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Posted: 12 Feb 05, 20:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like the drums, and want to learn how to play, but first, I would like to know how to ``play them´´, if you know what I mean. For example, guitars have chords, and piano, too. Such as chord G, F, B, etc. But, do drums have chords, too? If there are drum players out there, can ya kinda teach me it?


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Posted: 12 Feb 05, 20:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Drum music is notated on a standard 5 line staff. The standard notes are used to convey rhythm (half note, quarter note, etc.) and the note's placement on the staff indicates what drum to play. For example, the bottom space is usually the base drum and the second space from the top is usually the snare drum. Many drummers just play by ear, although I do not suggest any musician do that.

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Posted: 12 Feb 05, 23:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You hit them. That's basically it.

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Posted: 13 Feb 05, 06:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks! Now I basically have an idea of how to play!
But I have another question. In order to learn the drums, you need to know how to play guitar to follow it?


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Posted: 13 Feb 05, 06:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Farlander wrote:

Drum music is notated on a standard 5 line staff. The standard notes are used to convey rhythm (half note, quarter note, etc.) and the note's placement on the staff indicates what drum to play. For example, the bottom space is usually the base drum and the second space from the top is usually the snare drum. Many drummers just play by ear, although I do not suggest any musician do that.

But do you think that Roger Taylor played by ear?


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Posted: 13 Feb 05, 09:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color = "crimson">ThomasQuinn wrote:

Lady_Cool_Cat wrote:

Farlander wrote:

Drum music is notated on a standard 5 line staff. The standard notes are used to convey rhythm (half note, quarter note, etc.) and the note's placement on the staff indicates what drum to play. For example, the bottom space is usually the base drum and the second space from the top is usually the snare drum. Many drummers just play by ear, although I do not suggest any musician do that.

But do you think that Roger Taylor played by ear?


Yes, mostly.

Wow! Then Roger is the best drummer by ear ALIVE!!! I always thought he studied...


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Posted: 13 Feb 05, 11:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HeM wrote:

When they were working on "One Vision" Freddie didn't write the beat in a sheet music, he said things like "Try this: Tah-daah!"... That was funny. :-P

Oh, yeah! It's really funny! Hey, HeM! Wanna meet up sometime in the QZ chat?


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Posted: 13 Feb 05, 17:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm sure I read that Roger never took a drum lesson in his life, although he gave a few!

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<font><font color=charm>Alex Solan wrote:

Lester Burnham wrote:

You hit them. That's basically it.


wow!
xD


Seems like a hard task doesn't it?


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Posted: 14 Feb 05, 00:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Are drums a hard task? They can be if you want to do it right. What a lot of people don't realize is there are more to a set than banging the sticks about. Coordination is a key element. All appendages (arms and feet) need to remain in a steady pulse and give the correct feel. The drummer has to also be conscious of who else/what else is playing. A fill in a spot where the melody or groove is in focus shows an unfocused drummer. A good drummer doesn't turn every song into yet another redition of "Wipeout". Just like other instuments, dynamics are involved in the "voice", if you will, of the set. Appropriate backround/base of sound starts with the set. You can't get very far in a song/chart without a tempo. The responibility of this roll (esp. in rock set ups) is placed upon the shoulders of the drummer. There is also no universal technique on many percussive instruments (unlike with violins were there is a definate use/position and specific technique on how to do it). There is a vast array of percussive instruments, and also no legal way to go about it (I'm gonna stop with this point because it's not getting too far).

The way a percussive instument speaks greatly depends on how you go about stirking it. Take the snare. The most common striking is the basic beat. This shade of tone from a snare is very audible in One Vision (about 3:53 on the AKOM album). This is the most frequent use of the snare. You can also listen to the opening of God Save the Queen. A roll like this takes discipline to get even and controlled. This effect happens when the tip of the stick is striking the head of the snare several times per full stroke (or some people cheat and leave the tips close to the head so it's just dropping and pushing). There is also 'sticking' as Ringo Starr does in If I Fell (by the Beatles for those of you who are ignorant, but I doubt any of the company reading this, or who have come this far down my entry would be:]). Yet another expression out of one instrument of a set. There are many other additions to the set (like the hi-hat or multiple cymbals *which deserve an entry of their own, but I'm not about to do that* and toms/tenors and of course the good ol' bass drum. And you must not forgot the gong. That's classic.

And there you have it.

By the way, did I mention how taxing it is on your calf to do a heavy set of sixteenths? Ouch!


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Posted: 14 Feb 05, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lester Burnham wrote:

You hit them. That's basically it.


That's all? No tabs or chord or anything?

I'm learning to play drums myself and I'd like to know as well.


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Posted: 14 Feb 05, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Are they harder to play then they look?


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Posted: 14 Feb 05, 08:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd say yes. I was under the impression that 'Wow, you must reaaaaaaaaaaaally have trouble hitting those big round drums' but when I got to have a little thump about I was absolutely exploded by how difficult it is. Fun though. Fun to hit things.


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Posted: 14 Feb 05, 14:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow, thanks, guys! I understand now. You guys relly helped! :)


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