– Hey, everyone, it’s
Jared from Drumeo, and I’m the author of The
Best Beginner Drum Book along with my friend,
Brandon Toews, and today I wanna
give you five beginner drum techniques
that you must know. Now, this lesson is
taken from the book. We have a whole selection
called The Technique Selector. So if you have the book, go
ahead and turn to page 118, you’ll see a nice,
gorgeous picture there, and then we’ll just
flip the page and go to some of these exercises
and explanations. Now, the first thing
we’re gonna talk about is crescendos and decrescendos, specifically under the
umbrella of dynamics. Now, dynamics are how you
are speaking on the drum set. Now, are you monotone? If I was sitting here
talking with just as the same exact tone, do
you think this lesson would be as interesting? Maybe you think it’d
be funny, (laughs) but you would definitely
not wanna listen to me talk for a long time. I go louder and then a
go a little bit softer. I go a little bit
louder, Taylor, and then I go a little
bit softer, right? This is crescendo and
decrescendo, okay? So crescendo’s, a crescendo
will start soft and get loud. A decrescendo will start
loud, maybe it’s this way on your side, and get soft. Now, how do we apply
this to the drum set? Now there are lots
of exercises in here. I can’t go through all
of them, it’s gonna turn into a really long video,
so I’m just gonna give you a really simple example of
something that I do a lot. And I grew up playing
a lot in church, right? And in church, there
is this epic build from the pre-chorus or
the bridge into the chorus where every, it just
opened up and became this, the glorious soaring voicing
vocals and everything, and it really kind of like
got the whole band going and got the whole
congregation going. So that is if you’re playing
just a normal groove, and then you bring your
right and your left hand down to the floor
tom and the snare, and you do a slow eighth
note build into the chorus, a one-bar eighth note build. I’ll show you how this sounds. (percussion resonating) So you can hear what
a difference that
a crescendo makes, and a decrescendo is essentially starting loud and getting soft. (percussion resonating) So practice both of these
so you won’t sound monotone (laughing) on the
drum set, all right? Now, the next thing I wanna talk to you about
is ghost notes. Now, ghost notes,
although it sounds scary, I promise you, they’re not. Ghost notes are simply
something that are in many cases are more felt than heard,
and I know that sounds a little bit ominous,
(ominous music) but it’s not meant to be,
it’s just something we do on the snare drum, you can
do it on other things, too, but it’s primarily
done on the snare drum, and it’s essentially
a very soft stroke. Now, it has to differ from
your backbeat hit, okay? So if your ghost notes
are the same volume as the two and four hit
that you’re playin’, they’re not ghost notes,
so as a rule of thumb, you could say ghost notes
should be 10 times quieter or whatever, you could
say five times quieter, however you think of things,
but make them much, much softer than your
main backbeat note. So if you have just
the basic beat, (percussion resonating) let’s add some ghost
notes in there. Now, there’s lots of
exercises in the book. I’m just gonna
give you one here. Let’s do the first one. So you’re gonna hear a ghost
note on the ah of four. Let me play it. (percussion resonating) Right, you hear, it sounds
a little bit different. It feels different as well. And you’ll notice when
you play with a band, the addition of those
ghost notes helps to keep everything a little
bit more locked in and a little bit more groovin’. Now, you definitely don’t
wanna overuse them, right? I’ve heard drummers play
some crazy beats like, or I’ve actually played
some crazy, stupid beats, (laughs) like when I put
way too many ghost notes in, somethin’ like
(percussion resonating) right, that will not work
in everything. (laughs) So use sparingly, okay? So ghost notes, when you play
them, just basically drop your stick a couple
inches from the head. (drum resonates) It’s not something,
you don’t wanna, a ghost note, you don’t
wind up for, okay? So ghost notes are played,
generally speaking, 10 times softer than your
loud, accented backbeat. Okay, let’s turn the page again. Next thing I wanna talk
about is cross sticking. Now, one of the biggest mistake
I see new drummers making with cross sticking is, well,
there’s a couple things. The first thing is they never
flip around their stick, okay? It’s always better to
flip around your stick just ’cause it
sounds a lot better. It gives you this much
more rich, full tone than when you play like this. So I know it’s a bit of
a challenge to flip it, but just, you know,
it’s as simple as that. Try and flip that stick. The next thing I’ll
say with a cross stick is try and put your
fingers slightly down so that they’re past the stick. So not like this,
not on top of it, but slightly on the bottom,
