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Buy all your drums and cymbles separate or you will have NO money for other drums and cymbles - Paul Churchill
PRACTICE THE 1-4-5 BLUES JAMZ to get the perfect timing down. 'Green Onions', by Booker T & The MGs, is our favorite. Guitarists love it because they can solo their asses off! Fight the Anti-Rock Conspiracy! - Mark C. - Portland, OR

U dont always have to play quavers on the hi hat, try playing a crotchet or even a semi quaver - brad stringer

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All i have to say is , just be self made dont copy other drummers styles be creative!!!! Creativity makes you a great drummer!!!.. - Cesar Avila
I'm not sure if anyone will know what I'm talking about, but I think this drum tip will help especially when it comes to drum patterns that require constant back and forth switching between the Hi-Hat and bass drum pedals. I am currently learning the drum pattern for "The Final Countdown" by Europe, and the drum tabs for this song provide an example of that back and forth switching. Anyway, what I've done so far is broken the drum pattern apart, separating what I have to do with the drum sticks from what I have to do with my feet. First, you want to look at the drum stick pattern, especially if you have to tap the Hi- Hat with a drum stick, and your foot pattern separately, and get the feel of each. Seeing what you have to do with the Hi-Hat and bass drum pedals should give you a rythm pattern in which you can tap your feet. Once you've got the feel of both patterns, drumstick and foot, it should make it easier to concentrate more on your foot pattern,since feet are harder to move when playing the drums. If you want to try putting it together,but can't get to a drumset, it's easy to listen to the song you are learning to play the drum pattern for and go through your foot rythm in your head while practicing with your hands, whether it be on a piece of furniture or playing air drums! It's also a good idea to practice your foot pattern on the floor every now and then, just so you don't forget, especially if you don't have a drumset just yet. One more drum tip I'll point out to beginners and amateurs who haven't triad this yet, and this one I got, too, from my "Final Countdown" drum tabs: Have you ever tried squeezing a beat of the bass drum in between two Hi-Hat strokes? It's quite easy, actually. All it is is a very quick bit of the back and forth switching I talked about. Just start with your left foot, pretending to push the Hi-Hat pedal, then your right foot,pretending to push the bass drum pedal, then your left foot again,but do it all very quickly. Hope my tips help! - Breanne Carlson
It's BERKLEE Colege of Music in Boston NOT Berkley. - Andy Weis
GO MENTAL YOU DONT HAVE TO PLAY BY THE RULES KEITH MOONS A GOOD ONE TO FOLLOW - louis davis

CHECK OUT CHARLIE BENANTE FROM ANTHRAX...He is one BA mo-fo! HEAVY. P.S. Ringo?!? Craaap. - Mark C. - Portland, OR

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Don't be a poseur! Play what your heart says - meeko

When meeting someone for the 1st time get into the habit of giving then a firm handshake while looking straight in their eyes with a pleasent look on your face. This is VERY important. Also, make sure you remember their name. - Andy Weis

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Hay was up for all you drummers out there never hold the stick tight.........i hold it lose and get realy fat rols in and its good for parrididles* sry not that great at spelling* - Bryan
For double bass, sometimes it's easier to pur your foot near the end of the kick platforms with only your toes doing the work. It makes it a lot easier to spit out doubles and sometimes 32nd notes on Pearl kicks. For Gibraltar kicks, it helps to put your foot all the way up until your toes touch the chain or drive. Use the heel-toe technique for this. Another tip for Gibraltar kicks is to move half your foot off the pedal to gain speed. Playing without shoes helps too. - Travis

When playing your super soft pressed roll close to the rim, you will find that you can make it even softer by slowing your hands down IE the speed of the downstroke for each buzz - Andy Weis

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Practice as much as possible. You will eventually become good so be patient. - khris
If you play in a bar and your not leagally aged, Dont tell to every Body your not leagally in the bar... it could make it easyer for you and for you band... - P-L
If you are a beggining or intermediate drummer ALWAYS try to play with musicians that are a higher level than yourself. Aside from the obvious inspiration you will get, you will also find that you will play things that you didn't know you could play. - Andy Weis
At school or work and feel creative? try to learn tapping on a table come home remember it play it and there you go and for me it make drum roles faster because your training your hands for small fast movements - joe

If you think of a drum solo or beat practice and memorize that same beat over and over. You will soon get better at not just that one drum solo or beat, but if it is a fast one then you will get better at playing solos and beats faster. Let your hands and your body and heart do the work not yourself, thinking while your playing. If you think a lot while you play it sort of crams your brain and you dont play as well. - Ian

