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As longest you know how to hit the drums then your not that bad - Adriana Aranda
Sticks do matter! Your style, sound, and speed depends on the weight and thickness of your drumstick. Buy a good brand of sticks. Not sticks that you buy because it's cheap and comes in a pack with 5 pair. Quality is better than quantity. - Rinel Tabamo

Dont buy gripped-sticks. Put gaffa tape or glue spray on your sicks to increase grip and save lots of money. - Max Camp

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Tap your foot to keet the beat - jessica
Learn to play a proper instrument and chill with the excessive cymbals and kick drums - steven walker

Keep playing - mik

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Take TP (toilet paper) and masking tape take off the bottom of your drum and fold up the tp an tape it to you drum it muffels it . it worked for me. SO FOR THE ABOUT TO ROCK USE TP. lol - drummer from leetch

Hit the crash cymbal as u would in a chorus and just play around with the Snare and Base drums! This will help u find a Unique and great sounding Chorus. It worked for me! - playing a better Chorus

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Be yourself when you drum! Let your creative juices flow...don't take crap from people just do what you do best! - B

When you march in a parade or for whatever reason that you have to march, then make sure secure the drum on your chest. Then,always make sure that it is the right size for you wheather you are short, tall, fat, skinny... whatever. Then, you need to make sure that it feels comfortable so that you won't ache the next few days. Finally, make sure that you lean forward while you are carrying the drum... otherwise, if you lean back, you will have back problams for about 2 months. Trust me... it happened to me!! - Mallory

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PLAY EVERY DAY if possible and be comfertable on what ever your playig. - odessadrummerboy
Muscles aren't everything, as the heavier the muscle the harder it is to move your feet. It has to do with your ankles, learn to strengthen and excercise them before you think about putting on muscle. Muscle has nothing to do with it. - piers

GIVE IT SOME ATTITUDE! believe your an amazing drummer and you will be an amazing drummer - Samwise

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Stay loose and relaxed or you might hurt yourself, if you have to much anxiety when playing. - paul mccanas
Practise tripplets for at least an hour a day and they will sound great in just over a month - Ben Johnston
If you're just starting out, don't go for the most expensive set. Like any hobby, start small and cheap until you are confident with your skills. You never want to break a $50 snare head when you're still learning 4/4 time. - ThexLou

To play Double Pedal faster lift up your heal while keeping the front part of you foot on the pedal.Then as your heal begins to fall lift up the front part of your foot. Let all the weight of your foot hit the pedal. As soon as your foot touches the pedal repeat this. This will become more easy as you practise. - Andrew Smith

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Dont be afarid to hit hard... some songs call for some hard-hitting drums, dont come down with your whole arm, come about 80%with ur arm, and 20% with your wrist, some as you get close, snap your wrist... and Learn triplets, They are so cool... (left hard, right hand, bass drum)... it sounds really good. - omar gomar
If you get some old classic or latin style music and try to fuse it in with you r playing or fills, it sounds really cool. also with some of these beats you can speed up or slow down to where it sounds out of time when it really isn't - Brad

Play good - Keegan

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Never move your drums get in a comfortable place and play like that if you set it up diferent you will feel uncumfortable.when mikin put your cymbals a little higher than usual but still where you can reach. - jorge juarez
You have to put in the boring practice drum rudiments time at the start. Then in a few years it will pay off big time! - Spencer Madden

Put on a cd and just play to it, you dont have to play exactly what the drummer is. just play what you feel, and switch it up. Play totaly differebnt genras. - Matthew Leite

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Play Whats comfotable for you not what's comfortable for your favourite drummer ;) - Ally

To increase control over drumsticks when you are free just do a simple 1;2,1;2,1;2;.... on your drum. Practice this everyday and watch your control and speed increase. - Aaqib Usman

#1 Save the ol heads - can be cut 3/8 of an inch wide in diameter to fit snare/toms etc to control overring - use with moon gels #2 Tired of the throne rocking back and forth? I tipped mine upside down and hammered a broken tip drumstick in the center post - cut the access off and then caulked the tube - gorilla glued remaining screws so they didn't fall out. #3 Drumstick holder - buy a sleve of tennis balls - put some black felt around it and tape it to an old light stand or cymbal stand #4 Need to organize sticks? Cut some PVC pipe in 17 inch sections - stack with nuts and bolts and some gorilla glue - Carter Glad
CLEANING YOUR CYMBALS - Use a dry cloth to clean them. If use a wet cloth it will leave water marks - Gracie Stevens

Girls can play the drums just as well as boys, and dont let some guy tell you otherwise! - mal

