Foo - First Drum Lesson!
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02-03-09, 06:47 PM
So I just recently completed my first drum lesson, and it was great! The teacher, while seemingly very into his music, looks like a great teacher to learn from and is very patient. I have a lot of work to do (or I wouldn't be a novice, right?), but I started creating some rhythm, which must mean something good.
02-03-09, 06:49 PM
This is the guy: http://www.tommydrums.com/
02-03-09, 07:27 PM
02-03-09, 07:32 PM
well that gives you something to do all winter in n.y. ehh p.s. I played about 4 years
02-03-09, 09:10 PM
Never had a real drum lesson, yet I had more success with Wii Music and the balance board than I would've ever expected. No harder to pick up than oboe (yes, I learned how to play oboe in college; making reeds, though, is stupid.. LOL).
My dad's a drummer. Once I figured out how to diddle (ahem!... double-tap, and not SRAM style..), he said, "That's cool, now you should try to do a paradiddle," and showed me what paradiddles looked like when played really fast.
02-04-09, 11:15 AM
Nice. :thumb: I'm glad you got a teacher right up front. Learning drums is like cycling in that to go fast, you need to put in a solid base of lower tempo stuff. It's unlike cycling in that pain = bad.
What does he have you working on?
02-06-09, 02:39 AM
Our first lesson was a quick introduction to everything. Since I already had an idea on how to read sheet music, we didn't need to spend a lot of time discussing that. He introduced me to a few rudiments (single stroke roll, double stroke roll, and a paradiddle), and then we worked on the very simple 4/4 rock beat and a fill, both with some alterations.
I got a pair of drumsticks two days ago (Vic Firth 5B), and I just found a great site that has lots of rudiments to work on (http://www.vicfirth.com/education/rudiments.html). It seems that I've got a good grip on the single stroke roll and the single stroke four (I hit the Diamond level on both of them), while I'm a little off on the single stroke seven (though I hit Gold). The paradiddle is difficult for me, though. That's going to need practice. I don't have a practice pad yet, but the guy that I bought my drumsticks from, who is also a drummer, recommended that I try practicing on a pillow because of the lack of bounce. It's definitely a good workout for my wrists! :)
He also showed me a simple trick on how I can apply those drills to my feet to get those up to speed as well. Not sure how my road bike training will help me for that, but I'm sure it's a good start. I do those on the train almost every time I get on, which is every weekday.
02-06-09, 04:00 PM
I remember my bro got into drums in high school. When he first started it used to drive us all mad. He had a really good teacher. After about a year one day I noticed that my brother was still playing drums every day bet all of a sudden no one was bothered by it because all his beats were in sync and on time and nice. HE became a very good jazz drummer in the years to follow and still plays after twenty years or so that that has been.
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