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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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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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Sources for sight-reading exercises that focus on subdivisions (emphasis on drums)

As is the case for all drummers, for me, it's a great fun to find weird rhythmic patterns and to practice over basic beats to create some tension in the straight sections of various songs. However, ...
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What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?

How do I know which key to press on my keyboard to get the kick drum or the cymbals for example ?
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Rests & Their Usefulness in Drums

Well, I'm a drummer. I've been drumming for the past three years. I can read sheet music and I had this question. What's the point of having 'rests' in drums. I mean, why can't you leave the part ...
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Words to describe this Dance Music texture/effect

So we always have like in dance music 4/4 and like 4 kicks in one bar with two claps or snares on every second beat going and let's say I add some bassline that plays totally different rhythm/pulse (...
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What is the minimum amount of equipment a drummer needs to play gigs?

I've not played drums for years and when I did I used an electric kit which isn't really appropriate for live gigging. I'm about to start performing in a rock band and would like to know what the ...
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What is the standard closed hi hat hit notation?

So far I've been able to find standard notation for the hi hat hit and hi hat pedal hit but it its not clear to me what is the closed hi hat notation. As i understand, normal hi hat hit is on the G2 ...
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Separate MIDI Drumtrack to edit each part individually

I am using REAPER and Addictive Drums 2 and usually compose full MIDI drum tracks. When I want to edit the individual sounds of the drum kit, AD2 is not very helpful. Of course, I can EQ and compress ...
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What do you learn in music colleges, for drums?

What do you even learn in music colleges? I play the drums, and I want to know what I should be ready to learn (and learn some of it now).
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Projecting “Playing ahead/behind/on the beat ” onto tangible concepts

I was trying to tell to my fellow drummer friend, that he should play something behind the beat so that we can experiment some particular song. But then I realized that I have no idea how to translate ...
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What differences with an acoustic kit should a new drummer keep in mind when starting on an electric kit

After years as a bass player I'm thinking of getting an eletric drum kit and learning how to play. (I want to play an electric kit because I'm often home late and want to be able to practise without ...
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How to avoid slouching?

I have a lifelong habit of slouching. In recent years, my posture has improved greatly, mostly because I’ve finally learned to keep my feet flat on the floor (to prevent plantar fasciitis). That alone ...
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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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Play Side Stick (SS) on Electric Drums

I currently have a electric drum set I am wondering if its possible or is there any way to play the Side Stick technique which is meant for an acoustic drum set on a electric drum set
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What is the best sticking for drags?

What is the best sticking to use when a drag is preceded by 16th notes? For example, a drag might occur on the downbeat (LLR) but is preceded by 4 16th notes.
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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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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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Cymbal rolls on electronic drums

I know that cymball rolls is a common issue on electronic drum kits. I tested different kits (Yamaha and Roland) and I can't achieve to create a good and smooth cymbal roll. The sound suffer of a '...
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How can i increase the speed of my Blast beats and one handed rolls (grav blasts) on drums?

I have the motion down for both of these techniques but I cant seem to speed them up for faster death core and metal drumming, is it just down to physical strength of the forearms that determine the ...
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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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Drummer looking to learn one-handed keyboard

I'm a drummer looking to supplement my playing with a keyboard (simultaneously) and also contribute a little more to the writing process. Likely, I'll be playing keys with my left hand, probably basic ...
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How to stop my double bass pedals from squeaking?

I have had my double kick pedal for at least a year and a half now and I've started to notice a squeaking when the left pedal is pressed (the slave pedal.) I've tried oiling the bearings and it hasn'...
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What characterizes ragtime drumming?

I listen to a lot ragtime pieces played by brass bands. What generally characterizes the drumming? Which elements of the drumset are used more and which aren't used as much?
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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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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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How to sync original bpm of an mp3 file to the bpm of my drum module?

I start by creating a drum loop or a percussion loop in Acoustica Mixcraft at a specified bpm. I turn into an mp3 file, store it on a usb, connect the usb to my Roland TD-30 Module and play it as a ...
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Relearning basic technique after 10 years of playing drums

I started playing drums when I was nine, and mostly stopped when I moved to another city when I was 19, and have been practicing maybe once a month or two for the past few years. I used to be really ...
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Pinky in traditional grip flying out for no reason

So I'm a new marching snare player and I've been practicing traditional grip for about 3 months now, and my technique has improved a ton over these months. But as of yesterday, my pinky in my left ...
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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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How to practise jazz drumming with only a snare

I have my dad's old snare drum, a practice pad, a pair of sticks, and Buddy Rich's book of rudiments. I'd like to get better at jazz drumming, because I occasionally have to for a band I'm in. ...
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How to import samples to Korg iElectribe app for iOS

As far as I can tell from some youtube videos, it is possible to use different drum samples in the iOS iElectribe app by KORG, but I can't figure out how or find any documentation on this. Does ...
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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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Bass drum not tight

I play the guitar on an advanced level, and now I decided to start drumming a little bit, because I want to improve rhythmically, and, of course, because it's a lot of fun. As I don't have lessons I ...
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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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Common drum rhythm index

I'm looking for an index of common rhythms. This video shows basically what I had in mind, only it is for the bass. I'm pretty sure there has to be names and a list somewhere for the common rhythms ...
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Advice for choosing a beginner drum kit?

I am intersted in learning to play an instrument and drums are what i thnk i'd like most. I've have never played any instrument before, so i don't really know what to look for. I have a budget of up ...
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How reasonable is the idea to start learning drums from solo playing?

I have an idea to learn drums in addition to my main instrument, piano. I do not plan to become exactly a drummer, just want to improve my understanding about the rhythm, maybe significantly. Some say ...
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How to be consistent in studio performance?

Every time I hear myself playing in a studio recording setup, I feel like my playing is inconsistent in terms of tempo and dynamics, regardless of the instrument (drums or guitar). I know I can ...
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How to train in order to perform a “good” drum solo?

This question might be a little weird, but I was wondering, since there are a lot of different ways to perform a drum solo, how to practice for them. I'm looking forward to play something clean, not ...
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How to hit four notes in a single beat with 2 hands for drum

Sometimes when i am given a drum score , there will be four notes in a single beat , How do i hit four notes in a single beat given I only have 2 hands ??? The only way i know to hit 4 notes in a ...
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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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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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What is the difference between flams and drags, and flam drag?

I know flams and drags are grace note patterns (like the acciaccatura on piano) on drum kit, but is it different to 'flam drag?' or is just a matter of wording?
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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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Shedding two toms and still sound the same?

At some stage after the conclusion of the tour to support the Black Album Lars Ulrich shed two toms from his kit. I'm referring to the toms at chest level not the two floor toms which I think he's ...
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What is Dot & Tie in Drumming sheet?

What is exactly the difference of the Dot and Tie sheet music? I know how it works on piano, is it the same with the drums?
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How to determine time signature of drum tab?

Recently I started playing drums on the side just to relax, so nothing serious. I picked up this song because the drums seemed reasonably complex so that they would present a fair challenge for the ...
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Is there software for computer assisted drum lessons with MIDI input? [closed]

My little brother wants to learn drumming, and seeing that I have a cheap RockBand drums clone lying around I wanted to know if there are is some kind of didactic software for drums that accepts MIDI ...
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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?