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Speed is important, but dont neglect practicing slow. It is much harder to keep time slow and you will become rock solid when you master it. Try playing some of your favorite beats and fills at different slow speeds. Not only will they sound different and give you new ideas, but it will help you to improve on your dynamics. Try it for 2 months and you will see! By the way, ALWAYS use a metronome! - Robert

Enjoy it, but work at it!! you'll feel like the best in time!! Practice even when you think you can't!!, Mind over matter and remember 'All good things to those who wait!!! Let the beat go on!! - Rockin' Richie-Lee

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Hey guys... The key to drumming is practice, sure you can sit around and learn how to keep a beat.. or how to drum really fast. If you want to master that you have to practice, as much as you can. It will make a difference - Jordan schultze
Try and learn all styles of music so you can learn different beats and write music better - Brandon

Stay loose, don't tense up when playing...ESPECIALLY at gigs. - Matt

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Use the same sticks you are going to perform with to practice, this will give you that "warm at home" feeling when your in front of 500 people you dont know. - Cody
Myth:Ringo is the best drummer.Actually John Bonham is!!! - john henry
Cracking your cymbal sleeves? - no fear - just gather up the pens in the house and find an end that fits. May need to adjust/replace or add a felt. - Carter Glad
While practicing your druming alone, play with a song rather than playing alone because when you play alone you play at your own speed and stop when ever you want to but when you play with a song you might shift timing but the song won't. - Aaqib Usman

Play hard!! - pimpin player

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For those hard to keep shiny cymbals, use rodie in a bottle. For new cymbals it works fast and real good. But for old cymbals it may take some elbow greese once to make it faster later. - Mike Malcom

My tip is start off slow speed will come in time. Oh and bye the way Danny Carey from Tool is hands down the god of off beats there is no other drummer like him! - Jason

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Stress happens to the best of us. we all have our problems, but the worst thing for a drummer is to have too much worries on the mind. clear your head before a gig, and concentrate on the music. Even with practice with yor band, or alone, your responsebility to the music is far more important than anything that can help by just thinking about it.Get it off your mind. It will ruin your vibe - Bo swigs
As a beginner, don't underestimate the power of a couch and a set of pillows as a drumkit. The lack or limit of rebound will force you to accentuate every note you play. It will enhance the articulation of your play, when you finally have your first set in-house. - Dan

A good drummer is technically well formed. A great drummer is fun to play and communicate with in a band. - Dan

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With your double kickers try and quad it by going toe heal on one kick same on the second insted of toe toe, toe toe ect. trust me with alot of work you can perform beats you wouldent imagine - mt goat

When you drum, dont think and feel the beat, if you think to long, you won't remember what your doing. its kinda like skating don't think, just do, if you have some trick, solo, or anyhitng, let loose, . sure, some times the band doesn't like it half the time, i keep interrupting them , but when you gota drum you got a. so , dont thin kwhen you drum just go with it, have fun , and cocentrate on rythem. better out in the air then in your head - danny

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MY suggestion for any really fast down rolls on toms is to tighten your toms. I know it may sound bad but i really improves how u can play. also u should tighten the under-head. - better than tony royster jr and im 12
I have found if you practice slow at a song at first and gradually get faster it is alot easier to learn that way - JAke Albertson

Try practicing with the lights off. - Strell

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When learning triplets, remember your right hand shouldn't be hitting 8th notes, only quarter notes...it makes life alot easier! - louise vengeance

I have found that is alot easier to play heal up. You can play alot faster and cleaner. - Drew A.

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I find it easier to play if u relax your shoulders and mind by only thinking of what you are playing and how to do it. - anonymous
Everyone who wants to play double kick, has to be very patience (most people would try to just get fast by playing single strokes), using techniques such as single/double stroke rolls and paradiddles on your double bassing along with your sticking would help you speed up frequently and increase your endurance. - Rick Verma

Relax---Play with a click----Play with your favorite recordings - Paul Woods

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As a non-drummer (guiatar/bass player) 35 years, If you want all the other members in the band to think you are the best drummer they ever played with.....THROW YOUR CYMBOLS AWAY, or at least learn to play them at a fraction of the volume of your bass and snare...like you're suppose to. Smashing cymbols is by far the biggest complaint I've heard for 35 years.....and yes that means you, yea you.... - Joe-Dude
Practice your double stroke on a pillow. you wont get any "rebound" so your hands will work harder, leading to faster hands! - justin benson
Here is a tip too holding your drumsticks: Always hold them loose enough for them to roll if you are doing a multiple bounce or even hitting a regular old drum it will help them sound better.Good Luck!!! - anounomous
My bass drum sounded horrible, it rang out for like 3 minutes after u hit it. I didnt want to waste money on a muffelin pad so i tried to loosen the screws, nuthin happened. Then today, i stuffed a towel into my bass, then tried it out, it turns out to be perfectly muffled.it doesent cost any money and the sound is amazin. if ur bass sounds bad try it out! - simon

