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I've been playing for 30+years my best tip is play simple feel the beat (basic beat-snare,base, hi hat) old country music needs only the basics. Listen to blues to feel simple fills(snare rolls and cymbals)then Rock. there are many songs that sound good with a streight beat and no fills.A fill in the wrong place or out of time will sound BAD.when you have mastered these go to Jazzand you are on yur own. - Randy

Not to disagree with another tipster, but PLEASE do not hold your sticks so loose that if someone comes along and hits them they fall out. That is very poor technique and you'll loose yourself all over the kit. you will have no control. loose handling is also seen as cheating your way out of building chops. - trace

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Do you want the band to stay off your back about keeping good time? Play with a click trick or use one of those time keeping measuring things on your snare drum. This will end your misery. - Drummer Man

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You can spike your hair, get a tatoo, pierce your lip, and cut holes in your pants. None of these will land you the gig if you can't play the drums well. Spend as much time on practicing your drums as you do trying to be cool. - Punk Roger

Reverse your two rack toms. This creates a different type of sound when you're playing a drum fill down them. If you have two floor toms, you can do it with them also. Put the lower tom first and then the higher floor tom. - Laten Hunter

If your playing a show and you lose a stick make sure u keep the snare beat instead of the highhats or cymbal it will make a better recovery and potentially save the song and even your SHOW!!! - Colton Bergman
Practice beyond your band. Don't just practice what your band needs but practice for your future. Pick a band that you would like to eventually play drums with. Work on their songs. Work on the licks, beats, and drum fills required to play their music. This way you're contstantly moving forward. - Riley O'

When playing with a band play what fits and sounds right for the song. There will be other times to show off and do solos. - Josh

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Listen to all types of music and different bands. Jazz, metal, rock, punk, pop, etc. You’ll learn a lot just by listening to other drummers. - Josh

When submitting tips on here, to spell your tips CORRECTLY. It's dead annoying. On to my original idea...Try playing with your dented/scratched drumsticks, you get a different sound to fresh ones. - Someone Far Away

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If your in a band or playing gigs and there is no room for your drums! Take a tom tom holder that is from a pearl set and lay the floor tom tom like a bass drum so you can connect a bass drum pedal! Drill a hole in the middle of the drum and the holes to match the tom tom holder once secured you take the top part of the pearl snare drum stand and stick it in the tom tom holder tighten the screws connect your snare drum to the stand and you have your customized cocktail set! Good luck! P.s Can do the same with the toms - Tony Page

To practice your bass pedal Speed , Just do it whit your feet all the time , while in class , while eating , watching tv , ALL THE TIME then when u get on the drums u will be as fast as - Joey :)

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A good tip is to do rudiments on the snare then do it on the toms until you reach the floor tom and then come back up. keep repeting it but going faster every time. Also try doing your rudiments on the bass drum. IT WORKS SERUISLY!! - Tony Stinchcomb

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DON'T THINK that you have to put a pillow in your bass drum to get a non-resining sound. The trick is to tune the resin (outer) head first. Take a single sheet of paper towel and fold it twice over itself to make a square. Use duct tape on all four sides to attach it to the lower-center of the head. MAKE CERTAIN that it is not too tight against the head, because rather than dampening it, it will act as part of the head and do very little of what you are trying to achieve. Tune the resining head up just a little of what you're aiming for. (The batter head will make up for it.) Next, the batter. Do the same paper towel trick in the same position on this. Tighten the head equally on all lugs.
After this, fine-tune the batter head up or down to tune out the "ringing" or "buzzing" sound. Make sure to stretch the heads first around the shell by putting pressure on the outside of them pressing against the shell. This will extend the life, make it easier to tune, and help it stay in tune longer.
Pillow and blankets and newspapers or whatever people throw in their drum is highly unnecessary, the key it to tune the heads to the point that they 'vibrate', if you will, at the same frequency. - ZAC
Over the years, I've been playing desktops, my knees, the kitchen table, the arms of chairs, garbage cans, hampers, pots, pans, you name it. As a kid I almost started believing my first name was "Dammit!" You know what I'm saying! :)

Anyway, the one thing that has always inspired me was to watch other drummers. I have always been amazed to just watch another drummer play their kit. Especially jazz drummers; seeing (and hearing) the subtle ghost hits and fills , how effortless they seem to do it, their kick pedal work. It makes me want to play just for the sheer joy of playing! And I believe that to be the ultimate secret to being a good drummer. You love what you do.

Another thing that has helped is playing a steady, weekly gig for over three and a half years. It has improved my playing tremendously. Which brings me to the second hint, listen to the rest of the band. I don't mean the singer who's b****ing at you to play more quietly, I mean to listen to what they're playing, and how the song is developing. A few other posters have said that they see the drummer as serving the band, and I firmly believe that to be the case. Be yourself, but hear what the band is doing, and work hard to make *them* sound good.

