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  1. The Top Drum Ambition Blog Topics

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    If you are taking online beginner drum lessons, or are thinking about drumming as a hobby, we have a series of blog articles that can help you. We regularly add new features, and to help identify which ones may be relevant to you, we have compiled this list of the top Drum Ambition blog topics. 2018 POSTS. How do I assemble a drum set? 4th January, 2018. 2017 POSTS. Is it OK to simplify drum parts? 29th December, 2017. How… Read More

  2. How do I assemble a drum set?

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    You’ve done the research, purchased the drum set, and rushed home ready for some serious fun. You open the boxes, see that there are multiple parts and ask yourself “How do I put together a drum set?” Fear not! We are here to help you, and have made this 15 minute video on the essentials of assembling a drum kit straight from the box. In fact, since we published this video on YouTube about a year ago, we’ve racked up… Read More

  3. Is it OK to simplify drum parts?

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    Do you obsess about playing a drum part exactly as it was recorded? Are you struggling to play a drum part because it’s too technical or too fast?  If the answer to either of these questions is “yes”, then you might want to spend five minutes reading this article. Simplification is a word that comes up in my drum studio every day without exception. You can apply the simplification approach to just about every aspect of your drumming, from beats… Read More

  4. How do I make my drums quieter?

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    One of the biggest concerns for many aspiring drummers is the unescapable fact that drums are loud! Electronic drums are great but are not for everyone, and unless you have the luxury of a large property or a sound proof room, your drums and cymbals are likely to be heard around the house. Sound proofing is uneconomical and largely ineffective unless you have the big bucks to do it right, and practice pad sets that emit no sound at all… Read More

  5. Are electronic drums any good?

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    Electronic drum sets have really come a long way. Ten years ago, a handful of drum companies had a monopoly on the market due to high development, manufacturing and distribution costs, and it seemed that even starter sets were beyond the budget of most aspiring drummers. When newbie drummers buy their first set, they are generally not looking to spend thousands of dollars. Most want to pitch in at the lower end of the cost spectrum and test the water,… Read More

  6. Why do my cymbals sound bad?

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    As a full time drum teacher, and former retail drum store Manager, this is a question that I have heard a lot over the years. While there are various ways to make your acoustic drums sound better, cymbals are very honest when it comes to sonic quality. While it makes sense that cheaper cymbals may not sound as good as more expensive ones, there are also some less obvious factors that may contribute to your cymbal sound, such as how… Read More

  7. 10 bad drumming habits and how to fix them

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    When we are learning a new skill or hobby, we don’t intentionally set out to take short cuts, or develop bad habits. They are simply, and quite innocently, a byproduct of not knowing any better. The slippery slope begins when those habits become ingrained into your day to day drumming, thus becoming difficult and time consuming to correct. There’s certainly nothing wrong with learning by making mistakes, and you’ll experience that regularly in drumming, as in life. To help you… Read More

  8. Why are some drum sets more expensive then others?

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    Let’s face it – shopping for drums can be a minefield for first time buyers. Fortunately, Drum Ambition is here to help! If you are ready to buy drums, our guides on buying your first set, choosing between electric and acoustic drums, and common mistakes to avoid when buying drum sets online can help point you in the right direction. As a teacher, I am often asked by students why some drum sets are considerably more expensive then others. Fortunately,… Read More

  9. How do I make my drum fills more creative?

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    How do I make my drum fills better? When drum students ask this, they have often hit a plateau and find themselves in a comfort zone of playing the same drum fills, or minor variations of the same fills routinely. The hidden question is often: How do I make my drum fills more creative? Helpful related articles: How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of control. How long does it take to learn the drums? Developing your… Read More

  10. How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of control

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    When learning to play the drums, we all look forward to that moment when we can rock out at higher speeds to our favorite songs. There is definitely something exhilarating and hugely satisfying about drumming at faster tempos, but our obsession for speed can often lead to an inadvertent neglect of the foundation that helps build control. Whether you are watching our videos, reading our blog, watching a video blog or listening to our podcasts, there is one consistent message… Read More