The lower and flater your toms are the less energy you use so you can go faster but of coaures you have to get use to it same with the snare flat and low. - aaron rigney

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Drumming on tables helps. - Doug Lenz

If your playing some one elses kit never re-tune/configure without asking first. - jeff

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Apart from playing well....on satge you should get an attitude thing going. Lars Ulric of Metallica has the perfect blend of talent as well as on stage presence rock on!!! - Gaurang Gautam
Alot of cats don't practice pocket!!! You gotta break everything down to be successful... Incorporate everything you do within the pocket... Less is more.. I hear alot of good cats but they'll just continue to be "professional shedders" with no gigs to show for it.. don't be that cat... check out ?uestlove, Lil' John Roberts, Spanky, Chris "Daddy" Dave just to name a few.. Oh yea... FLAMS!!!! You gotta have em'.. - Brandon Williams

For the snare drum ringing. I use an old snare head. Cut a two inch wide circle from the outside of the head. Sounds much better than tape or cloth. - Lewis Warfield

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Control stick height, define louds and soft. practice all rudaments from slow to fast to slow - Jesse Gastelum
Try using a kotex pad(s) for muffling the inside of your bass drum. It come with a sticky strip to hold it to the head, and will cut out a lot of over-ring without killing that bottom end thump. - Stewart Pothier
im not a good double bass player yet..but what i always do is play l r l r l r l r quarter notes...then l r l r l r l r 8th notes...then lrlrlrlrlrlrlrlr 16th notes...do it over and over again..the quarter notes and 8th notes help ur leg warm up and get ready fo the 16th notes..keep doin it over and over again faster and faster... - K Shah
Research different sounds for heads, cymbals, snares, ect. dont just go for what everyone else has, get what you want! - Rob

Have fun, play what you feel, and dont idolize neil pert too closely because we all know Carter Beauford is the greatest drummer alive - Anthony "The Great"

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If you plan on buying two drum books in your life time buy Stick control & New Breed. After you finish Stick Control with your hands do the entire book over with your feet. These two books will make you a much better drummer. - Bill Dolan

Try to keep different types of drums made of differnt woods seprate, you will notice the drum that is out of place. - Heff Benwhite

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Fast Double Bass- If you just got a double bass pedal or have had one for a long time and want to improve your speed, try ankle weights. Wear them when your playing or if your just playing on the floor. It helps ALOT!!!! - Dio Josts
Remember, what you hear when you play is not what the audience hears. example a overtone from the snare drum is heard by the player not the audience. the overtone may help to project the sound to the audience. Cymbals by virtue of where they are played, are heard louder by the player than the audience. adjustmements should be made so the audience recieves a balanced mix of the total drum sound. - John Beaster

Playing in a relatively large band i have been a pproached by a few people who play drums, i have come to notice you can be one of three things, rubbish, ok or natural- whatever- guys- practice and most importantly of all; HAVE FUN! - Sticks

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If you dont take lessons, you can learn alot from listening to other good drummers play. Such as going to your local Guitar Center or a place where they sell drums and let the public play. Try it you'll be surprised. - Brooks Parker
Hey guys. just want to say the drummer from shihad is the best drummer ever! and also a tip..... triplts are the koolest thing ever! pratice them lots and lots and u will soon get fast.. REAL FAST - simon visser
Try to hit the drum with your stick...you get i better sound then if you dont! Best tip on the page - mike
Maintain focus whenhitting your double kick and continuously hit the cymbols with the left hand hitting the 3 different toms one at a time. Pratice and it can be achieved - ryan

Cleaning cymbals..alway a pain until I happened on to this. Go to a screen printing supply company or your local screen printer. Purchase some of their de-greaser. Works great!!! Leaves no residue. None, nothing..totally clean. And cleans the cymbals easily. Regular de-greaser leaves lanolin..no no - J H Lewis

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Put your hands in hot water before playing......eh, it really helps! - young jeezy

