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Old 02-20-2009, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been playing guitar for about half a year now. Before getting the guitar, I was already thinking about playing drums instead. After I got it, I enjoyed the guitar for... a month or two? Then, I started thinking about drums again. Lately, my want to play drums has just increased and increased, and guitar has just become boring for me; drums just seems like an EXTREMELY attractive instrument.

So, what's holding me back from buying drums? For the most part, money. I've been spending too much; I'm running low on cash, and I'm not sure if I could afford a drum kit, especially if a beginner one costs $350 and I'm not even sure if I'd stay with it for awhile (though I'd plan to.)

My ideal situation would be to play both instruments, but there's no way I'm getting lessons for two instruments at once.

Think I should stay with guitar or try to switch to drums? If drums, how do you think I could get the cash to get them and what's a cheap beginner set? If guitar, when does it actually start to get "fun"? Thanks.


Also, I've been playing on an acoustic constantly. My neighbor lent me an electric, but I need an amp (the amp he gave me was trash.) So, I'm not sure whether I should get an amp or not because I'm not completely sure how much I'll use it, being that... yeah.

Thanks for any responses.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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should i eat a hamburger or a chicken burger for lunch?

beef or chicken. hmmm.

that's pretty much what it boils down to. it sounds as though you're looking at the guitar as being a chore that will eventually transform into fun. until you change that perspective it will never be anything more than a chore.

as for the drums, how you handle your cash is up to how much self discipline you have. another option is to rent a kit for a month and see how you like it.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Buy a drum pad, they usually run for around $40.Then you'll experience the tedious part about playing them (I.e rudiments, technique, etc.). If you think you can bear through that, then save up and buy a kit.
Or play both, just take lessons for one and self-teach the other.
Drums are a ****LOAD of technique though, so they require at least basic lessons.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well I've been playing guitar for about half a year now as well, I've been having fun with it on an absolutely terrible amp (30, with just the ability to change the bass and treble settings) since I first got it.

How good are you at guitar? (For example the hardest thing I can play is the solo from Sweet Child o Mine) Because alot of the time it can be frustrating if you keep struggling to complete things, in which case it just needs more work put in.

As previously said, I'd get a practice pad for the drums to see if you can bear all the rudimentary stuff first, then look into getting lessons as you probably won't need a kit to start off with because you obviously won't be taking a kit to the lesson.

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I'm going to get the practice pad and start lessons. Then I'll save up if I find it okay, I guess.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There's no reason you can't play both.

Take lessons from someone reputable, play along with your favorite music on a practice pad, and learn good technique before you have bad habits.
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Buy a drum pad, they usually run for around $40.Then you'll experience the tedious part about playing them (I.e rudiments, technique, etc.). If you think you can bear through that, then save up and buy a kit.
Or play both, just take lessons for one and self-teach the other.
Drums are a ****LOAD of technique though, so they require at least basic lessons.
Listen to this man, he knows what he is talking about.
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Like the world needs any more of either
play a theremin or something interesting.
Then you won't even need to be that good.
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Like the world needs any more of either
play a theremin or something interesting.
Then you won't even need to be that good.
I was actually thinking about getting a theremin when I have money to spend. Wait, would I have to invest in a synth as well?
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