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Note! if you're doing a mistake, do it in style.learn to have a good chemistry with your band.
in order to to do this practise, play more and spend time (fellowship) with your band members. trust me it works!! - Amos Danielk
Use Surgical Spirit to prevent blisters. Rub it into your hand before you drum to toughen up the skin and stop it from blistering. Althoug it does make you smell like an alcoholic! - !SMITT!
Buy a metronome! a drummer without time is like santa without presents. - tim

Short distance: Verify that when you're sit on your kit everything is positioned where you like it, but a little recomendation is to put cymbals and toms the most near to you so you waste less energy. - Juan Angulo

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Simply using a sports whistle, kazoo or party whistle during a drum solo can add a huge dimension to what you're playing (it also looks great)! - luke
DRUMTIP 1# Remember to always be a thermostat, NOT a thermometer. The best crowd is rarely at your best gig. - luke
Travis Barker isn't actually that good!!! All he has is speed...and he's actually not that fast - Mitch. B yeah you heard it

Nothing beats DW. and a lot of practice.Tony Royster jr.is a must see.I hope to be close to where he is one day. - jim

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yo, ok if you are a begginer, and you wanna play double bass. then play heel up, and use your front of your foot where the foot meets the toes. and get comfortable with what your playing. and dont over play with them as well because people will think you've had too much coffee or something. and play on a part of your throne that you are comfortable with so that you can reach every drum and cymbal no matter where it is on your kit.take your time learning things, dont think that since you dont know how to do something doesent mean that you have to learn it right away. and get a pair of sticks that you like and dont settle for anything less than spectacular. l8ter - chris

If you want your bass drum to sound better put a blanket in it so its not so high ptiches it works - adam

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Try to play the bass drum with your heel up, it allows u to play the bass drum a hell of a lot faster - drummer dude
Watch lots of amazing drummers live, like tre cool from green day, you can learn loads from them - anonymous
Use axle grease instead of Vaseline, to lube the tuning screws on your toms and bass drum - Gavaknight

Practice makes perfect, if you suck now, u will get better if you keep trying - rock on

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Always sit up straight and have a good balance on your kit.. play with your heels high and dig your toes to the pedal.. make sure you adjust your pedal to make yourself comfortable and less strain on your legs.. - jezm - 10cm drummer
Best tip yet -Play with Heavy Drumsticks on non-bouncing surfaces such as pillows to build your wrist up! it makes you way faster! - PasoKino Drumaster
Struggling with double bass pedal or dont have your own? A good way to learn is to try alternating between your floor tom and bass drum, as soon as you get this rhythm down you can speed it up and have it sounding like double bass pedal in no time! So it would be bass - floor tom - bass - floor tom - bass - floor tom - etc. - Liz

My perspective on drumming, i drum so i can live out my dream: to be in a band on go famous, but i see drumming as a sort of car for the band, you see a drummer keeps the beat and drives it and if you crassh it then the band goes with you so a drummer is important. I reckon if you look at drumming as one whole instrument and not just seperate pieces then playing will be a whole lot better :D - Macca C

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If your lookin to make funky beats play the bell of your ride cymbal with the shoulder of your stick. it gives off a cool noise, i use it all the time. Have fun! - Derek

Practice with a metronome start off slow and begin to pick up speed - joe d.

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Double bass speed- i have been playing double bass for 1 and a half years and i can play 275 bpm, to get faster start real slow the every now and the try and go faster until your comfortable and then push yourself, also remember this quote "doubles will double your speed - crazyman
Learn all 40 Drum Rudiments, it will help you soo much if your serious about the drums! Try to have a goal every time you practice....Drums are my life, are they yours? - SeanThompson
Has no one here heard of mike mangini? or george kollias? mangini could shcool anyone with his hands, killias could school anyone with his feet. dont believe me? check them out on youtube. - G

Practise crossovers. anyone can do basic fills, but crossovers are where its at. definetly a great way to impresive basically everyone. - Ross Dover

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Try not to think things out, that often leads to you screwing up; know the song your playing; sometimes its better to play simple, sometimes its better to play complex; its about the music, not the fame, the money of the girls (even tho those are all nice) neil peart, mike portnoy, ringo star, nick mason and the drummer from opeth (i forget his name) are great drummers to practice to - nick m
For a good solo, play randomly using all the drums, after a hort amount of time you should have found a good beat for a solo, you can then play it faster and faster, or if you prefer slower, its up to you - jamjam
FACT-John Bonham is the best drummer of all time - mike