Don't listen to every tip on this page, I am a music educator, and I must tell you, there is a lot of misinformation on here. For one thing, there is no "best" drummer in the world, that IS a fact, also, I dought very much the Mike Portnoy left advise on here like "don't share tips" etc. If you want to get good, learn to read, study time proven books and DVD's and find a great instructor, there are no short cuts!!!!! - Ernie Chrysler

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Always be happy - Ashley lawhorn
Travis Barker is a great drummer. I have just sat down and watch him play, and leared A LOT OF STUFF!!!! - ryan

Use you fingers to move your sticks faster and your thumb and index finger as the pivot. Your fingers are faster than your hands! think of the sticks as a basketball that might help - sophie

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Simple stedy beats...if ur new at drums or if ur really good and played them for a long time...or a natural like me...the first beat u lear att stuff on to it...a beat i learned that was only 2 mins long i worked on it and now its close to 5 mins long...focuss and ur tallent and dont give up:) - cameron
Ask your drum teacher to come to a show and evaluate your drumming.(please usually works) - Travis Rodriguez
If you have nothing else.... YOU GOTTA ESTABLISH THAT GROOVE ON THE 1.. In lamen terms, "the pocket".. Most cats will spend their lives being professional shedders and have nothing to show for it. You wanna be that dude that has the rep for supplying the gig with that "ONE", that just got you your next gig... Guys who will keep you gigging thru listening and applying some of what they do are Questlove, Lil' John Roberts, George "Spanky" McCurdy (the new phenomenon),and last but certaintly not least Chris "Daddy" Dave... Check out these guys and you will be set... If you dont know Jesus Christ find him... He's the true and living "ONE".. God bless - Brandon Williams
Is your Bass Drum walking around on you during the set? Here's what you do: When you set up the Bass Drum, make sure the legs are pulled all the way out as far as they will go, so the front of the Bass Drum is lifted off of the ground. When you put your pedal on, the Bass Drum should actually be suspended off of the ground in between the legs and the pedal. This way, the legs will keep it from sliding around, for the most part. Also, you may want to try using a few sandbags in front of your Kick if the problems persist, they can be obtained relativley cheap, and will not damage the drum as a brick would. Cheers! - Matt Faske

Best way to play is to relax. tension in muscles holds so many people back. - Tom

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Ok, I kinda adapted this one from Gene Hogla: I find that most drummers in death/black/grind metal tend to use small diameter, light sticks most of the time (The smallest stick I will ever use is a 5A, and that's already pushing it for me). For the last year, I have been warming up with a far beefier stick (I use a 2B for this purpose) on the first 3-4 songs of any set, and it has cut down on my overall fatigue, as well as improved my speed considerably. You can achieve the same effect by putting light ankle weights on for double bass (that's the Gene Hoglan trick). - Jim "50 cal" Deabenderfer

A tip to stop the ringing of your snare drum is to put two 1/2 thin peaces of duck tape on the top head near the bottom and top on the skin...o and the peaces should be about 2 or 3 inches long - Grant Wicker

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Don't play too hard, learn to play softly. Faster does not mean better, it just means faster. Listen to lots of drummers, from Meg White to Buddy Rich, they'll all give you great ideas. - Tommy
LARS ULRICH AND VINNE PAUL ARE THE BEST 'EFFIN DRUMMERS IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Jeff Thiele

Practice your licks very slowly with a good metronome - Nadia Kominiche

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Help when moving stands, Go to your local Goodwill and grab an old Golf Bag. the bag will not only hold all your stands at length, but the straps are designed to handle all the weight and keeps all your stands ready for the next gig. - Patrick
Don't allow another drummer's skill to be of intimidation, but of encouragemnet and don't be afraid of asking questions. - Ruben Mendoza
Always remember to breathe while you are playing - Josue
Practice is always number1. if their is rudaments that you dont understand or you just need to hear them call your freinds or you teacher but better jet talk to your drum magor, - shadle student a.j.

When practicing hava bottle of water with you as you can get dehidrated very easily. drum for lots of short intervels not long ones less. - Ewen Mitchell

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Always bring a carpet to a gig,there is nothing worse than seeing your bass drum slide across the room in the middle of a song. - dan the punk drummer

HIGH HAT-Practice diffrent beats while hitting the highhat, As you hit the high hat open and close the high hat with your foot to strengthen you foot/anckle. This will help in the long run with cordination. BASSDRUM-You can also put a blanket or a big towl in your bassdrum to dampin the ring of it to make a nice even sound. SNARE DRUM- If you'd like you can have two snaredrums, This makes diffrent varriations of sounds. but note that you should possibley make one SD lower then the other. To obviosly make it sound diffrent. well thats all i can really tell you right now. Hope these little tips were helpful. ps dont worry about the spelling. - -Siggs