We drummers have great power! We can inspire, we can distract, we can run the whole train right off the tracks! I've found that as I continue to learn to listen to my bandmates, and learn to anticipate their needs, the tighter we get. When that "magic" happens, everyone just smiles, and the synergy just keeps increasing.

One last thing; if you hear the band start to lose it, do not follow them. Keep the beat! If the singers collapses, keep the beat. If the guitarist kabongs himself, keep the beat. No matter ehat, keep the beat. The others are relying on you to keep the foundation strong, so don't worry, they'll catch up to you. And remember to play it just as the song should go, if they lose it going into the bridger, play the bridge. They're expecting it, and will catch up.

To sum up, be inspired, listen to the band, be yourself. And don't try being the best, just be a good, reliable drummer that inspires confidence in the others, and the rest will follow.

My 2 cents... humbly submitted. - Bob

Listen to great drummers like Buddy Rich, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neil peart (Rush), John bonham, Moby dick (led zeppelin), and you'll know what real drumming is. Look up there solos on youtube, they are freaking Drum gods! - Dylan
Wear ear protection of some sort, preferably with filters. Playing drums regularly will damage your ears! Also be carefull with (monitor)headphones. Hearing damage is permanent. - Mike

Watch alot of music videos, watch what the drummer is doing, that's how I learned to drum, watch Bonzo, Ringo, Nicko Mcbrain, Clive Burr, Neal Peart, peter chris, Lars, nick mason , nick menza, Dave Lombardo,etc see what they are doing, it really works. - Richard Harris

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FOR BEGINNERS WHO WANT FAST HANDS-all beginners go out and buy a drumkit when they start or practise pads.....but the best way to enhance you speed is a phonebook(or any thick books with paper fronts)....i no,sounds stupid but the thing is, drums and most practise pads ar bouncey...so after a few weeks of playing your weak hand is most likely bouncing....so you think your fast but your not...and you wont get faster.....but practising on a phonebook or what-ever will inprove you speed sooner rather than later........and remember you wont get fast over night....it takes months!!giz a shout back 4 more tips on bebo - descott55

Buy a strip of FELTAC (felt for sticking under tables and chairs)from the hardware store. Cut it and stick it on the cam under the chain on your pedals when the felt that is there wears out. - Jim Dwyer

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Buy some laytex tubing from the drug store or get some from a chemistry lab. It can be used as follows:

Replacing cymbal sleeves on you stands.

Instead of stuffing cotton in your lugs to stop the springs from rattling you can cut a piece of the laytex tubing and use it to replace the springs!

Cut two small pieces of laytex tubing and put them over your drum stick tips. Now you have a pair of practice sticks that you can play on any surface without marking it and the rebound is better than a RealFeel pad! - Jim Dwyer

I suggest looking into the work of Danny Carey (Tool). He is widely known for his creative drumming, using complex time signatures and great technique. The way he integrates drums and time signatures into the sound of his band is quite unique and something to reach for. - M.G.S

This key to marching snare drum: RELAX. - Tyler V.

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While playing a "single hand" double or single stroke fill around the toms try adding ghost notes on your snare. Not only does this subtly fill in the dead spots between toms but it makes the beats sound closer together thus sounding cleaner and after alot of practice it will sound faster without more energy being excerted. - Ches - Founder, Christian Drummers Hall of Fame
Buy a mixer (I got mine at Radio Shack) and feed the drumset synthesizer signal into it. I also have feeds into the mixer for a metronome, an iPod and a CD player. Then I mix whatever I want together and run that signal thru a 40 channel graphic equalizer to get what I want. - James Rader

Buy a strip of FELTAC (felt for sticking under tables and chairs) from the hardware store. Cut it and stick it on the cam under the chain on your pedals when the felt that is there wears out. - Jim Dwyer

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Wear ear protection of some sort, preferably with filters. Playing drums regularly will damage your ears! Also be careful with (monitor) headphones. Hearing damage is permanent. - Mike
For a rivet cymbal sound, hang your keys on the wing nut of your ride cymbal. - Jazzy J.
A good tip is to do rudiments on the snare then do it on the toms until you reach the floor tom and then come back up. Keep repeating it but going faster every time. Also try doing your rudiments on the bass drum. IT WORKS SERIOUSLY!! - Tony Stinchcomb
If your in a band or playing gigs and there is no room for your drums! Take a tom tom holder that is from a pearl set and lay the floor tom like a bass drum so you can connect a bass drum pedal! Drill a hole in the middle of the drum and the holes to match the tom tom holder once secured you take the top part of the pearl snare drum stand and stick it in the tom tom holder tighten the screws connect your snare drum to the stand and you have your customized cocktail set! Good luck! P.S. Can do the same with the toms - Tony Page

Most drummers crash on "1" at the end of a drumfill. Try playing over the bar line. Keep going and crash on the "and" of 1, into the snare backbeat on beat "2". There are lots of different ways to do it but this is one that I like. - Tubby Heller

