New to the Drum World

John DM

Junior Member
I got a drumset about nine months ago, I can play okay, not very good to be honest. Me and some of my friends want to start a little band and get better.... I'm 14, I'm getting two books by metallica for their music and a teaching guide, but right now I'm using FastTrack Drums 1 to learn, and I don't seem to be making much progress. Wondering about any tips or things NOT TO DO. BTW, I live in southern wisconsin.

The band doesn't matter that much, well it'd be cool, but I'm 14. I have a starter's kit. Pulse. Two Toms, Floor Tom, Bass, and Snare, and the standard 3 pc cymbal set that came with it, it sounds real good for costing only $600. But I really want to get better. And so far it's been really frustrating not being able to do what I want to do with drums. Any tips to getting better, efficiently. If I can get really good at drums in the next 4-8 years, it would probably be my career. Otherwise, I work my way up in my dad's company. But I love drums and I love drumming.
 
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bobdadruma

Platinum Member
Welcome John. If your question has to do with percussion, you will find the answers here. Search these numerous threads and all knowledge will be bestowed upon you. Remember, Skill has to be developed. It takes time to learn. If it was easy, even I would have learned to play by now! I've been playing for 39 years and I still learn everyday.
 

stasz

Platinum Member
Hey John DM! Welcome to the forum. This is the place to be to find lots of information on drumming. Like bobdadruma said, drumming can be a little frustrating in that not everything comes immediately. In fact it can take a bit of time to just figure out what exactly you want to learn to play. The good thing is along the way you can have a lot of fun, and playing with a band is just a great experience. Good luck with your metallica cover band and drumming endeavors, and keep us posted about your playing.
 

Gyrefalcon

Senior Member
Work on good technique (it is paramount to being able to fully express yourself on the set) and grab a couple books like "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" by George Lawrence Stone and "Modern Interpretations of Snare Drum Methods" by Buddy Rich. These will help you tone and apply your technique.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
Welcome. We want pictures. Metallica is as good a place as any to start, with a band. Cool. Read the forum. Getting better? Get a teacher. Practice to a metronome. Use a practice pad. Practice rudiments. Learn to read. Get some drum books. Most important...have fun.
 

crdirtRider856

Silver Member
Welcome. We want pictures. Metallica is as good a place as any to start, with a band. Cool. Read the forum. Getting better? Get a teacher. Practice to a metronome. Use a practice pad. Practice rudiments. Learn to read. Get some drum books. Most important...have fun.
Well said, Harry.
Dont be frustated if you cant nail down Lars' playing as of now. Take it slow, be patient, and most of all- have FUN! You only get better by putting in time behind the kit, day after day, month after month, year after year, and in some cases- century after century. So glad to have another young drummer in for the ride. Take advise given here and avoid those other "sites", you re at the best site ever. All the luck to you, my friend!
 
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blade123

Guest
Congratulations on starting your adventure. Everyone starts and ends in different places. Each one of us have a story to tell, and soon you will too. :)

My suggestions:
-Get a teacher
-Listen to as many styles as possible
-Jam as often as you can
-Lurk these forums as often as you can, you will gain a WEALTH of knowledge

Have fun!!! :)
 
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