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10 Conga Patterns Every Percussionist Should Know

After defining your tones, slaps, and other sounds, playing congas is about the patterns. Some of the rhythms and conversations are traditional, while others are modern and improvised. So the question I’ve always asked is which conga patterns are the …

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15 Tips for Learning Drums on Your Own

Learning to play drums on your own is not impossible. It’s actually very easy to do with all of the free resources online. The hardest part is organizing your priorities, which is one of the many important things a good …

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Everything You Need to Practice Drums

Practicing is playing, and playing is fun. It’s why we work so hard to get better as drummers and musicians. But what does it take to practice drums? What material items do you need to have a successful practice session? …

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How to Set Up a Drum Set

You will see almost as many ways to set up a drum set as there are drummers setting them up. How to set up a drum set is something most drummers think about often as they change their playing and …

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How to Play Shaker Like a Pro

The situation is undeniable when a non-percussionist asks me for something to shake, like a tambourine or a shaker. Frankly, I don’t think many people realize how much auxiliary percussion impacts the sound when it sounds bad. Instead of hiding …

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Best Drum Set for Beginners Under $1000

On a recent trip across country, my family and I stopped to stay with some relatives. My cousin commented on my YouTube channel, and I asked him if there was anything he could recommend. He asked what kind of drum …

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How to Play Paradiddles on Drum Set

Paradiddles are often one of the first of the more complex rudiments that drummers learn. In seventh grade, my first drum set teacher showed me how to incorporate paradiddles into drum set grooves, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Playing …