting samples based off drum tuning at all? For example, if I'm writing ...
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Electronic drum noise in flats/apartments (travelling upwards!) [duplicate]

I've been drumming for a number years now and I've only just invested in an electronic drum kit for practise purposes. I specifically bought a Roland TD-25kv because it has a great brain and most ...
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What is the best way to learn a drum part of a song

So i have this song that i have to learn which is having some fast and complicated drum fills and i do not have the sheet for it. I am trying to play along but also the production is not one of the ...
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Should you practice all basic drum patterns on both sides?

Should I practice all drum patterns on both sides or is it not necessary? For example - I started learning how to play ghost notes and all the youtube lessons that I've seen so far show how to play ...
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What is the name of the drum you wear on your back to play without your hands?

Is there a type of drum which is intended to be worn on your back and played "hands-free"? If so, what is it called? I know I've seen this several times in my life, and assumed it was not a custom ...
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Should tabla drum produce any buzzing?

Earlier today I was trying out two tabla drum sets in a music shop and I noticed that both sets they had were producing a buzzing sound while being played. I am no tabla player but I have been playing ...
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Is it okay to stand on drumkit's kick?

I've seen in a few live concert, where people, especially the frontman, stand on the drumkit. Is it okay to stand there? Will the kick be broken? I'm specifically thinking of having a mic in front ...
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Choosing a V-Drum

I am beginner drummer and I need to buy a V-drum. What makes a good v-drum? What should I look for to avoid buying a bad v-drum?
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Music input to Electronic drums [closed]

I am a relative beginner (been playing about a year). I have been inputting tracks to play along to from my Tablet (Galaxy Tab 4), which has been fine until now. I am currently trying to learn ...
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Software to analyze tempo over time of a record

I am searching for a tool to analyze the tempo of a recording of my drum sessions. I found a lot of tools online that would tell me the BPM of the record (which is an average value for live records). ...
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How to play Tabla in a music composition?

So I've been playing Tabla since I was in 4th grade and I know most of the stuff about it and how to play it (like the Thekas and the Relas and the Kaaydas and all the other good stuff. I learned to ...
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What is the best method to create warped drum patterns?

I'm a longtime fan of warped and mashed drums and I'd like to know more about how to make them! I have two points of reference: this Squarepusher song (for example, the drum part between 2:00 and 3:...
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Setting up an electronic drum kit; volume differences for each component

In setting up an electronic drum kit; what sort of volume differences should I apply to each component? When using earphones I tend to have everything cranked up to the max, but on amping up, it's ...
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How to improve Left Hand Discipline when drumming (right Handedly)

I am right cross handed drummer, this will give you an idea of the drum layout (Hi-Hat on the left). Now I have been trying to swap hands to Left open handed and I have realized an obvious lapse in ...
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Is there different bass pedal sizes?

I'm new to drumming. I'm an electric guitar player who likes rock and heavy metal, and after playing drums in school and on my spare time in a "band", I'm planning to buy a Roland TD-11KV kit. I've ...
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What to look for in a drum machine for practicing guitar with

I want to practice guitar with a drum machine instead of a metronome. I want something that has a lot of pre set rhythms but also has some flexibility if required. What features should I be looking ...
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How to change all hihats to ride cymbal in GuitarPro

I'm not sure if this qn belongs here, but it is related to music, so here it goes. I've been modifying some drum tabs on Guitar Pro. The problem is, for a specific section all the HiHat notes need to ...
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How does one place a beat 'on' a given note/rest value?

I am reading a book about music for digital artists, and am reading through an intro to drumming. This is the part I am confused with: ''The ride element can be placed on the quarters, eighths, or ...
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Performing/Recording Drums over backing track that already contains drums

When I record myself playing along with a drumless track I sound perfectly in time, but when playing along with a track that already has drums in it I am a tiny fraction out which makes every note ...
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Starting out on drums with just a practice pad and sticks

Context; I've been a guitar player for over 20 years and have done dozens of gigs on guitar and bass. I've written drum parts on FL studio, and did one gig where I played drums on a couple of songs (...
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How to get my drum tracks louder for guitar practice , PA ?

How do I get enough volume from my iPad drum tracks to match my guitar amp ? PA ? I have been practicing heavy metal rhythm guitar with drum tracks from my iPad amplified with a blue tooth speaker . ...
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What are some good ways to practice rim shots?

First of all, this is not a duplicate of this question. That question is asking about how to reliable do rim shots, and the answer was to practice. This question is about the practicing part. Plainly ...
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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 ...