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Don't ever set up your drums on laminate / wooden flooring. It leaves a hell of a scratching - Somebody
WARMING UP: This is what I do before really playing I do rlrr lrll then speed it up and do 16ths or somthing - Criss Dawson

All i can say is, become one with the drums. if it doesn't feel right, stop playing. - Robb White

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Furthermore, if it does feel right, now this: the louder the better! - Robb White
Be Fun and get SERIUOS lika a drummer, drink water, do exercise, be funny, and practice hard! up for the drumming!! - David
Watch videos, study to your idols and don´t be like them, be original !!! and get out to your bad habits... be the best than yesterday !!! - David

1. When giving tips, use proper grammar and spelling so that people can understand your tips.

2. When you're practicing, imagine yourself playing at a gig. That way you get motivated, you'd want to try a lot harder, because you see your goal (the gig) and you just imagine yourself having fun. Worked for me, I've been playing for 10 years, I know.

3. Eventually when you do play at a gig, play as if no one is watching you. Because if you keep thinking of what people are going to think, you're going to try a little too hard, and it will screw you up. Just go with the flow, and include all the techniques you practiced.

4. To strengthen your left hand, learn how to play open hand. (Playing the hi-hat with your left hand, right hand on your snare) works like a charm. - Marlon Dela Cruz, keep drumming.

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Want some rock band tips? Well if you want to get good at rock band, you've got to get good at the basics of playing drums, because the techniques are the same. Not exactly the same, but close. I see guys that can't keep good time. Just practice with records and try to stay on the beat. I see guys take their foot off of the bass drum pedal or rest their hands when they're not hitting. Keep everything close. The less movement, the better - especially on the fast songs. Do a little practicing on a pad or on a table top when you're not on the rock band drumset and you'll see how it will help your game overall. - Rocky

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When you hit a crash cymbal at the end of a measure hit the kick drum simoutaneously. Nice effect! - mike smith

Don't stick to one type or one genre of music that you are playing, try to play different types of music to improve your skills and to learn more techniques - Ferjon

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You are NEVER too old to learn .I am 58 and got back into drumming about 6 years ago after more than 20 years of NOT drumming. WOW was I missing it.I bought a book called "It's Your Move" by Dom Famularo.It has opened up soooo much for me.I am mainly a "lefty" but now have expanded my setup with another ride and another high hat and double pedals...again I say WOW!!!!
Go for it if you can...keep on beatin'!!! - Steve Hlabse
Play even when you aren't playing. Always have patterns, beats, fill-ins, and or marching rudiments going through your head. When ever I'm not playing I count off timing on any and all music that I hear. Even when I'm out shopping with my wife!!!!! - Rit Vetare

ALWAYS play with earplugs. I'm 15 and have Tinnitus from not knowing to use earplugs for the first year-ish of drumming. If you don't plug up you risk a permanent ringing in your ears. Bad cases of Tinnitus have led to suicide. - Tom

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Surgical tube from a medical supply store, cut to size makes excellent, long lasting cymbal insulators. - ross vumbaco
I subscibe to the "try it before you buy it" frame of thinking when it comes to buying drums. I know a lot of people just order drumsets and cymbals online but you just don't know what you're going to get. Go to a drum shop or music store and take the drums or cymbals into the soundproof room so that you can take your time with the instruments and really get a feel for them. - Peter Drummond
Playing your drums is a huge stress reliever. If you have anxiety or anger building up in you, take it out on the drums, not the people around you. - Alex

TUNING YOUR DRUMS. play your favorite cd, turn it up loud, using two keys, place them opposite each other, work from left to right, ot right to left around the drum.listen to the base and tune the drum to match that sound.works on all drums. - jim miller

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Always practice relaxed coz it improves stick control and speed - eddi halaba
When tuning your drums, tune the bottom head FIRST then tune the top head. Both heads should have the same pitch. - Justin

To clean the chrome on your drums, make a pasty mix of Bon Ami with a little water. Also, try Brasso. - Justin

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Learning to play double bass drums can be like starting over and can be "very" frustrating. In the beginning it feels like the progress is sooooooo slow! But hang in there because, if you stay with it and practice hard, you will see a difference. - Jonathan Mire
Since your left foot is already playing quarters much of the time on the hi hat, it tends to be easier to start many of your double bass drum beats or fills with your left foot. Of course you can always learn some fills starting with your right foot too. Ultimately, go with what's comfortable and what feels natural to you. - Tom

Neil Peart used to be my idol, when i had been playing for like 5 years. I didn't think ringo was all that good, and i would openly criticize the beatles. Now, after six more years of playing ive realized that peart is still pretty good, but not that good. You see, there is thing called groove, and neil doesnt really play in the groove, just on top of it really fast. Now ringo is the epitome of a groove oriented drummer, he doesn't play anything all that difficult most of the time but if you ask most drummers today to give you a ringo line back exactly like he plays it, they cant. That is what drums are about, findin the very specific groove. Check out the drumming on Abbey Road to see what im talking about, or Mike clark on "Actual Proof" by herbie hancock. - Wilhelm

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Don't listen to "heel up" or "heel down" instructions. Someone kept telling me to play heel up, and I found that I keep a steadier beat heel down. And I've played like that ever since. Just figure out what you like more. Maybe go to youtube and watch double bass videos, and compare if you want. - Blake
Want to increase your hand speed on the drums? give hammer curls a try!!! grab two dumbbells and hold them down at your sides,palms facing the side of your thighs. without twisting your wrist, curl the weight up keeping your elbows tight to your body. Do 30 to 50 Repetitions. Make sure to use a weight not to heavy. to see exactly how it looks, look up hammer curls on Google. Give it a month and you will see an improvement in speed and power!!! - hammer curls for hand speed