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THE BEST TIPS I CAN GIVE ARE HAVE FUN AND ENJOY PLAYING,TRY HARD AND DON`T LET ANYONE!!!!!!!!!! STAND IN U`R WAY IAM FEMALE 14 YEARS OLD AND HAVE A DISABILITY CEREBRAL PALSY AND MY FAV DRUMMERZ R TRAVIS BARKER DAVE GROHL AND TRE COOL AND PEOPLE KEPT TELLING ME U CAN`T DO IT COZ OF MY DISABILITY KEEP ON DRUMMING AND DON`T LISTEN TO MORANS I NEARLY LISTENED TO THEM AND NEARLY GAVE UP THE DRUMZ THANK GODNESS I DIDNT LEONIE X - LEONIE

When you buy drum sticks, buy 2 pairs at a time because if your like me and brake sticks constantly, you'll have an extra pair. - Cole Stanek

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If you have played for your first time infront of people thinking you cant do it and get really nervose and at the end your al shakey?? just realize you did and you can do it again! - victor
Sometimes, when practicing with your band...it helps to play to a song you've never heard and just wing it. I personnally do my best work when i am drumming with my guitarist to a song i've never heard before. Also, dont over-play your fills...i learned this the hard way - OniEladb

As I said on my previous tip, I'm not sure if it makes sense, unless you're more of a drum tab reader like me,but I'll add one more tip that I'll agree with anyone else on: COUNT!!! It helps a lot! After writng your counting down on your drum tabs or music, all you have to do is look how many times you have to count before either repeating a part of the pattern or moving on. If you practice your drumstick and foot patterns separately and count while practicing each, you'll be able to put it all together next time you practice on a drum set! - Breanne Carlson

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Never give up - mac
Turn your drumheads sideways and upside down for more overall style - Will
Make sure the bottoms and tops of your toms are tuned to a different pitch ... and dont be afraid to rock out. Play with the radio and ... w\e else u can find... but remember stay cool and rock for life!!!... remember my tips they work b-e-a-utifully! - Andrea C

Play to songs. This will keep you interested in practicing, give you a chance to emulate your favourite drummers and enhance your sense of timing. - Adam

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When you play the drums start by playing really slow then gradually speed up then slow down again this is what i do and i recon it helps. - jordan
Try doing stuff with one hand, say a 12/8 signature and triplets, or gallops, whatever theyre called. i find that doing those triplets with one hand opens doors to more complex things - bishop

Play double bass - kirby

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Don't burn the bridge between you and other musicians. You may need to walk over that bridge in the future. - greg
Put gaffa on toms, snare and bass drum and then u can rock (oh yeah) - Schmitty

PRACTICE, PRACTICE & EVEN MORE PRACTICE - Purk

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Be sure to show off your drumming skills - Ethan
Experiment setting youre drums and cymbals up different ways, maybe you will find a setup that is more comfoatable or works better for you. (but dont move them right before a gig, that may seriously screw you, try it while practicing) and once you find youre perfect setup, keep them that way. - Brandon
300.REMEMBER. when you get a drum set don't think you can just start playin',take lessons first!!!! - Paul Churchill
Remember as a drummer you set the time for the song. you move the crowd. when writing a new song,always write down the format of your song and any changes that will occur and so on most importantly have fun...... it's just music.Matt Green drummer, distant figure - matt

Relax!!! - nick

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If u only have one mic, set it undernearth ur snare and hi hats u will be surprised how much it will pick up everything as well - marty

All your interaction with the drum set is done through your drumstick grip, and therefore feeling comfortable with your grip is very important. - anonymous

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If you have a favorite pair of drumsticks that are expensive, then you might consider buying packs of cheap sticks while you practice so you dont break your good ones. - John Fink
Drink as much fluids as you can. While you drum you lose a lot of strength and energy. Water and other drinks boost your enegy and rehydrate you. Energy Drinks and soda can't. - anonymous

I learned speed by practicing on a pillow while I watched tv. Every commercial I would hit the pillow until the show would come back on.It really works and helped me with speed. Ps.I love drums and all Drummers. Drum Bum has been very helpful to me to. Thanks Loads. - Cathy DiCristofano

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Practice technique and drum rudiments. they are the building blocks to being a Great drummer. - Noah
Try to improvise and play with other people. Too many drummers and other instrumentalists get caught up in practicing and playing for themselves. When you play with other people you learn to give and take musically. Play with other drummers and percussionists as well. The give and take here will only make you better and you will discover various rhythms you didn't know existed. Consider joining in a local drum circle! - Luke Ruggieri
Relax Relax Relax, stiff drumming sounds bad and isnt very entertaining. But loose tecnical drumming sounds groovey and stylized. - Greg Prior
Use moon gel to get a better sound on your snare drum - James Murray

