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All well-rounded drummers are proficient in a set of essential drumming skills that form the basis of their drumming. These basic skills are very important, because other more advanced techniques are build upon them.

Learning drums is not an easy, especially if you're completely new to it. Drums are a complex instrument and require a lot of patience and dedication. In order to learn and practice them effectively you need to start with the basics.

If you're just starting out, it's really important to have good instructions (see here). It's not just how much you practice, but how you practice. It's crucial to do things correctly from the very start. Understanding the basics and knowing the right way to practice will quickly and drastically improve your drumming.

Essential Skills

The following are the essential skills that every drummer should know and master:

  • Holding drumsticks - this is one of the most important parts of drumming, yet oftentimes overlooked. There are specific ways to hold drumsticks. If you learn this early on, you will be much more effective. Using improper technique of holding your sticks can actually do damage to your hands or wrists. For more info, click here.

  • Correct Posture - posture will affect how you play and sound. The key to correct posture is to sit up straight and at the right height. Also try to relax your hands, arms and wrists. The correct posture helps you perform better and also reduces the risk of injury and tension. Just remember, no slouching.

  • How to count time - counting time is a must for any drummer. This is basically the drummer's primary job - to be able to count and stay in time. Understanding time signatures is crucial and is what separates the men from the boys. It must be taken seriously. If you cannot count time, how will you stay on time with your beats?

  • Tuning drums - it's a sad fact that many drummers never take the time to learn how to tune their drums. It's not really that hard. Well tuned drums will make you sound and play better. More on tuning here.

  • Reading music – learning how to read music will bring you to a whole new level of drumming and help you become a better musician all the way around. It will give you the ability to learn more quickly and make you a better player. Well worth the investment of your time. This is a good starting point.

It's also very important to learn and practice the right way. This will make the learning process easier and quicker, and will prevent the development of bad habits. The best way is to follow well structured lessons that are designed to guide you from start to finish. When you sit down behind the drums, you should know what you're doing.

These are the basics. Be sure to really understand them before moving on to more advanced stuff. If you need help, take a look at - Learn & Master Drums course.

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How To Assemble A Drum Set
It's very important to learn how to assemble your drum set. If not assembled correctly, they will not sound right. Watch the video and see how it's done. Don't worry, it's quite easy.

How To Tune Drums
Out of tune drums are no fun, they can make even a great drummer sound terrible. If you ever want to sound decent, you'll need learn how to tune your drums. These video tutorials will show you.

How To Read Drum Tabs
Learning how to read drum tabs is really not that difficult. All you need to do is learn what the symbols stand for. See for yourself.

How To Read Drum Notes
Reading drum notes is one of the most important aspects of drumming. It's definitely worth your time. Don't worry, it's not as difficult as it looks. Try it.

Brush Drumming
To broaden your drumming horizons, learn how to play with brushes. It's easy and unique. Try it, you won't regret it.

Double Bass Drumming
Learn how to incorporate double bass techniques into your favorite beats and fills. They can be used in almost any style, especially during fills.

Moeller Technique
The Moeller technique, named after a drumming master Sanford A. Moeller, is definitely something you should look into. It will improve the speed, control, endurance and power of your strokes. Absolutely worth your time.

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