shadow__666
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Join date: Dec 2007
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#1
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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StreetLight3989
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#2
Use a metronome. Don't stop using a metronome until you are a metronome.
joeythedrummer
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#3
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!
StreetLight3989
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#5
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.
theogonia777
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#6
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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leony03
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#7
Quote by StreetLight3989
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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Bazz22
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#8
Start with simple rhythms to get some sense of limb independence.
flexiblemile
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#9
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
Bazz22
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Quote by flexiblemile
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.
donender
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#11
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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Think of that next time you are not allowed to laugh.
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lncognito
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#12
All you need for fast sloppunk is stamina and

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Getting your technique right will be really important for helping with stamina. Punk takes it out of you if you don't have the right technique and practice regime.
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shadow__666
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Join date: Dec 2007
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#14
Quote by flexiblemile
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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JustRooster
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#15
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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