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Take my word for it. Do NOT use an electric buffer on your cymbals. - T-Bone
When playing with a band play what fits and sounds right for the song. There will be other times to show off and do solos. - Josh
Practice beyond your band. Don't just practice what your band needs but practice for your future. Pick a band that you would like to eventually play drums with. Work on their songs. Work on the licks, beats, and drum fills required to play their music. This way you're constantly moving forward. - Riley O'
If you're playing a show and you lose a drumstick make sure u keep the snare beat instead of the highhats or cymbal it will make a better recovery and potentially save the song and even your SHOW!!! - Colton Bergman

When you're playing a drum solo, try to keep your high hat foot going so that it helps the other musicians in the band know where you are. If you can't keep it going throughout then mark 1 somehow every few bars to ensure they know where 1 is. - Peter Citronelli

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You know those Zero ring things? Well they make them in different widths and the different widths will give you different sounds. Try all of them and experiment. - Johnn
Reverse your two rack toms. This creates a different type of sound when you're playing a drum fill down them. If you have two floor toms, you can do it with them also. Put the lower tom first and then the higher floor tom. - Laten Hunter
You can spike your hair, get a tattoo, pierce your lip, and cut holes in your pants. None of these will land you the gig if you can't play the drums well. Spend as much time on practicing your drums as you do trying to be cool. Punk Roger
Odd times are a lot easier to play if you think of the bar in groups. For example, a bar of seven can be 3 beats and 4 beats, or it can be 2 beats plus 2 beats plus 3 beats, or it can be 5 beats, plus 2 beats. You get the picture. - John Paul
Do you want the band to stay off your back about keeping good time? Play with a click trick or use one of those time-keeping measuring things on your snare drum. This will end your misery. - Drummer Man

Buy yourself a drum stool with a real thick padding. You then won't be hurting so much after that 4th set. - D.M.

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Don't clean your cymbals with bronze cleaner. It will take the logo off of your cymbal. Learned that the hard way. - Dustin D.
Don't put an artist on your bio unless you've played with that artist. Your band opening up for that artist is not the same as playing with them. - Diddy
Practice for perfection. Don't settle for anything less than "great". - Moon Unit
When you're playing a big power fill down the drums in, hit the crash cymbal with one of your tom hits now and then. This helps fill up the fill and adds flavor to it. It makes it sound bigger and more interesting. - Mike Fox
Liven up your drum solo by playing with your hands. The crowd digs it. - Bistra
Think twice before throwing your drumsticks into the crowd. If you injure someone, they could sue you. - Jeddy
When testing out ride cymbals, be sure to use the sticks that you normally play with. A ride cymbal can sound different with different stick sizes and variations. - Mitch
Think twice about having people help you pack your drums up at the end of the night. They'll often do more damage than good. - Steve L. Morrey

Take the time to clean your drums and cymbals. They look awesome on stage when they're sparkling!! - No name given

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Here's a tip if you play electronic drums and are just learning like me. Buy a mixer (I got mine at Radio Shack) and feed the drumset synthesizer signal into it. I also have feeds into the mixer for a metronome, an iPod and a CD player. Then I mix whatever I want together and run that signal thru a 40 channel graphic equalizer to get what I want. - James Rader
A stage and light effects can really make your drums look bigger and more exciting to play in.. Literally even if you play just a basic beat, the light effects would make it look like you did something amazing. - Edmil Quiambao

Remember to always remain relaxed when playing. When you are playing fast you should not be holding the sticks tightly. Someone should be able to pull the sticks out of your hands with ease. Relaxed grip + relaxed body = tension free and injury free drumming. - Pete Privitere

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You can make a single bass pedal sound like a double pedal by first: finding the sweet spot and, second: by rolling from your heel to toe it really works i still use it on my double pedal but now it sounds like a triple pedal - JoNo
When putting drums to a song, imagine what you would want the drums to sound like. don't try to stand out too much. Just give the guitars the force they need! - Daniel
There is no best drummer in the world. That is just opinion. - Tommy

Heres some tips on tuning a snare drum: Use a tighter drumhead tuning for the bottom of the snare. Also make sure the snares are not too tight or the drum will sound choked. - Mylo

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1) Play with a band you will learn alot faster.
2) Listen to music and try to play it out in your head.
3) If your curious on how to do something look it up, don't be afraid.
4) Move your things around to where you play confortable. - Dragon Drummer
DO NOT USE DUCK TAPE when you are trying to get the muffling out. Because it will live sticky marks on the surface of the drum head. - arvin

RULES ABOUT ROLLS: Count 16th notes from the start of the roll to the end of the roll. - rockwood drummer

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If you don't want dents in your heads, be sure the tom angles are not too slanted. Also, don't hit the drums so hard. There's no need to hit so hard. The other thing that will dent the heads is if they're cheap drumheads. Be sure you get quality drumheads. - Travis Barker
He who stops being better, stops being good! - Al