Drummers are musical athletes. Make sure to stretch properly before getting behind the kit. This includes hands, wrists, fingers, and the rest of your movable body. That way you don't pull anything or hurt yourself while playing. - Trent

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Don't spend money on a slave pedal, buy another bass drum - Ethan

Kieth Moon is the best drummer ever, Neil Pert is a joke!!! - Jguy

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Hi, Im Brittany I love playing drums but for those of you who are starting to play drums don't start out on the drum kit, Start out on playing your snare drum first... trust me it's better then after a while playing then got to your drum kit you'll regret if you don't I did. - Brittany

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Always mark where your drums are, so when you go to set it back up you will know where to put it. Trust me it's frustrating trying to put it in the same place you will always know if it's one inch off!!!!!!!!? - addison conley

PRACTICE:practice more to improve,aplication on what you hear.. - mhikz

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At a gig, dont do a drum solo,only drummers are interested in them,people go to the gig to see the whole band play.and if you feel the need to show off and do a solo,keep it short. - sam
Many drummers forget that 50% (percent) of drumming is with your sticks and feet. The other 50% is the buisness side showing up on time and being profesional about it. - Brittany
Just jam - kenn
If bees wax dont work for yah on the tamborine role thing...try to put a ring of soft sand paper to help yah get good friction. this is good if you have dry thumbs.apply pressure with your thumb as you use it to go around the head of the tamborine.. your thumb will bounce quickly to give yah a sweet sound.>3 - anonymous

Listen To your favourite bands. If you think theres a song thats mental force yourself to learn it. it means you can play harder things. And you have fun because its by you favourite band. - Josh Edwards

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Don't let drumming interfere with your schoolwork and grades. - Andrew

Practice kids...thats how you get better - jake

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Research like crazy ignore nothing. V-drums to bongo , try to get an idea of all percussiona . Transposing afro-cuban rhythms onto your drumset is challenging and great fun. Love it! take care - baz
For an interesting muffling effect on your bass drum, shove a little gift bag (the one's that usually have rope/string handles with a little card attached to them) between the pedal and the drum, I call it a "power-thud". - john

When you begin to start playing double bass pedals keep heels up stand straight and start out playing slow and as you increase your speed lean forward a tad bit heres a little tip make your calfs strong it will help - joe starter

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ALWAYS KEEP ON TRYING NEVER GIVE UP ONE IMPORTANT THING TO INCREASE YOUR SPEED AND CONTROL IS TO MAKE YOUR CALFS STRONG,KEEP YOUR BALANCE,GO FOR A STEADY BEAT AT FIRST AND GO FOR IT TRY YOUR BEST ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HEELS UP TRUST ME ITS A HELL OF ALOT EASIER TO PLAY DOUBLE BASS - Mark Jeen

PLAYING DOUBLE BASS-Playing double bass pedals first you need to find the most comftorable position posible for your feet on the pedals second you need to keep your heels up while you play trust me its alot easier third sit up straight and last leen slightly forward but keep your balance and practice o yea one other thing strengthen your calfs - michael

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Well at first start out with a heavy pedal , then move to a featherlite, they might be cheaper but they will hold trust me, i had a dw 5000 double pedal, then i moved to a groove percussion double kik pedal its like not playin at all and its alot easier to play loud, use your whole leg, on a comfortable pivet point, use simple complexes then move to a more agressive stage , stamina is key in this too - damian tucker
If you're going to tell people to use proper spelling and punctuation like Jacob Greene, learn how to spell PUNCTUATION first! And don't put things like "puncuation in your DRUMS tips." - Jeramie

Putting 2p coins (or any coin) where the bass pedal beater hits the skin. just put tape over the coins and stick it on (gaffa tape) any other tape will just wear out. this gives it a kind of metal but not to much sounds great... Try it. - Sam Gibson

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Creativity is the key to a successful percussionist in all aspects of playing including his oe her soloing abillities - RYAN ERVIN

When u play drums you a got to feel the music/beat - rachel jackson

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Learn your snare drum rudiments before you try the drumset set because you can rudiments give you speed and stick control and you can use that on the drumset. - michael
Practice drumming quickly with BOTH hands! That way you will achieve more flexibility and variety. Many drummers tend to practice one side only. - Jay Maidwell

Play only one drum at a time for a long time. Learn how many voices it has. Create melodic lines with your single drum. Over a period of years the drum kit will become an orchestra to you.

