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    well in my case, be respectful to the officer when he arrives at your door telling you about the noise complaint

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    Don't just play licks but play "space". Think of space as as a note and work it into your phrasing on the drums.
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    Just remember, above all else, speed is everything. If you can't gravity blast 16ths at 300 bpm, go home.

    But no seriously, this is a good thread.

    I think a very important thing is to be very honest with yourself when analyzing your playing. Be very honest with yourself about what needs improving. I, and I'm sure many others, have in the past just worked on what we're already good at, while neglecting our weak points. They're never going to improve unless you work on them.
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    play softly..........ever so softly !
    Most definitely. As a matter of fact, there will be "NO LIMIT"... just an unending quagmire of musical genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. G View Post
    play softly..........ever so softly !
    Softly, as in a morning sunrise.


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    Talking about neighbourhood noise. A Policeman came knocking at my door at 2 a.m what nerve he had. Lucky for him I was up playing my drums. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl MCX Man View Post
    Talking about neighbourhood noise. A Policeman came knocking at my door at 2 a.m what nerve he had. Lucky for him I was up playing my drums. LOL
    Hahahahahahahaha
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    Hey! That was my joke!! (still funny as heck)
    Stolen from EddieV:
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    I think one of the biggest misconceptions most new drummers have is that buying better equipment will make you sound better. I can understand if drumming is your hobby and you simply play in your basement or back room and you want to have expensive stuff - I get it, but if you are SERIOUS about advancing our drumming "Career" - it's not the gear that's going to get you the gig.

    I've had a saying for years: "Spend less money on drums, use the rest for lessons".

    I can't tell you how many drummers I run into in my line of work/schedule/gigs etc that simply refuse to learn, practice and rehearse, but are open to spend thoughtlessly. It's foolish - and in the end, they don't get gigs because of it.

    For the most part..your sound is going to come from your fingers & head, first and foremost - Yes, sure...better gear is going to help sound better to a point, but most wont notice any difference.

    A good drummer will sound better on an average kit, then an average drummer will sound on a good kit.

    Don't get sucked in to all the ads in magazines, websites, the endorsements your favorite drummer has, or how cool a logo makes you look. It's marketing - nothing more.
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    Eddie, that's a point that can never be emphasized enough. Point well made, and well stated. Oh, and believe me when I say that I have to resist the temptation all the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieV View Post
    I can't tell you how many drummers I run into in my line of work/schedule/gigs etc that simply refuse to learn, practice and rehearse, but are open to spend thoughtlessly. It's foolish - and in the end, they don't get gigs because of it.

    For the most part..your sound is going to come from you fingers & head first and foremost - Yes, sure...better gear is going to help sound better to a point, but most wont notice any difference.

    A good drummer will sound better on an average kit, then an average drummer will sound on a good kit.
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    Besides protecting your ears, develop them! Someone else said it- listen to the band. Expanding on that: Rudiments and practicing and all are excellent, excellent things to do. But simply listening to music, and trying to figure it out what the guitar is doing, what the bass is doing, keys, vocals, etc., and how they work off each other or are at odds with one another is vital. Study your favorite music, train your ears to pick out the parts, figure out the phrasing, and feel the groove. Developing your ears is just as important as training and and exercising your hands and feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quadcam79 View Post
    Here's my tip, from my Tinnitus thread.

    #1, protect your ears, trust me on this. Unless of course you enjoy the sound of a high pitched ring in your ears 24/7. I was one of those, it wont happen to me guys, well, it happened to me. I have to sleep with the tv on just to distract me from concentrating on the ringing.
    What is the cheapest method of hearing protection that doesn't include putting big noise-cancelling earphones over my head?

    I play quite a lot, but mostly on an electric drumset at comfortable volumes. Once a week (hopefully more soon) my band has a 4-5 hour practice and we play somewhat loud and I have lessons every week, which isn't very loud. I do get an occasional headache (usual after band practice), but nothing too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aviator42009 View Post
    What is the cheapest method of hearing protection that doesn't include putting big noise-cancelling earphones over my head?

    I play quite a lot, but mostly on an electric drumset at comfortable volumes. Once a week (hopefully more soon) my band has a 4-5 hour practice and we play somewhat loud and I have lessons every week, which isn't very loud. I do get an occasional headache (usual after band practice), but nothing too bad.
    Cigarette Butts and Duck Tape. (yes...I've done this)

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    Better yet, get a set similar to these Vater Ear plugs:

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    Being relaxed when you play is a big factor for me. Simple enough concept but not always easy to accomplish. Still deal w certain patterns/chops/tempos that I can pull of at home and have a harder time at the gig. The difference? Relaxed!

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    Two things I tell my students:

    There's only one thing that'll make you a better drummer--practice.

    There are general rules you should follow--always kick with your crash, don't kick with the snare, start slow, play with a metronome, etc.--but there are times when you intentionally break the rules.
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    You can drink and drum, but NEVER, EVER drum and be drunk. It can be the cause of some of the most embarrassing moments of your life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by veafer View Post
    You can drink and drum, but NEVER, EVER drum and be drunk. It can be the cause of some of the most embarrassing moments of your life!
    done that, and i agree, don't do it.

    Get playing with other Musicians as soon as you can, even if your only just starting out, this will bring you on leaps and bounds.

    Look and listen to the rest of the band.

    never give up if things get difficult, things like this are never easy.

    take duck tape to a gig, you can use it for loads of different stuff.

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    when playing in front of people always try to smile, look relaxed and show that your really enjoying it even though inside you may feel like a blibbering, nervous wreck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topdog63 View Post
    Never end your practice session on a bad note. If you aren't getting something, play something that you struggled with and finally conquered that will remind you that you will eventually get it. You can always come back to it later. I've found that if I'm not getting it and I try to force it, it just makes things worse.

    Remember that although practicing on a pad or just snare is important, don't neglect the rest of your kit. Make time for just pad or snare and time for your whole kit.
    technically drums dont have notes now mallets do. Now yes they do have a pitch but not a assigned note.

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    Use a metronome.
    And move with the music (my band teacher says who is a good drummer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by markthechuck View Post
    Get playing with other Musicians as soon as you can, even if your only just starting out, this will bring you on leaps and bounds.
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    1. Never help carry the arrogant singers gear unless he helps carry yours. Especially when he's sitting in the crowd after the show hitting on women instead of carrying gear!!
    2. Always smile and carry on when mistakes are made live. DO NOT stop or joke about it over the PA after the song let alone when the mistake was made. Unless you have something really, REALLY whitty. Just carry on my wayward son.

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    Never allow the lead guitar player to collect the cash. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER.
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