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A Beginners Guide

Part 1

Learn to Play 6 Basic Beats

HOW TO PLAY THE DRUMS & THEN HOW TO PLAY THE Barney Arathoon


HOW TO PLAY THE DRUMS

TO PLAY THE DRUMS LIKE OTHER PEOPLE WHO PLAY DRUMS

& THEN HOW TO PLAY THE DRUMS LIKE OTHER PEOPLE WHO PLAY DRUMS Written by Barney Arathoon

Concept and Design by Alan Trott Published by Blck_Mrkt Publishing Copyright Š 2014

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy or any storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. Printed in the UK

Contents

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HOW TO PLAY THE DRUMS & THEN HOW

©

Blck_Mrkt


I can play the drums. I haven’t been alive for very long, so I’m afraid I don’t have a huge number of references to push at you, but I can say that I’ve played in several bands, one for several years. I started drumming when I was fourteen. I had just been to a music concert (in which my sister and her school choir were singing) and one of the acts was a gigantic swing band. I watched and listened to a single drummer surrounded by thirty or so other musicians, and heard his supportive, distinctive, and loud performance clearly from halfway down the enormous hall. From that day I decided that I wanted to be that person, one who can drive, and be heard, and evolve, and interact with both his band members and his audience. But, more importantly than all that the incredible energy and wide grin that I had seen up on stage. Drums are all about having fun. There is no instrument that you will have more fun playing. I hope this book helps you enjoy yourself, and maybe you’ll learn a bit along the way, too. This book is for Mike Tweed, for, without his inspiration, I never would have started. Barney Arathoon.


Contents


1 1

PICK UP THE STICKS

2-21

YOUR DRUM KIT

26-37 FOUR ON THE FLOOR

60-73 SIXTEENTH NOTE BEAT

38-45 DOUBLE BASS BEAT

74-87 FILLS

46-51 DOUBLE SNARE BEAT 52-59 QUARTER NOTE BEAT


PICK

UP


THE STICKS 1


2

YO DRU KI


OUR UM IT -

Hi-Hat

3


hi-hat

snare drum

4 bass drum


B

A

S

S

N

A

S

R

E

5

H

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H

A

T


T

O

M

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F L O O R - T O M -

6

C R A S H - C Y M B A L -

-

R I D E - C Y M B A L


ride cymbal

crash cymbal

7

toms


8


a

c

d

9

e

BASS DRUM

Turning Key Rod and Claw


10


a

c

d

e

11

SNARE DRUM

Tuning Rod

Lug Casting


12


a

c

13

d e

HIHAT

Clutch Felt

Hi-Hat Seat


14


a

c

d 15

e

g

TOMS

Isolation Mount

Lug Casting Tuning Key Rod

h


16


a

c

d

e 17

g

h

FLOOR TOM

Tuning Key Rod

Lug Casting


18


a

c

19

d

RIDE CYMBAL

Bell Bow Clutch


20


a

c 21

d

CRASH CYMBAL

Bell Bow Clutch


22


SIX BASIC BEATS

23


24

=

=

HI HAT SNARE BASS COUNT

T

1

2

+

3

+

4

ESTABLISHED BEAT

+

KEY

+


25


BEAT O N FOUR

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27

ON THE FLOOR


+

2

+

3

+

4

+

there’s no-one around/you don’t

1

28

1

+

2

+

3

+

4

+


a right-angle as you can get in 29


you hit it too close to the edge

30


31

where it gets


F

O

U

1

R

+

2

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+

O

3

+

N

4

-

+

T

32

1

+

H

2

E

+

3

-

+

F

4

L

+

O

O

R


4

3

2

1

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until you’re doing it

THE MIDDLE


F

O

U

+

+

1

1

R

2

2

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+

+

O

3

3

+

+

N

4

4

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+

+

T

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1

1

+

+

H

2

2

E

+

+

3

3

-

+

+

F

4

4

L

+

+

O

O

R


7

6

5

35

4 you hit the hi-hat AND the snare


First

36


37


38


39

DOUBLE BASS BEAT


to show you how easy it is to

once you’re there then you can

40


the count in your head and start

41


D

O

U

1

+

B

2

L

+

3

E

+

-

4

+

B

42

1

A

+

2

S

+

3

S

+

-

4

B

+

E

A

T


4

3

2

1

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44


45


BEAT O N

46


47

SNARE B AT


D

O

U

1

+

B

2

L

+

E

3

+

-

4

S

+

1

N

48

+

A

2

+

R

3

E

+

-

4

+

B

E

A

T


4

3

2

1

49

So get going with the Four on


50


51

that right hand hitting the hi-


N

O

BEAT

52


53

This is the beat in which you hit the hi-hat hi-hat hits per bar. From an ordinary Four on as little as possible. So far we’ve been playthe Floor rhythm we can remove half the hiing what’re called Eighth Note beats. This hat hits per bar. basically means that you hit the hi-hat eight times per bar. This next rhythm is called a quarter note pattern because it only has four

NOTE BEAT

QUARTER


Q

U

A

1

R

+

2

T

+

E

3

+

R

4

-

+

N

54

1

+

O

2

T

+

3

E

+

-

4

+

B

E

A

T


3

2

1

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56


57


58


59


B E A O N S I X 60


61

TEENT N O T B E A


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than eighth and quarter notes

I want you to actually sound out

63

slow down the count in your head as you


S

I

X

E

E

N

T

H

-

N

O

T

E

-

B

E

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

T

64

A

T


5

4

65

Now start hitting the hi-hat on

2

3

Get your eighth note count going

1


S

I

X

E

E

N

T

H

-

N

O

T

E

-

B

E

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

T

66

A

T


8

7

6

67

Change the count in your


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69


S

I

X

E

E

N

T

H

-

N

O

T

E

-

B

E

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

T

70

A

T


4

3

2

1

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-

72


73


BEAT O N

74


75

FILLS


your other

76


changed so actually you’ll learn

77


F

L

L

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

I

78

S


3

2

1

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80


81


F

snare

L

L

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

I

82

S


3

2

1

83

-


F

snare

crash

L

L

1 . e . + . a . 2 . e . + . a . 3 . e . + . a . 4 . e . + . a .

I

84

S


3

2

1

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How To Play The Drums