Learning drumming styles and techniques
all depends on the style of music
you want to play. It is all about the timing
used to create a specific rhythm
to match the music. Here I am going to talk about the few of the techniques
you can use to help you understand
the different styles that can be used.
It's not just the drum grips
that you need to focus on; it is the different drum sticks
that you will use to achieve
your drumming style. Do you want heavy rock sticks
or light jazz sticks?
What do you feel comfortable
with? Learn about the different sticks and try
them all out!
Learn the two common
drum grips, the German grip
(palms down) and the French grip
(thumbs down). The German grip is played using the wrists
for a more powerful outcome
when playing heavier
drumming. The French grip is played using your fingers
for a lighter
outcome for styles such as Jazz.
are great to learn if you are trying to master
different techniques in drumming.
They form the foundation
of a lot of drum solos
and complex drumming
styles. It is basically breaking down
drumming and making into patterns
which are easier to learn and improve your stamina
and brain training.
Learning the rudiments will build you a drumming vocabulary
that will stop you from becoming limited
when playing the drums. The best rudiments to start off with are the single stroke, double stroke and paradiddles.
Once you have mastered these you can have a go at learning all 40+!
Cymbals are a key part
to your drumming style. Don't just focus on a generic cymbal package
, look at what other drummers use in the style of music you are trying to achieve
. Jazz drumming
has a lot of focus
on the ride cymbals
so a lot of drummers have more than one ranging from 18" to 24". Rock drumming
uses a lot of crash cymbals
which can range from 14" thin crash
to a 19" heavy crash.
Think about special effects
cymbals as well such as chinas
and a splash
that can be used in your techniques! Also, think about the different alloys
used to create those cymbals and how the tone of bronze
Drum Heads and Tuning
Research into what drum heads you should use
on your drum kit. A general rule - the less ply
the brighter the drum tone. Deep blues
and rock styles
tend to use coated
drum skins as they have a deeper tone
and a lot more robust
with the coating on them. Single ply
skins have a bright tone
and sound great when tuned
to a higher pitch,
perfect for light rock
Another good tip to look for is how the drums are tuned
and what sort of muffling,
if any, is used. The tighter the tension
of the drums the higher the tone
, the looser the tension
of the drum the lower the tone.
Usually the smaller toms
are tuned the highest
through the larger toms. Muffling
is often used, especially during live performances
There are lots of different types of muffling you can try, most common being muffling rings
which sit around the rim
in the drums to prevent
any unwanted overtones.
I personally prefer to use the tissue method, taping
a piece of tissue at the tom of the drum near the rim. This is because I have more control
over how much I want to dampen the tone
- the more tissue used the more the unwanted overtones
Hitting The Drum
Study other drummers you aspire
to play like. Where do they hit the drums
from the drum kit. The snare drum
is a good example, do they hit it in the centre
for a louder resonance
and more of a snap
or do they hit near the edge
of the snare for a quieter attack.
Also study the way in which the rims
of the drums are used, methods such as rim shots
are great to learn. Look at how the hi-hat
is played as well as the foot control
on the pedals.
Generally the bass drum has a louder punchier
sound when played with the heals down
however it is easier to gain speed
on the bass drum pedal for heavier faster
music when playing with the heals up.
If you need any more information on the drum styles and techniques then please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help and answer any queries you have. You can get to me on 01283 535 333 option 1, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.