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Featuring world-renowned drummer, solo artist, author and educator, Tommy Igoe, Getting Started On Drums is an entertaining and educational way for beginning drummers to learn the right way to play right from the start. Covers all the concepts a new drummer needs, such as Setting Up and Unpacking your new drums, The Bass Drum, The Bass Drum Pedal, Rack Tom-Toms, Floor Tom-Toms, The Snare Drum, The Hi-Hat, The Power Square, Cymbals and Stands, The final Tune-Up, Start Playing!
Also covers how to choose, hold and use your sticks, How to control your pedals, a Basic Coordination lesson, Three grooves you can play right now!, Four cool drum fills, Three playalong songs you can jam with, Tips on your next steps, and Tommy playing along to a tune.
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BTW, a few extra tips for beginners:
1. Resist the urge to buy tons of drums and cymbals. You'll quickly feel overwhelmed. Start simple and add pieces as you get better.
2. Learn everything with both matched and traditional grips on the sticks.
3. Find a drumming instructor who is interested (my first one seemed bored), encouraging, and challenging (makes you count out loud when you don't feel like it, makes you play music you don't like, pushes you when you need it).
4. If you have trouble playing something, SLOW DOWN. There's an almost irresistible urge to play too fast when you start. Resist it.
5. Face the fact that learning drumming requires a lot of repetition, especially when you start practicing the 40 rudiments. Use this repetitive work as a contemplative practice, a kind of drumming meditation. That's what the shamans did in traditional cultures.
6. A long practice session that feels crappy or difficult does more for you than a short one that goes smoothly. Let your brain and body learn in their own time.
7. Have fun! As the film says, drumming is not a race, nor is it a competition or something you "should" do. Let it be a source of satisfaction. Use it creatively.
The first half of the video goes through set up of an acoustic kit. Even though i have electronic drums i found this part helpful in settling up my kit, drum placement, etc. The second half gets you playing with no musical experience required.
Tommy is a natural teacher. His style is straight forward, he explains things in a way a young beginner can understand without talking down to adults. He will give you basic information, like proper stick handling, exercises to start building technique and get you playing real music in no time. In a short period you can be playing along with some real rock songs.
This is a MUST have disc for the first time drummer. Another review mentions that this DVD should be included with every new drum kit and I couldn't agree more.
The highest praise I can give is that, as I grow as a drummer, I will continue to buy Tommy's lessons.
PS if you're picking up this disc to go with a new drum kit: good choice. Don't forget to pick up a metronome.
Part one walked you through the entire assembly and CORRECT set up. Don't depend on the limited instructions that come with the drums.
Part two of the first DVD had my 15 year-old beginner drumming like a seasoned drummer within an hour with some basic sets.
I'll update the review when she gets into the 2nd DVD (Groove Essestials) but if it produces results anywhere close to the what the first DVD provided, I wll be very pleased. Well worth the $30 investment.
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The first hour covers the basics of properly setting up a drum kit, which is...Read more