Sometimes you want the woody sound from vintage drums! such as 1970 ludwig or roger or gretch drums I couldn't afford ludwig drums! So I brought Ludwig shells and brought lugs and rims and skins not necessarly ludwig! Example- made ludwig tom-toms out of ludwig marching snare drums buying them from e-bay! The ludwig marching drum was $15.00 and bought the parts I ended up with the Ludwig sound for less than $400 And have a 5pc Ludwig drum set By the way did the same with the ludwig chrome snare shell and Bass drum shell! Good Luck!! This article is not for drum collector's! - pro drummer since 1975

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Playing to the radio can help your tempo - justin cannon
Never drink strong Coffee before a gig. I drank cup immediately before a gig once and had a lot of trouble controlling my sticks when trying to play doubles and also during a slower song due to the caffine. The adrenaline rush from the coffee was great for my confidence though. - Bleachy
To make a cocktail drum set from a Floor to-tom! Take a 16x16 or 18x18 lay it on the side like a bass brum on the center of the drum drill holes for the to-tom holder and screw holes using the tom- tom holder it as a template! Take the floor tom-tom leg holders and put them toward the front like the bass leg spurs! Then take a bass drum lug and tee tenion rod and put it on the the bottom of the drum so it connects to the rim and then secure by drilling the hole so you can secure the lug & screws into the shell!!once secure you can add the bass drum pedal! To stop the ringing sound Cut a round hole using a coffe top lid as hole template once bottom skin which will become front skin once the floor-tom-tom is on the side like the bass drum skin is cut stuff paper inside, so it makes it sound more like a bass drum!and srops the ring sound you can then take the top part of your snare stand and put it into your tom-tom holder attach snare to the top stand which then it now becomes your cocktail set and use it when there is no room for your complete drumset at a gig! Thanks - Tony the professional drummer for over 30 years!
Remember to relax and breath through your nose when playing your drums.Breathing through your nose will help you play longer and stay strong the whole way through solos and fast tempo songs.Sit up stright keeping your back from sloughing and bad posture will also help you stay strong,Remember we are the back-bone to ALL BANDS we need to keep fit.To all drummers play on......... I've been drumming for 44 years and still play strong. - Chris Ortega

You'll never be able to do anything without confidence. Don't be shy of messing up and just rock the house. - JM

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One of my tips is, if you can't afford a drumset... don't go into det to get one! I didn't! i borrowed a friends electic set! and then when he wanted it back, i played airdums for a year! but then it turned out that, because i didn't buy a piece of junk, i got a used 6 peice DW set (with a coulpe cymbals) for under 2 grand!! believe me! it was worth waiting for!!

And also, i don't think there is suck a thing as "the best drummer"! it all depends on what you like!!! in my mind the best would have to be the best at every stile of music!! not just one! - Michael Ryzuk

If you have problems with your kit never feeling the same after moving it around to gigs, etc., set it up exactly the way you want it on your rug (or A rug if you don't have one yet) and mark where all your pieces go with masking tape. Using memory locks on cymbals, toms, etc. is also a great idea. My rug is literally my "map" for where everything on my kit goes.

How you set your kit up is an ongoing process of determining what's ergonomically best for you, and may change with time as you add and remove pieces or become aware of certain things being more or less comfortable for you. - Christina

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You are only as fast as the your left hand will permit (right hand for lefties) - Brian Uribe
You're the best drummer... .just don't be cocky about it. You can learn something from anyone rookie or vet - Hottwillz

When first starting out drumming or just learning a new complicated beat start out at a slow tempo. When i say slow I mean like 30 bpm slow! Trust me this technique works dont try to play a beat at full tempo just take your time and start out slowly and after you can play the beat at that tempo succesfully practice getting faster and faster each time. Trust me i still use this to learn and improve my timing one beats! anyways good luck to you all and keep practicing and if u get frustrated take a 10 minutes break this always works for me ok good luck to all - Joseph Dixon

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While playing fills, you don't have to do a fast solo the whole way through. Do a quick solo and then do a flam and then a slow single stroke the rest of the way around the set. - D-Man-Dizzle
I see alot of "tips" on how to muffle and dampen your drums. I suggest finding the right heads for your musical situation and learn how to tune them properly instead of choking them. Why would you want to dampen great overtones? - Robert/American Motherload
A good musician practices until he/she gets it right. A great musician practices until he/she can't get it wrong. Never give up. - Jeff
IF u wnat to check HOW GOOD U r at Drumming.... practice DRUM regualrly for 1 MONTHS without a DAY gap... then after a MONTH take a WEEK or 3-4 DAYS GAP....>>> DURING those DAYS don't think DRUM at all... and the DAY when U PLAY DRUMS.....U will know GREAT DRIFFERENCE in UR STYLE and CAPACITY of UR DRUMMING! - Srijan

Before DRUMMING U should know what DRUM IS:
D= DO it patiently
R= RELAX for moment
U= UNDERSTAND what U want to play
M= Memorize Ur Beats and Playings
UNDERSTAND these....U will definitely be in TOP among DRUMMERS! - Srijan