Try to play the drums "fluidly". What I mean is, play as smooth as you can. With perfect timing in every note you hit. - Jerico Manalang

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An Album a day keeps the Drummer in shape. Try To play a different album everyday or at least try to play about 10 songs. Learn all the small details after you have learnt the song and you will find that you are more comfortable playing the song. - Cian-Terrasis-Music.com

When playing with a band, remember everyones part is important. Every song isn't a 4 minutes drum solo. PLaying what makes the band sounds best will earn you respect of the band and the crowd. And remember, The crowd pays to see you and the band has to split the money. You wanna stay on both their good sides. - Tim Keeley

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Tenor Drummers... If you play quads, quints, or sextets, you know that it takes time to learn how to play clean sweeps (scrapes, swipes, etc.). Especially if you play on a quadline of more than 3 people, invest in a Vic Firth Quadropad. and DONT buy the mylar laminates. Playing on a surface with as much drag as gum rubber will build good sweeping techniques. And you will gain more control over your stick heights while diddling and singling which helps keep a 5-man tenorline from sounding like popcorn. - Josh Johnson
Practice Single Stroke Rolls and Doubles Stroke Rolls in a pillow is the only way to get solid drumming. - Agustin Mihanovich
You can never have too much COWBELL... - Bruce Dickenson

Never Practic what you already know. It's so easy to practic things that you already know,practic five to ten minutes on things you know, spin more time on Things you don't know - Ivan George

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Play lots of jazz and (real)metal- not slipknot or other bollocks like that. chick webb, gene kroupa, dennis chambers, nick barker, gene hoglan, richard christy(now on H. Stern show). there is no greatest drummer, just a group of elites. (bonham, moon, baker, and that wanker jordison are novices). chick webb from the 1930's is superior to those guys. - Þórgrimm
Wrap a rubber band around your sticks and spread it out where you grip them so it makes a diamond pattern. You will never drop one again. - dave the drumdude
WHY NOT FROWN NOW AND SMILE TOMORROW OR DO U WANT TO SMILE NOW AND FROWN TOMORROW.........I MEAN PRACTICE - ini Koksy

Hey metal heads, remember there is tons of other music out there that is beneficial to your drumming and overall musicality. Stay open to all styles and reap the benefits. - Mike

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When all else fails, get a electric kit and never tune again. - Stephen

If ur gonna do drum solos dont think about what ur gonna do - smellz

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Being chris slades drumtech for years( also many other heavy hittters) i would like to add me bit of advice to not just playing, but the kit!!!! the kit has to be in time with the player. work the kit , tones , sounds and all that goes hand in hand with drummer doing his gig !!!!!!!!!!!!! - brett eugene miller
I GOT THIS GREAT ! FROM CARLOS SANTANA ;LISTEN WITH YOUR EAR'S,,BUT PLAY FROM YOUR HEART. - joey turrubiate
For begining double bass drummers or drummers who are having trouble getting the hang of things, try , and I mean try, to play your normal beat for about five minutes,(heel-up!), then play the key parts such as beats and fills slow for about 10-15 min or however long you choose(and make it fun!) remember patience is key. dont get frusturated either. give it 2-3 days maybe even a few hours! you will get faster and stronger, faster. oh yeah , if you dont know how to do the heel up technique its mostly in your heel and your leg not just your leg. happy drumming? and do rudiments; rlrr lrll, rrll - metalhead chris

Hey guys heres another tip for you, this is geared toward the intermediate double base drummers or self taught double bassist. you know how you strained for weeks to get that speed and indepence and now u have it , now what ! take up jazz,prog,metal drumming - metalhead chris

