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Drumming 101: Basic Drum Terms You Must Know

According to the Australian Institute of Music, thousands of different types of drums are out there. From acoustic to electronic, they come in various sizes and shapes. The type of drum you choose depends on the style of music you play.

“Playing the drums became one of the good habits children around the globe discovered. The way someone plays the drums strengthens their physical flexibility and agility. It is also said that it is good for the physical development of children,” says pro drummer and news analyst Olivia Jones from 8news—one of Australia’s very reputable news sources that meet users’ expectations for updating global and local news.

Drums are one of the oldest instruments around. They’ve been played since ancient times and continue to play an essential role in music today. Here are some standard drum terms you should know before starting your journey into the world of drums.

1. Rudiments

Rudiments are various drum rhythms that you can play on a drum set or drum kit to create music or be used as drills in and of themselves. Although there are many other drum rudiments, 40 have been chosen as the most essential and practical rudiments to master.

2. Drum Fill

A drum fill, also known as a lick or a chop, is a phrase you play to bridge the gap between verses, choruses, or other musical portions of a song or to lead the band into the following section, such as the bridge.

3. Drum Throne

The term “throne” is frequently used to describe the drummer’s chair. Yes, the drummer has a specific seat, just like royalty.

4. Authentic And Coordinated Grip

These phrases explain the proper grip for the drumsticks. You hold the left stick like a fork and the right bar like a wand while using the conventional grip. Hold both bars in a wand-like fashion with palms facing down and a matched grip.

5. Groove Or Beat

A rhythmic pattern you play in sync with the music is called a drum groove or beat.

6. Tempo

Tempo is an expression of speed or duration. When practising and increasing their tempo, drummers may employ a click track or metronome. Certain drummers and ensembles even use a click track when performing live.

7. Drum Shell

The drum shell provides the framework of the drum. Shells can be crafted from metal, acrylic, or wood.

8. Drumroll

This two-handed drumming style, sometimes known as a buzz roll, generates continuous sound. Drummers frequently use the snare drum for drum rolls.

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The list of drum words is endless, and as you continue your drum training, you will learn many more. Never be afraid to ask someone, preferably an expert, what a new term means if you come across one. The most excellent method to learn and expand your drum vocabulary is through practice.

Alive Drumming is a website showcasing non-classical musicianship. It offers resources on contemporary rhythms, arranges rhythm recordings, and provides the Song Rhythm Tracks service and mobile apps.

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How To Drum With Rhythm And Groove?

We all know the feeling. You’ve been playing your drums for a while, and everything is going great, but then you try to play with some rhythm and groove, and things start to go downhill. It can be tough to keep a consistent beat going, especially if you’re not used to doing it. But don’t worry, with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to drum with rhythm and groove like a pro. 

“Drumming with a sense of rhythm and groove may elevate your drum playing to a new level. Though, not everyone understands what it means to play the drums with rhythm and groove. You can use several strategies in your daily drum practice to create a rhythmic and groovy feeling,” advised pro drummer and kids party planner Harry Nevin of Balloons Sydney.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry- we’ll guide you every step of the way. So please put on your favourite tune, and let’s get started!

What Is Groove?

You can’t start playing the drums with the groove unless you first understand what a groove is. The literal definition of “groove” is: to react or interact harmoniously. This broad definition encompasses a great deal in the realm of music. Responding or interacting in harmony means flowing together well. When a drum beat flows nicely, you genuinely think, “this beat grooves.”

So, to put it another way, playing the drums with a groove is simply playing the drums smoothly and pleasantly that flows effortlessly. It may not seem like much difference at first, but there is an essential distinction between merely playing a drum beat with a groove and doing the same thing without any.

What Is Rhythm? 

The rhythm is the order, intensity, and clarity of the sounds. In music, rhythm refers to the regular recurrence of notes and silences (rests) in time. A rhythmic pattern is created when a sequence of notes and rests repeats. Musical rhythm, in addition to signalling when notes are played, also specifies how long they are played and with what intensity.

How To Drum With Rhythm And Groove?

Here are several techniques to jazz up your drumming’s groove and rhythm.

Add Dynamics

You would get better results by playing the drums with more dynamics. When you include dynamics in your playing, the tone of any pattern changes. This, in turn, makes the groove and rhythm sound more interesting. You can do this by incorporating different volumes, as well as speeds, while you’re playing.

Experiment With New Beats

If you want to find a new groove or rhythm, it’s essential to experiment with different beats. Experimenting will help break any monotony that might have set in and make your playing more exciting. You can do this by trying out new drum patterns or beats with which you are unfamiliar.

Create A Strong Backbeat

The backbeat is one of the essential elements of any groove. It helps to create a sense of rhythm and movement, making the music more exciting. You can create a strong backbeat by playing the bass drum on the beats that fall on the “two” and “four.”

