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  1. How do I get rid of snare buzz?

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    The drum set is indeed an interesting sonic instrument; from the low boom of the bass drum and floor toms, the abrupt attack of the snare drum, to the high frequencies of the cymbals. For such a barrage of sound events, all of the components of a drum set play very well together, like the perfect musical percussive family. There is, however, one small feature of the snare drum that has caused drummers, band mates and sound engineers everywhere a… Read More

  2. Yamaha EAD10 Review – An easier way to record drums and publish videos

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    Recently, more and more Drum Ambition subscribers have been reaching out for recommendations on how to record their acoustic drums. Their goal might be to record drum practice sessions or a band rehearsal, do a drum cover of a popular song, or have a simple way to upload video to social media platforms that features good quality sound. The problem is, drums are a hard instrument to record. From the deep lows of the bass drum and lower toms to… Read More

  3. What is a drum head, and which ones should I use?

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    The wonderful world of drumming is rich with amazing names and descriptors; from the triple flanged hoops on your fusion toms, to the Moongel on your snare drum head. Fortunately, Drum Ambition subscribers have access to a full glossary, made up of our Founder’s 20 years of experience in drums and percussion, including a long period of time managing a retail drum store. Drum heads can be a source of confusion for the beginner and hobbyist drummer, but don’t worry… Read More

  4. So you want to play the drums?

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    Are you one of the many people who love music, and find yourself irresistibly drawn to the beat? Have you ever thought about playing the drums, creating the rhythm, and driving a band of your own? Or do you need a fun hobby that inspires, challenges, and reduces the blood pressure after a stressful day? Whether your goal is to give something new a try, fulfill a long term goal, or total world domination, your drumming adventure starts here. If you… Read More

  5. How do I tune a drum set?

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    One of the most common questions I receive from beginner drummers is “how do you tune drums?” If you search online for the answer there are literally thousands of results to shift through, and it can be quite intimidating. Indeed, there have been books written on this subject, as well as multiple videos and DVDs. It is the source of much frustration for drummers of all levels, and we are here to help! The reality is that tuning a drum… Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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