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You know how you often want a trap table for your percussion accessories? Well just turn the music stand horizontal and wholla! (Make sure it's the heavy duty kind) - Swizzle
To enhance your double bass drumming first make sure the angle of the pedal is no less than thirty degrees from the ground, i found that with the angle less than thirty degrees i was running on them using every muscle in my leg tiring them out like a work out. start off slow to the point of your own presicion. play the high hat or the ride on every 4th. as you do this make sure your hits on the bass drum are solid, on the verge of pretty loud. as you play take your focus off your pedaling on to something else i.e. a picture or a thought. you will then find your feet and the base drum develope a complementry reaction, a groove you could say. ALWAYS keep your thighs loose, relaxed but active. a very useful excersice is to play your bad foot solo then on the 8th beat introduce your good foot, repeat this continously and watch the improvement happen. another tip is to use a strap to wrap around your foot and pedal. it should circle from the top of your foot to under the foot pedal board. this is very useful in playing on the sweet spot of the pedal while being comfortable playing at top speed. - mick
Practice your drum rudiments and whatnot on a pillow so when you play them on an actual drum, it's easier. You'll have trouble on a pillow, but you'll build the strength to do it on drums faster - Raul Macias

Be one with your music and flow with the ideas YOU create. paint them into a masterpiece and dont be afraid to show the world. - Jake Larson

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When you are drumming and you loose your sticks due to sweat biuld up.use a candle and just rub it all over the drumstick of your choice. then in between songs or what ever you are doing apply baby powder and clap your hands one time getting rid of some of the ecsess powder. (it works if you do it right) - CHAD KRUM

Buying top of the range kits looks inpressive but it wont make u a better player spend ur cash on good hardware and good cymbals a cheaper kit with the right heads and tuned sound just as good and practice practice practice you can always get another wife but you cant get another burning desire - tanner

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When just sitting around doing nothing like at work or school, practice you foot movements coordinating both feeting. It'll really improve your double pedal. Don't make it to obvious or your look like an idiot. - Mike D
Stretch like you were in high school gym class...... Everytime i get on my drums i stretch and you can use your drums to stretch on so it works out.... It's either that or have to wait like 10 minutes before your warmed up (personal experience).... lets see.. what else.. oh.. if you are new to drums and havent quite got it yet, have a buddy come over that knows how to play guitar and jam... ask for alot of patience but it pays off.... umm.....POSTURE....sit straight, scoot a little bit from the drums, play on tips of feet, buy an ipod to jam to..(its worth it) and good noise cancelling headphones.. - Tama Swingstar/Iron Conra/Sabian/Remo
If you are critisized by other musicians don't get in the way to ''bury''them just play because the more you play the less u talk so one y will be able to prove your value - kostis tatsis

Don't let fat headed guitar players try to control what or how you want to play. - cory

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Those with spinal injuries or problems should seek advice from their doctors before continuing drumming. If you do continue to play the drums, and you have a severe injury, you may want to or have to re-set up your drums to a more comfortable location as not to strain your back while reaching for a drum or cymbal. I had to re-set up to do this and found that it was easier as time followed. I also wear a back brace to help me with my lower back and I still after all these years, use a back rest on my throne. And always, ALWAYS seek help in carrying your equipment and even to set up and break down. You owe this to your back and your livelyhood. Keep playing and never give up but always take care of your health!!! - Big Daddy Ricc

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Buy Light weight sticks - Stevo-69
Instead of buying expensive rubber mats to cover your drums for practice, simply by a cheap camping roll matt cut it up and make your own. Also protects your drum skins when moving your drums - Kev

When beating a drum count the beats - juaneshia

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All ways have confidence in yourself. YOU are the best drummer there is.Try to challenge yourself by playing different types of music.And wear ear plugs to keep your playing clean,but be careful ,when you take the earplugs out and play your ears wil take time to ajust. a7x drummer rocks - Cody Moorehead

When playing, Loosey Goosey. Keep it loose! - pjwoodster

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Dont always imitate other drummers, do your own style and be heard...= ) - Benjie
Try to put earplug while playing drums because the sound that drums created ear can't withstand them.Even you feel better about your ear,or just ruined your hearing - Michael Dean
If you like to be a real rockstar. Do not wear any silvers or the others say your a "poser" - Michael Dean

If your in the market for a drumset, i would go for all pearl hardware. the pearl eliminator shifter pedal is my favorite part of drumming. - Matt

