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  • I am a guitarist looking to get into drumming. What info/songs to learn first?

    Yup! I have played guitar for 12 years or so, and i'm wanting to learn to play drums! My drummer leaves his kit at my place for band practice, so i figure i might as well put it to use while he's not around.

    Some of my favorite drummers are Morgan Agren (Mats/Morgan Band), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Chris Pennie (when he was with Dillinger), Matt Cameron, and actually the drummer of my band ARC, Ian Shuirr (click the link in my sig... he's amazing.). Oh and Bonham... and Grohl....

    But really, i'd like to learn a bit of everything. What should i start with? I can sightread rhythm, so i'm sure that'll help. I put on some headphones last night and played along to some White Stripes songs no problem hahaha
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  • #2
    yeah, so if your favorite drummer is the drummer in your band, WHY DON'T YOU ASK HIM?????




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    • #3
      Unless you suck at guitar after 12 years, you should know the attacks is all you got. Mostly anyway. Drumming has little cover in that regard. Go back to your White Stripes and see if you can bang it out evenly; dynamically as well as metrically - like it was a bass part or something. Nevermind how the girl does it. lol

      Oh, and a time keeping trick, play/count every note like it sustains into the next note. This might make for some complex thinking even on Meg Whites parts - hmm... but it's good for you.
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      • #4
        AC/DC would be a good start imo.
        Here's a tip - if you put out some horrible lo-fi recording that sounds like a Gorilla banging an antelope while using a vacuum with a bad belt drive to suck up a floor full of marbles and silverware - and folks don't line up in mass numbers to hop on your wagon... maybe it ain't us who don't "get it". - THX1138

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        • #5
          yeah, so if your favorite drummer is the drummer in your band, WHY DON'T YOU ASK HIM?????





          ha! not bad thinking, huh? As much of a beast as he is, he'll be the first to tell you he isn't knowledgeable at all on the subject. He's been playing since he was like 3 or 4, its all just natural to him.
          Resident swirl guy
          check out mah band: fusiony-metuhlz www.myspace.com/officialarc
          FOR SALE: Ibanez Lo Pro Edge bridge in GOLD with all the parts you need (...minus the bar!)! Nut, springs, posts, claw, etc... Bridge has some pitting/wear on the bass side. $75 and its all yours!

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          • #6
            I can sightread rhythm, so i'm sure that'll help.


            Hmmm...

            Maybe, but my gut says no.

            IMO, the MOST difficult thing to do is make your limbs work independently.
            Perhaps start with making sure you can work your kick foot and non-time-keeping hand as individual entities: BOOM-BAP-BOOM-BOOM-BAP, etc.
            Then when you've got that happening, add your time-keeping hand on top of it.
            Work on that until you've got at least 3 limbs that can largely operate on their own.
            It's trickier than maybe you think.

            As mentioned above, AC/DC is a great place to start: it's straight-ahead, basic, very clear/easy to hear.
            For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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            • #7
              Awesome! Very good, thanks man.
              Resident swirl guy
              check out mah band: fusiony-metuhlz www.myspace.com/officialarc
              FOR SALE: Ibanez Lo Pro Edge bridge in GOLD with all the parts you need (...minus the bar!)! Nut, springs, posts, claw, etc... Bridge has some pitting/wear on the bass side. $75 and its all yours!

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              • #8
                ac/dc
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                • #9
                  Practice to a click/metronome. You'll get better loads faster. And pay particular attention to the verse/chorus/bridge transitions. Most beginning (and some not so beginning) drummers tend to speed up on the fills during the transition. This is where a click/metronome will help you the most imo.
                  Here's a tip - if you put out some horrible lo-fi recording that sounds like a Gorilla banging an antelope while using a vacuum with a bad belt drive to suck up a floor full of marbles and silverware - and folks don't line up in mass numbers to hop on your wagon... maybe it ain't us who don't "get it". - THX1138

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                  • #10
                    Honestly, it may not be what you want to hear, but your best bet is to seek the teachings of a qualified instructor. You will save countless hours in the learning curve over being self taught, and a good teacher will correct bad techniques before they become habit.
                    "If you can't SAY something with your instrument, try sellin' cars."-
                    The late, great Tony Williams

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                    — Sonor Designer Maple shell (heavy) 8 pc. for studio
                    — Premier Genista 7 pc. for live gigs
                    — Tama Silverstar "Metro" 4pc. for certain live gigs.
                    — Paiste, Bosphorus and Sabian cymbals, depending on what I'm doin'.
                    — Small collection of assorted snare drums to suit my mood.

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                    • #11
                      In the vein of playing along, AC/DC and Pink Floyd are both great bands to start with. AC/DC is great in that it has a good pocket and the drums are easier to hear - plus you can find video of it everywhere to see how Phil Rudd is making those grooves happen.

                      Pink Floyd will teach you a lighter touch, better dynamics, and a lot of taste - the playing is very "for the music."

                      And, more than anything else, take lessons.
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                      • #12
                        Drums was never my first instrument, but after being shown the basics by a friend way back in HS, I just tried to play along to music I liked at the time...cranked the headphones and went for it. Already knowing one instrument will at least help with timing. It just takes time, that's it.

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                        • #13
                          Here you go

                          http://youtu.be/4s2FpZST7N4
                          Originally Posted by Chicken Monkey


                          You've watched too many romantic comedies. In real life, spilling your guts never leads to spilling your nuts.



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                          • #14
                            Here you go


                            You made me get teary eyed with that one, Bro.

                            Man I miss Tony!
                            "If you can't SAY something with your instrument, try sellin' cars."-
                            The late, great Tony Williams

                            www.russleonardi.com
                            www.zephyrsound.com
                            — Sonor Designer Maple shell (heavy) 8 pc. for studio
                            — Premier Genista 7 pc. for live gigs
                            — Tama Silverstar "Metro" 4pc. for certain live gigs.
                            — Paiste, Bosphorus and Sabian cymbals, depending on what I'm doin'.
                            — Small collection of assorted snare drums to suit my mood.

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                            • #15
                              Man, when he passed the jazz station played Crystal Palace from Emergency. Now whenever I hear it, and I'm not playing it, I get all sentimental and ****************.
                              Originally Posted by Chicken Monkey


                              You've watched too many romantic comedies. In real life, spilling your guts never leads to spilling your nuts.



                              A story should be just like a good skirt. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep it interesting.
                              -Eighty year old guy at the bank.


                              Founding Member of the Vampire Batman Hunting Team

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