HOW TO BE A “WORKING” MUSICIAN: TIPS ON GETTING THE GIG
• Learn to play as many different styles possible, but have one style you play best.
• Learn to sight-read music.
• Work on your sound and on maintaining your gear and road cases.
• Become visually appealing.
• Develop a happy, warm personality.
• Volunteer to play on as many sessions as possible, such as on indie artists’ records, film, or TV, with which a local producer may be involved.
• Sit in frequently at open mikes and jams.
• Make your services known through free magazine listings, Web message boards, and your local branch of the union (AFM or AFTRA).
• Get involved with performing at your church (you never know who is part of your parish).
• Take lessons with an actively gigging teacher and impress the hell out of him or her (he or she might need a sub one day).
• Form your own band that features the style of music you play best and get out there and be heard.
• Consider working with older artists, those who may not currently be in the spotlight but with whom you can gain valuable experience.
• Consider becoming a road technician for the artist or band whom you’d like to hire you one day.
• Make friends with tons of other musicians, bands, roadies, club promoters, producers, managers, talent agents, attorneys, equipment man ufacturers, photographers, journalists, actors, models, and others in the business.
• Always be professional, never be late for a gig, and play your ass off every night.
• Always remember why you started playing—for the fun and the love of music. - Musician's Handbook

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When you put your bass drum pedal on your bass drum, be sure that you back it off of that little lip. Otherwise it throws the angle of the beater off. - Lilan

Most drummers don't realize that you can raise the notch of your entire drumming performance if you'll just understand the impact dynamics have on your playing. I learned this from David Garibaldi a long time ago. If you just make your highs high and your lows low and learn to control the dynamic levels, your drumming will soar to another level. - Jonathen

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Do you play double bass? Do you want to get your speed up? I found a secret to double bass playing that will triple your speed! If you just play a samba at a fast tempo for long periods of time with both feet, you will see amazing results. Sambas are fun to play and practice. My double bass playing is twice the speed it was before. - Rocco

All of the tips and suggestions are just peachy. You want to learn something on a drum set. Heres the most sensible tip of all. Listen Up. Buy every record that Buddy Rich ever recorded. Watch every drum solo that Buddy Rich did. Forget about how you should practice and how much wrist control. Forget that. Lets go over that one more time. Listen to Buddy Rich and watch Buddy Rich. There are no drum books no music schools or teachers that can help you. Sit down and pay attention to Buddy Rich. Let Buddy Rich be your guide to playing a set of drums. - Buddy Rich Fan

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1. If you play in a death/speed metal (or any fast genre) band, before you actually play, practice in the air/on a drum pad with heavier sticks than usual. When you come to use your regular ones, they will seem even lighter and easier to use.
2. If your cheap brand cymbals are to clangy, tape a bit (and i do say a "bit") of masking/duct tape on the bottom of them.
3. For an interesting sound try masking/duct taping your floor tom. Great for tribal music.
4. For cheap "rod" type sticks, tie a lot of chopsticks together (i save them from chinese resteraunts because i use a fork)
HOPE ANY OF THIS HELPS :) - Anthony
I find it helpful to warm up to a song I like before actually practicing. It gets my juices flowing and loosens me up a bit. When I do begin my practice, I can get get started MUCH easier. - Brandon

USE YOUR FINGERS, if you use your fingers you can go and do a much faster drum roll and if your really good at using your fingers and not your wrists then you can do double strokes by letting it bounce after it hits twice. - Brett- Aviator

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- Make music, not noise.
- DO NOT listen to only one genre. Be aware of ALL kinds.
- Practice to a click track, you will need to show how well you can use It one of these days.
- If you are constantly trying to get better on your double bass, put It away and use a single for now. Work on cordination with one foot at a time. Eventually you will surpass your expectations.
- If your struggling, don't give up. We've all been there at one point or another.
- There Is always room for improvement.
- Have a positive attitude.
- "You want to be one with your drumset and not fight against It, that something to remember." - Tony Royster, Jr.
- Sit on a throne that you are comfortable with and sit up straight.
- Be creative.
- "If your not having fun, your doing It wrong." - Scott Johnson, Concord Blue Devils Drumline Instructor. - Joe
I bought a new drum geawr bag that is a golf bag. But you can use it for golf clubs or to carry your cymbal stands and hardware. ha-ha, just a drumming tip for you. - Peter
The Cymbal Gospel According to Kurt: Bite the bullet and invest in quality cymbals. They are just as important as quality drums and retain their value compared to "budget" cymbals. Good cymbals can make a mediocre drum set sound much better and cheap cymbals can make a quality drum set sound terrible. - Kurt
If you have one of those metronomes that talk, you can practice counting along with it. This helps with cooridination on the drums. - Mike

For those of you that bury the beater in the bass drum, don't forget to use the half-way position as another alternative. Someitmes you'll want more of an open sound. - Steven Morrey

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I've heard that you can add nail polish to the tips of your drumsticks and they'll sound like they have plastic tips. - Macy