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When warming up make sure to get all limbs loose and limber. Do this by playing rolls and constant beats .But dont do it to the point where you are tired. Remember your WARMING UP for the real deal. - Hez
Look after yourself. Hungry and/or dehydrated drummers rarely play well. It also gets hot up on stage; keep some water nearby (not beer, it dehydrates you further) - david richardson
Make buddy rich your life - sanford jerry

Don't speed up dearing the chorus. most people tend to and it skrews the whole band up newbies - tommy deweese

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If u have ur kit in a garage.spray wd-40 on your double pedal springs to stop them creaking. - jordan

When playing drums relax and be confident dont forget to smile:) dont foce your arm practice makes perfect - sheo

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Dont handle the sticks too firmly or else the sticks would hardly bounce - drummer boy
Don't wait till one of your heads break to change it. Carry spares. - bruce cook
DOUBLES: When doing double rolls, keep all fingers on the stick, dont let them fly, this will give you more control - jake

Hey dudes, might be a small tip but a useful one: when you do a roll, make sure your hands just flow over the instruments; this will help you reduce your strain and can perform much longer, otherwise you might reduce your energy. - Keerthan

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The easiest way to work out those strange timesignatures is to remember this simple saying -
TOP number tells you HOW MANY and the
BOTTOM number tells you WHAT the beat is!! - Chris
Be comfortable in the space between notes. If you aren't, your drumming will be rushed and sloppy. - Mackenzie
When you are playing fast, use your fingers instead of your wrists - Zach

When playing the double bass, use your ankles instead of your foot. I use this technique when my feet get tired after playing continiously heel up and heel down. I've been playing Black and Death Metal for 4 years now, so I do know what I'm talking about. Your legs are like a scale when playing double bass. Feet are ground zero, then you use your ankles, when they get tired use your knees, and then when they get tired slow down to 8th notes and play with your whole leg. It takes a lot of practice and working out to play very fast with your ankles, but it'll save you much energy for later. - Congregation of Souls

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Play drums in the band at school dont worry about getting called a band geek because if you start early you can be really good by the time you graduate also band directors know thier stuff and can teach you alot - neal peart

If you are a knew drummer play with your cool buds they have the most pations and you will learn way faster - chris haker

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BUZZ ROLES: Buzz roles are tricky, so let me explain. First, let the stick bounce off the head.Now, try again, but press your thumb and middle finger together, while letting the stick bounce.Do this untill you hear a sharp trzzzzz... sound. - drumer sewoiiptric

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HEY! I've only been playing for about 2 1/2 years but i have some good advise: ALWAYS ALWAYS PRACTISE!! HAVE FUN, DON'T GET STRESSED, GET A PRO TO TEACH YOU & TRY TO PLAY ALONG TO HEAVY SONGS. I've been doing this and my teacher is now teaching me stuff that i should learn in about 3 more years, and stuff that almost no one else can play(IE. Bassa Nova & Samba) OH YA... Never GIVE UP and You will one day become a pro. ^.^ - KasiaN

Famous Music Quote: Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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id like to prepare the bigginner drummer by not mentioning how great you are before you actually accuire the techniques required for the consistancy a song must have from beginning to end with feeling and timing tight enough to flow simply thru imagining the many ideas for a fill or an eyecatcher combination of movement and footwork. every note has to be accounted for ... dont finch the small stuff unless its a oversize cowbell during a chimes part dont imbarrass yourself by thinking your gonna blow somebody away with the intention of getting a pat on the back at that point youve givin yourself away that you arent a very good drummer at all if that isent bad enough your subject expresses to all those who wonder if you could be the drumming prodigy or the drumming parcheesy have dissapline even if there is another drummer or person behind your drums who thinks there the shizzle ,,,,,,Mcpeart in town. get good and dont brag theyll be time to expose your craft, stay mysterious about your hard hours of pad work and information leading you towards the band that never had a clue you were so good your a class act drummer dont mis judge a person saying that your good untill your good ! Youll know its not to make you feel better and your feelings wont be hurt because of the truth that maybe your not excactly doing it right at all . understand your belief and how hard your willing to work and enjoy the results of dedicated behind the scenes practice the element of suprise is key .... youll be most impressive if you dont give yourself something for your listeners . fellow musicians, and the friends that never knew you played drumz - garyL,. west

WD-40 is good for foot pedals, but I prefer White Lithium Lube, usually on the same shelf as WD-40 in the Automotive department at Stuff*Mart. - RONNYinWAXHAW

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Write it. When learning a new lick, write it out. This will help you learn both the lick and reading music. - Ian Nicholson
Practice lots and lots of triplets and alternating the accents on the left and right hand. This not only helps your weak hand, but can be very helpful for drum soloing. Then try changing the sticking patterns, RRL or LLR or RLRRLRLL A paradiddle as a triplet makes a sweet groove. LLR RLR RLR LLR

Play them as 16th notes in a 4/4 time signature for some cool licks. Mix it up around the toms snare and hi-hat...