A good way to start is to study on a hand drum. Be sure to find a good teacher. You will find African, Persian, Egyptian, Turkish, Cuban, and a myriad of other styles are filled with complexity, style, and history to learn and enjoy. It will change the way you look at music in general and possibly change your life. - Kevin Hartnell

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Learn how to read music. reading music is one of the most important thing you will need to know to be a good drummer because you can add to the beats that you are learning and make new ones. and if you don't know how a drummer is doing a beat for a song than you can look it up on the internet and find out because you know how to read. - michael
Play your pdeal with bare feet,its so much easier especially when using double kick,joey jordison is not the best drummer try listening to real metal like pete sandoval from morbid angel and richard christy from death - Grind Death
If you recorde your self playing you will learn from your mastaks and then fix it and then you will be a lot better off. - michael
Give air drumming a try, it loosens up your arms and hands when you can't play your drums when girfriends home, it works,peace. - madd matt

If you are in a band rember that you are the time keeper for the rest of the band. if you try to show off and try to focus on making you beat good and hard for other people to play that you will not be a good drummer - michael

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My suggestion is to get yourself a pair of ahead aluminum drumsticks,I've had the same pair of sticks for a year, and the nylon sleeves are replacable.The bands kiss,Slipknot and Bon Jovie uses them,ect. - fast hands

Don't get hooked on one drummer. what i mean by this is that if you like a surten drummer and try to sound like him in every way than you will sound like him and that is not what you want. you want your own sound and not sombody eleses. - michael

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Umm dude just play!!! ROCK ON!!! - bob
When your playing with the bass pedal make sure that if you want it to move faster beats.all you have to do is ti-pi toe the peatl and use that ecxercise it realy works - michael

Practice on your double kick for atleast 30 min a day and u will seee the speed and control difference in about 2 months - dustin wickhorst

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Do not judge a book by it's cover. becuae you may not like the druming style in your faviorte band like i don't like the drummer for the rolling stones but that does not mean that i would not buy his books becuase you can learn from everbody. - michael
Use a wire brush on the ride cymbal or hihat when doing rock or metal beats. It will give you a sound you love. - Alex
Set your double bass pedal in front of a couch and play. it will help improve your speed. - justin benson

To get a good tom/snare/bass sound- Do that following. To get a good tom sound, first take the bottom heads (resonance heads) off. Then, still keep the batter head on. The removal of the resonant head lets you get a better sound out of your tom. Plus, the tuning of it is much more easier. Now for the damening part. This is the easiest thing to do. Go out to a local music store that has percussion equipment and buy some Moongels. They totally cut the stupid ring out that you get when you play. Put one on the 1st tom, 1 on the 2nd Tom, and 2 on the floor tom.

To get a very awesome snare sound, tighten up the top and botttom heads almost as far as they can go. Then, adjust the muffler so that the drum will have some sort of a ring. This is a really good sounding poppy sound. It's similar to what the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold has(His name is The Rev).

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Now finally, for all you people out there. To get the shweetesh bass drum sound do this. Take some duct tape and put it around the edges of the batter head on the inside. Then, put another layer of it on the tape that you laid on there. And lastly, put a tiny pillow in there to muffle the sound up a bit.

And there you have it. The best dang tips you will get on this site. (By the way I'm 13.) Peace Peace everyone and good drumming to all of you. - JASon NEwcOmEr

What ALL drummers should DEMAND from their drumsticks: Regardless of what the name brand is, make sure they are straight (no warpage), that they are weight-paired & pitch-paired. Vic Firth, Pro Mark, Vater, Silverfox, etc. have these 3 'criteria' in their mission statement (regarding computer analysis of each stick). - Kevin

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Yo wats up... when you play don't think and you hands should play for you relax sit back and watch your hands do all the thinkin... and if your playin a gig don't sit there and look stupid, move around if your moving the audience is moving or else the music isnt any good..good luck! - justin z. (unhinged)

Play Polyrhythm alot in exercising! Those 'running' patterns surely now how to make you a better drummer. Don't just play 4 over 3 or 2 over 3, try 5 over 7, 3 over 5 and 3 over 7, they're the best 'vitamins' for your brain. - Denny AJD

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To find out where you naturally hold a drum stick, throw it in the air so that it does a 360 vertical flip and where ever you catch it the most times is where you would naturally hold the stick.
i have found this to stop my blisters and generally improve playing. - tim hanson
I've found it comfortable to put the china ( if you have one with you set ) by the Hi-hat so it is easier to reach and it depends on what type of music you are playing on where you put your cymbles - william

