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Where can I find a drum teacher?

The best place to find a drum teacher is at your local music store or drum shop. You can also find teachers online by using a search engine. If you live in a remote area, you can find plenty of online drum lessons — some you have to pay for; others are free.

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What is a drum clinic?

A drum clinic is an educational demonstration of drumming technique by a respected and influential drummer. Drum clinics are typically conducted in drum shops and music stores.

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How often should I practice?

Drummers at every level will benefit from a schedule of frequent practice sessions. Beginning drummers should practice every day in order to develop a basic drumming vocabulary, and provide a foundation to build upon. Seasoned drummers also need to play frequently to retain their technique, although practice routines can be become shorter and more refined. Busy gigging drummers might find that frequent practice isn’t necessary.

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What method book should I study from?

There are many good method books on the market, but Stick Control For The Snare Drummer is the most commonly used by drum teachers. George Lawrence Stone wrote it in 1935.

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How do I warm up?

It’s a good idea to warm up before playing drums for an extended period of time. Every drummer has his or her own personal method, but most warm-up routines generally involve stretching your arms, legs, and back, and playing simple rudiments on a practice pad. Some drummers warm-up for a few minutes; other have lengthier routines.

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Should I learn to read drum notation?

Even though most gigs don’t require a drummer to sight-read these days, it’s nonetheless a good idea to learn to read drum notation. For one thing, many of the top session and show drumming gigs still involve drum charts. It’s also a smart idea to be able to jot crib notes when learning new material with your band. And drum method books continue to be one of the most reliable ways to improve your technique – the better you are at reading drum notation, the quicker you will progress through increasingly advanced studies. For a tutorial on reading, go to the DRUM! Notation Guide.

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