How to Play a Funky Beat on a Drum Set -- powered by

So where do you go from here? You've learned all the basics but that's about all you can do.

A very useful Web site for beginning and advanced drummers is Vic Firth. Here you can find music books that will further your education in drumming, a plethora of sticks and mallets and drumming examples. You can also discover new techniques and rudiments.

A great thing to do whether a beginner or professional drummer is to download video and music from drummers. You can learn a lot by listening to a variety and eventually you'll be able to apply what you hear to your own playing. Watching videos can also help with your technique. I highly recommendYouTube and simple search drum solos or by a specific drummer's name.

The video to the left is a great example of one way to build your skills. So what can you, the beginner, take from this video?

1) Notice, the drummer starts his beat off very slow. This is the best piece of advice anyone will ever give you. If you can't do it just take it slower. Repeat that speed three times perfectly. Then, gradually speed up.

2) The drummer gives you very basic instructions at a slow pace. He adds that you can eventually spice it up and add more to the basic beat. Don't be too jumpy to get to the fun stuff, trust me, you'll have no idea what you're doing and you'll only get frustrated.

3) Take notice of his technique. Analyze his grip, stick height and placement of the stick as it strikes the drum. All of these will become critical as you become more advanced.

One thing every drummer needs to buy almost before he or she buys the set itself is to buy a metronome. Drummers are there to keep a beat. A STEADY beat. Have the metronome going every time you play, it is important to keep a consistent rhythm.

If you have any questions or if you've used all the resources available and need more to turn to, you can contact me via e-mail.