Learn To Play Drums

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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There are lots of different techniques available to those who want to learn to play drums, many of which don't even require an actual drum kit. One of the most important determinants of any drummer's success is his or her innate sense of rhythm. While guitarists must juggle melody and rhythm, drummers' only real task is to keep the beat. Fortunately, you can save a lot of time and money by testing to see whether or not you have this ability.

For those who want to learn to play drums, it's often easiest to start with your God-given drumsticks--your hands and feet. You can practice keeping simple 4/4 rhythms, syncopated beats, and more complex time signatures. There are "beat" books available online and through your local bookshops that can give you a broad overview of the most common beats and a steady progression of more challenging ones.

Learn To Play Drums... Electronically

An alternative method for those who want to learn to play drums is purchasing either a drum pad or an electronic drum kit. The advantages here over standard kits are manifold. For one, pads and electronic kits are generally less expensive (though there are high-end electronic products). Secondly, these instruments take up less space. Third, and maybe most importantly, they produce far less noise, which will make your parents, roommates, and neighbors happy.

Once you've discovered whether or not you have the requisite rhythm to play, you may want to consider drum lessons as your next step. To start, you can usually use the kits provided by music schools and instrument shops that offer lessons. If there are no drum schools or stores with kits in your neighborhood, you may need to drive farther or else take the hit and invest in your very own kit. Just check with your landlord first before doing so.


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