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How To Learn And Play Drums

Nov 15, 2007
The drum is the oldest known musical instrument in the history of civilization and its basic design has not changed in thousands of years. Drumming has a profound history as a method of communication, and the drum has an implementation of religious symbolism.

Drums are a lot of fun to play, and every rock or pop band needs them, so drummers are in ever increasing demand. There are different methods on how to learn and play this instrument. Different sized drums and cymbals are arranged into kits, where a drummer can pick from a variety of sounds to lead or accompany a particular song.

For starters, you can read on some basic care for your drum set. This includes setting up the drum kit, caring for the cymbals, and tuning the drums. While thinking of learning to play these one must have these four things:

A pair of drumsticks.
A practice pad which simulate the bounce of an actual drum, and usually have a rubber surface.
A metronome to keep a steady beat.
Some learning materials.

If someone is thinking of getting a professional help to learn to play this instrument well, they will learn how to set up the new drum kit, basic stick grip tips and techniques, using the kick drum and hi-hat pedals, playing rock and jazz patterns, and using dynamics to make the playing more interesting.

Simple steps to learn to play drums

The first step to do this is by counting. It is said that if you can count to four, you can play the drums. Counting till 4 will be the basis of the beat. Virtually all major rock beats are built around basic 4/4 time signature. It basically means that each measure or bar of music is split into four quarter notes.

Then with the right hand the hi-hat is hit on every count. The hi-hats are the foundation of most basic rock drumming beats as they typically hold a steady pulse while other limbs fill in on the snare and the bass versions. The rest is actually quite simple. Then the bass and snare versions should be added on the counts of 1 and 3 respectively. This will be the basic drum beat.

When the basics are learnt you will be able to see how beats are built around this basic pattern. This is the basics to most rock drumming beats and grooves.

The next step for learning how to play this well is to practice stick control and the rudiments. Drums rudiments help one to build independence and speed. The two most common rudiments are the single stroke roll and the double stroke roll. Since drumming is all about beats and counts, a drummer should be very precise in timing. Timing is a major factor while learning to play drums. A drummer should be able to create the mood and groove for any song, adding fills and accents in to pep things up.


The art of drumming possesses a huge variety of benefits in all aspects of day to day life. Most of the skills and techniques learned with this art can be applied to other situations. Drumming is a good activity for those who love to listen and create music while concentrating on rhythm.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for guitars, drums, and synthesizers. You can find the best marketplace for guitars, drums, and synthesizers at these 3 sites: archtop guitars, semi- archtop guitars, drums, drum sets, and synthesizers, keyboards.
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