Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2nd Lesson

Hello. Today I`m going to teach a very important thing, counting trioleis.
Triolies are 3 stokes every quarter note.
I`ll explain it with the timeline picture I used last lesson.

Lets say the whole time between first beep and second beep is ... 10 second
The blue dots represend a strike
The first strike is at exactly 0 seconds, it starts the counting
The seond one is at exactly at 5 seconds, while the 3rd beep is at exactly 10 seconds
 The forth strike is already a new quarter, that means you start counting to 10 again from zero.
I hope you got it right, it is pretty hard to explain it through writing, if you have any questions feel free to comment and ask (:

Next lesson I`ll teach you how to read notes, And than we`ll get to some real drumming (:

Monday, July 11, 2011

1st Lesson

First of all I`ll introduce myself. My name is Sar, I`ve been drumming for 6 years now. I`ve spent my 4 first years teaching myself drumming, and the last too years I`m studying with a teacher.

I`m starting this blog in order to help those who are teaching themselves, Because when I started learning with a teacher I figured out most of the things I`ve done befoere were wrong and unhealthy to the wrist.

So lets start. First of all, the most important thing to remember is to hold your stick right.

Here are some photos from different angles to help you understand how you shouold grip your sticks.

as you see, the stick should be held tightly with the thumb and index finger, while the other fingers surround the stick and holding it lightly inside the palm of the hand.
Another important thing is to make sure the back of your hand is heading up .People often tend to have their palm facing upside instead, make sure that doesn`t happen to you.

Now that you know how to grip your sticks, lets get to some pad exercises.
Tempo = 60 BPM (If you don`t have a metronome you can use online metronome from here )

Learning To Count :
Befoere you can get to drumming, you must understand rythm, and learn how to count basic times.
The purpose of the drum in the concept of a band is to maintain the tempo (the rythm), a drummer who cannot do it, is useless.

This is a timeline between the first beep the metronome does and the second one
Striking on your pad where the red circles are (exactly when the metronome "beep") will give you 4th notes, quarter notes.
Striking where the green circles are, will give you 8th notes, see that the second green circle is exactly in the middle between the first and second beep.
The yellow circles, are 16th notes, 4 strikes every "beep"

Now that you can count basic time, you can practice the counting and the grip. take your drum sticks, take your pad (or if you don`t owe one, you can drum on your bed)
Turn on the metronome on 60 BPM and start doing 4th, 8th, and 16th notes with your sticks :)

Next lesson I`ll talk about triolies :)
If you have any question do not hesitate to ask at the comments :)