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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

If you are serious about drumming I have good advice: Background I've been playing 13 years.I play in my college's jazz ensemble and play in a rock band outside of that. I take lessons with the ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

For your first question. Your cymbal is oxidized, and the green color is called patina Initially, bare Cu metal atoms react with air to form the pink oxide, cuprite, Cu2O, which has Cu+1 cations. ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

All teachers bring something to the student that the student cannot get online: experienced observation and training catered to both the strengths and weaknesses particular to the student. Everyone ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

tl;dr summary: I am not convinced that 4th 16th note on the backbeat is actually in the original song, but even if it is, those drums are programmed and not (meant to be) played by a human, and at any ...
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How to notate a quick open and close hi-hat?

Here is an example of hi-hat open and close notation: The hats are notated by the x note heads above the top line of the staff. The + above a note indicates playing the closed hi-hat with a stick, ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

This cymbal is an alloy of copper and tin. The green coulor is the a phenomene of the oxidation of copper. It can be cleaned and will disappear by a chemical reduction with hydrogenium. https://...
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Why are drum-kits put on risers on stage?

I think you'll find that this is not limited to rock bands. Any time there are seated musicians in more than one row, it is quite likely that the rows in the back will be elevated. This certainly ...
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Best strategy for tuning a 4 piece kit?

Warning: This is probably subjective. The actual note pitch of your snare doesn't matter that much, it's more just a measure of how high or low it is. I tune my snare to G, roughly, I think that's a ...
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Drums: kick drum substitute for practise at home

This may sound dumb and simple but: a box. Get a real kick pedal, even a cheap one, and set it up to hit something that will make a sound loud enough to hear and quiet enough that you can tolerate it ...
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Force note beams to be horizontal

If you just replace: \once\override Stem.length-fraction = #1.5 with: \override Beam.positions = #'(4.8 . 4.8) ... I think you'll get what you are looking for; all beams at the same height, without ...
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Drumstick qualities for rock music, teens, and beginner/intermediate drummers

People generally use heavier-than-average drumsticks for rock music. No lighter than 5A, often 5B or 2B drumsticks are used. This covers quite a range, and which particular stick you use is largely ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

I agree with @Tim, the standard way a drummer would handle this is alternate sticking and leaving out the high hat on 2 and 4. However if you really want to have that simultaneous hat and snare it’s ...
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What are the attachments used for on this bass drum?

That's actually not a snare drum but a “huge-diaphragm microphone”. This was a gimmick some studio engineers built out of, indeed, a snare drum shell by mounting a subwoofer in it instead of the drum ...
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Do drum skins crack?

Drum heads don't last for ever. Cracking is a standard failure mode. It may SOUND ok, but does it 'bounce' the same way when practicing rolls etc.? If so, carry on if you like. If you go on ...
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Can Bongos be Safely Incorporated into a Normal Drum kit?

First, I’m not a percussionist but I do know a decent amount about Latin percussion so here goes: Bongo skins are thin but the skins that are made for companies like LP and Meinl are pretty durable. ...
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Force note beams to be horizontal

I do agree with Element’s suggestion to either notate this properly the way you intend it using chords, or to keep multiple voices. Entering multiple voices as Chords is a bit tedious. Theoretically ...
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What does the music notation "/ / / /" mean in a music drum score?

Counting Verse 1 from bar 5. Bar 5 & 6 are repeated 7 times to lead to bar 21. = 16 bars Bar 21 is repeated 6 times Then the 4 slashes / are played solo or freeform = 8 bars. These 8 bars are ...
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Is it possible to add notes with inverted stems on the same beat in Guitar Pro 6

Yes, you can use the multi-voice feature. On each track, you can use up to 4 independent voices : the notes can have different duration and independent stem direction. Each number represent a ...
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How to notate a quick open and close hi-hat?

This should be understandable.
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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

I am 33yrs old and just picked up playing drums. After enough research I have a routine which seems to work for me based on everything I've seen online. I do 1 1/2 hours a night and split it up into ...
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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

Well, you say... Knowing myself and how I learn best, viewing random YouTube clips won't help me stick with it. But sticking with it is on you, not the medium you're using for learning. If you ...
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What’s this drum notation symbol (X in the top gap)

That looks like an open hat to me
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Do drum skins crack?

Drum heads stretch and degrade over time. Sometimes they crack. Sometimes they tear. Sometimes all the material in then batter head wears off. Replacing drumheads is normal and how often depends on ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

I hate to break it to everyone but, this is not oxidation at all... Yes, copper-based oxidation is green and occurs for all the reasons stated but, it's also (9 times out of 10) highly localized and ...
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Delay in sound when connecting electronic drumset to a soundbar

Consumer audio products like the "sound bars" you mentioned are made for applications where precise timing is less important. Whether there's a 2.5 ms or a 25 ms delay between the input and the output ...
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how high to position the snare drum?

I'm sure there are as many setups as there are drummers. I sit so my knees are just under 90° & my thighs maybe 2" higher than level. That gives me my optimum pedal position. This, btw, is ...
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Drumming: Where do backbeats/snares go in 2/2 time

The question has fallen into the traps of thinking that the drum beat and back beat are based on quarter notes and that the drum beat necessarily corresponds to the time signature. What's "really&...
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Drumming: Where do backbeats/snares go in 2/2 time

When there are 4 beats in the bar, 'Back Beat' is accenting 2 and 4. It's a 4/4 thing. Or music that COULD be notated in 4/4. Asking where to put the back beat in a two-in-the bar time is like asking ...
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Change staff position of hi-hat

LilyPond has few different "styles" that set the positions for the various instruments on a percussion staff. See 2.51 Common notation for percussion - Percussion staves. For example, to ...
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Force note stems to be connected

The issue here is that weinberg style has the hats on the g space instead of the e space, which is by default too far apart to have Lilypond connect the Stems. Solve this by increasing the length of ...
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