#1
And by any gear, I mean that I don't have a drumset, no practice pads and not even drum sticks! That's because I'm a guitarist but I think good drumming is awesome, but I suck. So I want to practice, yet I don't want to spend money on a drum set, because i want to buy new guitar gear...

Things I have seen so far:

-Listen to a song, tap along with your foot, let the song keep playing but turn the volume off, keep tapping your foot, turn the volume back on and see if you are still in sync with the song.

-Buy a practice pad, wich would mean for me that I of course also have to buy drumsticks.

-Tap along with a song, it can be with your hands or your feet, or both.

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#2
Have you ever played drums before? I went through a period of not having a drum kit, so I'd practice by sitting and tapping on my thighs with my hands and my feet on the ground. Basically whenever I was listening to music and not doing anything else I'd be practising drumming. Although I don't know if this really works if you've never actually used a drum kit before, because you're not familiar with what hand and what foot should be doing what. This doesn't help with technique either, more with learning beats and keeping time.

Honestly dude, there's no better way to learn than behind a kit. I know this probably isn't an option for you, but should the opportunity arise, buy a kit. It's the only way to really get the technique down, because try as they might, practice pads just don't give the same response and bounce as real drums. Plus, an actual drum kit is infinitely more satisfying than a practice pad, which will make you want to keep playing.

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#4
Air drumming....Make shift drumset from buckets

Seriously, just make a "drumset" from buckets, I did it and it wasn't like the real thing but at least you are hitting something other than air or your body.
#5
is an electric drumset good enough to learn to drum on? a set for like 500 dollars perhaps?
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8) Profit!

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#6
Get a practice pad and sticks. -$30 get a snare book - $10 Learning all the rudiments - Priceless! Now your done!
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is an electric drumset good enough to learn to drum on? a set for like 500 dollars perhaps?


If you're restricted in terms of noise output then it's probably the best option i would say.
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#8
An electric kit for $500 would probably be shit-awful, if worse comes to worst you could just bang on the pads though

If you know what the actual groove is rhythmically then you can just tap out the rhythms with your hands and feet, like on the desk and floor and stuff. I do that all the time and it actually does help.

You'll never develop chops that way though, just coordination/independence basically. But yeah.
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An electric kit for $500 would probably be shit-awful, if worse comes to worst you could just bang on the pads though

If you know what the actual groove is rhythmically then you can just tap out the rhythms with your hands and feet, like on the desk and floor and stuff. I do that all the time and it actually does help.

You'll never develop chops that way though, just coordination/independence basically. But yeah.



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#10
Practice rudiments with your hands, practice beats with your hand, try coordinating feet and hands. Just tap your hand on your legs or on your desk or on your pillow. Be creative!

P.S: That's what I'm doing. Except I have drumsticks and only drumsticks, I use my bed to practice. Seriously, they're like 5$.
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#11
^thats what I do when I don't have my kit handy. You do need to practice on a kit sometimes but getting the coordination of feet and hands along with getting the basic rhythms can be done, in a pinch, with simply tapping on your legs or tables and the floor.
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#12
You could just do what I do when I practice a song on the Quints for Marching band;

make up a set on the floor/wall with duct tape, and tap along to a song. it'll at least give you a sence of direction when you try for a real set.
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#13
I don't have kit in my house (its at my rehearsal space), so to practice I just set up pillows at different heights and locations in front of me and assigned each one in my head to be a different drum. Then I played, and tapped my foot. Drum sticks are only $5 to $10 bucks. Buy a pair, and then do this. You'll at least develop limb independence and a sense of rhythm this way.
#14
Tapping does massivley help. I have a full drum set but often tap throughout the day (just with my hands and feet - imagine you're playing a full kit).

I learnt to play Bonham triplets this way!

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Quote by Steve08
An electric kit for $500 would probably be shit-awful, if worse comes to worst you could just bang on the pads though


Not necessarily. I sometimes see Roland and Yamaha electric sets on Craigslist, for about $500. Occasionally for less.
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#18
pillows are ok, but you'll develop really bad grip techniques if you do only that. A drumstick should be very loose in your hand, like its on the verge of getting dropped, but you'll no doubt develop huge ham fists bashing away on pillows all the time. It's ok for strength and speed, and bad for grip.

Buy a practice pad, because that's what it's for, and learn a few paradiddles. Just being able to play those and sound even will keep you busy for a long time. You can also get quite far just by tapping your feet up and down as if you are playing double bass. I drive the guys at work nuts doing that. I'll build up some stamina, and also help you work on getting it even. Don't Only do these things though, because you'll again start learning bad technique.
#19
Even the cheapo ekits should be good enough for what you need starting out. Practicing air drumming won't help with the kick as you need a real piece of hardware to get the feel for it. You can also get one of the practice kits which are just padded practice pads aligned at level for where you'd have your drums.
#20
I guess you can try tapping on stuff... but it's really not the same thing. You need sticks, at the very least.

Still... you wouldn't expect to be able to learn guitar without having a guitar, would you?
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#21
Whatever the case, I'm sure he has either figured out a way, or given up by now...seeing as it is 2 years later :p
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#23
Hi
Whatever in case you want to practice the drumming without any gear then you should try this following tips:

Listen to a song, tap along with your foot, let the song keep playing but turn the volume off, keep tapping your foot, turn the volume back on and see if you are still in sync with the song.

Buy a practice pad, wich would mean for that of course also have to buy drumsticks.

Tap along with a song, it can be with your hands or your feet, or both.

I hope this will helpful to you
#24
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And by any gear, I mean that I don't have a drumset, no practice pads and not even drum sticks! That's because I'm a guitarist but I think good drumming is awesome, but I suck. So I want to practice, yet I don't want to spend money on a drum set, because i want to buy new guitar gear...

Things I have seen so far:

-Listen to a song, tap along with your foot, let the song keep playing but turn the volume off, keep tapping your foot, turn the volume back on and see if you are still in sync with the song.

-Buy a practice pad, wich would mean for me that I of course also have to buy drumsticks.

-Tap along with a song, it can be with your hands or your feet, or both.

-

-

-

any suggestions?


I have developed a video course for people just like you who have no equipment. I believe you can develop the muscle memory and the coordination needed to play the drums just by using your hands and your feet. It's called 'Learn to Play the Drums without a Drum Kit' and it's on a learning platform called Udemy.com

The videos start of very basic but get very challenging and almost 1200 students have already signed up (as of March 2015).

I am just about to start video recording another course on playing with a drumkit too so if you get good with not using any equipment then you can progress onto this for free.

Udemy is a great site anyway for learning loads of different things, not just my course, but, if you're interested here's a link for money off so check it out and enrol!

Long link:
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#27
I feel a drumkit purchase lurking in my future. My teachers in elementary school would make me sit back from my desk because I was always drumming on it. ..... And then I picked up the cello. Which I don't regret at ALL buuuuuut...

I feel like I'm ready to get a kit. I still "drum" on the counters or with pens or whatever. Not to toot my horn but rhythm is something God blessed me with, and a love for loud things as well. It's just waiting to happen.
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