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Title: New Drummer Needs Help
Post by: MayQueen420 on January 28, 2012, 07:54:05 PM
Hey guys, hopefully I posted this in the right place. Anyways, I currently play the acoustic guitar and I've been wanting to learn how to play drums for years but I've never really had the money or space for it. Well I recently bought a crappy $60 Enforcer set just to learn on. I need help getting this set in good sounding condition. I don't have a tuning key, they toms move way too much even after tightening them up several times. and I'm missing both cymbals along with the hardware for it, but I plan on purchasing some soon. Any info and help will be greatly appreciated. I also wanted to know if I could use parts from other drum sets (sorry not too good with the lingo yet, lol).

Thanks Everyone :)

Title: Re: New Drummer Needs Help
Post by: Carthage on January 29, 2012, 05:23:33 AM
                                        Hi,  here are some tips that might be useful for you.
First, you should get a drum key.   Next, check out these youtube videos. They explain how to tighten drum heads, how to choose sticks, and how to hold the sticks.  Then you can tighten everything and tune the drums and make sure you're playing correctly. 

As far as having the drum set made up of just one brand, that in itself is not the best way to go unless you are getting some kind of endorsement and some company is giving you a free set of drums.

It's better to take the best of what the various drums sets have to offer and put them together and make your own set.  For example,  some companies have a great seat while their snare drums stands are less than desirable.

Some companies have great drums and crappy hardware.  So, don't worry about scrounging around and putting a mongrel set together.  What you want is a set that sounds good and that fits your personal needs.

 Once you get these basics, then you need something to practice.  If you are really wanting to get into it, then I suggest getting "Stick Control" by George Lawrence Stone" and "Syncopation" by Ted Reed.  They are relatively cheap. 

Once you get all that, then practice - a lot.


                               Tuning drum heads

1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W7QMibXzlM

2.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBjTqaNf9xQ

3.  http://www.peelerdrumcenter.com/tech_talk_drum_tuning.htm

                             Choosing drumsticks

1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgsc-SwWRcM&feature=related

2.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hEqEvTCnk

                         How to hold drumsticks

1.  Matched grip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgDMOd5puAc

2.  Matched and traditional grip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MQ6FQDzKXs&feature=fvst

The last thing I'll mention is to listen to and watch on video (or live) as many different  drummers of every kind of music you can, and try to copy them as much as possible.
There are about a trillion videos on youtube that expain almost everything there is about drumming.  You have to supply the desire and persistence to make it happen.

Title: Re: New Drummer Needs Help
Post by: Tomm on February 17, 2012, 05:05:40 PM
Carthage has posted some excellent info here...pretty much what you were looking for.  He's right about mix and match for your complete kit. 

I would just like to add a couple of points to help you continue.
1. When listening to the music you intend to copy, assuming you are not going to do all original material, imagine yourself playing the drums for the tune.  It helps you pay attention to what your listening to and it's the next best thing to experience.
2. Practice, practice, practice...that's how you get real experience.
3. Enjoy yourself and everyone else will too.