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Old 08-18-2017, 02:15 PM
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Default Re: How do you cover band drummers learn a whole set list in just a couple of weeks?

Similar situation is when my band decides to trial new (cover) songs.

The approach we all take is to learn the very basics of the song to try it out. That will give us a feel if the song suits the vocalist, feels like fun to play and generally fits with our skill set.

I'll listen to the song a few times, to get the feel of how the hats are played, where are the bass drum hits falling, what is the snare doing and where are the fills. I'll run through the song a few times to check how my notes are, and then we'll give it a crack.

Remember, if the rest of the band are properly on top of the song, that gives you room to hide. Get the feel of the groove right, nail any signature elements and for the rest of it, kick on 1 and 3, snare on 2 and 4 will get you a long way. If you're easy to get along with and make the band sound good, you're golden.
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