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  1. Are practice pads good for learning drums? (2021 – Updated)

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    Do you need a drum set to learn to play the drums? Can a practice pad be used as an alternative, and what are the benefits and limitations?  You’ve had your first drum lesson and are itching to get home and practice your first beat or rudiment. Or perhaps you just watched an online video and are interested in diving deeper! The problem is, you have nothing to practice on. It’s too soon to run out to the music store,… Read More

  2. The Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality (2021 – Updated)

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    Is it possible for drummers to sound musical? It’s certainly true that we create beats and set the tempo for others to follow, but there’s a lot more to our craft than meets the eye. To become a musical drummer, you don’t need a degree in music, decades of listening to multiple drummers, or several years of playing experience. There is no secret sauce, just a simple understanding of four key areas. At Drum Ambition, we like to call them… Read More

  3. What is a drum head, and which ones should I use? (2021 – Updated)

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    Having good drum heads on your drum set can make the difference between an average sound and a great sound, regardless of the quality of your drum shells. With so many different sizes, specifications, and brands to choose from, it can be a little confusing for beginner and hobbyist drummers. While the options may seem daunting at first, understanding a few key features will help you make the right choices. We are here to help! Helpful related articles: How do… Read More

  4. How do I tune a drum set? (2021 – Updated)

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    While it is true that assembling a drum set from the box can be done painlessly with the right guidance, tuning your new drums does present a unique and interesting challenge. When you buy a drum set or an individual drum, they rarely come tuned. Now that we spend more time shopping online than visiting physical stores, this is increasingly the case. Searching online to answer “how do I tune a drum set” yields pages of results, which can be… Read More

  5. Is it OK to simplify drum parts? (2021 – Updated)

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    Playing along with your favorite songs on the drums is a lot of fun, especially when approached in the right way.  If you find yourself obsessing about playing a drum part exactly as it was recorded, or struggling because it’s too technical or too fast, then this article will help you. Simplification is a word that often comes up in our videos. You can apply the simplification approach to just about every aspect of your drumming, from beats and fills… Read More

  6. Why do my cymbals sound bad? (2021 – Updated)

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    Are you cringing every time you hit your crash cymbals? Do your hi-hats sound abrasive and clangy? If so, you may find yourself asking this question: Why do my cymbals sound bad? This can be particularly frustrating when they are brand new and part of a recently purchased drum set. While there are various ways to make your acoustic drums sound better, cymbals are very honest in sonic quality. While it makes sense that cheaper cymbals may not sound as… Read More

  7. 10 bad drumming habits and how to fix them (2021 – Updated)

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    When we learn a new skill, we don’t intentionally set out to take shortcuts or develop bad habits. They are quite innocently a result of not knowing any better. The slippery slope begins when those habits become ingrained into your day-to-day drumming, thus becoming difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming to correct. There’s certainly nothing wrong with learning by making mistakes, and you’ll experience this regularly in drumming. To set you on the right track, we have compiled a list of 10… Read More

  8. Why are some drum sets more expensive than others? (2021 – Updated)

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    Shopping online for drums can be a minefield for first-time buyers. The gulf in pricing for what looks like similar products can be confusing for newbie drum shoppers, but understanding the fundamental differences in the quality of drum shells and aesthetics will make the experience more understandable.  We are 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 purchasing drum… Read More

  9. What are drum fills, and how do I make them more creative? (2021 – Updated)

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    If you are a beginner drummer or interested in learning the drums, you will come across the terms “beats” and “fills” all of the time. A drumbeat is a generic term for the rhythmic pattern being played in a song, and this is a fairly straightforward concept to grasp. But what on earth is a drum fill, where are they used, and how do beginner drummers (and more experienced drummers, for that matter) develop them into a tasteful and musical… Read More

  10. How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of control (2021 – Updated)

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    When engaged in a new hobby, it’s natural that we want to progress as quickly as possible. For many beginner drummers, that means wanting to play beats faster. 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. Still, our obsession for speed can often lead to inadvertent neglect of the foundation that helps build control. There is… Read More