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Joey Jordison should be you drumming idol. He is amazing and does it for passion not love, so if you wanna watch a good drummer live slipknot baby - MetalManiac
Practice Practice Practice - Chris

Make sure you always have the hi-hats symbol pedal closed, if you hit it with it open it makes a disgusting sound!!!!! Happy drumming everyone! :) - lovin playin the drums!!!! :)

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To Get An Amazing Poppy Sound Out Of Your Snare (sounds like avenged sevenfolds drummers) Tune Your Top Head Very Tight (Make sure you dont make it TOO tight) and your bottom head also reasonably tight (MUCH LESS THAN TOP HEAD!!!!!) then make sure your chain is very tight..and there you go your snare sounds awsome - Kyler Ramp
Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm lovin drummin! My tip is to listen to Mcfly and listen to Harry Judd's drumming!!! Ciao! Happy Drummin!!! - lovin drummin!!!! :)
LEARN DRUM RUDIMENTS : learn as many as you can its the best way to get better and make you you pay more attention to clarity than speed - anonymous
Keep your sticks with you as often as you can... this way you can practice the beat you have in your head when you are away from your set. :) - Trent Garrison

There are two types types Of "Drummers"....Ones that just have the extra quick synaptic connections in their brains ..! These guys or girls are natural athletes with quick twitch natural ability ! The other Drummers are the ones that go to lessons and toil laboriuosly with Rudiments ( Which is all Good !) and improve at a rate of instructional absorption ! ...They will become proficient and probably professional.. But But But!!! the fast twitch drum athletes will be layin down the licks that everyone else is tryin to copy !! Its a fact of life " Nature Vs Nurture ! ... I never practice ..i only play and listen and can hear just about anything once!! and play it !! - Andy J

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Take your sticks EVERYWHERE with you. If you are at a stop light that never seems to turn green, your steering wheel will make a good temperary pad! - Geoffrey P

Cut a two inch square or circle out of an old drum head and stick it on the bass drum batter head (where the beater strikes) using contact cement or duct tape. This will protect the head. Use one or more layers as needed. - Tim Donmoyer

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First of all, This website is amazing.. I learned so much..

Tips: Start sloooow! Build up your speed. Dont tense up or get annoyed that you cant do a certain thing.. remember keep it slooow! Practice this on your snare/lap/prac-pad whatever,,

R R L RL RL R R

Over and over faster and faster.

R L R L R L LL RR - Greg
Tips: 1. If you are playing a beat which you find easy (basic rock beats for instance) using the ride cymbal instead of the high-hat, funk things up a bit by adding in the left foot on the high-hat pedal between beats (hope I've explained that clearly enough).
2. Even if you've got a good acoustic kit, invest in a good electronic kit as well - nowadays you can get them with very convincing sounds. I own the Roland TD3 and it has really accellerated my progress - it's small, quiet except for the noises when you hit the pads, has 32 built-in drum-kits and has some very real sounding drum noises and authentic feel - you play it exactly the same as you play an acoustic set.
3. Fast-playing is impressive and requires plenty of stamina, but speed isn't everything - slow beats with complexity can easily be just as cool by all means.
4. When playing in front of the ladies, play a bit of ballistic metal as you do, but also throw in some boogy/disco dancy stuff - it turns them on and you could end up pulling (trust me, I'm a drummer). I mean, get the bass going with your right foot and the high-hat with your left (right left right left) and play stuff over the top on the toms and what-have-you.
5. If you've got the ambition, keep giving it all you've got and practice as much as possible.
And remember: Even if you don't make it big and famous, as long as you enjoy drumming, that's all that counts. That's what playing music is all about no matter what instrument you play if you ask me - putting on a show and having a ball! - Cowbell Cowboy!

Go to live shows and study other drummers, you'l pick up a whole lot of stuff that you can even add to..!! - xMikeyx

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If you cant sing it you cant play it. Always transalate the patterns to sound Eg Pa Ka ching ah pak a goong. = the Mattilo - ron weiss
Flashy stick handling, I don't recommend playing live; however, if you decide to go arial with a stick, make sure it is in a part of the song that if it drops, you have time to get a replacement without missing a beat. - J. Sado
If you play covers. I found the best way to learn them is listen (thorougly) through a nice sounding stereo. That way you can pinpoint all the accents and ostinatos. Then put on good head phones into a cd player and play along. Good way to develop precise timing as well. - Brandon Anderson
You shouldn't use a fan. It can constric some muscles more then others when your playing since it's probably not blowing on you evenly. This can throw off your whole body rythem. - Alex Ogden

