#1
I'm going to be buying a complete drum kit very soon. I was wondering if any of you could give me tips on how to start out? Also, how long would it take to get somewhat decent? I already play guitar and bass but I thought that learning drums would be fun and a good way to improve my rhythm.
#2
Depends on how willing you are to practice. If you practice at least 30 mins a day, you should be somewhat decent after a couple months, that is, of course on your opinion on decent.
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#4
Practise the crap out of that thing, every spare moment, you will be pretty decent in a couple of years, everyones definition of decent is different...
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#5
Make sure you put something (pillow, blanket) in the bass drum, or else it'll sound too boomy, and buy studio rings for each drum, the whole kit will sound better.

Just practice a lot, you'll get good eventually (especially if you get lessons), as with every instrument.
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#6
Tap. Tap. Tap. Wherever you are that isn't infront of your drum kit, tap a beat. Drummers are the only people (apart from singers) who have the chance to pretty much "practice" all the time. Mext time you're on a train, bus, etc. try working out a drum beat by tapping on your lap. Just don't do it too loud, people do easily get pissed off.
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#7
Not to be a bastard here but you can either play drums or you can't. It's not something you can really pick up unless you really work at it.

My old drum teacher had a student for a few months and he made no progress off a simple beat.

Good luck and do what everyone above said.
#8
Drumming is awesome. Hell im gunna go play now!

Just practice getting beats down in midair, looks stupid but helps.

Also take it slow.


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#9
Thanks all for the wonderful advice.

I do have naturally good rhythm, so I think I have some potential in the drumming department.
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Thanks all for the wonderful advice.

I do have naturally good rhythm, so I think I have some potential in the drumming department.


Good! Good luck with it!
#12
LOL you can be the gorilla of the Cadbury's Dairy Milk advert
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^^ Or he could be a guy playing the drums.
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Also your probably gonna suck horribly at first, not to be a jerk. When I first started, despite my naturally good sense of rhythm (IMHO at least), I couldn't coordinate my limbs in time, so be weary...
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Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if my first couple of weeks aren't the best.

I saw a video about drumming basics, and the guy showed you how to do some technique, I forget the name but it started with a "p." It's where you go like:

R L L R L R R L R L L R L R R L

Anyway I've been practicing that with pens and stuff, it's hard but I'm figuring out how to do it.
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Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if my first couple of weeks aren't the best.

I saw a video about drumming basics, and the guy showed you how to do some technique, I forget the name but it started with a "p." It's where you go like:

R L L R L R R L R L L R L R R L

Anyway I've been practicing that with pens and stuff, it's hard but I'm figuring out how to do it.



I think that's a paradiddle.
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#16
thats a paradiddle ^^

i've been playing drums for a year or so now n yeah at the start i did suck but as long as you practice regularly you will steadily progress.

lessons do help but i've never had any and i'd like to say i am a decent drummer now
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#18
Once I get the drills down (like the paradiddle, ), I think I'm going to learn a basic song, any suggestions? Is Green Day as easy for beginning drummers as they are for beginning guitarists? :
#19
^^ Not as easy. Try some Nirvana songs off of nevermind, their pretty easy to get down.
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#20
depends how much cash you got to spend. a pearl forum is what i started out on and its gfreat vaule and lasts a while. it's a 7-peice kit :P
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Haha, Thats so fun to play.

I can feel it coming in the aiir tonighhhht


EDIT: Beatles songs are easy to play on drums.


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#22
personally i'd start off with a pearl export but its abit pricey

and to start off with i'd just learn the basic rock beats and stuff before you attempt songs.