How long have you been playing drums?

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Post Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:13 pm

For 21 years since I was 4! :twisted:
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Post Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:34 pm

16 years, started when I was 9. Learned percussion and rudiments, then took up set at 16 and applied what I learned. Still learning all the time from every drummer I see and every gig I've had.
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Post Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:49 am

bout 3 yrs and the real estate market has just crashed had i started like 5 yrs from now ida been playen long enough for my mom to buy me a really nice set lol so thats why i regret not starting sooner also for the first year it was mostly lessons on a practice pad then the next year was a set and now this year sold set and bought new and joined a couple bands and things are goin off great plenty of chances to practice set
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Post Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:53 am

31 years. I started when I was 10, and I am 41 now.
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Post Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:36 pm

i started almost 3 years ago but i took lessons for the first 2.5 years so i progressed quickly. i dont play hours upon hours everyday but when i do play im constantly trying to push what i can do and when im off the set im usually on forums studying techniques, listening to different drummers to build my knowledge, and trying to help people who need advice. i strive not only to play well but to know everything about drums as well.
zen_drummer wrote:Real life doesn't work that way, and one day he's gonna pull a stunt like that and they'll put a cap in him. At that point it won't matter that he was fat in high-school and couldn't get laid.
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Post Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:07 am

Howdy Gang! :D I'm Alex in San Francisco, CA. I'm 35yo & have been playing since I was 17. I'm currently studying with Pete Magadini of Novato, CA., 20 minutes from me, every 2 weeks, & plan on doing so for the next year at least to really 'increase my facility' as he says.:roll:

I sold my 1st Pearl export kit, Zildjian Amir cymbals & did take a break from acoustic drums in 1995 while bought the new Roland TD7 basic & expansion kit which I then sold in 2000. I then immediately bought a customized Roland VPro set in 2000 which I keep at home as my practice kit to this day. It's great in that for 11 yrs. I've been able to play at any hour from the comforts of my home music studio.

In June 2006 I finally bought my Acoustic dreamset: A 6pc. Gretsch Catalina Birch in Caribbean blue & 7 of Dave Weckl's Sabian HHX Evolution cymbals. I also have another 6 Zildjian splashes, a Zil Bel for accents, a Pork Pie Little Squealer snare drum as my main snare, DW9000 pedals & HiHat stand, Gibraltar road rack & hardware, Roc n' Soc throne, Vic Firth Dave Weckl Evolution sticks, Timpani mallets, wire jazz brushes, 2 LP cowbells, & an LP low Jamblock. :lol: That's it!

Finally, here's a link to my Myspace page: with some pics & videos & my 2 brothers, myself, & our gear jamming twice a week as we have since June 06' :!:
~ Alex.
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Post Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:52 am

1984..... was 1986 when i bought my first kit
Tama GRANSTAR in Nile Blue
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Post Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:20 am

I havent started playing yet... because i want to buy a drum kit... Could someone help me? I dont want a very espensive drum kit... Something good enought for a beginner! Thank you
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Post Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:45 pm

13 years. and all those years i am self taught. not to brag or anything but id have to say im pretty damn good for never taking lessons or looking up on techniques. but i am trying to learn all i can about technique now.
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Post Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:21 pm

6 years filled with accomplishment, embarrassment, hardwork, dedication, and all that jazz!!!! :wink:
lets drum fast and sexy :]
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Post Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:39 pm

a year on the snare drum, then about 7 or 8 years on the kit
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Post Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:58 am

I've been playing all total for about 36 years.

I started at 1.5 years old and became a professional (as in making $$) at the age of 12 playing weddings.

In 1993 I quit my day job and started doing this full-time.

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Post Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:15 pm

Just under four years. Ending up using one year of it just to learn to play in time and to better my reading. Glad I did it, but I'm behind on things that other people are probably experts at by now. :oops:
I'm catching up though! :D
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Post Sat Sep 30, 2006 1:38 pm

About four years now. I took lessons for about two and a half. I also spent two years in marching band. And like everyone else, I wish I started playing drums a lot sooner.
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Post Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:17 pm

I've been playing for about 20 years now. I'm 28 years old and I first picked up a pair of drumsticks when I was 8. My older brother made a pair of drumsticks in his high school shop class and just tossed them in the corner. I found them.