Finally, learn doubles for each of those sticking patterns for some AWSOME drum licks... Learn to play double strokes so well that you can play a double stroke with either hand at any note in the lick. The and of the 16th note, the double on the hi-hat during the groove or mix up those triplets and play a double stroke every other single stroke. R LL R L RR L R LL R L RR L Check out the Three Camps drum solo!

Try playing doubles as slow as singles and singles as fast as doubles and both the same speed.

Recommended Book: Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. All the rythms in this book you can practice using triplets 16ths, singles and doubles. This will transform your
drumming! - Esteban Roybal

Learn more than just a drum kit. learn keyboards, keyboard percussion, hand drums, sax, ect. Learn as many instruments as you can. It is really great when you'r playing a gig and you get up and play a small solo on each instrument....Oh, and dont forget to PRACTICE every day. - Ianstien MushroomCloud

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Hey it's me again, just wanted to say listen to primus Tim Alexander is the best - Ianstien MushroomCloud

Keep your palms face to the floor. - gah gah

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There are many things to distract your attention from playing the drums like video games, hanging out, etc. If you want to get good, you need to discipline yourself and get your practice time in. You have to pay your dues, and then there will be a pay off. You will become a great drummer. - Steven
If you're a drummer in a band, pick up another instrument that is a part of your band such as guitar or bass.It will help you understand your band alot more and will help with your band's creative process - Matt

I recently discovered wet shoes. The kind you wear while riding Waverunners or Jet Skis. They are snug, light, have a thin sole and provide a great amount of needed traction for the pedals almost eliminating the problem of your foot creeping up the pedal. The thin sole gives you great sensitivity when playing. Worn with a thin pair of socks, they have made drumming much more comfortable and precise for me. - Scott Smith

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Try to practise with both hands, it will come in handy if you want to look cool when playing. - Richard PIne
Allways take very good care of your drums. - John Smitt
To control overtones and ringing I went to wal mart and bought some 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of self sticking foam which can be found in the crafts section. It is about 1/16" thick and comes in different colors. I got black. I cut it in strips about 1.5 inches wide, removed the backing which exposes the sticky side and stuck it to the heads around the perimeter of each drum. It works great, looks cool, will not come off by itself but can be peeled off at any time. - Lew
If you want to speed up your left hand try switching from traditional grip to matched grip and see the results over time... - dustin davis

If you are playing an off-beat, and it's little difficult for you to come back to the normal beat within the timing then you should move your head along with the original beat, but this will only work if you'll keep on playing the original beat, that is of 2 or 4 timing, in your head. This will help you to play more off in the beat of 2 or 4 timing. This is a very common problem that most of the beginners make. - Fahad Fazal-ur-Rehman

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Hello! This site really motivated and encouraged me a lot to continue and learn more stuff about playing the drums. I've been playing for 1 year and 6 months (and my band mates call me drummer gaL). Hehehe..
These are the pieces of advice i can give for now:
1. you must know how to PLAY with the drums. Just play naturally. You don't need to always guard what you hit or else you'll NEVER enjoy what you're doing.
2. Don't be conscious if someone is looking. Learn to relax and not be so stiff with the stick while playing.
3. I believe that practice makes perfect.. (especially those tiring rudiments.. and also, mix your practice with music)..
4.Just have FUN and don't get intimidated if someone can play better than you do (i've been through that) because it'll just pull you back. Look, observe, and learn from them. Be open-minded. And the most important thing, if you play the drums, play with your soul and always glorify God while playing because i believe that playing the drums for Jesus really rocks because your effort is not going to be in vain. And also, whatever you do with the drums (even if you mess up) as long as you PLAY with your soul, your
drumming will ALWAYS be pleasing to His ears.
Oh, i nearly forgot- ALWAYS keep your feet on the ground.. stay humble..

