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Old 03-25-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Band related advice (Drumming)

Here's the deal. I've been playing bass in a band with my friends for a while. Haven't really gotten anywhere because finding a drummer has been nigh on impossible.

The other guys suggested to me today that maybe I could give drums a go and we could get one of our other mates in on bass. Nek minnit, I'm agreeing and buying a drum kit that I see for cheap on Gumtree.

Problem is, I've never really played drums before in my life. We're a no talent punk band where basically my main job is to hit hard and fast so I figured I can do that - but am I being delusional? If not, where do I go from here - would a couple of lessons be a good idea or am I wasting my time thinking I can get it in such a short space of time?

We won't be playing shows for a while, but I reckon I'd like to give this a go. However, I wanted some advice first and while the Pit may be a hive of scum, villainy and ******ation I figure some of you must know a bit about this sorta thing.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:54 AM   #2
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Use a metronome. Don't stop using a metronome until you are a metronome.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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Gotta agree with StreetLight... a drummer's primary objective is to keep the beat. If your timing is off, it doesn't matter how many fancy fills you can do, how fast you can play or how hard you can hit, you'll still sound terrible.

The other thing to focus on is having good clean hits. By this I mean hitting the drum in the middle of the head and minimizing stick bounce.

Good luck, dude!
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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Truth.

And once you get really good at keeping time, every band will want you. I love playing with tight drummers who can keep a beat, everyone does.

Your other chops don't matter as much, but they'll all improve naturally.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:09 AM   #6
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Punk drumming is easy. All you do is alternate between hitting the bass and ride/hi-hat cymbal on each beat and the snare in between. So if you count 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and... etc you play the bass and cymbal on each number and the snare on each "and" and that's it.
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Truth.

And once you get really good at keeping time, every band will want you. I love playing with tight drummers who can keep a beat, everyone does.

Your other chops don't matter as much, but they'll all improve naturally.


This.

Some drummers I know can do great fills and fast double kick but they cant keep time for shit. Theres nothing more frustrating than jamming and then the drummer stops for a split second because he has lost his momentum and then continues which throws the whole thing out of sync.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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Start with simple rhythms to get some sense of limb independence.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:53 AM   #9
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start by learning complicated drum rolls, polyrhythms and how to play while chugging a beer. Don't worry so much about keeping the beat because that's the guitarists job. Make sure to remind him of this! Play loud so people will know you're there. it's important
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start by learning complicated drum rolls, polyrhythms and how to play while chugging a beer. Don't worry so much about keeping the beat because that's the guitarists job. Make sure to remind him of this! Play loud so people will know you're there. it's important

Or just do this, ts.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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Take a couple of lessons first, it might help. Or if you find a drum tutor, you could ask them if they would like to drum for you so that you can take up bass duties again.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:02 PM   #12
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:15 PM   #13
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Take a couple of lessons first.


Oh yes. There are too many shite drummers and you don't want to be one of them.
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start by learning complicated drum rolls, polyrhythms and how to play while chugging a beer. Don't worry so much about keeping the beat because that's the guitarists job. Make sure to remind him of this! Play loud so people will know you're there. it's important

Sounds like solid advice. Doing this. Thanks bro.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:44 PM   #15
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In my opinion, drum lessons have far more of an affect on the student than any other instrument. They're totally worth it.
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