Use all parts of your instrument (rims on snare drum, bell on cymbol) These create different sounds that make a cool drum solo - Ryan Lackie

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If playing a set alternate your songs from fast to slower songs so you don't get to tired - Beanie

Allow yourself to get drum solos in the songs that you are writing. It is just more fun for everyone! - Kyle

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First start playing slow and then eventually build up to the speed of how the song is played - grant
If you want a good sounding snare head...Don buy one those Aquarian kevlar ones. They sound and feel ridiculous. Also. Don't buy a tama 1st chair throne with back rest. They break. - Stanley Rumblebonker

Take small pieces of duct tape and stick them on he ground directly where your stands go so when you get back from a gig it will be easy to but your kit back together. - Ned

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The greatest drummer of all time is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Im only 14 and know that. Any one ever see Moby Dick drum solo where he plays part of it with his hands. If not you should check it out, its AMAZING!!! - maddmike
Dirty cymbols sound better - Sweet Lou
\m/ Leave your snare on to do a solo \m/ - Eat More Meat
While Playing Ghost Notes always keep the ghost hand down or you will just end up with choppy snare beat. - Bob

LISTEN to drumming such as: Tre cool (Green Day), Harry Judd (mcfly), Danny Hall ( Son of Dork)and Damon from Busted. They will inspire you to be a great drummer like them!!! - lovin' drummin'!!!! :)

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I've been playing for 6 months w/o lessons and I've found drum tabs are EXTREMELY helpful if you dont know how to read music yet. Make sure you stretch really good in ur wrists and ur legs b/f you start. If your just playing for fun, start playing slow songs you know befor the faster ones. I dont know if it really helps you guys out but it helps me a lot. Also try playing slow and then speed it up later - maddmike

Buy something that can hold your backup drum sticks beside your stoole. i use a flower vause and it works perfictily. - GARRETT

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If you put a pillow in side your bass drum it will make it not as loud if your are in you house so you won't make people mad. - Cassie Burkhart
Physical exercise is an excellent motivator for playing.it increases your flexibility which is very important in making you become a drummer. happy people. - aig

Drink lots of water. It keeps your mind fresh so you can concentrate on practising - lovin' drummin' :)

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Drum Carpet - make your own with a 2X4 rolled up in one end of industrial carpet. Use screws to keep wood in place. Costs about twenty dollars compared to 45 - 50 dollars from your local music store - Ty
REMEMBER- THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, JUST NEW PARTS - DW
Always keep an open mind to different drummers and styles of music. for all you punk and rock drummers listen to smooth jazz drummers as well as fusion players. just because you can play really fast and use double bass dosent mean your awesome dave weckyl thats awesome tony royster junior thats awesome - chris brown
If you can play the drums then do but if you can't practice hard, if you still cant play dont - jason

ok kids... hmm lets see... to improve speed i found jogging and also standing on ur toes and do 50 calf raises a day can make u faster, and give u more controll... to start out on dbble kick just play some 16th notes by playing one foot after another simontaniously and play till u feel a burn.. then take a brake and start again till the brun.. when u dont have a petal handy just put on some heaver shooes and play on the ground for that burn... and sooner or later ur let alot faster... then start trying to incorperate dbble kick in fills.. and start messing around with roudements on ur petals like a paradittle.. RLRRLLRR***********, and then in a groove start tring new patterns and there ya go ur all set.. to check out some amazing dbble kick drummers check out jordan manccino from as i lay dying, vinnie paul from pantera and mike portnoy from dream theater... if u want check out my band on myspace death to the broken hearted.. kk later cool kids - Dr. Phil My Rath

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STUDY THE MASTERS AND LEARN WHAT THEY DO AND APPLY IT IN YOUR "WORDS".
WATCH INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FOR TIPS. READ BOOKS, MAGAZINES, ETC.. TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED. WHEN DONE...REPEAT - DW

damp your toms: if your toms vibrate or resonate too much, take the batter heads off (the heads you hit) and tape half a rolled up paper towel under the head with electric tape. Then put your head back on and keep on playing, youll notice a very unique sound with zero resonance. Take the resonant heads off (bottom heads) for an even better effect. Im a metal drummer and i like my toms fast and accurate, hope this helps you people out there. - martin