To play the bass drum lightly in jazz drumming, you should "feather" the bass drum. This is playing it so lightly that the bass drum is almost "felt" more than "heard". With this technique, you'll support the bass player's lines without stomping on them. Remember; jazz is lighter in approach than rock drumming. Learn to feather the bass and you'll be one step closer to being a great drummer in the traditional jazz style. - Emanuel

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When buying a splash cymbal, be careful not to get it too thin because they break real easy. Or if you do, try not to hit it too hard or you'll be buying many splashes in the next few years. Take it from one who knows! - Lager
NEVER put a bulky pillow, or sleeping bag in your bassdrum. if it sounds too resonant and "shaky" try taking off the front head, and taping a drum mute to the inside of it, or anything along those lines. most of the resonance your hearing is actually coming from the front head, and by throwing stuff inside the drum, all your doing it muting it, and harshly lowering the sound quality.
Same as for the toms. Instead of wating money on plastic rings to muffle them, take them to your local music store and have them tuned properly. if the sound still isint to your liking then you can try remOs, but STAY AWAY from putting ANY tape on your drums or cymbals. it takes away alot of quality, and looks very unprofessional. - Greg The Drummer

Hi. Sadly, I just recently discovered this site. I've been a drummer for 40 years, so I thought I'd share a couple of tips I picked over the years and reinforce some views expressed by others.
1. If you're right handed, get your left one in shape - especially if you use a traditional grip like I do. I would even say get the left hand working better than the right one.
2. Join a pipe band - the sticking required for bagpipe music is amazing.
3. I'm not a fan of stick tape, so I use a small pipe cutter to make a groove at the stick sweet spot. (not too deep or you'll affect the stick's structural integrity) Then slip a rubber "O" ring whose diameter is slightly smaller than that of the stick over the stick and nest it in the groove. Your stick won't slide down your hand.
4. A stick has 2 ends - use them! Try stick-kicking, where you use the butt end of your stick on the kick drum. Couple that with the kick pedal and you can make some interesting sounds. Stick-slamming is another method - angle your high and mid toms slightly toward each other and your low tom slightly toward the mid tom and you'll be able to hit 2 toms at the same time - with one stick. In effect it's a one-handed flam on 2 toms. Try it to do a one-handed tom-cymbal flam. A variation of cross sticking is possible with the high tom and high-hat. Butt end stays on the high tom and the stick tip taps the high-hat. And as mentioned in another posting, your can mimic a one-handed single roll by rapidly "teeter-tottering" one stick with 2 drums or 2 cymbals.
5. Lastly is circular stroking - again possible if you angle the high and mid toms slightly toward each other. It's a loose mamadada roll but you start the right stick on the mid tom and end on the high tom. (LL on high tom, but RR is on 2 toms)
As they say up here in Canada "Keep your stick on the ice". - Hal Tonsaker

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Make sure you have all the right tools and the right equipment it will always help - the man 45
ROCK N ROLL IS FUN YA@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - home boy 7
Learn to spell it helps us understand your tip better - Big Al
Heavy drum hardware cases are strong but once you fill them up with hardware, they become difficult to lift and carry around. Consider very lightweight cases or bags for your drum hardware case. They might wear out faster but you'll save your back in the process. - Pete

Always ROCK N ROOLLLLLLLLLL - batman james man

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Drum Tuning Tip: When you're fine tuning, turn the lugs of your drum in small increments - Animal Drummer

Honestly if you can't afford drum lessons (they can be very expensive,) go pick yourself up a copy of RockBand. I know it's a video game but when you compare beginner lessons to this video game theres no comparison price wise. - Supermax

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Get comfertable and play how you play,and have fun doing it.dont be afrad to use your hi-hat. and get the sond you whant out of yo set. dont be afrad to show-off - show-off
Bass Drum Projection: try expirementing with different angles of elevation for your drum/s, with double bass i find having them like cannons project more when i play....sky's the limit from there. peace out - Brandon

Don't play when you're practicing and don't practice when you play. - James

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MUFFLER! I wanted that phat, whackthump sound from my kit. No muffler worked better that my fat hand. What I came up with to replicate was this: bungee cords and 3"x 4"x1/2" foam squares. First, cut one end of 24" bungee and slide off both hooks. Then, slip cut end between lug pin and shell at 10 o'clock position, suspend over top of head, and back thru pin/shell at 2 o'clock position, and tie off. Bungee should be pretty tight. Then, slip two pieces of the foam underneath the bungee, with upper/outer corners under bungee at points of bungee/rim contact, and angled so the upper/inner corners of the foam touch the rim (at 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock positions). No taping, easily removed, and phatttt! I'll send you a pic if u want, cuz it's awesome sounding - Puckerbutt Project
Try to practice drumming with a click track as much as possible. Use some form of click whether it be a metronome, a drum machine of some sort or whatever. This will help improve your overall time on the drums. - Bob Drummond
Every sticking pattern is a drum rudiment. There happen to be 40 "standard" rudiments but any sticking combination you find that's beneficial to learning drums and applicable to drumset or percussion would be considered a drum rudiment. - Teasley
Everybody makes mistakes even the worlds best drummer, what makes them the worlds best drummer is they recover so fast from mistakes you can't even tell they made one. - Thomas L.

