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Information for musicians that want to further their education.

New Instructional Video

This video covers single strokes, double stroke roll variations, paradiddle variations and flam variations. All of these can help any style or musical situation that a drummer may find him or herself in! Please take a few minutes and check it out!

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Timekeeping

One of the roles of percussion in music is to provide a steady rhythmic pulse that accompanies the harmonic and melodic patterns of a certain arrangement. To practice this and how it applies to drum set, I have created an exercise for the player to prepare him or her to keep steady time while making some musical transitions.

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A Note to All Students

To play any rhythm in a comfortable way and be able to use it in music, you must relax with your body and mind. Relaxing is all about how you sit or stand at your instrument, and how you think about what you are doing.

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Arranging Your Drum Set

How you set up your drum set is personal and unique, and, musically speaking, can make everything that you do easier. The difference between players lies in the placement and spacing of the individual instruments of the set. Some players like the drums and cymbals closer together than others, so figuring out what works best for you and playing with a comfortable arrangement of your drum set is very important. The tips that I will be giving you in this article relate to how you already set up your drums, and will be ideas for you to test while you hit the drums.

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Choosing Heads & Tuning

The sound you get from your drums often relates to the kind of wood that your shells are made of, the type of heads you use, the kind of music that you listen to or perform, and your level of overall technique. The sound you’d like to get from your kit can change over time or depend on changes in the style of music you are playing. If you are a fan of classic rock or funk; you’ll probably desire a different sound from your kit than someone who listens to jazz.

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