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Tedious tapping! If you use a practice pad daily for a couple of hours, like me, you may find that even though you are hearing the sweet sound of progress being made, that sound of wood meeting rubber may get a little old. To over come this tedious tapping, I have found that using a cd player and headphones helps greatly. My choice of warm-up music mainly consists of melodies without a lot of rhythm, that way you don't get destracted from what your doing.Try some Mozart or Beethoven, this style of music also keeps your practicing mind in a calm, relaxed state. Keep the volume at a levle to where you can hear yourself playing and the music equally. Hope this helps someone out there, remember...stay loose! - chad safarik
Dont git ur drums wet - rickey

Remember, there are no rights or wrongs in playing the drums, whether it be double bass or any other aspect of the drums, everything becomes easier with practice. As far as double bass drumming. START SLOW!!! Your not going to sit down on your kit and immediately be able to play Metallica and Slayer songs! Using a metronome can do wonders as well, good luck. - Ovais Malik

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Stay incontrol with your drumming and be confedent when you are playing. - thomas miles
Take time to shine up the old set every once in a while, taking pride in posessions comes understanding and appreciation, which in turn unfolds triumphit beats - Dan
Who ever keeps saying Ringo is the best drummer ever is just stupid and ignorant. Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy are way better than Ringo. In fact a lot of drummers are. Try listening more. - Taylor
If you want to be good then listen to neil peart aka the professor play I would recommend the songs Xanadu, Hemispheres, la villa strangiato and many others - lux fero

Better sound - if you use your wrist instead of your hand you will get a better sound - sam

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The Moeller Stroke - Learning this method of playing will help you feel the drums alot more. It's more relaxed and natural! It will save your poor wrists aswell if you're a player that plays like a stiff action figure. - Damon

Have your practice pad in your lap while you are watching TV. When a commercial comes on double stroke roll until the show comes back on. Your roll will get clean - Raiquan Shepperson

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Don't drum too hard, it sounds like crap - roberto
i am 15 years old and in a band called fatal decision... i play the drums and i guess you could say that i am good. just remember play what you want to play dont compromise for your band members. play for you! - justin benson

While playing, play in front of the mirror so you can check your technique. Look for finger position on the stick. You should be able to hold a coin the the circle you suppose to make on your left hand - Raiquan Shepperson

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To give good sound always concentrate to your hand power. the power of left hand and right should be equal. - manohar
Play rolls as fast as you can into a soft pillow to build strength and speed. This works best if rolls are played, non-stop, for 60 second periods with a 30 second break between sets. Try this and you'll be 3 times faster. - Danny Raulerson JR. a.k.a. HAVOK
Practice your rudiments. it helps your speed! - justin benson
Always try and incorporate your bass drum and hi hat into your fills. remember you have 4 limbs - use them all! - graham harvey

Do not hold ur sticks the wrong way or u will mees up ur playing. Also, do not give away ur drumset for anything. also this is the last thing so LISTEN UP when u start playing dont get lessons from a friend buy them at a store or a professinal. - Elitemage1

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Stay loose!!!!!!!!!! - alle

Always pray before concerts and watch dave weckle dvd - tarek

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Myth: ringo is the best drummer fact joey jordison is pretty dam good 2 - drummer
Do not overlook the sticks in your hand. Music stores sell a huge variety of sticks but people tend to overlook the alternatives and just go ahead and purchase the same old american hickory trianglular tipped sticks. Experiment with different woods, sizes, lenghts, and most importantly, tips. Too many drummers are oblivious to the fact that there is more than one shape of tip aside from nylon and wood triangular bead. Give the teardrop, reverse teardrop, oval, piccolo, and round beads a chance...after all, the tip of the stick is the thing that connects you to your drums. - Jay =)

When doing double bass, triplets are the easiest. move into other double bass techniques after that. a good drummer to recommend is Chris Adler of Lamb of God. - wilson

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Yeah, a good time to start playing would be 10-14 and learn from looking up tabs online - dick cheney
Always take a deep breath before playing it works and say i can do it - triston bush
How the frig could you say Ringo is the best drummer... The only thing has he done is make the public know that bands have drummers. He never did any good drumming - Chris
Remember always exercise before playing.And always do the double stroke roll as triplets[rrl,llr,etc.] - Paul Churchill

So you like Twin Kicks do ya's try this and you'll have the hottest Drum solo known around. this takes lots of practice and patients scuff your feet up the pedals you will start to notice you will strike twice for each time you land your foot towards the top of your pedal you will love the patterns you will soon be creating and so will the astounded audience. - Chuck Christman (Mayhem 1983)

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When starting off, Have a look and try all sort. You will end up finding a good mixture and a sound you will like. Always listing Via the manufacturares websites. - Cymbals

