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How do I learn to play drums?

Learning to play drums requires a lot of memorization and practice. The goal is to develop your skills to a point where you no longer have to think about technique, so that you can execute parts freely. It can take years to develop, but a good teacher can guide you through the fundamentals so that you will progress more quickly. The more you play, the better you will be.

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What is a gig?

A gig is a show where you play drums. Gigs can last for several hours or as little as a half hour, depending on the type of show it is. Professional drummers are usually paid to play a gig, although many beginning and intermediate drummers play gigs for free.

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How do I get a drum endorsement?

Most drummers don’t have drum endorsements. Product endorsers are usually high-profile drummers whose name and reputation can help a company market percussion products. Most companies have adopted a tiered system in which many drummers pay a reduced rate while the minority receives free equipment. Very few endorsers are paid to play a company’s products, although most are expected to appear in advertising, give testimonials, make public appearances, and/or fly the company’s logo on their equipment, t-shirts, web site, and other types of promotional items.

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How do I perform an audition?

Memorize the band’s songs in advance so that you feel completely comfortable and can easily play the drum parts. Show up on time. Make sure your drums look and sound good. Dress appropriately. Have a good attitude. Bring business cards with you and hand them to everybody at the audition. Get as many phone numbers as possible. Follow up after the audition.

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Can I make money as a drummer?

You can make money by playing drums, but it isn’t necessarily easy. A small percentage of drummers wind up being paid retainers, per diems, and royalties by playing with international acts. But there are other ways to make a living as a drummer on a regional or local scale. Most professional drummers play gigs, or shows, which can make up a significant amount of a monthly salary. Many drummers teach part time or work in music stores to supplement their income. Still others publish method books, produce drum videos, and launch websites. We know one famous drummer who makes peanut brittle as a side business. It helps to be creative.

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What does “per diem” mean?

A per diem, a daily stipend paid to performers on the road, intended to cover basic expenses, is enjoyed by musicians in well-known bands.

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