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    My 14 yr old is a drummer. He hasnt had any formal lessons as of yet. He does the band thing at school so he knows the theory and how to read music. Are there any good drummer lesson websites he can benefits from?
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  • #2
    The best thing you can do IMO is sign him up for some lessons with a real instructor. SURELY there are one or two drummers around where you live.

    But yes, there are some sites available. One of our members here actually teaches via skype. I'm sure he'll be around in a bit and contribute some wisdom.

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    • #3
      Yeah, private instructors are a wonderful help--well worth the investment!

      There is some great info on the Vic Firth website, too: www.vicfirth.com/education
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      • #4
        School band is a great start, hope he stays with it. Learning dynamics and the fact that you're not the only one playing, all drummers should but unfortunately do not have that discipline. YouTube has an insane amount vids for learning, and yeah instructors, books, and whatever will help, but nothing helps as much as his own hands on practice and drive.

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        • #5
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          • #6
            ^ absolutely.

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            • #7
              Thanks Todd for the plug...your 5.00 will be in the mail. Yes I teach via skype...got a new student coming on board as we speak... That being said, there is NOTHING and I Mean NOTHING like having a qualified instructor...not just a schmuck who plays drums. And sometimes the best players are not so great at teaching, so find yourself a good one. Video have no personal interaction. Videos are a great supplement and not a basis for learning. You'll need someone who can recognize problems, who can offer suggestions to diverse situations. Find a good teacher and they'll be worth their weight in gold...(no cracks here gentlemen)
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              • #8
                My 14 yr old is a drummer. He hasnt had any formal lessons as of yet. He does the band thing at school so he knows the theory and how to read music. Are there any good drummer lesson websites he can benefits from?


                Drummerworld maybe. It's a collection of name drummers many quite noteworthy. Bios, some lessons, many video examples albeit/them mostly solos. They have a forum but I've never checked it out.

                Your kid have any specific ambitions? Many websites could be a waste of time in this regard. Go with real teachers. The relevant sites will present themselves as his awareness grows.

                My standard recommendation is take legit piano lessons. Many drummer/percussionistas have this in their bag. The neural development alone is invaluable and well worth the bother.
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                • #9
                  I know a guy in Nashville giving lessons. He's a really good drummer, and reasonably priced. Message me if you want his info.
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                  • #10
                    I know a guy in Nashville giving lessons. He's a really good drummer, and reasonably priced. Message me if you want his info.


                    Is his name mondo fire?

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                    • #11
                      while were on lessons in TN maybe someone could jump in here and recommend someone in Chattanooga. PM me in ya got any... thanks
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                      • #12
                        I agree...a good drum teacher is the way to go. You want to make sure he learns good solid technique. He would be better off dealing with that now as opposed to later on when bad habits have set in. It's a real bitch after playing 4 or 5 years to go to "this is how you hold a drumstick" Ask me how I know.

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                        • #13
                          I agree...a good drum teacher is the way to go. You want to make sure he learns good solid technique. He would be better off dealing with that now as opposed to later on when bad habits have set in. It's a real bitch after playing 4 or 5 years to go to "this is how you hold a drumstick" Ask me how I know.


                          Truth, start out right, even if it's four or five lessons. I also agree with the others, get lessons. One other thing, he will need to practice to get better. I only say this because when I took guitar lessons as a kid, once I got home, I would practice right then and then I didn't practice until next week's lesson. Just as you learned to drive by driving and driving some more, drums is a lot like that. Sticks and a practice pad WILL WORK JUST FINE, better is a snare drum and a drum set will help IF he's playing drum set music. If he's going more for Drumline "(marching band) then snare will be more helpful.

                          But first you have to hold the sticks right, know the beat and keep time, where and how to hit the drum, so this is where a live in your face teacher helps. In a few minutes can "watch" your son play and correct issues right on the spot before bad habits sit in. Hope this helps and the other guys are steering you right.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the quick replies. Guess I need to find a good teacher. He really enjoys it alot.
                            <div class="signaturecontainer"><font color="blue"><font size="1">You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.<br />
                            You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.<br />
                            You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.<br />
                            You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.<br />
                            You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.<br />
                            You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.<br />
                            You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.<br />
                            You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.<br />
                            <br />
                            .</font></font></div>

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                            • #15
                              Yep. But I would also add that if you want a fantastic video/book for learning grooves get him Groove Essentials Vol. 1 by Tommy Igoe. DVD and book with play along songs. Easy to use and a ton of challenging stuff that will progress with him. Starts off with "easy" rock beats and gets as hard as you want it. Best drum instructional product I've ever seen...by anyone.

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