One of the most important parts of playing the drums is to study new music and learn about new drummers. The best way to do this is to listen to new music, even if you aren’t particularly into the given style. This will help you to increase your overall drumming vocabulary.
It can be very difficult to play songs by ear, even if you know the particular song inside out. The best way to learn how to play a song by ear is to break it down into smaller parts.
Work out specific sections of each song thoroughly before moving onto the next. Once you have pieced together the main bulk of a song then you can work on joining all of the separate pieces together.
The first part of any song that you should learn is the beat itself. This will ensure that you remain in time throughout the entire piece of music. The beat is what drives the song forward and should never be ignored.
Some people find it easy to simply listen music and play along, even if they don’t know what will be coming next. This is what I like to call “the drummers instinct.” Developing this skill can take a very long time and will require you to play along to other music as much as possible.
When you are trying to work out a beat you should split it up into sections. The first thing you should focus on is the cymbal pattern. By working out the cymbal pattern you will be able to make sure that you stay in time.
After you have figured out the cymbal pattern then try to add in the bass drum pedal. This will almost always follow the bass section of the band that you are listening too. Once you have the cymbal pattern and bass drum pattern then you should add in the other drums, usually this will be the snare drum.
Once you have the beat worked of a specific section of a song you should move on to the next section. Most songs will have the same beat lasting throughout the majority of the music, however there could be small changes. This usually occurs between the verse and chorus.
Fills can be very difficult to master, and should always be the last part of a song that you try to work out. Most fills will occur between sections of a song, and act as a transition period. When trying to play along to a fill you should work out the key features of the drum fill first, and like in a drum beat this is the snare drum, bass drum and cymbals.
Once you know where these key elements are then you should try to work out the other patterns that follow. These are usually played on the toms. It can be a good idea to write down how it sounds on manuscript paper, this way you will be able to figure out the timings visually rather than by simply playing along.
Once you feel like you have worked out the song then you should try to play along to the whole song using the music itself. Do this over and over again until you master each section and fill without going out of time. Recording yourself can be a good way to figure out if you are going wrong or not.
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