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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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Should I rest the bass drum beater on the skin or in air when playing a drum kit?

I've been playing the drums for almost 18 years now, so here's my two cents: This is definitely a matter of preference, and has to do with how you use your foot to strike the bass drum. Generally ...
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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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How do i differentiate a crash cymbal from a ride cymbal which looks so similar

The purist, jazz drummer in me will tell you there is no difference. You can place a cymbal wherever you want and play it however you want regardless of what word the manufacturer decided to print on ...
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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?

Yes, you absolutely can. As with so many things, this is not a black-or-white thing. There's not some kind of gene that says you'll either be a master at playing the drums, or totally suck at it. ...
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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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Is it okay to stand on drumkit's kick?

The front rim of most kick drums is very strong - a rigid metal circle - so standing on it isn't in itself likely to damage the drum. It also won't damage the mic, as it is usually on a low stand in ...
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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 would separate the sense of rhythm from the distinct skill of limb-independence. What you are actually trying to achieve right now isn't timing, or rhythm, it's the separation of one task [hands] ...
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How does one compose fills and solos for the drumkit?

Rudiments are just the different basic sequences. You can play them in any order, but you will find some work well and some sound less good. As with many aspects of music, it comes down to what you ...
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What are the disadvantages of using an electronic drumset?

To be clear about what we are talking about, this is an electronic drum set: There are other ways to generate sounds that function as drums in a music production, including drum machines and several ...
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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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Drum kit notation for crashes at section starts

Summary: Ex. 2 is self-contained and unambiguous; however, if you have other ways of communicating your intent to the performer, then the other, less busy, approaches are probably more useful. Ex. 2,...
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How does one compose fills and solos for the drumkit?

In the same way you'd compose any other passage of music, but ignore the elements of harmony and melody. Although, as with a lot of sound art or noise composition, you can write something with the '...
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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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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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How does one improve on his/her drumming technique without owning a drumset?

Use a practice pad. All the professional drummers I know use one regularly to practise stick technique and rudiments. Also, the drum teachers I know advise their pupils to use practice pad, ...
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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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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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How can I train myself to tap my foot without hitting something with my hands?

This kind of coordination seems impossible at first but then one day it seems like it happens magically. Here are some methods that I have seen help countless students. Please note: my answer draws ...
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Cymbal rolls on electronic drums

All electronic drum kits even today basically just play back recorded samples with triggers shaped to match traditional drums. No matter how good the samples themselves are, the idea that each hit ...
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Why might one want to record a drum accompaniment electronically without using regular or electronic drumheads and cymbals to drum on?

My band, a three piece rock/techno/metal band, only uses drums from a machine. We did initially use live recorded drums, but for the type of music we play, we needed the rhythm section to have exact ...
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How does one improve on his/her drumming technique without owning a drumset?

Bob Broadley is right if you want to practice ONLY the stick technique : buy a pad. So you will be able to train your touch and etc... which is nice. Now, there are several things you can do if you ...
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Is it a bad idea to mix lessons on acoustic, and practise on electronic multipad?

Practicing with multi pads is not a bad idea, it's a great idea. You can actually just practice on a cheap, portable, (affordably ship-able) practice pad to learn stick control for rhythmic accuracy, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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