so when the stick rests, (sticks resonating) and you push down on this
tip here on the tension rod, it’s actually not
muting that rim, right? So the cross stick,
you don’t wanna go too far back on the drum, (stick resonating)
it’ll sound thin. You don’t wanna go too high up. (stick resonating) That doesn’t sound
right, either. You wanna be in that sweet spot. (stick resonating) Right, and that is
a good cross stick. (stick resonating) (percussion resonating) I hear a little bit
of ghost notes there (laughs) with that cross stick. And so practice that,
get comfortable with it, get comfortable going
between the cross stick and the snare drum, cross stick, snare drum (percussion resonating) It’s a little game
you can play, maybe. Try and do it like
10 times in a row without messin’ it up. (laughs) Okay, another thing I
wanna talk to you about, another really
important technique for new drummers
is the rim shot. Now, I used to think the
cross stick was the rim shot, and the cross stick
was not the rim shot. I learned about rim shots
when I had to play a rim shot every single time, and
I wish my past teachers at that time would have told me, hey, you should learn
how to do a rim shot because this is what pretty
much every drummer does in the studio, and it’s
something you really need to know how to do. And a rim shot is where
the tip of the stick and the shoulder of the
stick, or the shaft, whatever you wanna say,
hit at almost the exact same time in the
middle of the drum and on the rim of
the snare drum. Now, you can do rim shots
on anything with a rim. So a normal snare
hit sounds like this, with just the tip of the stick. (drum resonates) And a rim shot is
gonna hit here and here at almost the exact
same time, like this. (drum resonates) Big difference, right? So here with the
tip, I’m gonna go between the tip and a rim shot. (drum resonates) And the snare sounds a lot
different when you hit it as a rim shot than when
you just hit it normally, so it’s one of those things
you wanna learn how to do so you could get
whatever sound you want. So let’s play a
groove, and let’s play one with no rim shot
and then a rim shot. So on the count two,
we’ll do no rim shot, on the four, we’ll
do a rim shot. (percussion resonating) And you wanna be able to do
that every time, on command. And that is the hard part. Doing it once, great,
you’re a one-hit wonder. Doing it over and over
again means you actually really learned this technique, and you can kinda do it
with your eyes closed. All right, so the
final technique we’re gonna talk about is
one of my favorites ones. You hear it a lot in
pretty much almost every style of music, and
that is hi-hat opening. And there’s so
many different ways and so many different
things you can do, and I’m not gonna, like
I said, I’m not gonna go through every single
exercise in the book. I’m just gonna give you
kind of a broad picture of the different things
you can do with the hi-hat. So the first thing you
can do is basically just open it when you hit it
for one eighth note count. So let’s say I open
it on the and four. So we have our basic beat, one and two and
three and four and, and then I close it
on the one count. So just open it for a
short amount of time. (percussion resonating) You can also open it
for the entire groove, slightly or you can
open it a lot more if you’re lookin’ to
get a higher level of dynamics or creating
a lot more energy. All right, so actually
practice doing that. So I’ll start with opening
it just a little bit, then open a little bit
more, and you’ll hear how the sound kinda
starts to fill out as I get the hi-hats a
little bit more open, and they’re gonna start
resonating more and more, and you’re gonna hear how
that feels at the groove. Here we go. (percussion resonating) So that is a couple ways
to open up the hi-hats. Now, we have five of those
important techniques. We have your crescendo,
your decrescendo, we have your ghost notes, we have your cross sticking,
we have your rim shot, and we have your open
and close hi-hats. Now, as a beginner drummer,
these are some great things to get you started on the
path to drumming success. Now, if you wanna
continue to gain momentum behind the drum set, if
you wanna fall in love with this amazing instrument, we wanna help you
out here at Drumeo, and we want you to get a copy of The Best Beginner Drum Book. We created this to be the
best path for new drummers, so you could literally
get this book and go through it page
one, two, three, four, and it just gives
you this perfect path to drumming success to play
whatever you want on the drums, whether you wanna
be a rock drummer, a jazz drummer, a funk drummer, you wanna play in the
studio, you wanna play gigs, you wanna play in your
church, whatever you wanna do on the drum set, this
is gonna help you build that rock-solid
foundation. So thank you guys so much
for watching the video. Go get your copy of The Best
Beginner Drum Book today, and I’ll see you
in the next video. Bye-bye! (upbeat instrumental music)