Want to play faster. Listen to these bands to help gain faster style of playing. Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel,Hate Eternal,Strapping Young Lad,Godless Rising,Mortal Decay, God Dethroned,Torture Killer, and Sadus. Just listen to death metal bands in general. - chris

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Have a strap on the heel of you HH stand. This can be attatched to the foot of your drum throne and prevents the HH walking. - Aky
Always tune after your drums have changed climate - carlos cruz
Be sure to buy a drumstick holder and put it somewhere easily accessible.It is so easy to drop sticks during a gig!!!! - az
For all beginers, if you think your Ever going to play double base you better start to use ur left foot as a time keeper on ur HH, it will make the switch from HH to base drum a lot easier and you're right foot shouldnt be as strong as ur left foot which will make ur kicks even. You should use you're left foot as a time keeper any way, it will keep your tempo even. Happy drumming - Alex

When playing Double Bass make sure that any other drums you add into the mix of the rythem are acutally usable. Some drummers may find that it is difficult to play double bass and other drums at the same time. - Chris

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Keep a binder (3-ring or whatever works)with information that you'll use at practices and gigs. Make notes about songs, what to do and at what part of the song, especially when learning a new song. Type up those notes on your computer, and make a copy to put into a plastic document sleeve in your binder. Works great for performance song lists too. Use button size Neodymium magnets to hold up song notes or song lists onto cymbal or mike stands or other metal parts of drums. Neo-magnets are very strong and will keep documents (and the plastic sleeves they are in) from falling or flying away, even during windy outside performances. Other things to keep in your binder: lyrics, internet search maps & directions to gigs, band mate telephone numbers, sheet music, etc. - A.J. Santiago

Relax - christafari

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Be open to learning from other people, this means be humble. Play for the band and not just yourself. - Walter Waller
Fulcrum-use fulcrum but stay loose - John Campbell

Bass drum tip:- Try using the heel up technique when usin the bass pedal. it allows u to kick allot faster as opposed to hell down... cya. - Zac

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Know your role as a drummer: you are the heartbeat of the music. Not a front man. There is a time for crazy fills and solos but not every four bars. Don't be affraid to keep it simple and play whats right for the song. - Louis
Spare your family the loud noise when playing in your home, drap a bed sheet over your toms and tuck it around to muffle the sound. Don't laugh until you try it. It doesn't sound bad. - Fred Fishburne
If you ever need a make-shift splash cymbal and arent gonna be using your hi-hat raise the top hi-hat cymb. high enough so that it's not touching the bottom. Not the best thing for the cymbal so I recomend using and older set of hats if you got 'em. - Eric
Play to classical music. ive been playin to Eliot Fisk's Baroque Guitar transriptions...it brings out the creative side in me. try it. its fun. - KARL HOGG

If you think you have learned everything there is to know,think again. - Matt

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Faster Double bass...What can we say about it? It can be hard. Their is a new technique about player faster..Heal- Toe action. Shoes off! Place toe on top of the pedal, Heal in middle. Lift heal then bring down, then bring toe up then down. You'll get it in 5-10minutes. Keep trying. - Kevin Maslan

Electronic Kits are under-rated! They take less space, don't require mics (or leads!), skins last years, no tuning problems, no feedback problems for gigs or recordings, most have built in metronomes, and the sound per dollar is just about better than the sound per dollar on an acoustic kit. A great choice for a second kit for practice, rehearsal, teaching, and quick recordings. - Shakedaddy

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Drummers can write songs too! record yourself either with the CPU, or a tape player or vid cam, and make atmospheric intros, calm verses, catchy choruses. Without soloing every section, make drums the part people hum to and remember - Shakedaddy
Dont start out playin hard songs too early cus i played to cd's and they were like harder but i never learned to really keep the beat so learn that first with a metranome thats wat im doing now - zack

FOR GREAT SOUNDS ON YOUR HH try using different cymbals. - Paul Churchill

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Work on making your hands faster by playing on a practice pad - joe
when playing a double pedal,try to hit them both at the same time, you get a bo-bom sound thats really close together and its really cool when performing - Dalton
The Greatest punk drummer of all time is Tre Cool of green day. - drew t
A COOL THING TO LEARN- Practice crossing your arms while playing on different tom toms. This can be very helpful once you get it down because it will cause you to not have to move around the set so much. And it will also help when you need to add fills in the middle of your session. So always remember... Practice makes Perfect. Trust me This works like a crarm. ROCK ON!!! - Noodle

Depending on how you aready play.... I have found it much easier to hit the floor tom by tilting it slightly down towards the floor and turn the tilted side to face my body. I was just experimenting one day and tried it. So its a good thing to experiment with your set. ROCK ON!!! - Noodle

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Try songs form green day... they are upbeat and keep you going.. - Trey.

