Archive | Drum Tips

Beginner and Cheap Drum Sets Buying Tips

This page will help you choose a kit from among some quality cheap drum sets that will help you go from drum pad practice to the real thing, but without having to break the bank. A complete professional drum set can cost several thousands of dollars, but is not really necessary for a beginner. Many […]

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Used Drum Sets and Kits – Important Buying Tips

Buying used drum sets can be a great way to save some money, but if you’re not careful, you also run the risk of getting a drum set that is faulty or broken. The risk is even greater when buying a used starter drum kit, as starter kits include cheaper hardware that is more likely […]

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Three Ways to Hit Your Cymbals

Typical cymbals, usually designated as crash or ride cymbals, can produce three primary types of sounds. The sound they make depends on how you hit them. It is important to know how to hit a cymbal properly, because if you do, a single cymbal is instantly transformed into three different instruments. The first type of […]

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How to Use a Metronome to Practice Drums

A Metronome is a vital tools in music education. Guitarists, pianists, violinists, and bass players, all use metronomes during their practice, therefore it’s not surprising that drummers, the “time keepers” of music, do too. In order to be a good drummer, you’ll need to keep good time, and practice with a metronome can help you […]

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Drum Thrones Must Not Be Overlooked

The drum throne is the stool the drummer sits on while playing the drums. For many beginner drummers the drum throne is an afterthought, but it is actually a very important part of the set. The importance of a good drum throne is often marginalized because many starter and advanced drum kits already include a […]

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Drum Kit Setup – Electronic and Acoustic

This page describes how to arrange the components of an electronic drum kit so that it is comfortable to play. You can see an electronic drum kit setup for the Roland V-Drums in the picture below. Each electronic pad in this setup has an analogous counterpart in an acoustic kit. Therefore, both electronic and acoustic […]

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Drum Lessons – New York City, NY

Many people have emailed me asking where they can find drum lessons in their home town. Given the global nature of the Internet, I’m not likely to be familiar with anyone’s local area, but I can give some pointers for drum lessons in New York City, which is my local area. Some of this is […]

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Ear Plugs – An Important Accessory for Drummers and Other Musicians

I always wear ear plugs when I play drums. I was never a big fan of loud noise, and here I am, playing rock drums. Ironic isn’t it? Well, that’s what ear plugs are for. Sound levels are measured in decibels. Decibel is logarithmic unit, so that an increase of 10 decibels means a sound […]

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A Guide to a More Comfortable Drumstick Grip

Most of your interaction with the drum set is done through your drumstick grip, and therefore feeling comfortable with your grip is very important. The information contained on this page really originates from a quest to make the drumsticks stop flying out of my hands. As I was learning to play drums, at some point […]

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Bass Drum Setup Tips

The bass drum is the center piece of the drum set, upon which much of the hardware rests, and is also essential to driving the beat. Therefore, having a bad bass drum setup can severely harm your ability to play. Assembly instructions should be included with any new drum kit, so this page assumes you […]

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