Check out Dave Weckle to see one of the best drummers on the planet. He has chops, finesse, and his execution is dead on! - Some Drummer

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Stop walking drums. From a home improvement supply store, get a peice of 1/8 rubber to use as a drum mat, large enough to fit under your kit and stool. The rubber does the same thing as a plain rug but rolls up tighter to fit in with your drum hardware. - Ric Brewer

Solid kick drum. If you mic up your kick drum, run it through a cheap compressor before you send it to the mixing board. It'll even out the soft hits with the loud ones and make you sound like a more consistant, better drummer. Plus, the sound man will love being able to crank up the kick without fear of blowing a speaker. Hint: jot down or draw a picture of your compressor settings so you can put them back when they get moved. - Ric Brewer

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When Playing drums, do not try to "push" sound through the drums. I have seen so many drummers do this and they do not get the rich, resonant sound that they are searching for. Instead, try extracting sound from them. You get much better sound that way. - Proud Tama Owner

When tuning ur toms, think of the wedding march in ur head, then tune ur toms to that note.it gets a good separated sound. - daveybns

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Cross-handed players: Try practicing open handed! It will over all increase your technique, and you can come up with some really creative stuff (keeping time on the high-hat while doing fills with the right hand, for example.)

Open-handed players: Try practicing cross handed! Once again, it improves your technique, and you can get some better accents on the hi-hat, plus it'll open up your fills a lot. - Zander

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Get 4 tins e.g qality street,heros,roses,cadbury.take of all the lids. get 1 roll of cellatape and tape over the top of all tins with several layers of it.then get the lids and use them as symbols - alex
Double bass. Slow is fast. Aspiring double bass (metal) drummers, want to start off going as fast as thier favorite pro drummer, but get frustrated when they can't. Starting really slow is the quickest way to get fast, and accurate. Every one practices to 120 plus BPM (16th notes), but try 16th note double bass to 85 BPM. That's painfully slow, but it'll build up your leg muscles so that faster tempos will be a relief! - Matt Elliot
A lot of people on here have tips for 'muffling' drums. However, in my opinion, drum muffling is just an excuse for people who don't know how to tune drums. Get the duct-tape off of your kit, use open single or double-ply heads, and learn how to tune!

Ring is a good thing. It helps project. If your toms sound good from behind the kit after dampening, chances are that they sound like cardboard boxes from far-away. Tune them properly and then get a friend to play your kit while standing 30-50 feet away. I guarantee it will sound much better! This applies to all drums, including the bass-drum. Get that pillow out of there, tune it right, and it will shake the foundations of the earth! - Micah

DON'T WAIT TILL U HEAR THAT NOISY SOUND. At least once a year take your bass drum pedal apart and lubricate all the movable parts with grease. - samgmoake

If U have an old drum kit use if ur tryin double bass and maybe u can play some metallica or hate eternal if practice well an enogh - Austin

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Buy a strobe light with ajustabe speed and play it every time the light flashes and u will be super fast it worked for me and i just made it up cuz i had an old strobe light - for double bass players:crash

When doing triplets, have fun - Jimmy Stcks

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Bass Drum Tip: You can get more life out of your bass drum head if you occasionally loosen the screws and spin it to a different position. This way, the same spot isn't being impacted over and over again. - Peter
Watch drumline the movie for great inspiration on drumline patterns, tricks, and motivation. It will leave you with a competitive spirit too. You can apply that spirit to your drumline. - joe

Be respectful in drum forums and when you're leaving feedback for video drum lessons online. You can leave constructive criticism without being nasty. Think about how you would want someone to talk to you if it were your video. - Steven

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Tip about electronic drums or rubber practice pads: Be careful not to practice too hard or too long on these because they can be harmful to your wrists. The surfaces are hard, unlike the give of natural heads or mesh surfaces, and they can take a toll on your joints. - Riser
If you dust your drums as you go, grime won't build up. Once the smoke and dirt from clubs get in there and start mixing with moisture, it becomes harder to get that gook off over time. - Bob the Drummer
Drumming is an art, not a science. Good freestyle drumming is always more about feeling your next move than it is about planning it out. Let the beat dictate your moves when soloing, dont treat them like items on a checklist, mix it up and make up new ones along the way. - Dylan
Every once in awhile, check out different kinds of drumsticks. You might be surprised what you find. Don't get zeroed in on just one pair. There are thousands on the market and some really cool variations. - Billy D.

You can do blast beats with fingers or without. You'll see it taught both ways. I recommend using the one-handed roll approach. This works more from the rebound off the rim. For slower tempos you can use your fingers but for extremely fast blast beats or gravity blast beats, you'll need to use the one-handed roll approach to really be able to get through the song at that pace. - Bill

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Use nylon straps or metal wire to hold your snares instead of the plastic ones that come with some snare drums because they'll last a lot longer. - Tim

When playing any basic drum set beat, keep this in mind: Keep the right elbow down. Hold the sticks with your thumb on the side, about 2 inches up on the stick. Relax! Put yourself into the music. Best music to start with is the Beatles or Beach Boys. Red Hot Chili Peppers can come next. - Katie

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Just a tip about linear drum beats: A lot of drummers think that when they play a linear drum beat live on the gig that they can't ever play two notes together. This is just not the case. The approach to linear drumming was only intended to provide another vehicle to create music on the drums. When you're on the gig, you should just let go and play from the heart. Therefore, any beats can go any which way. Feel free to mix linear beats, that you've worked out in the practice room, with standard drum beats or fills. Don't get locked into "This is linear so I can't play any two notes together." That would be missing the point. Get it? - Sizzer
This is a word of drumdom-those who listen to your play are mostly more objective than the self-recorded tape you listen to. - samgmoake

Start out at your own pace btw john moon from the who is the best drummer - the man