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Dont always kiss (keep it simple stupid). serve the song. if the song calls for complex, then so be it. but it would sound pretty funny playing simple over a complex rhythm if it didnt call for it. just like neil peart said, if its simple then it better be exceptionally good - pete privitere

To become super quick on your fills simply perform simple rolls on the snare at a reasonable speed if your a begginer, slowly speed up and throw in the odd tom hit, then speed up again, you can build up amazing speed, my fills sound so amazing because i can double up on the tempo on a fill at any speed and any duration, trust me it makes your style unique - The drum god Shawn Dimery

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Dont underestimate the abilities of drummers like Phil Rudd of AC/DC and Rick Allen of Def Leppard! Many of their songs are simple straight ahead 4/4 but listen to songs like Def Leppards Foolin and AC/DC's Back In Black for a lesson on fluidity! Ringo gets bad mouthed on this tips site too much! Ringo shouldn't be underestimated either! He's only the drummer of the greatest rock band EVER! - Brandon
My drum tip is to listen to calvin rodgers he has been the best drummer out for the past four years and the best drummer right now.You also need to do rudiments. - charles lewis

Want to keep your base drum sounding like a base drum, and not a overstuffed wooden barrel? Well, take an old bath towel, then cut off the write length to fit a crossed your drum, but remember to allow your self an inch or two longer to be able to hold it in place, cut about a 4-6 inch whide strip and place it over the middle of the drum with the head off. Then place your batter head back on, and tune it up. Then buy one of those Remo Muffle rings that mount on the barring edge of your base drum, and place this on the front side of the drum, and gently tighten down the logo head. If you don't want to get one of those, just do the same thing on the front side of the drum as the back side. This gives your drum a deep punchy sound, but doesn't allow the base drum to over power the rest of your drum set. No more messing arround with pillos or blankets! You can flip your base drum upside down, or role it down a hil, and the sound won't change! (don't try this, unless you want a damaged drum! haha - Jake

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Wipe down your cymbals before you pack them up. This helps keep dust and grime from accumulating on them so quickly. - John Drumming
If you ever audition for a drumming part just remember that you are the best and if you dont get the part then you are just having an "off" day but you are still the best. - stacey
Don't think playing drums faster is more difficult. Try the same rithym with a tempo of 60 bpm - Kike
Don't listen to mindless people. there is a thing called reverse trad. and it is for leftys on the kit, but anyone can do it. *There is not wrong way to hold drumsticks* - Jimmy Davies

Most rudiments are made up of singles and doubles. If you master these two basic, primary rudiments, the rest of your rudiments will soar! - Juni Juniper

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Check the bearing edges of your drums. If the edges aren't straight, the drumheads won't seat properly and it will negatively affect your drum sound. Remember, the sharper the cut, the more attack and sustain the drum will have. - Oger

Do you buy your own mics and run your own cables? Save yourself some time by making your own mic snake. This will help organize things and make setups a lot faster. - Pete Sansen

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Drummers sometimes get used to keeping their hands together when they do fills. Think more linearly (is that a word?). Think of spreading your hands out when you play fills. This will open you up to more ideas. - Rock (Animal)
Buy yourself a cheap practice kit to keep at home. That way if you're stuff is locked up in a band van, you can still practice. - Loopy

Every drummer you have ever heard on a major label release, whether it be country, metal, rock, jazz, pop, disco ect...Is a very well accomplished drummer and knows what they are doing! If they didn't they wouldn't be there. Don't ever rip on other musicians abilitlies...That will never help you improve. - Brandon

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If your a beginner and want to become good quick, always jam with musicians that are more experienced than you are. - Bobby
Learn to play over the bar line with drum licks and drum fills. It will make your beats sound more interesting on the drums and it will add to your bands sound. - Michel
This is a tip about tuning your drums. When you put on new drumheads and you tune them, you will need to tune them back up again a few hours of playing them, or if they sit overnight. This is because the heads will stretch and the overall pitch will drop on each drum. You'll need to tweak them back up to where you had them. - Niel Pert
If you want to make your practice pad sound like a real snare drum, just add a sheet of aluminum foil on the top. - bob

Use a program called TabTrax. It's very cheap and is a brilliant program to write drum music properely aswell as drum tabs and also converts drum tab to drum music (for the readers among you) and it does all this with proper notation. - tom

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Always remember two words: MORE COWBELL! Seriously. It's a very distinct sound, and is a great addition to most any style. Work it into your next solo or a gig. It'll get attention. People go nuts over a cowbell. - Shane

Hardcore drumming. try writing songs which your bass drum follows guitar on palm muted parts. such as break downs, bridges, ect. even, consistancy, and control is key. speed means nothing without anything else. - kevin maslan

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LISTEN TO HEART AND BRAIN WHEN PRACTICING THERE ARE YOUR BEST TEACHERS AND THAT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN U ARE FOCUSING - REGINALD
Drum Tuning Tip: Put a dab of vasoline on your tension rods before screwing them into the drum. This makes them go in easier and it preserves the life of the screw. - Big Lou

