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Learn Drums: 8 Basic Skills for Beginners
One of the most intimidating things about learning to play the drums is the initial cost. Instruments are often not cheap. And unlike most other instruments, the drum kit consists of several expensive individual parts that can be put together individually - it's not just one simple part.
Components of the drum kit
Before we dive into the options for getting started in your new hobby, let's take a look at the basic parts for buying your first drum kit.
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The snare is the heart of a five-piece drum kit. The snare drum is responsible for the loud crackling, mostly with upbeats, that you hear during songs.
The sound of the snare comes from its shell, which is generally made of wood such as maple, birch or mahogany or of metals such as aluminum, bronze, brass or stainless steel.
The drum head is coated while the bottom of the snare is thin and responsive. The rims are the brackets on the top and bottom that attach the drum heads to the snare.
While all parts of a drum kit are important, improving your snare drum skills can help you become a more complete drummer. In fact, it's good to practice some snare exercises so you can improve your technique and focus on things like rhythm and intonation.
Learn bass drum
The bass or kick drum is easy to find because it is the largest drum in a drum kit. Most bass drums are made from woods such as maple, birch, and mahogany, but there are also metal bass drums.
When playing the kick drum, use your foot on the drum's kick pedal to create a throbbing sound. The bass drum is essential to the drums as it is the most defining part of a band's timing.
Timing refers to a drummer's ability to play in time with the pulse of the music. It is a very important skill in learning to play the drums. Make sure you master the rhythmic beating of the kick drum to develop a steady tempo as you play.
Toms, hi-hats and cymbals
The toms, or tom-toms, are either mounted above the bass drum or positioned using adjustable legs. There are two types of toms in a five-piece drum kit: the rack toms and the floor toms. The floor and rack toms are most commonly used in drum fills. Like the other drums in the drums, the toms are usually made of wood or metal.
In addition to these basic parts of a drum set, you can also add cymbals such as hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbals. These set accents in your music and can serve as transitions from one point in a song.
Most beginners do not have the luxury of having a complete drum kit at their disposal. Fortunately, you don't need a full drum kit to start learning to play the drums.
The first drum kit for beginners
The first drum kit recommended for beginners is free and readily available: your own body. Start drumming your hands, whether that's playing on your thighs, a pillow, or anything else you can think of that won't damage your hand with repeated taps.
Start with one of your favorite songs and focus on playing along with the drummer or another instrument in the song. If you don't have instant access to the music, just practice keeping a steady tempo and alternating hitting with your right hand and then your left hand.
Sticks and a metronome
When you're ready to take the next step, a pair of good drum sticks are first gear. You can find drum sticks at any music store and countless online stores, and they are very inexpensive. We also recommend buying a rubber pad when you're starting out, but you can also practice your rhythm on a pillow or other firm, hard-wearing surface.
The second piece of equipment that will help you start your journey to learn to play the drums is a metronome. One of the most important tasks of a drummer is the constant tempo and the setting of the rhythm. Nothing is more rhythmic than the metronome. Buy yourself one.
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Now that you have a pair of drum sticks, let's think a little bit about how to play drums with the right technique. There are basically two ways to hold the drumsticks: the matched grip and the traditional grip.
With the Matched Grip, you hold the drumsticks with both hands in the same way. The thumb should be on the stick opposite the index finger; this pinch between thumb and forefinger is the fulcrum. The Matched Grip has three different versions: American, German and French.
Here you hold the drumsticks with your palms down and use your wrists to control the movement.
The hands are rotated at a 45 degree angle. This grip lets you use your wrists for strength and your fingers for control.
Hold the sticks so your thumbs are facing the ceiling and your palms are facing each other. The pivot point is between the thumb and forefinger.
The traditional grip is often used for jazz music and drumlines. To do this, extend your left hand as if you are about to shake hands with someone. Place the stick in the band between your thumb and forefinger and place the stick on the cuticle of your ring finger. The tip of the thumb is supported on the first knuckle joint of the index finger.
Your middle finger should be resting lightly on the top of the stick. The pivot point is between the thumb and forefinger. You will grip the stick in your right hand just as you would with the American Grip. In the traditional grip, you turn your forearm during the game as if you were turning a doorknob.