That's all. I hope the tips i gave are of good help to those future drummers out there.
Playing drums is a passion.. Continuing the journey is a commitment.. Just keep on playing.. Someday you'll shine.. - eLLa M.

To be a great drummer wats gonna seprate us all is our heart not our hands. U gotta have the fundamental skills but wats gonna seperate u from any other person in the world is ur heart. Feel the groove that ur playing and be different and experiment with different ideas and look at different genres. If ur a great metal player learn to play some jazz and vise cersa. Learn to exspose urself to great music not just wat mtv plays. - drummer

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A way to really impress people is to learn heel toe on both feet and speed it up they sound like your doing rolls and anyone notice thomas lang isnt on that double bass drummers list - shawn diamond
Thanks for the mention of female drummers we do rock and here is a tip from me to all the others out there...do not date your band mates or there will be no band - Marlena

Play drum rudiments on your bass pedals. It helps clean up your steady single and if you get good enough at them they sound really cool. - Alex

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Sup, I play in a band and have been playing drums for a couple years now and have (not to brag) almost mastered a single base pedal. the only person who has surpassed me in speed are the elite drummers(John Bonham, Buddy Rich, Alex Van Halen) and one of my tips to playing is to play heel up...where Converse shoes...they are lightweight and narrow...the pedal will flow eisier. Also "spaz" your foot as i call it..lift heel up and make your foot move in short, jerky, motions. this is an amazing twist on your drum solos and rolls... ~peace~ - JT
If you are a true drummer, im sure you hear beats in your head, sooo, with your time that your not in class or on the drum set. air drum to music and figure out everything the drummer does in a song. - Kyle Wallace
Play good - ben
FOR BRUSHES: every now and then put some WD-40 on the brissles and retract them a cupple of times and then wipe it off. It will make it easyer to use the brushes and its better for te metel. - Oliver johnson

Try writing your own fills and beats out. It helps you see what you're doing and adds to your creativity. That's what fans want to hear; creativity, not just really really fast fills. Anyone can play fast. Be unique. - Sausabe

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Take pride in your drums whether or not you think they sound good or not. The sound isn't always what makes a set. - Blair

I find that doing paradiddles and other rudiments on your hat, coupled with opening and closing it, during a beat, you can create some interesting sounds. - Kenneth Santapaga

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Tilt your bottem hi-hat and keep your top one slightly loose , it sounds better [ belive me , drummer my-self ] - wish i was tre cool
If you floor-tom is that loud and deep that it rattles your snare, just take the skin off and drop a pillow case in , it sound's alot COOLER!! PS i love tre cool.. - wish i was tre cool

Try to get ur hands moving because ur left is always shower!!do at least 15 mins a day on ur druming - tara donovan

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Microsoft Media player 10.00 has a slow down feature which is very helpful to transcribe. - J.P. Lacasse
If your snare stand is wabling when you play try putting the legs of the stand closer together - Tim
Don't put yourself down when you see a better drummer than you. You'll make yourself less confident and then will beat yourself up when you do the littlest thing, like being "A little late on that kick" or "I could've cracked my cymbal." (not that cracking your cymbal is a good thing, but...) All you have to do is tell yourself that everyone has their own strenghts and weaknesses. Just practice at something and then you'll get better at it. - Johnny Knoxnille
Getting the tone you want is very important when it comes to tuning your drums and remember the more you play the heads stretch so keep tuning them if you need to - dustin davis

A good drummer can make the worst drumset sound good! - Marky

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All you need to do is have fun i remember the first time my grandma and grandpa heard me play and they were shocked. I will admit I am a beginner drummer but to tell you the truth the cheap stuff really works once you get some nice heads on them. But anyway this one time i was practicing drums non-stop and my grandparents had come over without me knowing. After about an hour into it they came into my room and they had the biggest grin on their faces i had ever seen and all they could say was how good i have gotten. Well what i'm really trying to say is i guess it's not about what other people think about you and what you do just have fun with playing and if you make someone smile because of it good job keep it up. - Jacob

Make you hit your accents in the correct spot becuase if u dont u lose step only if you are marking time - william smith