Remember, the approach to Concert Snare is different that that of Marching Snare. Be sure to study this and don't get the techniques confused. - Max

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Double bass drumming is like lifting weights. You can't just sit down and play 200 beats per minute when you've never done it before. You have to take it slow and don't speed up. This goes for any beat too on the drumkit. - Greg
When you tune your rack toms, muffle your renosant head, (not your batter), and tune your renosant head tighter than your batter. This creates a wet sound without overtones. But on your floor tom, do the exact oppisite (you will still get the same sound. - Colby
Your Drumstick Teqnichque: When holding traditinal grip, try do do your rudiments on a practice pad with light-weight sticks, when you mastered the rudiment, try to master it on a concert snare (still holding traditinal, your grip is vital to the sound), then try the rudiment on a marching snare. Than try the SAME rudiment with marching sticks. This really helps you master the rudiment faster, and remember, you cant be too fast! (As long as it is not obnochious) - Colby Herrington
LEARN TO READ MUSIC, ESPECIALLY DRUM MUSIC AND NOTATION! Just about anything you want to do is written down somewhere. It saves a lot of time rather than trial and error. It's like learning to read words. Remember that the REASON for written music and learning to read it is the same as reading words. It's a medium to communicate and exchange an idea. Never listen to those who will say "I won't learn how to read because it may mess up my style or I can memorize things fast". Thats all nonsense my fellow drummers. EXAMPLE: You got a call to record tracks with someone you never played with. You get to the studio and they booked the studio for "X" amount of time. They hand you the charts to the tunes they want to record. TIME=MONEY in the studio. Your job is to read the charts and play the part as if you have played the music many times before. Don't only learn how to read just snare drum music, learn drum set music and most importantly (if you play drum set) is to learn how to read DRUM CHARTS. Drum charts are a different animal than snare drum or drumset music. You must master the 4 elements of chart reading...TIME-SET UP-KICK AND RETURN (BACK TO TIME) - Andy Weis

Use drumsticks not your hands! - Johnny Quest

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Don't learn to play songs EXACTLY. EXPERIMENT it makes you more creative, change drum parts to parts you think are better and play those :) hope this helps :P - experiment

If you keep speeding up, dont play to a metrenome. play to a song you like and has a basic 4/4 time signature. this will get you used to playin in time with other instruments :) - timing

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I find playing without shoes helps. i think its because your feet are more flexible and you can be mre precise :) - drummer

Look i know this sounds disgusting (maybe) but if you keep getting blisters, pop them if there not deep, put a plaster on it for a few days. then when the skin goes hard as it is healing, play. play everyday and the skin should stay hard like this. no more blisters :) - drummer

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ONLY and i repeat ONLY!!! spin/flip/throw/twirl your stick if 1. you have a spare close to hand, 2. you are extremely confident in your stick throwing/spinning/flipping and the like.. because if you drop the stick or cock up ur gonna pretty damn embaressed!! if you can throw/flip etc etc.... your sticks, it looks as good as hell!!!!!!! :):) - drummer

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Are you going to cut a hole in your bass drum as a port hole? Keep in mind that the size of the hole you cut affects how your bass drum will sound. I like the smaller diameter holes but the larger you cut the hole, the dryer your sound will be because it lets more air out and it resonates less. So experiment around with some different hole sizes. As and FYI, where you place the hole on the front of the head also affects the shape of the sound. - Spaz
Keep your snare high and your toms low. - James
Play every where u can i have played on my pillows and couch and every other place u can think of keep practicing - Kyle Robbins
Drum head companies hate me.To get longer use out of your heads,take a heat gun and apply it to the pock marks and or dents in your heads.Do it about an inch from the top of the head and you will disperse the plastic around on the head and eliminate the marks.If you do change the head cut it up for zero rings.Dont buy them,come on drums are expensive lets keep that overhead low,so we can spend more money on hookers haha - matt gray hardcore

I encourage everyone to experiment with other types of music as much as possible. Who wants to hear someone playing a blast beat for an hour straight, or doing the same basic backbeat for a half hour. Be creative!! - Bonecrusher

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Stay hydrated. Water or gatorade are the best for shows. Energy drinks are good, but do burn off fast and then you can have a caffeine and sugar crash. Alcohol is ok as long as your not drunk. Then you just embarass yourself and your band. - Bonecrusher

Everyone probably knows this but, if you want to make a cool sound with your cymbal (any cymbal) drum really fast on it starting VERY quiet and just keep getting louder. - Joseph

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Rewrapping your drums: If you want to rewrap your drums, you might have a problem getting the old drum wrap off. Use a heat gun and hold it over the wrap while pulling up on it. The heat gun melts the glue underneath and allows you to pull the drum wrap off. You might need to use a dull knife or a putty knife to wedge underneath and guide it along. - Max
When recording in the studio if your drums have a drums rack and you find you are getting some weird hi-pitch sounds at the board but you dont know what it is ??? well it is most likly your rack ....I found if you stufff them with newspaper or spray foam the hi pitch noise will go away ....hopes this helps. - Jaret Demaries