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You should always keep a beat on either the high hat or the snare, even if its a simple beat to help you keep time while concentrating on your foot work. - A7X4life
For cymbal sleeves, try using plastic or rubber tubing; thin in diameter. You can buy it at any HOMEDEPOT store. Rock on! - Scott Wood
Mi favourite lessons is youstube and drumbum lessons lik the indapendenc of rock and styles whether its free. And drumtips too for drums lesson similar - johan
Drum along with your favorite songs. Its a great way to build chops and an awesome way practice playing in time. - Brandon Evans

If your out at a gig and you find you've brought everything but your stick bag or you've done the impossible and broken every pair you took that night, heres a useful tip. If you have a mic hole in your front bass drum skin make sure you always have a decent pair of stick selotaped securly to the bottom inside of the shell so they wont rattle around and you'll always have a back up. - Matt Gregson

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I'm 50 years young and ive played drums since i was 9 years old. And ive never lost the love and respect for my drums or the people who inspire me.The drums in a great sense is part of me. - Billy White

If you are playing punk, b4 a gig, u shud eat like 10 spoonfuls of sugar - Chuckles McFizzeraldznentarianismisticey

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If your a hardcore player and play music like bands such as UNDEROATH, THE DEAVIL WEARS PRADA then the floor toom during fills is your best friend - prescot
BE CONSIDERATE !!! If you have the opportunity to sit in and drum for a group because their drummer asked you to play or for whatever reason.DON'T...I repeat DON'T start moving angles and stands and heights on another drummer's set-up.Just drum and go.It's worse than re-doing a guitar for a left hander and you'll probably make a few enemies too.I came in to play at one of our rehearsals one morning and found my drums all re-arranged.They are now looking for another drummer.RESPECT IS KEY - Steve Hlabse

Instead of using drum store stick wrap, try elastic horse wrap, made for wrapping horses legs, available anywhere they sell horse supplies..it's cheaper..ALOT. It also works great for damping drums. - Paul "Street Doc" Salos

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Put sand bags or pillows or blankets in your bass drum.....it gives it a nie sound but makes your bass heavier....it sounds good with appke head beaters. P.S u might not know what they are - jacob
When playing stick across rim turn your stick around it makes it louder. P.S sorry about my last tip i didnt check my spelling - jacob
DONT open your high hat too much when you open it when playing it gives a horrible sound..... - jacob
Remember your talent is God’s gift to you...Use it for God's glory and do not hide it. Praise your God Who gave you these talents. - Rean

Psalm 150:3-6 - Praise Him with the clash of cymbals,praise him with resounding cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. This definitely a drummer’s favourite Psalm! - Rean

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About muffling - don't. There are several good books, videos and websites about how to tune a drum. You kill the sound when you load the drum head down with tape and socks and paper and band-aids (and a number of other just plain silly stuff I've seen on this site). The ring you hear is a series of overtones that are characteristic of a well tuned drum. Be aware that the audience doesn't hear as much as you do. So if you're putting socks or tape or other crazy things on the head then all the audience is getting is a nasty THUD. Note, it is however professional practice to SLIGHTLY muffle the bass drum. That doesn't mean throw all your blankets and two pillows in there. - Zach Miller

About Sticks - buy different kinds of sticks. They have different feels and get different textures/tone colors out of the set. Wood tips will bring out the true nature of both the cymbal and the stick. A plastic-tipped drumstick will result in less wash from the cymbal and more attack (i don't like it personally). Barrel tipped is full and gives a strong attack and wash from the cymbal. Teardrop tips can have a beautiful ping (especially on the cymbal bell) that sustains beautifully and with a full tone. Fat sticks have a more powerful attack. Thin sticks may be manipulated easier. You'll do fine buying one pair of a stick. If you're playing right the stick won't just randomly break on you. You can usually see it coming in time to buy a new pair. If you break a lot of sticks, learn how to play right. There are lot of method books. Also, Ahead sticks are crap. You might as well put candlewax on the end of a hammer for all the texture those pieces of crap will get you. Another also, wooden sticks can die. It may sound silly, and it may take a developed ear to hear, but the shaft of a stick can become too chipped or cracked or warped and then the wood will not vibrate freely and will then not resonate with the cymbal on contact meaning you're drawing about 1/3 of the true potential of that cymbal out. - Zach Miller

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About Cymbals - wow, cymbals are the most misunderstood part of the drumset. You can't just pick any circular piece of metal and have at it. You need cymbals that compliment your drums, compliment your setting, and compliment your ensemble. Not to say you should buy three sets of cymbals, but find cymbals that are well rounded. Don't listen to people who say only Zildjian or only Paiste or only Meinl make a good cymbals. Every cymbal is different and can work or not work the way you need it to. Don't put them on a stand without felt or a sleeve (something softer than metal). If you do the bell of the cymbal is vibrating against steel or aluminum and the cymbal is made of a much softer alloy and will bend, crack, or turn causing all kinds of noticeable deficiencies in your cymbal. Don't tape them. That's just stupid. Cymbals are meant to ring, just like drums. There's a lot to know about cymbals, buy a book. Like The Cymbal Book. - Zach Miller

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About being a percussionist - making sound isn't good enough. Anyone can swing a piece of wood at something and be called a drummer. Be a percussionist. Learn about your art and your instrument. Read books, listen to recordings, watch videos, ask professionals. And sweet mercy, TRAVIS BARKER IS NOT THAT GOOD. I could write a book about all of his deficiencies. I'm not saying I'm the best either, but I feel like I'm educated enough about this instrument to help others avoid making the mistakes I've seen on here. And I've only seen about five or six (maybe) tips that from a pedagogical standpoint are worth ten cents. The rest aren't even worth a glance. A professor of mine once said "Don't ruin the art form I love. You're not worthy." - Zach Miller
People worth learning from - George Oliver Stone, Dave Weckl, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Ralph Hardimon, Art Blakey, Gene Krupa, Elliot Gould, Ed Shaughnessy, Danny Carey, Dave Grohl, tons of others, mainly from jazz, latin, fusion. Knowing those styles will make any rock beat you have to do feel like a baby beat.