Play Around With The Tempo

The drummer is starting to up the tempo!

The tempo is another critical element of groove and rhythm. You can make your playing more interesting by experimenting with different tempos. Changing the beat will help to break any monotony and make your playing more exciting.

As you can see, you can use many different techniques to improve the groove and rhythm of your drumming. By incorporating these techniques into your daily practice routine, you’ll be able to take your drumming to the next level. So don’t wait any longer; get out there and start grooving!

Looking For A Way To Spice Up Your Music?

Alive Drumming offers Song Rhythm Tracks based on top studio drummers’ recordings. Their tracks are sequenced and engineered by innovative technologies into complete, fully-arranged backing tracks specific to a song. This is the perfect way to add excitement to your music!

These are only a few tips- for more in-depth instructions, check our website or contact us. We would be happy to help you take your drumming skills to the next level.

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How To Identify Popular Music Genres By Ear

Australia is a multicultural and geographically diverse nation. This diversity is reflected in our music, which embraces various genres and forms while pushing the boundaries of creativity and experimentation.

According to Learning Potential, in many developmental areas, including language, numeracy, focus, and social skills, music can help your child. So take advantage of the various opportunities by exposing your youngster to music as frequently as possible!

“A music genre is a recognised classification that identifies musical compositions as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. Understanding the historical background of the main musical subgenres is essential,” according to Kelly Woods of Youtubetomp3—Australia’s most well-known online affiliate partner.

Even when identifying a music genre by ear, there is no precise technique that is certain to work. It is even more challenging these days because so many genres and subgenres have been combined from popular, well-known genres. Here are a few, but not all, methods for determining a musical genre with our ears.

1. Examine The Tempo

One of the most important aspects of music is the rate at which it is played. These days that is typically stated in BPM or total beats per minute. You must first be aware of the normal BPMs for the most popular genres of music to recognise them using this method.

2. Listen To The Tempo Of The Drums

Music can be challenging to understand because some genres have overlapping speed ranges. In this case, changes in the drum beats are the primary way to determine the genre.

3. Consider Listening To Many Genres

Extend your listening repertoire to improve your ability to distinguish genres. Select a piece of music, look up the genre it belongs to, listen to it, and make notes about anything that stands out. By doing this, you may learn about a wide range of genres. In time, you will be able to differentiate between the genres based only on the first few bars.

4. Join Ear Training Genres

Anything we wish to accomplish requires training. Although taking part in this stuff is optional, it will improve your expertise. A professional will guide you and make the subject simpler for you to learn if you take part in the training.

Master Music Genres With Alive Drumming

When music is played, a child’s brain grows differently on all levels—academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Participating in music has several advantages that are beneficial to our life. Music can be used as a therapy to treat a variety of ailments and disease processes, from stress management to anxiety, depression, and depressive disorders. It will be beneficial to discover the kind of music that is best for you over time.

Alive Drumming offers resources on contemporary rhythms, arranges rhythm recordings, and provides the Song Rhythm Tracks service and mobile apps. In particular, it emphasises groove and rhythm.

If you have any questions or want to use our services, please visit our website, fill out the contact form, or email

Top 8 Drumming Styles and Genres: A Quick Guide

Drumming close-up

Trying out something new can be difficult. However, when it comes to drumming, challenging yourself is the best way to learn. You can try out and learn from many drumming styles and genres to make you a better musician.

“The best way to become the best drummer is to practice. Try out different styles and push yourself out of your comfort zone,” says Angelina Jackman, professional voice coach at The Verses

Becoming a great drummer takes lots of practice and jamming. This means trying out things you haven’t done before and perfecting them. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself by trying out different drumming styles and genres.

What Are The Greatest Drumming Styles And Genres?

Drumming is a diverse art. We’ve prepared 8 of the most popular drumming styles to familiarise yourself with the instrument’s variety.


This style is characterised as straightforward and no-frills attached music. Rock drumming uses loud and intense drum grooves partnered with big fills. Together, they make an even more significant impact.


Metal drummers have larger drum kits to achieve metal music’s aggressive, loud, precise, and powerful sounds. Playing the drums in this genre and style requires endurance, speed, coordination, and precision.


Punk drumming bears a striking similarity to intricate rock drumming. The only difference is that it is played faster and thus requires more precision. The genre itself is characterised by loud and fast music.


This style of drumming has continued to evolve. Many sub-genres stem from jazz. It uses a broad range of notes, making it more complex to learn and master than the other genres in this list.


Pop music is elementary and structured, so it follows that pop drumming is the same way. It is easy to learn, but there are some subtleties to note. For example, pop drummers need precision and coordination to stick to the structure.


This is often associated with rock and jazz. It uses various techniques and notes to achieve its unique bluesy sound.