When playing a beat play 3 bars and a one bar fill - Shimmy

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For a better sounding bass drum you can use weather stripping on the inside of the head. If you use too much it will muffle it too much. - cody
Drum set up is critical! Every drummer's set up is different, find the sweet spots for all you're pieces! ( my uncle owns a superior Tama Rockstar to my Pearl Export, and yet, since the set up on his is so different, i can play much beter on mine, go figure! =) - Johnny
If you're listening to your iPod while drumming, use shuffle so you get something new every time. And remember you don't need to kill your ears to hear it. - Tony
Dont let friends stop you from drumming - carl

If you are a begginner, play your snare drum ONLY, forget every other drum you own. The better you are on your snare drum, the better your play will be when you cross over to the kit as a whole. Dynamics, rolls, paradiddles, and accents will make you sound like a pro and your time spent behind the snare will set you apart from other drummers. I took lessons for 6 years, the first year and a half was devoted to snare only; and as much as i hated my drum teacher for making me do that, i cannot believe how much better i am behind the kit now. DO IT AND REAP THE BENIFITS LATER - Mike

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Wel wen it comes to drums i think u should play wit passion and heart keep toms in so u dont hav to reach out - Asher mcCane

Use remo heads they xock with an x plus they lok sweet with a red drum set plus look up mike novak from "Every TimeI Die" c u later - Asher mcCane

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Try out the heal-toe method and then incorperate first into simple rock beats. - Sawsall
Often when a song has a guitar or bass opening before the drums kick in, I have a problem with the vibrations rattling my snares. A little trick I have found works excellent is to lay your hand with all five fingers spread out directly in the center of the snare. No more annoying rattle. - Jeff P

If you find yourself dropping or losing sticks often, buy a stick bag (no need to get expensive here, the $10 kind work just fine), and tie it up to your floor tom on the side closest to you. That way a new stick is always within reach. - Jeff P.

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If you have a lot of stands to carry from gig to gig but don't have road cases, invest in a sturdy, extra-large duffel bag. You're going to want want at least 3 feet long. That way you can put all of your stands in one bag and save yourself a lot of hauling trouble. But you're going to want to have someone else help you carry it, as several stands can really add up in weight. Plus it is best to have two people carry it with their hands underneath the bag and the stands to save wear and tear on the bag. Some bags that large can be really expensive, so shop around before buying. I have a 42" long bag myself that the other band members call the "body bag" that I found on eBay for less than $30 (shipping included) that has lasted over two years so far. - Jeff P.

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Of all the millions of people there are, we all came from just 2 people....Adam & Eve. So I've been told. Of all the millions of beats there are, pretty much all came from just two rudiments....the single and double stroke. So the sooner you master these two rudiments (slow to fast)the better your odds to becoming a good drummer. - ShanghaiDude
Want a cheap way of practicing without the noise? Get pillowcases and lay them over the toms, cymbals. Hang one over the base and put two folded cases on the snare. Be creative, drum away, no more neighbourhood complaints!!! - Emily-Jayne
Fact. ANIMAL is the best drummer ever. he once threw a bass drum at buddy rich. beat that. - Gabe.

NEAL PERT IS THE BEST! - yeah I sed it

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When you make a mistake on the drums, don't fret; turn it into something cool! Mistakes are sometimes the catalyst for great ideas. Think about how you can turn that mistake into a unique drumbeat or drumfill. - Lyle

Learn the way I did and if your drumhead is buzzing, it needs to be replaced. How often I guess is up to you but if it buzzes or makes a strange sound, it probably has a rip in the head. - Peanut

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Before you throw some old torn up drums out, take them apart and reuse the parts. They can be worth a lot of money. Don't believe me? Go to the drum shop and ask about the price of some drum parts. You'll see. Also, buy junk drums at garage sales and strip them down for the parts. You can build your own drums with some of these parts. - Allen EIey
Here's my drum tip: If you smoke, QUIT! I quit a year ago and I don't get tired out playing the drums like I used to. Take it from a drummer that's been there. - Stix Landrey

Can't afford drum cases? Buy some cheap laundry bags with pull strings. They work great and your drums will thank you. - Cap'n Groove

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If u ever want to um fast the first thing yo will need to know is the parradidle on th snare do: rlrr lrll for 1 min and then do: rrllrrrr llrr llll do t all repT IDLY UNTIL U GET FASTE - luke russe
Check out George Kollias, he's the drummer for a band called Nile and he is rediculously fast on a double bass. -some guy
Keep some gum or breath mints in your drumgear bag. You never know when you'll meet a girl on the gig! - Mikel
Years ago I picked up this tip from an old funk drummer: Put a mounted tamborine to the left of your hi-hat. During fast, straight tunes, you can play 16th's with the right hand on your hi-hat and your left hand on the tamborine. So your left hand will play upbeat 16ths. You can then accent your left hand now and then for some neat effects. At your kit, you can't really get the full effect but out front it sounds like someone's playing straight 16ths on tamborine while you're playing the drum groove. It works. Try it! - Mike

