Getting started: snare drum or full kit?

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snare drum
full kit
full kit + snare drum
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Post Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:01 pm

Drummers 15-20 years ado often started out training on snare drum techniques first, before moving on to drumset. But I don't get the impression that's the case so much anymore - that's what's prompting this poll.

So what instrument you got started on? The third choice in the poll, both snare and drumset, indicates that in addition to practicing drumset, you also spent time concentrating specifically on snare technique.

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Post Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:25 pm

if you cant play a snare drum how can you sit behind a kit and play? (at least play properly and not just swing at stuff) learn your note values, rudiments, and techinque and then apply what you knnow to a drumset
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Post Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:32 pm

I'm not a big fan of starting w/ just a snare/practice pad - I myself started with a whole kit and I don't regret that because I believe that a snare won't do you any good groovewise
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Post Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:52 pm

I started on the armchair.
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Post Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:16 am

I started on pillows :)
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Post Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:17 am

I also started on some pillows arranged to mimic a drumkit ;] and a lot of air drumming ;)
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Post Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:19 am

I started on pillows and armchairs as well. I wish now I hadn't. Some people complain that they were "forced" into lessons when they were a kid. I wish i was. Oh well.

All the same I had to vote for snare/practice pad first, then kit after. I think now it's the best way.
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Post Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:53 am

I got started on the snare first...I think it's the best thing to do...I have all my students do at least a couple of months on a snare/pad...teaches the rudiments & the sort.

You can totally hear a drummer that learned that way...their hands are usually 100% better than someone who just jumped on the kit and started banging away...people sometimes forget all the rudimentary things are the foundation of solid drumming.

to me it's the same thing as playing a massive drum kit, prior to being able to swing on a 4 piece kit...Sure it's more flavor, but it's all for not if you can't apply it usefully....
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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:06 am

started on mums best sofa pillows..dont think we have got them anymore.dont no why..
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Post Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:02 pm

i started with a full kit, although i wish i'd spent time on just a snare as well learning grips and rudiments.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:55 pm

I would start with neither, a practice pad all the way, you can't play if you can't control your stix.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:27 pm

I Started at school in 4th grade band. Played snare, triangle, tinpini, bass drum, all that good stuff. Then in 5th grade band I got into Jazz band and learned to play a kit. It was all down hill from there.

I should of been a laywer, lol.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:40 pm

I started out on just a practice pad learning rudiments. Then I got a kit and then I started taking lessons for both snare (marching) and drum set (jazz). I find that there a lot of drummers these days who don't take the time to learn proper technique... I hate when I see drummers playing w/o proper technique because I think it plays up the "stupid drummer" stereotype. The fact is that just like a piano player must learn scales and fingerings, we must learn rudiments and stick technique (we are musicians too). I am a huge fan of starting on a pad/snare because usually it involves reading music which a lot of players these days cannot do.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:57 pm

I started out air-drumming,pillows,pringles cans,desk at school(got sent to the office all the time over that one),bought a beater(and it WAS a beater),got taught 2 techniques,play along with Cream,Jethro Tull,Thin Lizzy.....then finally Rush!
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:20 pm

I started out on snare back when I was about 8, my dad gave me his old Ludwig, which im still using now on my kit because it has so much sentimental value, and it sounds great still. I actually started on the kit when i was about 11, there was a talent show at my school, and knowing what i did about drums, i was asked to play in a band for it, we played Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm, which was the first song i learned on the kit.
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