Over time, you can decide which grip is best for you. The most important thing is to establish a technically flawless drum stick technique. Bad technique can make drumming more difficult and even increase the risk of injury.
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How to play drum rudiments
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As soon as you have your basic equipment (drum sticks, playing surface) and a good sense of the right technique, you are ready to learn the basic techniques of drumming: the drum rudiments.
These rudiments are often described as the basic building blocks for learning to play the drums. There are 40 essential rudiments, each consisting of a unique pattern (coordination of the right and left hands) and its own rhythm. Mastering all 40 rudiments gives you a wealth of control and rhythmic knowledge that you can then apply to all of the drums.
Don't be intimidated into learning all 40 basic rules at once. Pick the most important ones and work from there.
How to read drum sheet music
Drummers are encouraged to learn how to read drum notation. Many drummers are also expected to be able to read sheet music, as this is a requirement for school concerts, marching music, jazz, and many professional music groups. If you understand drum notes, you can use them as a drummer's secret weapon.
The drum notes are pretty simple code and once you understand the basics it becomes easy to apply that knowledge to more advanced concepts. It is important for beginners to start learning very simple drum rhythms before attempting to get into understanding advanced beats.
Learn the first steps while playing
First, you should start with exercises that use a combination of quarter notes and quarter rests, with all notes played on just one drum. Read rhythmic exercises aloud before attempting to play them on the drums, as they strengthen the connection between your brain and the executing extremities and prepare you mentally for the exercise ahead.
Reading the exercises before playing can also help you find challenging rhythms and work them out in advance. Once you've read the rhythm out loud, it's time to play!
For starting rhythms, focus only on coordinating your left and right hands (excluding your feet) and making sure you're playing with a metronome in time.
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Regardless of your skill level, it is advisable to begin your practice routine with basic rhythmic exercises that only involve your hands on a playing surface. This will help you improve your coordination and timing, and prepare you mentally for more difficult exercises.
Once you've learned how to read and play rhythms on a drum, it's time to add another playing surface. Still just concentrating on the hands and starting to play certain patterns where the left hand plays its own rhythm and the right hand a different one. Most drum beats consist of at least three different playing surfaces, but beginners should only focus on the snare and cymbal.
When you can play practice pieces that involve two different rhythms with your hands, then it's time to add the feet. First you add the foot of the kick drum and work on exercises that focus on the coordination between both hands and your foot of the kick drum.
Coordinate the limbs
If you have trouble coordinating all three limbs, stop doing the exercise early so you are only focusing on two limbs at a time. Make sure you are comfortable with each limb combination before trying to put all three back together.
At some point you will want to start moving your fourth limb, the pedal foot of the hi-hat. As with the other limbs, you start with very simple exercises that coordinate all four limbs before attempting to learn more advanced drum beats.
Note that the drum sheet music for the entire drum set is much more difficult to read than the snare drum notation because there are many more drums / cymbals involved.
How to read drum sheet music
Drum sheet music differs from sheet music in that it is written specifically for the instrument. You're using the parts of the drum kit that we talked about earlier. Drum tabs use abbreviations for each part of the drum kit, for example:
CC - Crash Cymbal - Crash Cymbals
HH - hi-hat - hi-hat
Rd - Ride Cymbal (cymbal)
SN - snare
T1 - Hi Tom
T2 - low tom
FT - Floor Tom
B - bass drum
HF - hi-hat (with foot)
O - bass drum beats
X - snares and hi-hats
The drum notes look like this:
HH: X X X X
SN: X X
B: O O O O
These drum tabs show you which parts of the drum kit to use (hi-hat, snare, and bass) and when to play.
Learning to play drums for beginners: the bottom line
Once you have a pair of drum sticks, a playing surface, and practice materials (rudiments, sheet music), it's time to practice things frequently and get a feel for the movements and rhythms.
While practicing, it is very important to make sure that you are using the correct techniques. For example, ask yourself, "Am I holding the drum sticks correctly?" or "Am I playing these rudiments right?" If you forget some of the skills you learned, ask your drum teacher so they can check the basics!
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