People not worth learning from - Travis Barker, Lars Ulrich, most modern drummers from punk rock, emo rock, scream-o, new wave, Dana Carvey. Any one who tapes or muffles their drumset; uses only one type and pair of sticks, doesn't read music, doesn't know the history of the instrument. And also anyone who thinks Travis Barker is one of the best. - Zach Miller

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About me - I probably sound like a pompous know it all after four long posts. I'm not though. I just came along this site, was interested and then horrible disappointed in the information being shared and hoping know one actually utilizes most of it. I've only been doing this for eight years, but I've been doing it for eight years the right way. I made all-state jazz band. I'm in the electric-city big band. I've done the rock scene (heavy metal, scream-o, punk rock, grunge), I've done fusion. I've played percussion for several musicals. I play all the percussion instruments. I teach percussion sections (drumlines and front ensembles) in South Carolina that have scores between 80 and 95 (I've also taught drumlines that scored between 60 and 61 haha). I'm working on my degree in music education to be band director and I feel like it's my obligation as a knowledgeable percussionist to try and right some of the many many wrongs posted on this sight. - Zach Miller
Wow, typing late leads to horrible grammar and bad spelling. Just like playing when you're tired makes your hits sloppy and your timing off. - Zach Miller
Play triplet fills easily by playing R L K , start on the snare drum then move on to other drums. R=Right hand L=Left hand K=Bass drum (kick) - kappin
I've been albe to use a lot of these tips for rock band. If only my brother would let me play it more. - miles

My tip: Don't be a pompous know-it-all jackass like this guy Zack Miller that posted recently on your site. If you want to get somewhere on the drums you'll need to earn the respect of your peers. This comes through humility, diplomacy and respect for other musicians no matter who they are or how they play. I've seen guys like him throughout my career. They are not happy inside. They shoot off at the mouth and end up being the laughing stock and can rarely get or keep gigs. Nobody likes them and people don't want to work with them. I've learned a crapload of stuff from the tips on this site, (thanks drumtips!) Oh and my thoughts and prayers go out to Travis Barker. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes right now for anything in the world (referring to his plane accident). I hope he recovers ok and can still play the drums. - The Bartman

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Something cool I tried was tape pennies, or something hard like toothpicks, aound the fingertips of gloves and try playing like that. It works for playing soft music or if you cant move your sticks fast enough. - Jumbo J

Always remember that drumming comes from two places, the head amd more importantly, the heart! Anyone can master the physicalities. - Chiz

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Try to stay open in your basic beats and fill patterns, dont use the same basic beat and fill in all your beats, try to come up with new ones, like when your tappin on a desk or other surface, remember that pttern and take it to your drumset and play it. and if your playing a beat on your set but just cant find the right sound for it, go to a couch or a table and tap it out on that, it gives you room to imagine what you pictured it to sound like, then go tune your drumms and try on them - MeSs17
Hold the stick with gap of 10 millimeter from the end - psankarakuthalam

Dont think about about it too much. Just let it flow and you will get the beat or fill or whatever you want to come out right. Let it happen! - Travis

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Being a good drummer is not just about having the requisite skills but also your attitude matters.no band would like to have a bad-tempered drummer. - samgmoake
Start off with a simple 8th or 16th note beat, then just keep adding on to it by adding ghost notes, hi hat openings, bell hits etc. Remember to have fun because the more you do, the more you will want to play. - Erik
As a drummer timing and accuracy are paramount. If you can't keep time everything else is useless. No one cares about your fills. You can be the flashiest player of all time, but the gig will always go to whoever who can play a solid backbeat. - Trained Monkey
Most drummers don't change their heads often enough. If you put new drumheads on your drums on a more frequent basis, you will enjoy better tones overall. - Bobby

The more you listen, the more drum styles will rub off on you. Now with the onset of free music sites like Pandora online radio, you can (for example) tune in a Latin drumming station and listen to it while working on other things. This will help the Latin style sink in and this can be a very effective form of indirect drum practice. - Theodore is Drummer

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My Tip is a mod for drums - You can use stencils of different themes like skulls, dragons, and flames to dress up your drumset or your rock band drums. Just find some black foam and paint through the stencil designs with different colors. This makes for an interesting mod for rock band drums as well as a practice pad kit or your regular drumset for when you want to use it for practicing quietly. - JimmyJon Rock Band King!

