I’ve played guitar all my life … Never even thought about
I dabbled in other instruments as the need arouse but
never played a drum. I come from a very UN-musical family, so a few years back
When my nephew Ryan wanted to learn to
play drums I was psyched! Another musician in the family! Yeah! I did some
research and then I went out and purchased him a nice inexpensive 5 piece
starter set with a hi-hat, a crash and a ride cymbal for his birthday.
As I put the kit together and tuned it up for him I
discovered drums are great fun to play! A few months later I got my own kit – not
as nice as the one I got for my nephew but I immediately became obsessed with
anything and everything related to drums and drumming!
Where do I start?
If you’ve purchased a new kit the first thing you have to do
is to build it. There are a million little pieces of hardware in the box! Okay
not a million but it seems that way when you dump all the nuts, bolts washers,
and various other strange looking pieces out on the floor!
Pearl has a nice little page on assembling your new kit a kit … Click here
Tommy Igoe’s video “Getting Started On Drums” This is one of two DVD’s that
should come packed with all new kits – IMHO. I also highly recommend Tommy’s
Igoes “Groove Essentials”
Next step is to tune you kit – yes I said tune! Did
you think we were going to skip this step?
Scott Johnson aka “Prof. Sound” is the ultimate authority in this area … Prof.
Sound's Drum Tuning Bible v3
Okay so now we have built and tuned our kit now what? Get
some Hearing protection! Invest in a good set of Isolation Headphones, that way
you can play along with you favorite CD’s without cranking up the volume and
destroying you ears. I love my Vic Firths Isolation Headphones but there are many available
– get some!
I suggest you begin with the link below called “Drum
Notation” and work your way through to the “Basic Grooves.” Whatever you decide to do just remember the
key to learning anything is to have fun doing it – if it’s not fun you won’t do
Beats Basic HipHop
Beats Other Basic
Drum Building Section
Adventures of A First Time Drum Builder
(or how to build a snare drum )
Drum Builders Guide
(a compiled list of FAQs from drum building forum sites)
The Creation of
a New Finishing Technique
Mis-Adventures of Another First Time Drum Builder
This is a new technique developed by Bob Coirio using MinWax Products
Drum Building Tools
(a list of common household tools I used in drum building)
Cornet Section Flute Section Ukulele Section
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