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Be true to yorself, if you want to get better only yourself is to blame if you don't. Anyone can be a great drummer, (even me) no matter when you start... you can me great. Just keep trying and practiceing and working. It'll play off in the end. - Melissa
When people are drumming they tend to tense up. One of the most important things I learned is how to relax your mucles to the best of your abillity. It totally makes a big difference. - Ryan Roberts

Always tune your set at least once a month - matt

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Just remember 3 things: Groove.... Space.... Authority.... - Quillbee
Always play like nobody is watching. And remember, AIR is a good thing, take it in when you are playing!!! - matt
Try to stay loose when you are playing things that are harder when they get faster. i have base player in my line and when he tries to play some hard as it gets faster(like patta-fla-flas)he gets all tense and cant play them good. so remember to stay loose and dont get tense because you will not play as good. =D, hope this help you. - conor
Moon gels. the best thing since sliced bread. helps get the overtone out instead of using rings. - Matt

For warming up try hitting the snare drum eight times with each hand gradually getting faster, do on all the drums. - Ryan Schladitz

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When finding getting anywhere by playing drums and you fell there is no where forward watch a good drum solo or piece to get you inspired again, travis barker always helps me :) - Clive Kennedy

if you get a ring in your drums rub tooth paiste on them. - jrod xmas

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Never try to sing. It is very, very difficult to sing while playing. Besides, it can lower the quality of your beat. Some drummers, like Brandon Saller, of Atreyu, can actually sing ONLY THE CHORUSES while playing a good beat. But this takes a lot of practice. So, try to let the singing to your bass and guitar players. Just concentrate in playing a good role. Remember the band counts on you to take the timing of the song. - Charles
NEVER PUT MUFFLING ON YOUR DRUM!!! TRY EQUAL TENSION ON BOTH SIDES THAT IS HOW THAT DRUM WAS MADE TO SOUND. - Jeff eyes of ruin

Sometimes playing fast doesnt mean playing loud! a lot of drummers go crazy wen playing at a fast tempo and kill the drums.practice playing soft but fast for a cleaner/clear sound for wen u play fast - Anrew (peatry)

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When you are playing in front of people dont think about besides you and the drum - andrea
Always take on a chalenge and try something hard it may take a while but youll be so stoked that you did it in the end! - BLINK BLINK
Remember when you tell yourself that you are a good drummer then you will stay on the same level of drumming but when you think that you are not so good, you wil practice and practice until u reach higher levels each time, you will never be the best if you dont keep progressing! just keep that in mind - Jou ma!
If you want to gain speed and control, try to transcirpt some Slipknot songs. Then, play the double bass beats as a warmup routine. I've been doing this for about 3 months and man does it work (check out slipknot -9.0 live-) - Dan

If you cant ear plugs use the next best thing toilet paper - Taylor

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PRACTICE ! everyday for an hour ! - max crawford

I found my raising my stool and inch even more it brought my leg to a more confortable position putting lees weight on my thighs brings them to a better angle - dennis

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Always practice with larger, heavier sticks (3S) and perform with your usual sticks (5B). This allows you to play with a little extra speed. - Sutton
Tightwn your snare quite tight and use a REMO dampening zero ring and your snare will sound lovely whatever it is! - Kristian Young

Use Bubble rap under your heads to dampen them down. - Pauly

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I have had peripheral neuropathy, this makes the nerves inactive and timeing goes to pot, but I have found if I practice enough the signals to each part of the body can be controled with a coordinatin of mind and sight....and listen of course..anyone with this disease doesn't have to give up.....it takes a bit longer but is well worth it. Have lost some control over hands and feet, but I ain't lost control of my mind. Anyone who has the same problem, don't give up it will come. Iechyd da - Paul
If your practicing with your band and you drop a stick, don't stop! If you don't put your stick bag near and will have to stop, make sure your band knows not to stop. You can run and grab another and only miss 10 seconds of the song, rather than having to start the song over. This will save allot of time, especially if your a beginer. - Clark M.
Learn all sorts of styles a great style to learn is tim alexander of primus. - kevin rutkowski
Wrap your bass drum pedal in cloth before putting it in your trapcase. This will help protect the smaller, sensitive parts that get broke easily. - Mike