Enhance your drumset. There are lots of drumset accessories that you can add to your kit to make playing even that much more fun. Make room on your drumset for some of the following: cowbell, woodblock, set of chimes, timbale, extra snare drum, special effects cymbals, electric trigger pads. - Lyle

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The advice on this page is really helpful, expecially the part about trying to play with your set reversed. it helps with coordination. Go Metallica! -Metal drummer who likes to play ballads
Its important to understand that time signatutres do not dictate what you play, but how you count it - John Brown

Never tune drum's in a cirle like manner... Alway's use the star cross pattern, it greatly improves the life of your drum head's, and can be the diffrence between a bad sound, and a good sound :P - Brady

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SNARE RINGS?- cut a small square piece of sponge and tape (duct tape is too thick), across the right top section of your snare, close to your rim. BRING ME THE HORIZON HAS A GREAT DRUMMER! - dougi
Playing crazy fast songs? prevent blisters by losening your grip and taping your point of contact on the pointer. rock on. - dougi
Be careful when you're replacing the bottom head of your snare drum. The snare wires are delicate and great care should be taken to protect them from damage while you're putting the new head on. - Whino
Stick Control, is the best way to warm up - Jady Bose H

Eat an everything pizza before a gig. It gives you that rush u need to play better. - Rocket Steve

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If you want to get better as a drummer and develop independence, play 4 times a week, 2-4 hours per day: Twice on your own and Twice with only a guitarist. The other three days should be spent chilling, or on pad practice with rudiments. This method, practiced regularly, should get you up to the point where Pantera is within reach after only a year. For beginners, but for more advanced drummers, nothing is impossible. - Sandro- Renegade

Listen to latin drummers and especially those that are featured a lot on records like Tito Puente was. You can learn so much by the way they phrase things. It has changed my playing and also made me a more creative soloist. - Marco Drums BigTop

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Use heavy duty velcro to secure small pillows in place inside your bass drum. Experiment with the placement of each to get the optimum sound. The velcro will keep them steady and consistent and your bass drum will rock! - Drum Diddely Drummer
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Practice with ur bass guitarist more than ur lead it makes the whole band sound better and me and the lead guitarist get in fights alot - rodney

Think of all the factors that affect your ride sound. Think not only about the cymbal you buy but about your sticks and approach to playing it. There's the tip of the drumstick, the shoulder, the way you glance it or swipe it, the amount of force you play with, how you use dynamics, whether your using wood or nylon tips, how tight the cymbal is cranked down on the stand, the motion of your arm, etc. Then there's the level of sustain in the cymbal, the room acoustics and so much more. Jazz drummers have understood these things more than anyone because so much of their sound revolves around their ride cymbal. - Thomas Thom

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About 3 years ago I bought a book called "It's Your Move", by world renown drummer Dom Famularo. It's helped me imensely. Although I am primarily a "lefty" I have learned and am still developing skills to play "righty on a "lefty set-up along with 2 high hats and 2 rides. WOW!!! It has improved my playing ability dramatically as well as fills that just blow me away and give much credit to the groups I drum with. Try it you'll like it. - Steve Hlabse
For affordable effective headphones, use "Safety" hearing headphones (found at Home Depot or any hardware store) and slip your I pod earphones underneath. Works perfectly for practicing along with your favorite I pod songs...Plus the heavy duty pads on the "Safety" headphones are perfect for outside sound cancellation. - Bart Coxx
I thought everyone should know this: A famous old drummer (sorry, I can't remember who said it) recently stated that some of the off brand beginner drumsets of today are better than the pro drumsets of the older days. I guess this is a testament to the fact that technology keeps growing and thus produces a continually better product than generations before. - Tiller Jr.
For special effects on the drums try playing with felt timpani mallets. It creates a warm, mellow sound. You can use this on soft, airy tunes or in solos and you can roll the cymbals with them too. - JayZ

To get your left hand stronger (or foot with double bass) try the stick pattern: RLL. This will make your rudiments and double bass patterns more equal. - Nathan Smith

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Want to make drum shields more tolerable? Make sure you wear headphones and have a kickin' headphone mix. - Bob R.

Budget Drummer: If you love to play drums and want a nice set, but your savings account doesn't get all sweet on the idea, here are a few tips:
1. If you're really low on cash, try getting a djembe (african drum) instead of a set right away. Djembes are great for practicing and help you find the "rythym within yourself".
2. There is a common mistake among drummers, and drum-making companies love it - We think that the only way to make a drum sound REALLY good is to have Collector's edition Birch or Maple shells for the drum. ERRRR!! Wrong! -To get away with very nice sounding drums on a tight budget, try getting a more intermediate set, especially for beginners. Get a set that fits your level, or is even under it a bit. Get shells made of sawdust and glue, or whatever you can get your hands on. HOWEVER, make sure you get good hardware, try not to get Pulse, as they make cheap shells(good thing), and also cheap hardware(bad thing). !!Consider a used set!! After you have your set, get some REMO or EVANS drumheads, fill your drums sparingly with newspaper or light linen, get quality sticks, etc.
Heads are the most important factor in good sounding drums, not the shells!
Look around online for a site on how to make bad drums sound good.
3. Cymbals, however, can't be modified to sound good. Except for polishing and cleaning, which sometimes makes the sound too brilliant anyway, you can't make a crappy cymbal sound any better. So, I suggest looking on ebay or some site like that for used cymbals -You are probably majorly turned off right now by this thought. Just keep a clear mind while browsing for cymbals. Try to find high-end cymbals, like Zildjian Avedis (A Series), A Custom(the absolute best cymbal ever!), Sabian AAX, or of the likes. Make sure they are not cracked, split, or dented. A few very small dents are okay, but anything bigger, DO NOT BUY IT!! Stick marks and regular usage wear is absolutely fine. If you can get them cheap, go for it! The sound of a Zildjian A Custom that looks like crap compared to a Zildjian ZBT that looks all nice and shiny is astronomical. I'd rather have the sound than the looks.
4. Spend wisely, and always bargain lower if you can.
5. Look t everyone's prices, don't just look at one store or website and then buy drums/cymbals!
6. Use common sense! - The Little Drummer Boy

