How Do You Play the Drums

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When learning how to play the drums, it's important to take note of the different components that are involved in a drum set, including cymbals, tom toms, snares, high hats and bass drums. Learn how to play basic back beats on the drums with help from an experienced drummer in this free video on drums and percussion.

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How to play the drums, a really broad question. There's definitely no one, two, three or even ten minute answer to this question. We're going to try some things out on our electric drum set here. The first thing to keep in mind when learning how to play the drums is that there's a lot of different components including cymbals, tom toms, But the three most important elements of the drum set in almost every musical style are the snare, the high hat, and the base drum. So, taking those three elements, the base for ninety nine percent of drummers, before they get in to jazz, funk, blues, all those other styles is to learn the basics of what's called the back beat which is the snare on two and on four. Sounds like this. So the basis of that is rock music, blues and a whole number of other genres where you're used to hearing that one, two, three, four and you can fill that in with all sorts of other stuff around it. So once you start getting that down and getting that timing down, you can start expanding your drumming in to other genres including jazz where the two and four is not the main, the main emphasis. And you can move on from there. So how to play the drums, a really broad question starting with kind of the three piece foundation of the high hat, the snare and the base is a great place to start.

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