John Bonham was the best follow his techniques. - bonham just kidding

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Punk drumming is really fun but reeeeeeeeaaaally fast so you need a LOT of energy to do it, so I say either get sugar rushed or wrestle with your band to get energy pumpin. But don't use drugs as the answer you may play with energy but horribly and then you either die or go to jail. - Patrick
Try mixing up sticks - a brush in one hand and a normal stick in the other. It can bring out some interesting dynamics. - Ross Fortune

Keep ur sticks in a y position - nic

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Travis Barker kicks ass! - anonymous
Bass Drummers: FOCUS ON THE FULCRUM! Some of you may know Teddy Holcomb, if you don't, then get educated. My high school drumline and indoor ensemble were assisted by him and a friend and former student of his. The main thing with the basses was that the fulcrum is the essential part of playing bass. If you don't focus on this important part of thehands, then you have nothing. Also play through the center of the drum, you will get a better sound and it is easier playing. Remember these tips, and you can do anything on the bass drum. Good luck and Be sure to play hard and play right! - Die Hard Pearl Kid
Don't spend extra money on drumsticks that have been 'dipped'. go to home depot or lowe's home improvement and buy a product called Plasti-Dip. it's liquid rubber & is the EXACT same thing zildjian used to dip their sticks. for $6, you can dip as many sticks as the can will allow. it beats spending extra money on grip tape too. - scott
How about this, just practice every day for like 20 minutes. DRUMMING Rocks!! - sara

Smack the drum as hard as you can, duh - anonymous

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Practice Practice Practice!- I've only been playing for 3 years. I practiced every single day that i could to improve my skill. And look where I am now. Everytime i go into a drum shop and play i get all these asked questions like "How long you been playing?" Just never stop working, because it gets you to many places. - Jason Newcomer (13 years old)

Be cool if you don't want to bother people just use the pad thingy. I just started drumming and I rock because I practice every day. - sara

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Play the drums. Don't hit them. - exsubel
When playing to the radio or a cd dont just play one kind or one speed of music try and play every song that comes on, trust me it will definately allow you to play with alot more variety. - little drummer boy

TRY TO FIND A "GOOD" DRUM SITE LIKE THIS ONE AND ALWAYS PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - DAVID JHONSON

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When you buy drumsticks tap the bead end of the stick on a hard surface and if you feel any vibration in your hand it means its cracked and you shouldnt buy it - Justin
Remember, drumming is not about what you can't do, it's about having fun and doing what you can do. - joe
Use Nylon tips on sticks it will reduce marks on cymbals and drum heads - Justin D. Frazier
You are going to have days where you cant play well. And you may have weeks where you dont play. If you dont know what direction to take your skill. Go to your local music store and buy a CD in a section of music you never listen to. (not rap though) - Daniel

Don't hit it hard! They are sensative! - David Gallardo

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COUNT! If you don't count, then you pretty much can't keep the time and that messes everything else up. - Cody

Don`t try to play over your capability. All it will do in the long run is make you play like crap. - Dave

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Always be open to listen every tipe of music so when its time to create your own you have more ideas and be more creative! - rippy
If you practice hitting the middle of your drum heads for about an hour a day it can improve solos and fast beats around the set of drums - jake

When practicing on your practice pad,it is a good muscle builder to use a larger size stick than you would on your drumset.(ex. I use a 5B, But when drilling on the practice pad I use a marching band size stick) - Gabe Davis

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Make up a beat/pattern, play it, then(if you have 5 drums) beat every drum and the [crash] cymbal. it's really fun and it sounds cool, too! - sarah / tacogirl / guacamole
If u want to become professional drummer, when you practice put on your favorite track or the track u want to practice. FOR EXAMPLE, Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin. Put on your headphones and practice for an hour atleast a day. Ringo is not the best drummer. KIETH MOON FROM THE WHO AND JOHN BONZO FROM LEDZEPPELIN ARE! - sunny ramaji
Are Your Neighbours Complaining Your Playing To Loud? Buy Mesh Heads And Put A Cloth In Between Your Hi-Hat. - Zoo AU
Set up your set in a way where it makes you least tired. - John

Even though you dont want to think about it, if you are ever wthout your stix or in school tap! as much as possible with your hands, pens whatever. The downside is everybody wants you to stop......Oh yeah and Keith Moon is the best drummer ever! - Griff

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When you start gig'n carry a small oscillating fan with you to keep you cool when you plaing the drums, and always carry water or sports drinks with you to keep you hydrated. - Sherman

When your playing a song be relaxed don't tense up! - Taylor

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