Author: DrummingBasics

How to practice like a pro…even when you just bought your drumsticks

Drum Practice
New drummer? Now, I'm not saying that you should skip the routine practice of rudiments and beat counting...if you want a strong fundamental. However, doing routine practice along can kill our interest in the drums pretty quickly. So, here's a quick tip to keep that motivation game strong. Play randomly to backing tracks! Backing tracks are simply music tracks with a missing instrument. They are more commonly used by pianists or guitarists. But hey, drums are an instrument too. Quick Tip - Select backing tracks with music that you are not familiar to Choosing the hottest song on Spotify to start with is a BAD idea. Trust me. You know the song, you know how its played. But... You're a beginner and have no idea how to play it. Everything will sound off. Eve...
New Drummers – 5 Things You Must Know

New Drummers – 5 Things You Must Know

Learning Tips
Learning to play the drums without an instructor may be fun and relatively cheaper. However, without proper guidance, it is easy to pick up bad habits that may hinder our drumming. Here are 5 important tricks that all new drummers must know: Section 1: Beginner Techniques 1. How to hold your drumsticks Knowing how to hold and grip your drumsticks will allow you to be able to play freely and efficiently while lowering the possibility of injuring or straining yourself. You can refer to the following: How to Grip Your Drumsticks Types of Grips for Drumsticks - How to hold your drumsticks Balance Point of a Drumstick - learn how to maximise your drumstick grip Make sure that when the base of the sticks rebound, they are hitting the fleshiest part of your hand (or the pad of
How to learn Drum Rudiments

How to learn Drum Rudiments

Learning Tips
Previously, I've introduced the drum rudiments. I'm following Vic Firth's free "40 essential rudiments" guide to master these drum rudiments. How to learn the drum rudiments - A Structure The guide classifies the various drum rudiments into 4 tiers, specially designed for new drummers. Tier 1 contains the most fundamental beats in the list of 40 rudiments, and the subsequent tiers build up on the beats learnt in the previous tier. Tier 1 Tier 1 contains the most fundamental drum rudiments. These include: Single Stroke Roll, Multiple Bounce Roll, Double Stroke Open Roll, Single Paradiddle, Flam and Drag.   Tier 2 These drum rudiments build on those in Tier 1. Most of them are expansions of the rudiments in Tier 1. They include: Single Stroke Four, Single Stroke Seven...
3 Things to Note when Practicing on Your Drum Pad

3 Things to Note when Practicing on Your Drum Pad

Drum Practice
Ok, so after getting over the excitement of finally having a drum practice pad to start my drum practice at home with, it was time to start practicing! (If you missed it, here's my review of the Vic Firth 6 inch Single Sided Drum Practice Pad) Yay! There probably are many ways to practice using a drum practice pad, but I started with the rudiments. A little recap on drum rudiments (For a quick guide to drum rudiments, here's a previous post that provides a introduction to rudiments) There are 40 drum rudiments - basic beats and rhythms commonly used by drummers. These rudiments are found in all types of drumming, hence some may not be as useful to us personally. Vic Firth's website has a great guide on the 40 drum rudiments with accompanying videos too. However, the videos

Vic Firth Drum Practice Pad

Practice Pad
It's finally here! Ok, I actually got it a few weeks back, but was busy playing with it instead of updating DrummingBasics.com Vic Firth Drum Practice Pad - 6 inches, Single side The estimated shipping time from Amazon (to Singapore) was quite long as I had chosen with the cheaper shipping option. Hence, I decided to purchase the Vic Firth Drum Practice Pad from a local store instead. Unfortunately, I could only find a 6 inch, single-sided drum pad, instead of the intended double-sided drum practice pad. So here's my review of the Vic Firth 6 inch Drum Practice Pad instead. At 6 inches, this drum pad is easy to carry around. It weighs about 500g (or 1.1 pounds) and feels sturdy. If you are restricted to a small space to practice, this size is perfect. Otherwise, it is g