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MUSICIAN’S HAND BOOK [DRUMS]
ANATOMY OF YOUR DRUM KIT • Understand the ins and outs of your drum gear
BUYER’S GUIDE • ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS ON HOW TO BUY THE GEAR THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES • So you’ve got a new kit. But how are you going to get it to your first gig, or fix it if it breaks down? Here are the accessories every drummer needs. Time to go shopping (again)...
HOW TO TUNE DRUMS • FOLLOW OUR STEP-BY-STEP TUNING GUIDE TO GET YOUR DRUMS SOUNDING THEIR VERY BEST
HOW TO TUNE YOUR BASS DRUM
HOW TO TUNE YOUR TOMS
HOW TO TUNE YOUR SNARE DRUM
MAKE YOUR SET-UP WORK FOR YOU • Some of the do’s and don’ts of playing posture
DRUMMING ESSENTIALS • So, your new kit is set up and you’re ready to begin your drumming journey. But where do you start? Right here! Over the next five pages we’ll show you everything you need to get drumming today
KEY DRUMMING TERMS • Get to know what these mean, you’ll be hearing them a lot!
YOUR FIRST DRUM LESSONS • Master the basics of rock, jazz, funk and more
HOW TO READ DRUM NOTATION • Reading notation is an excellent skill for any drummer to learn
LEARN THE 40 DRUM RUDIMENTS • Essential tools to kickstart your playing and expand your drumming vocabulary
MAXIMISE YOUR PRACTICE • UK session star Craig Blundell shares 10 tips to supercharge your practice regime
HOW TO WARM-UP • TRY THIS SIMPLE ROUTINE TO PREPARE FOR EVERY PRACTICE SESSION
EXERCISES FOR YOUR HANDS AND FEET
TRAVIS BARKER • The Blink-182 superstar discusses his approach to learning drums
30 DAY DRUM WORKOUT • Take key areas of your drumming to the next level in just one month. Ready for the 30 day challenge? Let’s get to work...
BEFORE YOU START
A WORD ON NUTRITION
9 GREAT PRACTICE TOOLS • When playing your kit at home isn’t an option, here are some useful tools to help keep your hand in without disturbing the neighbours
APP-Y DRUMMING • Harness the power of your smartphone with the best apps to help boost your practice
SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS WITH SLEEP
PLAY BETTER WITH H2O
MOT YOUR DRUM KIT • Say goodbye to tired drums and get your kit back into shape with our easy to follow maintenance guide
CLEANING THE KIT
CLEANING YOUR CYMBALS
CLEAN AND INSPECT YOUR HARDWARE
CUSTOMISE YOUR SET-UP
HOW TO SERVICE YOUR BASS DRUM PEDAL • Your bass drum pedal is a vital element of your drum kit, but if neglected it will quickly become unresponsive and a chore to play. Here’s how to keep your pedal in A1 condition...
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR SNARE WIRES • Snare wires are often neglected and can begin to effect the sound of your snare drum. Here we guide you through ten easy steps to change your snare wires for shiny new ones
CUT A HOLE IN YOUR BASS DRUM HEAD • Cutting a hole or ‘port’ in your resonant bass drum head will affect the feel of a kick and, most importantly, the sound. It’s also useful for miking up your kick. Here’s how to do it!
NEIL PEART • After almost 40 years with Rush, this prog drumming legend is still one of rock’s most phenomenal and revered players
21 BUDGET KIT HACKS • Inject new life into your gear and playing without handing over your life’s savings
VINTAGE DRUM HOLY GRAILS • Whether you’re looking to start collecting drums, or want to add to your vintage arsenal, these gems should be right at the top of your...