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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 …

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10 Hacks for Drum Set

After almost 30 years of drumming, I’ve collected several hacks that have made managing gear and playing drum set more enjoyable. From dealing with the positioning of drums and cymbals to making different and better sounds, it’s always helpful to …

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11 Method Books Every Drummer Should Own

Looking back at all of the books and exercises that helped me develop drum set technique and coordination brings fond memories of the teachers who showed me how to play and practice. They showed me how to use the books …

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5 Free Drum Lessons – Intermediate

Once you have the passion for playing drums and the dedication to develop your technique, the hardest part is done. All you’re missing are the lessons you need to take your playing to the next level. So what do these …