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Old 09-28-2006, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any drummers?

I'm completely new to this ... so bear with me.

In the next couple weeks i'm going to be picking up my first drum set, and I don't know where to start. I've always wanted a drum set, but until now, living conditions wouldn't permit me. The only drums I have right now are some nice bongos.

Couple questions ...

What is a good brand for a beginner?

Do people pick it up relatively quick?
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Old 09-28-2006, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, i hear Danny Carey leaned in just a couple weeks
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just go to a good local music store they should be able to set you up with whatever quality drum set that is in your price range.

After that just go hard man. Just sit there and keep playing and it doesn't matter what comes out cause over time you will start to realize some of the things you are doing and how to make them sound better and what not. Just put in some led zep and wail away man. that is all there is to it.


ps.used to drum.
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Old 09-29-2006, 07:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah I agree^^
Also learn to tune the skins. A shit drumkit that`s tuned sounds better than a really expensive one that`s all flappy. Anything servicable will be cool to get going on.
P.S. Can`t drum for shit but been in bands which had drummers.
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd go with a basic tama set..

like the tama rockstar or something. Pretty basic good for learning and you can add some complex stuff by getting extra toms, racks, cymbals, double bass...etc
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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getting a basic kit is good for begginers, high-hat, floor tom, bass, crash cymbol, and a tom-tom or two. you do not need to spend money on things like a double-bass pedal or splash cymbals quite yet because you will not know what to do with them anyway. things you might want to spend a little extra to get good quality are the high hat and the bass pedal. look for good quality parts, make sure everything is solid, go into a few stores and ask for help, but you should probably be looking at a used kit because you get way more value.

i took drum lessons for three years and its a bit difficult to pick up at first. i reccomend buying a practice pad (they are relativly cheap ~20$) to beat on to learn proper form on rolls and timing so you don't have to be making lots of noise when you are still shitty and sound awful. once you have the 4-way coordination down (some people can get it easily, some will never learn), the rest is just learning timing and variations. a metronome can be very helpful as a drummer in a band keeps the time for everyone. getting a metronome can be a difficult choice, you don't want one with an unpleasant beeping sound or you won't ever use it. the cheaper metronomes can sometimes go off beat and are therefore useless. a good metronome will cost you about 50$ (canadian). the model i prefer is the Seiko-SQ50, to save you the time and hassle of figuring out which metronomes suck for yourself.

also, picking up a learn to play drums book is a good idea. look for one with lots of riffs to play and maybe since you are learning, some text explinations. my favourite book was the drummers cook book. drum books are usually about 20$.

any more questions feel free to ask.
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i found it pretty easy to pick up the basics but there's always room to improve.
i recommend a pearl target to start out. it's not too expensive and fancy but you can gig with it. you really only need a crash, ride, and high-hat as far as cymbals go and until you find your style of playing and just a couple of toms.
lessons are good to take while beginning so you can learn good technique.
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whats the difference between a drummer and a pizza.


a pizza can support a family of four.



(told to my friends by the sound guy while they were recording.)
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i liked being a drummer in a band because you didn't have no anything.

as a drummer there is only four things you have to know:
1,2,3,4
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Meh.

maybe if you're in a band with people only talented enough to play in 4/4 time signatures.


that shits so basic.
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it was a joke

come on, drummer jokes are easy
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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im a drummer and i got a Tama swingstar...its a cheap set but change all the heads to remo pinstripes and youll have a good sounding kit...i got paiste cymbals and a sweet china...also got the tama mini toms and a dw double bass peddle. I got my stuff set up just the way i like it...took me a while but once you leanr how to tune and set up the drums to your liking things will get better for you.
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I play the drums... been playing since I was 12, and now i'm playing almost 4 hours a day LOL... I have 3 kits right now, and i would definitely recommend a PEARL. get a Pearl Export, and keep it until you get good enough to upgrade.

what kind of stuff do you want to play?
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Old 09-30-2006, 04:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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What`s the difference between a drummer and a drum machine?

You only have to punch the imformation into a drum machine once.
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