Wanna learn how to drum....no not hum, drum. No, not drumming on your beer bellies...on actual drums. How?......Yes, yes I know. You can't find one class in your town. For KL flers, this may not be a problem. But for other small towns...say like Kuantan, Seremban, Kemaman, Kerteh....most East Coast region states do not have a proper drum clinic that you can go to. How can I learn at home? Here's what you can do. Learn the basics of drumming rudiments. What the heck is that? "Rudiments" if you look thru thesaurus simply means basics, essentials, fundamentals....etc. Firstly, stroke play (dont think dirty ok).
There are various types stroke play. Im gonna teach you the 1st one, which is the single stroke roll. All you need is a drum pad (you can buy this from a local music store or make 'em). How to make 'em. Simple.......1stly, buy a chopping board (preferably to wood ones). Then try to get a used bicycle tube (cut em to square pcs 15cm x 15cm) and nail em on the board and voila!!! you get a self made drum pad. And next, of course you need a pair of decent drum sticks. If you wanna have a good one, then Id advise you to get Pro-mark, Vater or Zildjian drumsticks. Costs you about RM40. Ok.......single stroke roll. Simple, just follow this :-
R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L R L
(R=Right Hand, L=Left Hand)
Consistently hit the drum pad from your right to left to right to left....(if you have a metronome, for those who once played piano, then you can set the speed of your stroke)
This concludes our first lesson. Now pay me my money....... :P