Warm up by playing both hands hitting the pad at the same time start slow and playing quater notes (4 bars) then change to 8th notes (4 bars) then 16th notes (4 bars) do this for a good 5 mins b4 you play it will get your preformance to maxinum level. - Tom

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Train as much ruddiments as you can and train it on a very slow tempo, put 60 bpm for example and play it until you got the exact feel of the rudiments you play and then try to aply it on snare and toms, combine it and you will get a variation of fill in with perfect sound and great tone, try it, works for me.. - barry
If you want your bass drum to sound like a deep sounding, explosive pound, then open your bass head, and put a pellow into it. - caleb

Before a concert or playing period, tune your drum because if it is not tuned correctly, the drum will sound totally off and trust me people will notice - Torrey (Girl Drummer)

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To record a drum kit with 1 mic, point at snare, about 2.5metres above the ground, above the floor tom. If you have two mics, keep that one and put another in the bass drum. - FatBoy
The best sticks to practice with are the dark brown pair of Dennis Delucias'!!! Why, because I have practice over and over again with them on marching snare drums and pillows with no bounce. There very good for very fast improvment, I know because I see to much improvement in me and WOODLAWN HIGH SCHOOL drummers in Shreveport,LA, especially the girls. - Patrick A. Davis
To get a stronger/ faster left hand, try spinning the stick in your left hand often... - Oliver
If you go to a gig wif only a bass drum mic set it under your snare drum and you will be surprised how much i t picks up the rest of your kit - Marty Burns

Yeah im just a beginner but i found that if you dont know how to read/wright tableture just try recording ur beats or listening to other drummers or bands while practicing.....put ur recordings on the computer and on a cd or mp3 player and listen to them while sleeping or something i guess and maybe u will remember the...i know i did. - chris harrison

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When playing the drums, dont keep your foot flat on the bass drum pedal, because
(1) Its not that comforable and your ankle starts to hurt after a few minutes, and
(2) You get much more power and speed if you play the bass drum pedal with your toes, and your heel in the air.
Trust me, it works. Its helped me pull off difficult drum beats when i have had to stand in for people in gigs before with hardly any practice! - Chaz

For all u begining double bass drummers out there i've got three things to say; 1.dont get discouraged if u cant rythm of the beaters or cant do 16th notes for at least 10-15 seconds, and 2nd if you get pains in your shins or calfs, its perfectly normal and 3rd dont think that you cant do it because eventually you will get the hang of the pedal - chris b.

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If you first starting of with double bass dont try and go mega fast it never works! start of quite slow and become consistant the speed will come over time. - rich
If you are just begining, or a beginner, then just start with simple ringo starr from the beatles drumming. He uses a simple drumming patteren... Not like dragon force - Brandon

Practice makes perfect is all well and good but the real key to perfection is to ensure that you are practicing correctly. Bad habits are incredibly hard to sort out so start off slow and get the technique right! - joe

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If your band is not headlining a show, once you are done, quickly get your kit off the stage. no one wants to wait around while another drummer is taking down every single piece. - Sam
PLAYING PARKWAY DRIVE ON THE DRUMS IS EASY - NATHAN DAY
Make learning drum rudiments a hundred times easier by using two seperate surfaces for the hands; one louder than the other. One hand will be alot louder than the other and so your brain only has to listen to half of the rudiment. It also allows your brain to undertand the rudiment in a musical way instead of a technical way and therefore quicker to learn. For example, one half of a paradiddle makes for a pretty good beat. As long as you continue to hear that beat, you know your other, quiter hand is doing it right. Hope that made sense... - Chris
If you can sing it you can play it. - Mike Laughridge

RRRRRRRR-LLLLLLLL<P>RRRRRRR-LLLLLLL<P>RRRRRR-LLLLLL<P>RRRRR-LLLLL<P>RRRR-LLLL<P>RRR-LLL<P>RR-LL<P>R-L<P>Warm up. Start slowly. Play and repeat first part until relaxed. Move on to second part keeping hands relaxed, gradually increasing tempo.<p>Segue into 7 on each hand and so on.<p>Take your time.<p> Check your grip and visualise what you are about to do.<p>As you can see, the exercise goes from 8 on each hand ending with the single stroke roll. When you hit single stroke, you should be really moving. So start slowly and build your rhythm.<p>Remember..this is a warm up..have fun. Stay loose. - Iain Mclennan