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Write on your sticks. I see people have writen stuff on their guitars so why should us drummers be excluded. Write your band name on your drum sticks. On my drum sticks I write something poetic like "HOPE" and on the other "DESTRUCTION" - Jumbo J
Wear earplugs while practicing, and even while playing certain loud gigs. Then, when you're told to play light, take them out. Your ears won't be used to incredibly loud noise, and you'll automatically play lighter to spare yourself the pain. - Zander

Playing drums is EXERCISE. Don't forget that. If you've been a couch potato, don't get all worked up because you know you need to get in the gym. Just sit down on your drums and let it wail! - Michael Smith (no, not W ;>)

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Save money on ear defenders... Learn to PLAY your drumkit QUIETLY!!! Beleave me; All great drummers can play slowly and Quietly, try it, its not easy, and you can hear your mistakes! - Jjohn Drumer
I've seen a lot of drummers with awesome drumsets but crappy cymbals. Guys, good sounding cymbals are also part of the equation! - Buster
Always as a rule of thumb count out loud when soloing or practising around the set. Even when you are using a metronome or rhythm machine you should always count out loud and the louder the better...Nowdays I dont care what kind of fill I make while on a song. I just count 1 2 3 4 while filling and bang! I come out right on count 1. ( By the way I dont count while playing the entire song coz that would make me a robot) - roy
It's not the drumsticks that make you a faster drummer, it's the practicing! - Tbone

Every once in a while, I've learned that spraying a little WD40 on pretty much every little thing that moves on your bass drum pedals really helps keep them functioning as smooth as possible, especially if you play a lot of double bass stuff. Besides that, my only drum tip is to be yourself, and never forget why you started playing drums in the first place, because it's FUN! - Matthew Brenner

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Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone: Think of it as calisthenics for playing drums. 20 minutes a day will show incredible results. Try to play it as it says in the directions! 20 times each exercise. Start over if you make a "tick". Use a metronome and stay perfectly even and then don't use a metronome and "close" the pattern....start slow and accelerate to full speed then slow back down. Try it on different surfaces with different sticks. Try it using brushes on a pillow with low stick height, or ridiculously exaggerated high handed with the biggest sticks you have.....trust me, it will open doors on sticking especially paradiddles and relative patterns! Stay loose and hve fun because if you're not having fun you're doing it wrong! - Jeff Omeron

In order to get noticed. Try playin in local battle of the bands. Or maybe At a Highschool Halftime. Its also really good to have good connections. Dont be shy and go for it. Also try playing with a blind fold. It helps a lot belive me. Also if you want really good fills. Listen to Danny Carey from Tool. Great Drumer... peace out. - Craig

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Oh and one other thing. John Bonham is the most talented drummer.R.I.P. Learn his Triplets!!! - Craig
Practice accents and different power of sounds when you play(going from quiet to medium then to loud being able to aware of each power).. to maintain a good consistent powere of sound, concentrate on bringing up your stick to the same height after each stroke so taht your next one sounds the same.. this makes any boring song feel a bit better. buy books!!!!!!!!!! - Richard

We've all seen this scenario......at a gig....a guitar playr walks in....& your guitatist starts going off.....life lesson....a drummer walks in...you do absolutely nothing except keepin great time - natale

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Hey drummers!!! Ive found that a long section of 16 or 18 gauge wire insulation with the copper removed works good for cymbal stand sleeves to protect those center holes ..Depending on your stands for chinas since they mount upside down will call for the larger gauge.Just make sue you cut it the length plus two threads on your stands.... - Ken
Those that play unbelievable licks on around the drums simply understand how to play things over and over again enough times to be able to go "very" fast. It ends up almost looking superhuman. But simply relate it to other things. Think of how fast you type or how fast you tie your shoes. Ask yourself why you can do it that fast. The reason is because you've done it over and over and over again hundreds if not thousands of times. Apply that same practice to the drums and you'll be great. - Micael
Did you know... that in the old days, hi-hats were mounted on the bass drum? - Peter
My ludwig octaplus kit is from 1973 I never break it down smaller cause if I would have wanted a smaller kit I would have bought one and it also lets club owners see that drummers do need room when they set up;giving lots of room for the rest of the band also...So guys if you have a large kit dont break it down its what you wanted and will take away from your ability. - Ken Vandergrift,Pa

Learn to control beats in increments of speed. Start out playing a relatively slow 4BPS or so beat using only the double pedal, and work on it until you can alternate pedal strikes consistently. YOU NEVER WANT TO HAVE BOTH PEDALS DEPRESSED AT ONE TIME in this kind of beat. Once you have mastered it, speed it up. Keep working like this on speeding up beats until you can consistently alternate-strike a breakneck-paced double bass beat perfectly. This will make you very useful in a heavy metal/punk band. - Jordan

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Playing drums is,no doubt,a form of exercise.but a drummer must supplement it with regular jogging,for example, since at most times during playing the arms and legs are bent at an angle.other exercises help 'loosen' u up. - samgmoake

The biggest enemy of a cymbal? Fingerprints! Use white gloves when handling your cymbals. - Larry E.


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