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DRUMMING WITHOUT DRUMS - Drum Lesson #1 (For Beginners): Setup & Grip



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how's it going everyone

my name is Dan and this is the first

lesson in a series of drum lessons I'm

going to do without any drums that's why

I call this drumming without drums now I

decided to do this because so many

people would say to me oh you're a

drummer I'd love to play the drums but I

don't have any drums and also I started

seeing some beginner lessons that I

didn't think we're covering the basics

the real essential foundational elements

you need to be a good drummer ok so I

thought why not come up with a series

where I'll show you how to play the drum

set not just play on a little practice

pad I actually show you how to put the

drum set using random items you can find

around your house so let me start out by

telling you what you're going to need to

do this first off you are going to need

a pair of drumsticks now these are not

your traditional drumsticks because they

have this little rubber tip on them it

makes the stick balance a little easier

when you're playing on hard surfaces but

for our purposes we're not going to

really need this little rubber part

we're not going to need the stick to

balance all crazy so you can just use

some regular drumsticks that's fine but

you do need some actual drumsticks now

the next two things you're going to need

you need something that's pretty thick

right it's it's pretty high up when you

set it down on a bed or on desk you're

going to need something next lower then

the thing that's a tie okay so I have a

folder here it's filled with some stuff

in it random folder I'm gonna put that

on my right-hand side I'm going to take

this big fat criminal-justice book and

I'm going to keep this on my left-hand

side now let me say this everything I'm

doing is geared around righties I'm a

right-handed player so if you're a lefty

it's not that difficult just flip

everything I'm telling you and you'll

figure it out

okay so we got a fat book or you can use

a pot or a pan or

ever is long as its it's clear that

whatever it is you have on your right

then that's good now I chose a folder

not only because it sits low but because

it's pretty loose so it gives that

slapping sound I'm choosing that

slapping sound because I'm trying to

simulate a drum that's called the snare

drum now for those of you that don't

know what a snare drum is it's that drum

it sits right in front drummer between

the legs usually and if you go to a

concert or if you've seen a drummer on

TV you've seen them doing this probably

he's rocking out now this drum that he's

hitting with his left hand

Evaristo off and it gives that loud crap

that's called the snare drum so the slap

of the folder simulates that crap now

this over here this big book this is

simulating what's called the hi-hat the

hi-hat are these two cymbals you see

Tyrese in the snare drum on the left

side of the drummer right and they're

these two cymbals and you can make them

tighter by using your foot your left

foot or you can keep them kind of loose

so they sizzle this doesn't really sound

like a hi-hat but it's higher than the

snare drum that's the important part

okay we got your height so we have your

hi-hat and we have the snare drum hi-hat

on the Left snare drum on the right so

we pretty much covered the set except

for one thing we will be playing the

bass drum the bass drum is that big drum

that sits on the floor right and the

drummer plays it with his foot his right

foot so we don't have a bass drum we

don't have any book we're going to make

act like the bass drum so we're just

going to play the floor I know you can't

really see my leg but I'm sure you can

hear that I'm just stopping the floor

actually lift your leg up and drop it

when we play the bass drum because

that's how you play the bass drum anyway

when you get behind a drum set there's

going to be a bass drum pedal that

actually hits that drum and to play the

pedal that's what you need to do if you

need to lift up your foot or your leg

and then drop okay so we talked about

set up the next thing and the last thing

we're in covering this first lesson

every lesson is going to be pretty short

so don't worry we're going to talk about

the grip the grip of a drumstick that's

your next real basic item that you need

to learn about so here's a little secret

a lot of drummers spend a lot of time on

this and trying to stress a grip is so

important it's really not that important

okay basically what you're trying to do

you're just trying to maximize the

bounce that you get from a drumstick

okay because when you hit a drum already

hit it book stick is going to want to

naturally balance so you're trying to

get some bounce out okay so what you're

going to do the best place to hold the

drumstick is typically about two-thirds

down the stick you're going to start by

holding it between your thumb and your

index finger and to show you have a good

grip try to wiggle the stick like that

you should be able to control the stick

between your thumb and your index finger

okay so that point right there between

your two fingers that's called the

fulcrum that's what the technical term

don't stress out about it if you don't

remember it you're going to do the same

thing with your left hand you're going

to make it look like your right hand and

because it left looks like your right

this grip is called match grip okay my

right matches my left and vice versa

now you might see some drummers that

play like this with their left hand if

they're if they're righty

they'll play like this where they're

their left hand is doing something funny

we're not going to worry about that okay

we're just going to stick to match grip

now let me say one more thing you need

your back three fingers to phone them

loosely behind your fulcrum right that

way when we start playing more crazy

stuff you're going to have better

control of the sticks the final thing on

grip is that when you're playing your

palm typically should be facing down

I've seen some great drummers where

they're facing each other so it really

doesn't matter that much you're going to

find whatever grip works for you but

start out with your palms down and

that's pretty much it okay that's your

setup that's your grip and for the next

lesson we're going to talk about rhythms

a couple there are a couple notes you

need to know to understand basic drum

rhythms or any rhythms right and they're

going to help us understand how to play

a basic beat because very soon with the

next couple lessons we're going to learn

how to play a basic rock beat and we're

gonna play along with some well known

songs all right thanks for tuning

and I

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