Reggae Drumming

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Reggae drumming is one of the most unique styles of drumming. The rhythmic concept that developed in Jamaica is really something amazing. Reggae is a unique music that emphasizes almost all the possible weak beats of the bar. It can be written in a couple different ways (i.e. with pulse on quarter note, or eighth Read More »

Funk Basics

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Funk drumming is all about two things: groove and syncopation. Groove is universal, syncopation is where the funk starts. Grooving goes without saying. Every single thing you play needs to groove. Every fill, every ghost note, every accent needs to be in the pocket. That’s not just for funk. That’s for everything. Syncopation is where Read More »

Jazz Drumming

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Ignacio Berroa playing on the drums, black and white picture

Playing jazz drums might be one of the most widely misunderstood things in the drumming world. There are so many different opinions and misconceptions surrounding the idiom, that it can be tough to know where to start. First of all, there is already a huge debate among musicians about the word “Jazz”. Some people feel Read More »

Rock Drums, It's About Time

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Playing rock drums is something most drummers in the western world do at one point or another. The genre is so popular that it's hard to avoid it. Rock is the predominant genre among drummers just learning, because it's simple, it's fun and it's all over the radio. The sheer popularity of the style is Read More »

Basic Drum Beats To Get You Grooving

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drum with 2 sticks on the head, it is header image of the article "Basic Drum Beats"

The first things I played on the drums were a couple of basic drum beats. Who doesn't? I think it's the first thing anyone wants to play, really. When you hear "drummer", don't you immediately think "beats"? I certainly do. We provide the beat for the music; we are responsible for grooving. It would make Read More »

Drum Stroke Rolls: Applications Of The Rudiments

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Single Stroke Roll The single stroke roll is the simplest, most fundamental rudiment for the drumset. It may seem simple, easily mastered, and "over-lookable", but be warned: it's one of the best options for playing almost any figure or fill around the drumset. What is the single stroke roll? It's as simple as it sounds; Read More »

Drum Set Hardware

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picture of drum set hardware, tom and cymbal stands plus single bass pedal

Honestly, I rarely thought about drum set hardware until I started to carry it around for gigs. There's a lot of heavy metal in those hardware bags! Choice in drumset hardware reflects the way you plan on playing the drums. If you play hard and put lots of strain on your cymbal stands, rack tom Read More »

All About Cymbals - The Guide

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  Cymbals are easily my favorite part of the drumset, especially being a jazz-educated drummer. I get such joy from both the feeling and the sound of laying a stick into a sweet ride, or a dark crash, or any other of the wide varieties of musical metal that exist for drummers today. They are Read More »

Drum History From Inception To Today

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Drum set history is über important. To know where you’re going, it often helps to know from where you came. We’re going to go all the way back to the inception of the drum set. Before the drum set, drums have existed since the dawn of humanity. They’ve been played together in all sorts of Read More »

Repairing Cracked Cymbals

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How To Detect a Broken Cymbal If you hear the slightest variation in the normal sound of your cymbals, check them. I mean slightest. For example, for a crash cymbal, any dulling of the normal bright sound, a noticeable decrease in sustain, or just any abnormal sound is usually your first clue. A ride will Read More »