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Basic Rock Beats You Should Know--A Beginner Drum Lesson

Hey there, fellow drummers. In previous articles I've looked at two of the greatest drummers to ever hit ‘em: Bernard Purdie and John Bonham. We took a look at some of their grooves and what made them each so popular. They're great grooves, but maybe you're feeling a little overwhelmed? If so, this article is for you. What I'm about to present is a group of what I would call Basic Rock Beats, as well as a how-to for practice ideas and methods. In case you're wondering, I'm certain both Bonham and Purdie started with these grooves.

Breaking down the Purdie Shuffle--My Favorite Groove

Quick, name the most prolific drummer in the history of recorded music. Still thinking? If your answer was anyone other than Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (come on now...be honest), I have unfortunate news for you--it's Bernard Purdie. Ok, now that we've established that, it's time to put your thinking cap back on. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Bernard Purdie?

3 Classic John Bonham Beats You Must Know

When it comes to the vast world of rock, there have been many great drummers, and there will be several more to come. But there is one name that consistently comes up during the ongoing debate of who is the "best" rock drummer ever: John Henry Bonham. I'll admit it -- I didn't listen to much Led Zeppelin growing up, and I still don't listen to them all that often. But it only takes one Zep hit to instantly know when it's Bonham you're hearing.

Do You Know Your Gospel Drummers? Here’s The Top 5

Gospel drummers are some of the most technical and soulful drummers out there. Despite not receiving much mainstream attention, gospel drummers are highly respected in the drum world, frequently winning drum competitions and endorsements. Gospel drummers gracefully move between R&B, funk, jazz, and rock while maintaining musicality and soul. They are known for their heavy hitting and powerful playing, but a whole range of dynamics is part of their arsenal.

Head-To-Head: Differences Between Drum Head Styles

Drums heads are just one of the many parts that make up a drum, but they are certainly one of the most important. They are the "skin" of the drum, the thing you hit with your drumstick, and you can mix and match heads to achieve different customized sounds. Many musical styles prefer one drum head style over the others. Here's a quick description of each of the different head styles and what style of music favors them.

How To: Set Up Your Drums

Welcome to the world of drums! If you are just starting out, setting up your drums is vital. It's one of the most important, basic steps that will get you grooving in the right direction. After all, you can't rock out if your arm gets cramped in the first five minutes of playing.

How To: Tune Your Drums

Tuning is a very important aspect of drumming that's often overlooked. It is a process that takes patience, sensitivity, and an understanding of how to use your musical ear to distinguish certain sound qualities such as tone, pitch, and timbre. (The latter takes lots of time. But practice makes perfect!)

We'll start with the basics of adjusting the lugs on the drum head, and then get in to how you can alter the timbre to achieve a certain effect.

About the Drums

A drum kit (also known as a drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals, and sometimes other percussion instruments (cowbell, wood block, chimes, or tambourines, for example) arranged into a single, compact set playable by one drummer. Along with these instruments are different forms of "hardware," stands, pedals, and other accessories that keep the instruments in place and make them playable.

Jazz Drum Lesson Topics

Here's an outline of topics your teacher can cover with you depending on your level of ability.

Rock Drum Lesson Topics

Here's an outline of topics your teacher can cover with you depending on your level of ability.

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