Young kid playing on a single bucket and making it sound great!
This Valley Street Park event was a “Neighborhoods against Violence & Gun Control” block party on one of the most dangerous streets in Prov. RI with gang activity .
The sound of the bucket drummer is unparalleled
To entertain and to hustle.
Here you will find a collection of videos of Street Drummers performing all over the world. I present to you Bucket Beats – Street Drumming and the Bucket Drum…..The music is all around us….All you have to do is listen!
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
Bucket drumming can be a wonderful alternative or option for many drummers who are just starting out, on a budget, or looking for a decent, portable kit to lug and play around with. One of the greatest things about drumming, is its adaptability. You can quite literally drum on anything anywhere. In this case, buckets. In this post, I’ll explain how to build a decent drum kit for little-to-no cost out of buckets. As you read, just remember one thing: personalization is key. The Snare Quite possibly the most important part of any drum kit. For a snare drum, I’d recommend a 5 gallon plastic bucket. To give it a snare sound, place the bucket with the open-end facing up, and fill the bucket with about 50 pennies. Play the “snare” by striking the rim of the bucket. The pennies bouncing and rattling around will emulate a snare hit. Toms Essential for solos, and the easiest to replicate. Just place any bucket (5 gallon, 3 gallon, etc.) open-end downwards. I’d recommend a variety of buckets with different sizes so you can achieve different tones out of each bucket. Play these “Toms” by striking the center of the bottom of each bucket like you would on a real tom. You can place a bucket on your toe to lift up the bucket and get a bassier tone. Don’t forget about the lip/rim on the bottom of the bucket! That also helps you achieve different sounds out of your toms. Bass Drum I don’t have a bass on my bucket kit, so it’ll be a little difficult for me to explain how to emulate one. I will, however, try my best. I’d recommend a big Rubbermaid bucket for a bass drum. Place the drum on its side in front of your right foot with the open-end facing away from your kit. Place a kick pedal in front of your bucket so you can play the drum by tapping your foot. Hi-hats Like real hi-hats, use a small cymbal for this. Place the cymbal on the ground under your left foot. Yes, UNDER your foot. Reach down to hit the cymbal, and use your foot to control it. Lift your foot to make an open hi-hat sound, and lower your foot to make a closed hi-hat sound. Cymbals, and Extra Effects Personally, I’d recommend using real cymbals and hardware. Don’t be afraid experiment! Use a small metal coffee can as a cowbell. Use glass jars for unique chime tones. The possibilities are practically endless! All you need is the potential. Tips and Hints Rubber buckets give a softer attack with more bass, whereas plastic buckets give a sharper attack with more stick definition and treble. Smaller buckets give a higher pitch than bigger buckets. Stack buckets to raise small buckets. Step stools make good thrones because they sit low to the ground so you aren’t constantly crouching over to play. This eases stress on your back. Arrangement It’s all personal preference here. Try new arrangements until you find a setup that works best.