Getting started: snare drum or full kit?

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snare drum
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full kit
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30%
full kit + snare drum
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:38 pm

I'd also say pitched percussion - bells or xylophone - before getting behind a kit. Reading and understanding pitched instruments as well will make a percussionist a far better and more well-rounded musician.
:) Just MHO, of course.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:12 pm

bought a entry level set and taught myself, occasionally id bring the snare in my room and practice
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:01 pm

I started on my best friends drum set with two empty fruitopia bottles.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:09 pm

I personally started off on a full kit. I really didn't know any rudiments and I definitely didn't have an ear for tone when i first started but later as my interest in playing grew I got the hang of all that. Although I do wish I would've started earlier (maybe in school) and learned snare rudiments.

But for now I have to say that I'm satisfied.
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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:47 pm

As a 10 year old, I figured out Bonham's into fill on Whole Lotta Love on just a snare drum, playing the rhythm while turning the snare on & off! I had no drumset yet, just a lot of determination.

Today I don't think it matters if you start on a full kit or just a snare drum. But if you truly want to progress on the instrument in any kind of professional direction, you're gonna have to deal with the vocabulary of stick drumming and that starts with the snare drum.

After that, if you want to play it all on your double bass drums or woven into grooves like masters such as Bonham, Bozzio, Bruford, Carey, Cobham, Elvin Jones, Gadd, Garibaldi & Tony Williams have, to name a few, then you'll only be limited by your own imagination and not a lack of facility.

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Post Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:19 am

Started out airdrumming.
Then got my first drumkit and goofed around. Then started taking lessons and thought about rudiments, so didn't feel the need to play the whole drumset untill I got some rudiments down like I wanted.

It is very good for the pleasure and focus of being a drummer to start of with a full drumkit, but it is also necsesary to learn how to play rudiments on your practise pad. Saves alot of complaints with the neighboors while getting better with the drums. :D

When you then get behind the kit again you have way more fun practising what you learned on that small pad.
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Post Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:36 am

I first started with a practice pad , a pair of sticks and George Lawrence Stone's book Stick Control. And 30 some years later i still practice out of that book!
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Post Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:51 pm

I started out playing snare, playing snare on a drumline, and now I'm just starting to take drumset lessons. I suggest do both because I'm great with my hands but I can't do anything with my feet.
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Post Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:57 pm

I started out in a school concert band where I was learning snare primarily (because it was free) and 6 months later my parents got me a drum set for my birthday.

I didn't really want to learn the snare drum stuff, I just wanted to learn the basic beats to play alternative rock... now I wish I learned all the "good stuff" that my teachers tried teaching me.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:34 am

I found this old post and thought it was a good one to bring back to life. I wanted to start on just the snare, but was talked into buying a full kit. I believe I did my self a mis-service by not learning on the snare alone. 20 some-odd years later I am trying to relearn some stuff.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:43 am

I played on just a snare from 5th grade to freshmen year of high school. Even though I didn't learn rudiments until 6 months after I started the drum set, I think it still helped.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:53 am

Brother_Bong wrote:I found this old post and thought it was a good one to bring back to life. I wanted to start on just the snare, but was talked into buying a full kit. I believe I did my self a mis-service by not learning on the snare alone. 20 some-odd years later I am trying to relearn some stuff.



Borther Bong... very cool of you to dig this topic up!

Personally, I learned with a snare and a practice pad, in the 4th grade. I didn't get a drum kit until the 7th grade. By the time I had the kit, I had competed in All State competitions on snare drum and Timpani.

When I first sat down at a drum kit, I pretty much sucked for a few weeks, then it all fell into place. EVERYTHING I knew from the Snare and Timpani applied to the full kit, in some way! I found that having hand skills from the snare drum was really beneficial in kit playing.

All these years later, at 51 years old... when I'm trying to figure out a trickier part, I go right back to the first years... I will listen to the part, as far as the basic rythm is concerned, I write it down... then I hit the practice pad to commit it to memory. Next, I take that to the full kit to get the 4 limb coordination of the part.

I consider myself lucky to have been schooled in this way, because there is quite literally, nothing that can't be sorted out using this method!

For those that started ON the kit... take some time away from it, pull out your practice pad and metronome (YOU DO HAVE A PRACTICE PAD and METRONOME, RIGHT? ) and spend some time working on the basics. Your kit playing will NOT suffer from this... I promise!
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:56 am

why not have a kit that comes with a SNARE and practice your rudiments on it. thats how i learned rudiments thru.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:59 am

tapeworm97 wrote:why not have a kit that comes with a SNARE and practice your rudiments on it. thats how i learned rudiments thru.


I agree, I don't see the point in having a kit without a snare, seems odd to me, I had a full kit but started on the snare eith rudiments, but then moved them around the toms
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:04 am

SlackBackLazy wrote:
tapeworm97 wrote:why not have a kit that comes with a SNARE and practice your rudiments on it. thats how i learned rudiments thru.


I agree, I don't see the point in having a kit without a snare, seems odd to me, I had a full kit but started on the snare eith rudiments, but then moved them around the toms


If I'm reading correctly, this wasn't about gathering opinions of what we think is best... I believe the poll was how did YOU start... At least that is what it has turned into!

should I make up a story , or simply state what happened?
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