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blink44
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Post Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:35 pm

ive been taking drum lessons since january and ive just thought about it.
im thinking if i have a good drum teacher, cause all he is teaching me is beats every week and ive learned 4 rudiments since i started.
so is my teacher doing the right stuff?
what should you be learning in a leason?
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Post Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:48 pm

Basic beats and rudiments are definitely a good place to start (although I'd be inclined to think you should know more than 4 rudiments after 6 and a half months). But technique is also very important to learn; how to hold the sticks properly, dynamics, etc. And also maintenance; tuning drums (I never got a proper lesson in tuning, and regretted it for a long time), taking proper care of your equipment, cleaning, all that jazz. And it wouldn't hurt to learn something about theory as well.

I mean, that's a LOT of stuff and of course you wouldn't want to be overloaded with all that right at the start of your lessons, but over the amount of time you've been taking them you probably should have touched on most of those topics.

Of course, if there's something you want to learn that he's not teaching you, you could just ask him and I'm sure he'd help you out.
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:17 pm

and i like to add that he hasnt tought me anything about reading music or time signatures, he justs puts the hi-hits (open/close) bassdrum and snare.
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:33 pm

Hmm well I don't personally consider reading sheet music a necessity - God knows I couldn't read a sheet of drum music to save my life. No doubt it would help, of course, though.
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:35 pm

dude just go solo. ive been playing drums for 2 years and no one has taught me and people say im better than a friend of mine that has been in drumline since freshmen year and is now senior.
or just find another teacher?
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:17 pm

in your opinion should i switch teachers?
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:17 am

If you can find a teacher that you think would be better for you, then feel free to switch. If not, or while you continue looking, I'd recommend continuing with your current teacher.

As Chris suggested, if there's something you want to focus on that your current teacher hasn't covered, I'd tell him, "I'd like to work on this."
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