it's official, now i'm a drummer...

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Member Since: Apr 24, 2003

the drummer in m'band has gone AWOL (he's just broken up with his missus after moving 400 miles to be with her) so now i'm off bass duties and i'm now drumming and our sound guys bassing.

i have a new found respect for stickmen, i mean i can do it ok, but it's damn tiring after 4 hours of practice.

any tips on improving my drumming (apart from practicing) greatly appreciated. i can drum only up to a cetain point, i used to be a percussionist.

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Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Jul 04, 2003 08:03 am

congratz on no longer being a bassest :)

I would recommend getting a good syncropation book or other practice manual... and I can honestly say the older the publishing date the better...the newer books just suck. You want something that is for basic to advanced stick control for 1 drum... I have a book that was awsome but I can't find it right now :P...though the best book I have ever read on technique was a british army drum and pipe publication from like the 1890's crazy stuff... it actually said if you didn't start by the age of 5 you wre wasteing your time because you won't be able to adequately develope your wrist musicles :O

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 04, 2003 08:04 am

Sheesh, and I came to offer my sincere condolances for the demotion :-P

I guess follow in the footsteps of many other drummers; develop a drinking problem, loose your drivers license and get into a bad relationship, from there everything else will just fall into place :-D

Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Jul 04, 2003 12:20 pm

one of the advances we've made since the 1890s is that we've come to the realization that old dogs can learn new tricks. thankfully.

i actually recently moved from drums to bass to be in bands around here while being able to practice at home.

no one can really boil down how to become a good drummer. but you can start with learning songs by people whose style you'd like to emulate. technique and all that is very important as well. just keep playing, and you'll get the swing of it. drumming is all about having played something so many times, that you can do it without thinking.

Since: Apr 24, 2003

Jul 05, 2003 11:18 am

i htink you've hit the nail on the head there minkus, the only times i lost a beat was when i was trying to figure out how to get to the next bit. also, i think i need to broaden my beat vocabulary.

Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Jul 05, 2003 12:36 pm

well that's awesome. keep in mind that the more instruments you play, the more perspective you gain on the instruments you already know. there is a definite correlation between slap bass and other percussive hand techniques! :-)

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Since: Jun 20, 2002

Jul 05, 2003 01:02 pm

you have a good point Minkus , when I moved from play drums to guitar , it made guitar easy as hell , and moving to bass I found that to be even more fun at times , because of the back ground i had with play drums . Chnaging up roles can be fun , you learn a lot in return too . Now I just wnat to start learning keys .

Since: Apr 24, 2003

Jul 18, 2003 07:07 am

yay, i've been promoted again!! the drummer has returned! it's good to be back playing music!! ;p

we rehearsed in a club last night, very odd, i haven't played on a stage set up for a looong time. forgot how wierd it is facing front with everyone behind you (bar the lead singer, i do backing quite a bit).

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 18, 2003 07:08 am

Congrats pixie. Good to have you back in the fold :-)

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