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When practicing drum rudiments and fills use sylables of words to help you count the beats in the phrase (example) a triplet could be broken down as I I I lem- on- ade (the I's represent the triplet beats) tip! beverages work really well! (tea. cofee. lemonade.coca cola etc...) have fun! - Stephen Avison

Use a dailey drumming routine that starts with stretching your wrists and fingers, then goes to dexterity exercises like single and double paraddidles between your hands and feet, etc.. I practice at least 3 hours a day and try to always take 1 day a week off of the set to use only a practice pad. It helps to refresh your brain because playing every day will burn it out just like a computer, and after a day of rest from the set you should be able to play new patterns in all the styles. Make sure your throne is not too low. I had mine too low for a few months and started getting some lower back pain even though I sit straight up. Your feet should be able to rest on the pedals and your sticks should be able to reach everything without leaning uncomfortably far forward. - Jared Vinson

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MOVING FAST: inorder to "move fast" on fills or drum rolls or solos, you have to lear how to do the singer strock roll..thats right left right left - cameron
If your now starting out playing drums then you should first understand them and know what your talking about.This way it will make you look more professional.good luck - Shane Rayner

Take a papertowel and and fold it then tape it down on each of ur drums and make sure its really on there good. that helps muffle the drum and u get better sound - kyle

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You're not a drummer if you can't read music. Reading music becomes an essential part of developing the drummer in you. Sure you can begin drumming just like that and think you really can drum, but without sheet music, you are truly nothing. - Little Drummer boy (nate kirkham)
Travis Barker is good, but overrated. There are far better drummers out there. - Chuck Norris
Shorter tips are easier to digest, you know. Brainless twits like me do NOT want to read a page-long tip. - Dum dums
Right, double kick drumming with one foot like Nicko McBrain(Iron Maiden). These will lead to beasty sounding bass drum triplets. How? Start with a hit your toes at the back of the pedal and quickly slide your foot up to the front of the pedal with the ball of your foot. This should result in an incredibly fast double hit on the bass drum. It takes PRACTICE. People will think you're playing with a double kick pedal. Just sit back and chuckle silently to yourself in your own knowledge. Just in case, listen to Iron Maiden (especially some of their live stuff.) Nicko would be proud. - Dick Cheney

Ringo is a subpar drummer. - Billie Bob

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I know a better Travis than Travis Barker. His name is Travis Smith (from Trivium. He really is MUCH better at drumming than Barker.) ALL HAIL TRAVIS SMITH! - Billie Bob Teeth

Buy any album from tool; especially Aenima, Lateralus, or undertow...danny carey is one of the best and most underappreciated drummers in music today. - mike

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When a beginner buy a cheap drumset becouse u may not think its fun 2 play the drums but it really is - live, love, burn, die, maggot
Get a cd player and tab your favorite songs by ear, it helps you understand the beats that are actually being played, and eventually allows you to play it by ear with ease! - Seth Mullins

For better grip put tape on your fingers where the stick touches them - J

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Try to think in shapes and colours when writing drum parts. Forget notation and theory, and make some vibrant shapes in between your drums. - Matthew
Just because you have a drum set and sticks doesn`t mean you`re a drummer yet i`ve had my set for like a month and played a while before and i still don`t call myself a drummer but your time will come as - random physco drummer
Keep your foot half-way on the drum pedal instead of right upto the skin, it give you more power when striking and takes less effort out of you, the kick alos sounds better. - Jason
Ever losing drumsticks? Try putting string all around (in a spiral) where you hold the drumstick, and then apply duct tape or any tape you can find over the string. trust me, it helps! DRUM HARD! - Nightrain

Make your hands faster by praticing your drum rolls on a rubber drun pad.Then when you get on a drumkit do the same rolls on your snare then add the toms. - josh

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Thinking of buying a double bass pedal? Well dont, try most double bass stuff with one pedal. There may be some songs that definatly cant be done but you'll find the bulk of songs involving double bass action will be just as achieveable with one pedal, if you practice!!!! - Gaz

Raymond Herrera 4ever :D i'm just starting to play double base, and he is my favourite drummer... For me the "Double Base Gods" are: Raymond Herrera and Gene Hoglan (you didn't mention it) from Testament, Death & Straping Young Lad.. Rock hard you drummers!! - Arktype

