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Old 04-17-2008, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default drum catastrophe!

Well I'm new to drums! Nearby i cant find someone that teaches good drumming lessons! and the closest one is more than 50km away!!! How can i learn it by myself?!?? What should I do!? Thanks in advance!XD
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I taught myself to play drums... you can do it.

I suggest you listen to lots of music, get a pair of decent headphones, turn it up, sit down at your drumset, and try to get the grooves. Your right foot is the kick drum, your left the hi-hat. Cross your hands so your right hand plays the hats, and your left plays the snare. Stay away from drum files and crashes at first, just concentrate on getting a good solid groove that doesn't speed up or slow down. Focus on the kick especially-- as you feel better with the kick patterns in the song you're listening to, add snare, then add hat... it will take TONS of practice.

Good luck!
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If your not getting anywhere on your own, go out and buy some beginning drum books. That ones I'm using right now are A Funky Primer for the Rock Drummer by Charles Dowd, and I'm also playing out of a snare drum bookbut it might now help you much.
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You have a fantastic teacher in the form of the internet!

Course it will never be AS good as a good drum teacher, but it'll do! (and it's a damn sight cheaper than private lessons!)

It's definately possible to teach yourself, i did and a lot of that initially was just drumming with my hands and feet everywhere i went. much to the annoyance of people around me. you can practise the co-ordination for offbeats, double time beats etc just using this method!

and if my testimony isn't enough, John Bonham taught himself. So there you go!
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