For base creeping when I practice alone I grab a spare amp and place it in front of my base. It kills a bit of the sound but it isn't terrible. - Ned Green

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First of all practice is defenetly the most important key to being a great drummer. I have also been recently lifting in my school's gym to improve my arm and leg strength, wich in turn will enable me to play faster. Try it. It works. - Luke

Hitting the bell of your hi hat or cymbals can make a cool effect during a drum solo. - jaad

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If a drummer has developed new skills, can play them pretty well but can't keep in time, and if your a basic drummer with basic rhythems who is pretty tight, you are bar far the better drummer, the main key to drumming is staying in sync. - Elliott G
To create a powerfull fill or solo idea using doulble pedals and toms try right hand floor tom, left foot bassdrum. left hand floor tom, right foot bassdrum.. practice slow then speed it up this sounds like a Tony williams lick, Paul UK - Paul Davies

Keep a book beside you: When you practice, and you come up with a killer rhythm, you might forget it by the time you get to the nearest piece of music paper. Or, if you're no good at writing music, tape it onto a dictaphone! - drummerman

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For faster double-bass playing- play heel up, but keep your heel below the level of your toe, and kind of "rock" your foot. - Wes
Play around with your tuning and setup occasionaly to find your perfect fit and sound - zack
Try playing while your bandmates are about to say something... (it pisses them off really bad and you will get a kick out of it) - zack
End resonation quickly on toms and snares,,I reciently purchaced a product called moon gel for 7 or 8 bucks,finding out only that it was the same material they make those crazy sticky hands from the kids vending machines at the grocerey store for 25 cents,so if you dont mind little hands on your drumheads save some cash and try them out - Toomey

When you're playing: While your playing the drums u might ocme up with sumthing that sounds better than what ur about to play, when that happens STOP playing and start over and try it. Dont keep playing because if you keep playing u will be playing one thing and thinking about playing another thing and you will get all screwed up. - Cole Freeman

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Keep a music notepad next to you at all times. There's nothing worse than making up a killer groove or fill then forgetting it when you come to write it down. Keep one (and a pencil) next to your floor tom or bass pedal. - Adam Shore

If you want to practice sticking patterns without the noise, use silly putty spread out on a hard flat surface. The silly putty provides the spring that you get from a real set. Plus it is about 75 cents or a dollar. You can also go to the drum shop and buy a portable drum pad. I is the same thing, except more expensive and there is mor of it. - Eric

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When you are playing on a set, and you want to do the roll like the rev from A7X you gotta hit the kick and toms repeatedly and thats how he does it - dude a reward!
If your bass drum has steel hoops, usually your pedal will fall off. Get some 2 part liquid metal and fill the in area on the hoop where your pedal clamps down. It's tough stuff and won't disintegrate even after multiple clampings. You only need to fill a small area and you can grind off any excess. No more chunks of wood! - Brian Doerner

Practice the flam paradidle and if u get really good and really fast u can make it sound like a roll - drummer mc drumster

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Remember to all ways keep good posture when drumming and hold your sticks the right way. if u dont u might sound horrable! =[ - drums are for bums(like me)
Regardless of how long you've been playing, every once in a while "rediscover" your drum rudiments and sticking patterns to try to pick out the bad habits that have crept in over the years due to laziness and/or apathy. P.S. God has nothing to do with your drumming, your diluted if you thing that praying will make you a great musician. Hard Work and passion makes you a great musician! - Elle
Think about your breathing when playing. Achieving steady breathing will help you concentrate on your timing and coordenate around the drumset! - Jay
Practice alot, but dont practice too much. Have a social life ! Dont let drums rule ur life! - Sexy Joe !!!

Set up your seat so your legs are even and your feet are all the way on the ground. If not you'll be sorry the next day walking. - Josh Brewer

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If you are trying to learn doulbe bass and your right handed same thing goes for left handed but opposite leg, practice using ur left foot alot more than ur right foot to strengthen it up and to get it faster and eventually catch up with your right. - Sabo

Another good tip for doulble bass is using the snare and ur bass drums or drum. Play a rutiment with your hands on the snare than on the bass drum with your feet. then after a while try doing them both at the same time. This will greatly speed your feet up alot if you practice alot and use different rutiments. Good Luck - Sabo

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