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For beginners too poor to buy a double pedal right away(me) and still want the sound...you can just roll your foot on a single pedal. - Stephen
Heal/Toe technique on the High Hat: Slide up using your heal of your foot on the HH pedal then followed by your toe, which is the front part by your toes. This will allow you to do other things rather then striking the HH with your stick to give that open/closed sound. Do this every day 1 min at first then longer you will use muscles that you normally will never use. - Rachel

If you have the oppertunity try to play marching percussion, it helps you play more in the center of the head (snare drums and bass drums) and speed (going at about 120 bpm (beats per minute) and will help your chops out in the long run, mainly long parades (like 4 miles or so). Also it will help you out when you play infromt of a crowd on the side to play up to par and help the band out. Plus, it would be a great opertunity to find some people that you can start and band with or join a band that has formed and needs a drummer. - steve

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Stay away from drugs and stay focused on the music - a person?
Keep drumming every chance you get - kyle roberts
The best tip I can give is don't buy silver tone drums. Their no good but i'm broke so i'm stuck with em listen to me they're cheap not worth your money. - Branden
Just go crazy and then u'll get the hang off all the drms and cymbals - Aaron Horne

The whole heels up approach to drumming is bull. you may be able to play stuff faster like this but you dont have the same control as playing heels down. Playing heels down takes more co-ordination and practice but pays off. when you play heels up its always loud and obnoxios and hard to play slow. heels down is also very easy to learn new patterns suchs as paradiddles and triplets. if you want immediate spped and power,heels up. If you want technique control and real power, heels down. - Alex

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Get to know your drum teacher personally.It will benefit you to get more out of your drum lessons, and he can get you great deals when it comes to drum equipment, drum supplies, drum parts,etc. - James Voorhees

Practice rolls and drum rudiments daily! - nanda pois

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Start out with something easy like the beatles. ringo starrs my favorite drummer he's the only reason i started - zach
Playing any instrument is about enjoying yourself, it shouldn't matter whether you're 'technically' a good player, i mean, it can help, yes, but it's certainly not essential. i've never had a drum teacher, i was simply shown the basics by a friend and i took it from there, but it does take a lot of patience and dedication, and a love of your instrument :) go nuts and try some crazy fills and solos, but keep it under control when you need to, play tight and in a funky groove, and use fills that are simple, with minimal strokes but interesting patterns. don't worry if you can't read drum music or you don't know what a friggin paradiddle or triplet is, just listen to a wide variety of music and filter it all into a unique playing style. playing without a teacher also helps you to develop your own unique style, without it being moulded by someone else, but you gotta make sure you're not doing anything wrong, so read drum tip websites like this one :P - big ol' drum-o!

For improved double stroked speed accent the second stroke on each hand - tommy arta

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1. This maybe have been said so many times, but once again, PRACTICE ALL OF THE TIME! Practice for hoever long you feel, or do whats comfortable

2. Don't follow the trends! Customize your set the way YOU want it, don't get a set exactly like someone famous's. It may be cool, but you will look unoriginal and stuff. - Ty, the DrumManiac
Solid tempo is the top priority.....better to play simple and safe, but steady....rather than trying to be cool but u mess up the groove keeping solid tempo is not just the drummer's task, everyone else in the band also responsible for this - atuy
ALWAYS BE EXCITED TO PLAY-play with passion and confidence, dont try too much at once, pace yourself and your skills will build gradually. REMEMBER; PRACTICE DOES NOT MAKE PERFECT--PERFECT PRACTICE DOES!! - kevin barry ireland
Just keep practicing and be patient - devries 3hoursback!

If you are a hard hitter like I am and are showing signs of tendenitiz then get and ware a good set of drumming gloves, it helps cushion a lot of the shock. I also use sex wax on my sticks to keep them from slipping from my gloves Danny Meazell Drummer for Tiger Meazell - Danny Meazell

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Practice your favorite songs - it will make it seem easier! - erik h.

The way you hold your sticks and the position of your throne is very important to being a great drummer. - simran sandhu

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If you want to be good,ON THE DRUMS THEN DON'T THINK JUST DO, becuase if you think things can go bad. so its better if you just do. just fallow your dreams they DO come true - Timothy Panuco AKA TAP

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Take risks on stage by playing different fills that you've not tried out before. It's alot more fun on stage but scary aswell and gives and edge to the night;) x - miguel
It's all in the wrists! No arms, just wrists! (P.s. If there's no ketchup, there's no point!) - XxxRockingReedyxxX


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