A tip about when you're buying drums. If you know that you're going to have lights on them, buy drums that will look good under colored lights. My first drumset was a color that didn't look good with the differnt colored lights that were hitting it so I actually sold it and bought another kit. - Jimbob

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Check out drumchat.com. Its one of the best drum forums on the web. Their like my family. - Peter Paul and Hairy

Smoking while drumming might look cool but its not cool if it falls out of your mouth and burns your crotch.....also theres the health thing - Devin

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Have your snare high and tom low, just above snare hight, have your hi-hit about same heght as toms - dave
A cheap way to take out the over tones on your drums . Go to Wal-mart and buy some 1/4 inch self sticking weather stripping . use about 4 inch pieces and put them about a 1/2 inch from rim of your drums . Keep adding 4 inch pieces until you get the sound you want . Works great . - Rick Rosado

Get on the train: Think about time as a trian. If you fall off, don't try to race back into the car you fell off of, get on the next one. Taking a breath sounds better than an asthma attack. You can use this as a meditation in phrasing as well. - Räm

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Face it... drummers never get the chics/dudes. because after a gig they are the ones that have to pack up all their stuff and usually everyone leaves before the drummer - Stephen
If you ever get sprains cramps or tension in your wrists or legs don't use Lakota topical rub.
It might be fine for normal use but if you sweat heavily during intense drumming the area where the Lakota has been applied will burn like crazy during your gig. There must be some ingredient in there that reacts with sweat glands. I found that out the hard way. - Gary.
If you have a cowbell to mount to your bass drum but don't want to mar the wooden bass drum hoop, use a piece of felt or moleskin underneath the cowbell holder. This will protect the wood. - Elvan
First tip, I haven't touch a drum kit in 10 years due to illness but have been Air drumming all the time. One thing I know is that I'm a hell of a better player now than the last time time I hit those skins, New kit coming soon! Second tip ,Also I have been playing Drums while driving,You know, tapping the steering wheel with this hand and hitting the top of the gear stick with that one, Mainly to Slaughter ,Warrant and Bon Jovi, What I found was that I was playing the Bass Drum with my Left foot,I can now play right-handed but left-footed at the same time! Try it it great - The Two Stick Terror!

To get your Beat/stroke/note faster - Please hold the sticks with two fingers ie Fore finger and a thumb finger, remaining fingers should just feel the sticks and place the sticks in the tip of your finger and practice mummy daddy with 50% of wrist work and 50% of finger work. - Avin Dudu

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Play with as many other musicians in as many different genres of music as you possibly can, because you get a better idea of how to mix ideas while drumming, especially in advanced solo techniques. jazz rules!!! - max holmberg

To increase your speed. .just practise with heavy sticks whenever you can..so when you get on the kit with a lighter pair (5a's or something) you'll fly round.. and use your fingers to hit the sticks faster.
peacex - Ollie

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Don't forget your left hand. While you're playing a groove between the snare and the ride cymbal with backbeats, your left hand can be filling some with quick tom hits. Used sparingly this can really dress up your drumbeats. - Larry
TIMING!!! In an amateur band when the timing is going all wrong-- dont blame the rest of the band, they think it is your job and will insist that they have it right. To keep band harmony just say that to get it right you as a drummer need to do it to a click, put the click through the P.A. really loud. that will get you all together - granny drums

Unintentional dull sound off your snare duck tape a coin to the skin somewhere around the edge. yes, it does work - donal jessop

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Avoid unnecessary movement when drumming. If your drums are set up properly, you should be able to reach all drums and cymbals with little movement. This combined with proper balance will maximize your overall performance. - Pete K.
Be willing to take criticism from other band members. Though they might not always be correct, sometimes they have a point and it is smart to consider their point of view. - saab
Oil those pedals! I heard a drummer play the other night and it was distracting to hear his bass drum pedal squeaking most of the night. If he'd been recording, it would have ruined the track. - Big Bob
Incorporate a tamborine into your drum setup. You can do all kinds of things with it. Mix it into your drumbeats and drumfills. It'll spice up your drumming. - eel

Make what you are playing feel natural - daniel

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Play because you want to play and because you like it, not because people want you to. If you're playing, then you should enjoy it. p.s. MarNeedsCheerleaders rocks! - Taylor Schooley

If you're a self-taught beginning drummer, something that may help you get out of the rut of playing really similar beats and tempos is to listen to your favorite songs and their drum parts. You can listen to them on a CD player and headphones and play along with them. Don't worry about messing up. The song will keep playing so you can jump back in once you've caught the rhythm again. Start with the basic beat throughout the song, then add in the fills. It helps a lot! - Erica

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