Drum Tips

What To Do If No One Shows Up

What To Do If No One Shows Up

By: Martin Atkins Photo Credit: Kara Hammond, Courtesy of Recording Academy, Atlanta Chapter It's happened to the best of us, ...
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Drum Lessons Girl - "Rosanna" Half Time Shuffle Groove

Drum Lessons Girl – “Rosanna” Half Time Shuffle Groove

Hey! If you want to learn how to become an awesome drummer, you are in the right place! Drum Lessons ...
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Drum Lessons Girl - 4 Basic Strokes

Drum Lessons Girl – 4 Basic Strokes

Hey! If you want to learn how to become an awesome drummer, you are in the right place! Drum Lessons ...
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Opening the Hi-Hat

Opening the Hi-Hat

Opening the hi-hat within a groove can create a different feel. The hi-hat can also be used to accentuate punches ...
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Tips for Conga Tones

Tips for Conga Tones

Getting consistent tones on the congas can be a challenge. Making your open and slap tones sound the same every time IS ...
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Songo - The Introduction of the Drum Set

Songo – The Introduction of the Drum Set

Last month we discussed a little about the Cha-cha drum set pattern and the fact that the drum set part comes from ...
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Repinique

Repinique

Last month we had a brief introduction to Brazilian Percussion. This month we are going to touch on the basics of ...
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Looking at New Heads for Your Kit

Looking at New Heads for Your Kit

New heads for your kit can drastically change the sound you are getting from your drums. Let us examine a few ...
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Latin Drum Set Patterns

Latin Drum Set Patterns

You have come across this cool drum set part and find out that it is a Latin groove. Latin styles are often ...
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Intro to Timbales

Intro to Timbales

Last month we discussed Afro-Cuban clave patterns. This month you will see how the clave is incorporated in patterns for the timbales ...
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Intro to Brazilian Percussion

Intro to Brazilian Percussion

Brazilian music is often classified under Latin music, however they really are different in instrumentation and feel. They may share some of the ...
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Conga Basics

Conga Basics

Conga is the general name for the instrument and also the name of the middle or main drum. Each conga drum ...
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Drum Set Basics

Drum Set Basics

For the beginning drum set player there are a few things to focus on first. Most drum sets are set ...
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Berimbau

Berimbau

On our tour of percussion instruments of Brazil, our next stop is at the Berimbau. We will discuss the Berimbau's origins, descriptions, and ...
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Cuíca

Cuíca

Continuing on our journey through the world of Brazilian percussion, we are stopping at the Cuíca this month. We'll touch on ...
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Bongos?

Bongos?

Many people have problems identifying the bongos and congas. While both being hand drums, they are very different and are approached differently ...
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Afro-Cuban Clave

Afro-Cuban Clave

We have been discussing some Latin styles of music in the past couple months. Lets take a minute to talk about something that ...
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Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations - Part 2

Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations – Part 2

Let's continue on from the last article, "Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations," and expand on our palette of cymbal variations. The ...
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Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations - Part 1

Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations – Part 1

After mastering the skills discussed in my previous article, “Drum Set Basics,” we move on to add some variation. One ...
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Accent Exercises

Accent Exercises

Accents are an emphasis on one or more particular notes which makes them slightly louder than the others. An accent ...
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