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Playing drums in church

February 21st, 2008 No comments

While cruising a drum forum I can across this very useful guide to playing drums in a church setting. It has some very good pointers not only for drummers, but for any band member.
The Essentials of the Church Drummer

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Drums a year later

August 22nd, 2007 No comments

Well, it's a year on from when I started learning the drums. I'm now part of a band called the 'Gelati Brothers'. I've played at six gigs now, all birthday parties, engagement parties, and one church gig. I haven't had a lesson yet, but picked it all up from the internet and a couple of friends who play drums.

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Drums part II

March 1st, 2006 No comments

Well, it’s now 3 weeks into drumming…..

I can now hold the basic rock beat. Which is good as it covers 90% of all modern music. I’ve found out several key aspects to drumming:

  1. Limb separation: (no you don’t need a saw for that), just being able to have your limbs work separately. That is not having to ‘think’ about when to strike the snare, it just happens without you thinking about it. So your brain just becomes a metronome, making sure that the beat doesn’t slip.
  2. Muscle memory: To be able to do this you need to practice and develop your muscle memory. Basically practice, practice, practice.
  3. Holding the beat: You also need to be able to hold a beat. Practice with a metronome. Once you have the basic rock beat under control, practice along with some music. Remember the drummer is supposed to drive the beat – so it’s important. At the moment I’m practicing along to some early Cold Chisel songs. Pretty basic beats and fills.
  4. Practice: Did I mention that? You need to practice, and when you’ve finished practicing, practice again. I’ve found that consistant practice, (and this doesn’t just apply to drums), every day is much better than the occasional 1 hour every week or couple of days.

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Learning Drums

February 11th, 2006 No comments
One thing that I’ve wanted to do for a long time is pick up another instrument……

I learnt the violin and piano for many years, so have good grounding in music. Sax is pretty good, and I’ve wanted to learn that for some time now. However, I came across a drum kit that was looking for a new home. So I started up learning drums.

Some good sites to start off with drums:

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