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    My friend wants to learn drums

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    But she doesn't want to learn all the "boring" stuff like rudiments and stuff.

    She's more into learning songs.

    I want to encourage her to play and just learn songs, but I know the fundamentals are really important. Any ideas how to approach this?

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    Put on headphones. Play along with songs. That's how I learned. I got to be an ok drummer that way. She will almost certainly never become a great drummer that way.

    Now I am going back and learning rudiments. But I think it's harder now because I am breaking old habits.
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    Here's a good place to start. You can skip the rudiments (or not) and go straight for the "play along with.." section.

    How to Play Drums: The Complete Guide for Beginners
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    Depending on what her long term goals are for playing drums.........like so many other instruments.......the fundamentals are there to create a foundation that will help her in every possible drumming situation. In another view.......the fundamentals also come with a learning of universal terminology used by drummers and other musicians the world over. Sort of like the guitar player or piano player (or etc etc) who never thought learning what a song key was all about was important............who later realized he had no idea what to do when a singer asked to do it in a different key. Obviously a key does not affect the drums.......(mostly).......but the point is that many professional musicians understand drum terminology as well and use it.

    As a separate question of a similar nature........does she consider learning time signatures important? Not saying she does or doesn't.....just wondering.
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    Agreed with you! always believed that the basic fundamentals always become important. If a person wants to become a professional, then without a base and rudiments it will be difficult to become a professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickster View Post
    Depending on what her long term goals are for playing drums.........like so many other instruments.......the fundamentals are there to create a foundation that will help her in every possible drumming situation. In another view.......the fundamentals also come with a learning of universal terminology used by drummers and other musicians the world over. Sort of like the guitar player or piano player (or etc etc) who never thought learning what a song key was all about was important............who later realized he had no idea what to do when a singer asked to do it in a different key. Obviously a key does not affect the drums.......(mostly).......but the point is that many professional musicians understand drum terminology as well and use it.

    As a separate question of a similar nature........does she consider learning time signatures important? Not saying she does or doesn't.....just wondering.
    Agreed with you! always believed that the basic fundamentals always become important. If a person wants to become a professional, then without a base and rudiments it will be difficult to become a professional.

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