The timing needs to be in the pocket. The metronome is on the whole time I practice. To make it even more challenging, give yourself only beat 1 of 4 - really tests your ability to keep time. Speed comes from practicing a pattern annoyingly slow. It is easy to play fast when you have practiced slow. It is difficult to break away from comfortable beats without having a book to push you to try something you aren't comfortable with.
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Currently I'm working on comping in jazz with the bass and snare. It gives me more flexibility when my instructor throws a new big band chart and I have to read it on the spot. Look at the rudiments of drumming. They are the foundation of drumming like scales are for the piano. Here is a good resource. When I get thrown into a rock situation, I use all kinds of stuff I learned in books: linear fills, comping patterns from jazz as fills, rudiments. It all helps you improvise and you will notice much improvement by structuring your practice.
Here's a really good video that you should watch: Real Rudiments. This all can be done with 30 minutes a day. Be warned that you may get addicted to drumming. Start with single stroke roll, double stroke roll, paradiddle. I put ear buds in and throw gun shooting muffs over the top so the IPod doesn't get flooded out by the drums. This will keep drumming fun if you spend time trying to play with music you like. If you can find a chart for the song then use it.
Some of the lessons in this video can be found on YouTube. Work on one of these techniques in the video. Look at Moeller Technique in particular.
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This guy can achieve ridiculous power and speed the Moeller technique. Go to the Vic Firth Website and look at the technique videos. John Wooten does a good job of explaining.
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I attached a link in the Rudiments section above. This will give you some ideas of how you can do quick doubles very applicable to rock and hip hop. There is a pure drummer forum called Drummer World that I would take a look at; there's professional players that answer questions all the time there. But sticking with it is on you, not the medium you're using for learning.
If you don't have the passion for it, you won't do it. If playing drums isn't a passion of your's, no biggie. Move on to something that is. I have no affiliation with this youtuber. And I'm no professional drummer, more of a piano player.
But you said cheap. And ain't nothin cheaper than free Honestly, just playing a boring ass straight 8 rock beat should get you jazzed enough if you really want to be a drummer. Probably the best thing you can do is find a friend who plays guitar and play crappy songs together. Pretty much 1 out of 4 males play guitar.
Guitarists are everywhere. Once he says "we need to play Back in Black" There ya go. And if your passion develops, save up your pennies and prioritize a teacher who can put you on a more serious path. Your music teacher and you need to "click". So maybe that was what was missing when you were Have you looked into finding non-random internet videos, rather than random ones? For example, Drumeo offers a lot of drumming tutorials, as well as online courses that give a structured introduction to drumming technique, and personal online lessons as well.
Also, if you want to learn by playing songs, Drumscore has a lot of drum sheet music for sale, conveniently sorted by difficulty. Start with the 1s and work your way up.
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I have played drums for most of my life, about 15 years and if I had to start from scratch again, I'd do it the same way again - by playing along to the music that you love! Theory and different drum styles I picked up way later when that started to become the only way to improve my drumming skills. So my suggestion is simply to find some of your favorite songs and listen to them a thousand times and just play along. That is how I learned almost everything, listening and playing along. The best practice is to learn to play complete songs because that's what it's about at the end of the day and you have to be able to put it all together to play them, your not going to be supporting a band playing rudiments all night and you can find them in songs anyway just pick songs that have challenging rudiments within them so it's a more efficient way to practice.
Forget reading music, it won't be any use to you until you become proficient enough to apply it. Motivation and passion are a kind of positive vicious circle and they fed on amount of time you spend doing the actual thing. I know that, once grown up, we want to have that structured attitude, where we know exactly what needs to be done, what's the road ahead and how to get from A to B. But my take is - there is no way of knowing beforehand how to become a good musician.
If a good musician sat with a beginner and explained him "the way", he just wouldn't get it. I know it sounds silly and patronizing and a bit like all that karate movie stereotype where the master tells the kid to cut the grass with a pocket knife for seven days non stop or a scene in Desperado where a kid is told to practice one arpeggio for a year and then come back Just keep at it without much hope to understand the way and enjoy the process of deeper and deeper immersion, the breakthroughs, the moments of clarity, the pure joy of getting better and better at something.
The musicians are not normal. They're a weird bunch who for some reason are so drawn to the sound of the thing that makes a sound, that they would sit for hours and make this thing making the sounds and try to make them sound better and better. It's more of an innocent obsession than a plan, project or item on a bucket list to cross out. Again sorry if it all came as a bit patronizing and maybe harsh but I still believe it might help. We all have passions, sometimes they just need to be woken up a bit, dusted off, so we need to be sort of less grown up about them I am 33yrs old and just picked up playing drums.
After enough research I have a routine which seems to work for me based on everything I've seen online. The first thing I did since I was a complete beginner though was complete a drums course on Udemy. It was 10 bucks and is great for getting started. Then I went into the books below. Everything done with a metronome. I start with a warm up of Rudiments. I have an app with a metronome that gets faster and faster until I lose control, and I do single, double, triple stick rudiments. Paradiddle, flams, drags, everything. Then I go to the books. You can do these in any order.
I try to devote a minimum of at least minutes to each book. Learning songs, what's important here is the proper sheet music notation which you should learn. Learning to keep time with up and down beats. Practice with limb independence. Optional, great book to learn some rock grooves Ultimate Realistic Rock. Optional, great book to learn various grooves if you want to just jam out freestyle.
Learn proper stick technique, flow, and rhythm. Master Studies. This is a rudiment that should be practiced and perfected if you are serious about becoming a drummer. This rudiment is used to play a variety of music styles. The flam is a foundation pattern that is important to learn if you want to move on to more advanced rudiments such as the flam accent, flam tap, flamacue, single flammed mill, and more. The single paradiddle is a very popular rudiment that will sound great when you play drum beats, fills, and even unique solo patterns. This is a fundamental rudiment that you will need to learn how to play before you can move on to more advanced patterns.
While it is pretty simple on its own, it is often used in a variety of playing styles. The drag ruff is great for ghost notes in an established drum beat, but it can also act as a lead in simple drum fills.
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This rudiment is great for those who likes to get creative with their drag fills, if they want to create unique solo patterns, or if they just want to improve on both the timing and control of your drag ruff. This is the first in a series of ratamacue rudiments, and it uses a simple structure that combines single strokes with a few drags.
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The Basic Drumming Strokes A drum stroke is the movement you make to produce notes on a percussion instrument. Full Stroke — This begins with the tip of your drumstick is held between 8 to 12 inches above the drum pad. You will then strike the drum and return to the original position. Down Stroke or the control stroke — This begins with the tip of your drumstick at 8 to 12 inches above the drum head. Up Stroke — This begins with the tip of your drumstick about an inch above the drum head.
You will then strike the drum and bring the stick to either a full stroke position or a down stroke position. Tap Stroke — This begins and finishes in the up stroke position. Rebound Stroke — This stroke is when you allow the stick to naturally rebound after it strikes the drum head.