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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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Please advice a solution for re-using and modifying drum patterns

In electronic music, loops are used very often - you can take a loop, put into your project, change it somehow and get the work done. As I'm practicing with my guitar at the moment, I'd like to have ...
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How to know what beat & rhythm to play for add-on to songs

Theres this famous drummer on YouTube named Copper who takes existing songs, removes the drums, and then plays live drums along with the other investments. How does he know what beats & rhythm to ...
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Will changing old drum skins improve the sound even if they are not visibly worn?

I'm mainly a guitarist but also play the drums for my own needs. I've had the same drum set and the same skins on it for as long as I can remember ... the skins are at least 10 years old. I don't hit ...
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What does this “legato” means for bass drum?

I am looking at the tab for heart of gold on Songsterr and I've come across this bit what does the legato notation means? Should I put two notes there or just one?
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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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How to enhance a basic drum kit without buying

I am currently using a basic electronic drum set which looks something like this I would like to add a high mid tom & low mid top & high floor tom & splash cymbal to my set but the ...
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Rhythm non-standard notation

I have read this paragraph a couple of times, but I haven't really had a light bulb moment. My interpretation is that the upper example wants one to play In bar 1: four beats of ones own choosing ...
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Frame Drum Over-Stretch

I have a Synthetic skin 20" Remo Frame Drum and it seems that I have over-tightened one side on one occasion resulting in a sort of wave in the drum. I have tried loosening everything and starting ...
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When and how to switch from wrists to fingers while practicing rudiments

I recently started playing drums and I'm kind of self-taught - I'm studying them by following online lessons from a few sources. I understand this is something a good teacher would probably be able to ...
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What can I do if I want to work the kick pedal on Bass Drum with my heel?

I'm a casual (basement band, i.e., not gigging) drummer and I've been thinking of replacing the kick pedal on the bass drum of my (typical 5-piece) drum set with a cajon pedal so I can work the kick ...
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What to look (out) for when buying a (second-hand) electronic drum kit?

I'm a beginner drummer (only had 4 lessons so far) and I am thinking about buying an electronic drum kit. I've read this post and this post on buying a beginner drum kit, but both seem to be almost ...
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Drumsticks held with 2 or 3 fingers?

I'm new to drumming. I've looked at a lot of videos about stick gripping, including American Grip, German Grip, Traditional Grip, etc. Nothing I've come across has mentioned holding the sticks with ...
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Beat detective clips move backwards

I've got a drumbeat and a 16th note triplet grid that is adequate to for this beat and the time signature is 4/4. For experiments I mark exactly one bar, and apply beat detective. Then I set clip ...
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Maximize practice time on electronic drum kit

I have played on an acoustic drum kit all my life but now I have unfortunately switched to an electronic drum set because I live in an apartment. How can I maximize my practice time on an electronic ...
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Drums in Apartment

I am currently in the market for a new apartment/house. I am aiming for a house since I want to be able to jam with others, but was wondering if this was ever possible for others in apartments. There ...
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Drums: Playing consecutive beats with the same hand compared to alternating hands

I am currently learning the Seven Stroke Roll , Drum tune : Right , Right , Left Left .... Will playing the above tune : Right , Left , Right , Left instead of Right , Right , Left , Left ...
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How to efficiently jam as a guitarist with a drummer

So I am currently in somewhat of a ¨band¨ with my long time friend. He has recently learned how to drum, although he is almost prodigious for the amount of time he has put into it. My question is, how ...
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Tools to create drums backing track for non-drummer

I am looking for a comfortable way to create a drums backing track in order to use them in my recordings. currently I have 2 options (since I am not a drummer) drum machine - very mechanic and ...
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What does the double 3s mean in these patterns?

These are from For Whom the Bell Tolls drums: I understand the sixteen-notes triplets, but the other 3 above them confuses me. The first sixteen-note of the triplets would be in the same location as ...
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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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How do I make this beat fit in the measures evenly, time signature-wise?

