Learning to drum to help with bucket drum drumming

Best way to learn to do this kind of stuff: A: Get a teacher. I realize the point of this is largely for learning things on your own/specifically without needing a teacher. Unfortunately, for most things musical, there are so many things that you can’t learn from reading, it’s almost necessary to have someone helping you along. Namely, stick grip, technique (primarily how you hit the drums for this stuff) and subtleties in playing that are, frankly, unlikely to be caught by someone unfamiliar with the instrument. However. You can get by without a teacher. You just need to recognize that there may be mistakes with what you’re doing that you don’t know about. And, for almost all cases, audiences wouldn’t recognize many of them if you perform confidently and with feeling. B: Work on exercises. And ALWAYS play with a metronome, and listen to it. This is more crucial than it seems. I don’t know how far you want to go with this stuff, but it can save you years. The rudiments are good. You probably know what all the notes are from your classes, so getting experience with reading is very good. Start slow, in difficulty and tempo. Find easier snare solos, and work them up to speed, and again, always play with a metronome. One of my teachers wrote a fairly popular book on technique, in it he said, and I’m paraphrasing/brutalizing his words, “Don’t arbitrarily play faster. Start slow, and when it’s comfortable, up the tempo. Largely, start slow, and when you’re musically able, double the tempo, and so on.” It takes time to become comfortable, and there’s muscle that needs to be built to really be able to play fast. C: Learn to learn music by ear. Drums are tougher and easier to learn by ear than any other instrument. Easier in that you don’t have to find pitches, and it comes quicker, tougher in that it’s difficult, sometimes, to pick out what’s drums, and what drums are being played; the sound varies significantly from set to set. Developing an ear for exact note to note transcription takes a while. Some things are more simple, like the prominent drums you probably hear in Hip Hop. Some are more difficult, whether it be a recording with drums low in the mix, or just a difficult part (God damn you, Danny Carey) And, most of what you hear will be on drum set, the biggest difference between that and street drumming is that Set involves feet, and you’ll have more cymbals (The fact that the guy in the video had a cymbal was kind of an oddity) But it will still give you a foundation for rhythms that will build upon itself. For something more applicable, listen to drumlines, marching bands, things of that nature. So, if you get a teacher, I would follow their instructions the closest. However, if you decide not to get a teacher, I would recommend consistent practicing in a set order to keep yourself on task, involving these ideas. It may look something like this: 30 Min: Warm up. (Spend time on singles, doubles, bounces, buzzes. Pay attention to where you hit the drum/bucket.) 45 Min: Reading/exercises (Print out exercises online, there are many you can find. Also work on any snare solos or out of any book you may have.) 20+ Min: Play to music. (This involves the learning by ear thing I talked about earlier. Since you’re playing on a different instrument than what’s probably in the song, you can make things up too. First, work on finding out what the drummer is doing, then make up complimentary rhythms for it. That’s what will help you be better at soloing, which is what all of street drumming is, soloing for hours on end.) thanks @dekoichi – reddit

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