Latin drumming is famous for the clave or the heartbeat of the song. It uses elements like the clave and other traditional patterns that can be difficult for newbies.


Playing reggae requires a lot of precision and tightness despite its fun and carefree sound. A reggae drummer has a difficult job because they are the song’s foundation, along with the bassist. The drummer must always stick to a steady and tight groove.

Bring The Beat In With Alive Drumming

The art of playing the drums is incredibly diverse. We’ve listed only eight of the many ways to play the drums. There is so much variety.

Alive Drumming Song Rhythm Tracks arranges and provides rhythm tracks through their mobile app. So, whether you’re a professional or aspiring drummer or any musician, this innovative app might be what you need to experience many styles in your playing.

Want to be the very best drummer there is? You may send us a message to start your journey.

— Alive Drumming is so happy to share these Insights from our popular guest contributor, Jude Young.

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Why Song Form with Rhythm Tracks?

Check out the article above, “Dealing with Song Forms: Tips for Drummers” from the Learn Jazz Standards website. It is great advice for drummers on how to reinforce the song form while drumming.

Have you ever wondered why “Song Rhythm Tracks” and not justRhythm Tracks“?

It’s because the drumming should always outline the form of the song you are playing.  That’s fundamentally the role of the drummer or the rhythm track if you play without a drummer.  The article above, about tutoring drummers, explains this very well.

Always play in “song form”

You shouldn’t be using a rhythm track that doesn’t outline the form of the song because, if you do, that then counteracts the form and defeats the music you are trying to play.  This can be subtle, mainly if you haven’t considered it before.  New musicians often haven’t and wrongly believe that any metronomic sound or groove will do.  They miss out terribly, and not having the songform outlined will hamper your progress.

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How to Promote Literacy Through Music

Rhythm and Language

Enjoy this article from contributor, Jude Young, about the great value of rhythmic training in the young.

Maria Kay has highlighted the integrated relationship between literacy and music in the earlier years and has suggested a few simple activities that will assist you in developing children’s skills.

Usha Goswami, a professor from Cambridge specialising in cognitive-developmental neuroscience, discovered that perceiving rhythm is important in association with literacy. She has dedicated her time and research specifically to do with children that are dyslexic.

In 2012, these findings were presented on BBC Four’s ‘Growing Children’. In this programme, she highlighted why rhythmic-language activities are important in preschool for supporting language development. These typically include songs, nursery rhymes, language games, clapping, stepping, large motor movements, and action rhymes.

Syllables And Rhythm: Great Assistants for Learning Language

Syllables And Rhythm: Great Assistants for Learning Language

Words are broken down into syllables, explained as “chunks of sound”. For instance, a word like “ex-am-ple” consists of 3 syllables. Being able to break words down using this method is one of the important skills children use to break up a word in a simple unit when spelling or reading. 

The rhythm in songs also reveals syllables in all the lyrics. Here is an example of a rhyme, “Can You Hear the Falling Rain”, and you will notice how syllables in each word are given a note. For example, “fal-ling”, maybe a single word but contains 2 syllables. It is also sung on 2 notes. 

Audio Specialist from Direct Appliance Rentals, Karina Wolfin says, “Assisting young children to recognise syllables by pointing them out in music happens to be an effective technique to help children break down a word. By adding in movements to point out the syllables provides even further emphasis. For this reason, playing instruments, dancing, clapping, and marching assists with embedding essential literacy skills.” 

Musical Activities: Making Learning More Enjoyable

Musical Activities: Making Learning More Enjoyable

Here is an example of a music activity:

Can You Hear The Falling Rain?

Can you hear the falling rain?

Listen here it comes again.

Down the river, down the lane,

Tapping on the windowpane.

To highlight the rhythm in the song use sticks (claves), tap a drum, or clap hands. When using an instrument like a drum you can change the sounds for the falling rain, flowing down the road, a window, or river. 

This is a simple rhyme that you can also use to discuss rain and the sounds that it makes on different surfaces or flowing into a river. You could also compare these sounds to water that comes out of a tap or the waves that crash onto the beach.

Syllable Activities

Here is an example of one of the activities used to identify syllables:

Holding a drum, give the children a beater, giving each child a turn. Ask each child a different question. For example, “What did you eat for breakfast?” Each child must reply by beating out syllables on your drum while they speak. One example of an answer would be “ce-re-al”, 3 beats (syllables), jam and toast, 3 beats (syllables). 

Children that do not know how to tap rhythms, often have difficulties with spelling. Even older kids often benefit from using a tapping technique to tap out rhythms present in words. This method breaks the words into more manageable and smaller units making it easier to spell and read. Being able to pay attention to sounds in words is very important to become proficient in literacy. 

———- Jude Young, contributing author to Alive Drumming.

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