In a program for tabbing (but I use with MIDI creation) called Tuxguitar, I've written out a drum beat on hihats, and I'm pretty sure the bpm is correct, and everything SOUNDS correct, but I can't get ...
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How fast is the BPM should you start to use double bass pedal?

First I am quite new to drums, like playing frequently for about a year. But I am quite depressed with my own progress and I have many questions in my head, here's one of them: I never learnt / ...
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I need some exercises for beginning drum-bass technique

I'd like to find some exercises for beginning double drum-bass. Do you have any links to suggest?
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Lost direction in practicing drums

I am a self-learning drummer for playing drum for around 1 year. Recently I am facing a problem which is I have lost my direction of practicing. I feel like I am at a bottleneck and need some ...
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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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Could I use “normal” headphones with an electronic drum?

I have recently purchased a Roland TD-4KP drum kit (that did not arrive yet), and I am wondering if it is possible to use my current headphone (a Sony WH-1000XM2) to play the drum, or is it required ...
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Is there any standard format for MIDI drum lines?

I'm getting the impression that the answer to this is probably no, but I'm wondering if there is any standard for writing drum tracks in MIDI format? For example, I downloaded a MIDI file for a (rock) ...
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What does this drummer use to get this electronic sound

Throught this video, the drummer can be seen using some sort of electronic pad that creates a clap sound, e.g. at 1:02. I am new to electronic drums and would like to know what is the exact name of ...
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Drum Theory Resources

I recently started using drum software to create drum tracks for music I play on guitar. I know nothing of drum theory, so I feel rather lost. Are there any online resources and/or books that would ...
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What can I use to clean the rim and inside of my metal snare drum?

I have fantastic all purpose cleaner. Can I use that to clean the inside and outside as well as the rim of my snare drum (not including the non metal head)?
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What pitches are marching band bass drums tuned to?

What pitch are tuned bass drums? Obviously it can vary, but I'm just looking for a ball-park range. For example, there's two pictures of marching band bass drums on the wikipedia bass drum page: what ...
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Impacts on hand dexterity caused by combat sports or martial arts

I am considering to start practicing box, karate or tae kwon do to improve my health and self defense skills. Does anyone know if any of these affect my dexterity, speed, sensitivity negatively? Not ...
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Can drum lessons be applied to mallet percussion instruments?

I recently got a glockenspiel for fun. I'm a beginner when it comes to percussion. I'm wondering if I can see it as a drum, and watch drum lessons or should I only look at lessons that are specific ...
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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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Will changing my grip help avoid wrist pain?

I've been playing drums for about ten years and have recently started playing more long gigs (3+ hours, with breaks). Sometimes, as the night wears on, I'll get intense pain in one wrist; it's ...
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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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Need help playing 16th notes on bass drum

This problem has been persistent ever since i began playing them. Whenever I play two 16th notes with the hi hat on the first it's usually completely fine, though when i play the first on the offbeat ...
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What is the effect of “Conglomerising” your percussion?

When writing music, I use a program called Fruity Loops. Of the music that I write that has percussion, some of them are written with all the percussion instruments being grouped into one pattern. ...
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what is it called when you hit the centre of a crash cymbal

I know how to plays this on drums but don't know what it is called.
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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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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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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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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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Untuned Percussion Clef

G clef (usually treble), F clef (usually bass) and very movable C clef (alto/tenor) are all very definable, as are the dots contained within. Look at untuned percussion music, though, and there's ...
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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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How does one prevent sweaty palms when playing the drums?

I have sweaty palms, and it makes my drumsticks slip from my hand from time to time whenever I stroke too fast. Would chalk help or are there any solutions for drummers who have the same issues?
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What are the differences between coated drumheads and clear drumheads?

What are the differences between clear drumheads and coated drumheads? Do they have different purposes?
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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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Best way to practice bass (drum) technique without a bass drum

A question to all those who have been or are in my current situation of temporarily not having access to a bass drum to practice on. I do have a pair of sticks and carry a pad to practice my hand ...
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Name of hemispherical drum from West Africa?

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 ...