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Old 04-02-2010, 08:44 AM
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My six year old started drum lessons last September, and he has become quite good at holding down the basic drum progressions his instructor works with him on. One thing he suggested was to have my son play along with different songs. I was wondering if anybody could give some suggestions on easier slower tempo rock songs he could practice to. I play guitar but I am having a tough picking out stuff for him. He likes alot of heavier stuff but most of it is too fast and too technical for him.Also, he does like bands like Muse and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Any suggestions, old or newer stuff, would be very helpful. Thanks.
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Try this thread - both the full track and a drumless track of the White Stripes's Seven Nation Army are available:

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=60766

He might want to put in his own entry! No prizes, alas, just glory :)
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perhaps some bands like nickelback? maybe the foo fighters?
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maybe the foo fighters?
A lot of Foo Fighter's drum parts are fairly technical. Weird time signatures tend to sit in there. Not as weird as Tool, but still challenging to play for a newbie.
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A lot of Foo Fighter's drum parts are fairly technical. Weird time signatures tend to sit in there. Not as weird as Tool, but still challenging to play for a newbie.
I've been playing for 10 years and find them challenging. I would recommend some AC/DC.
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A lot of Foo Fighter's drum parts are fairly technical. Weird time signatures tend to sit in there. Not as weird as Tool, but still challenging to play for a newbie.
yeah, but i mean just as songs to play along to :) not nescescarily to play perfectly (he is six after all haha).

edit: how about something like these manwithnoname - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAME8GDRTfI , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx3m4e45bTo , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9kdHXrJYF8 . if he doesn't mind listening to british music then 'brit pop' might be useful, quite a few of the songs are slow. the verve, oasis, coldplay, etc etc.
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I've been playing for 10 years and find them challenging. I would recommend some AC/DC.
+1 That's the first thing that comes to my mind too.
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:26 PM
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Fleetwood Mac - dreams.
Sonata Arctica - sing in silence
Lacuna Coil - enjoy the silence (this one's a little trickier)
Nickelback - How you remind me

Those are some songs I give to beginners. I also have different criteria for beginners than for advanced pupils - I don't expect beginners to perfectly lay down all the fills and copy every dynamic detail. For beginners I am satisfied if they can keep a groove throughout the song and maybe do some rudimentary fills. I do ask my more advanced students to be more dynamic, more accurate and playing fills where needed (they can either copy the original or invent their own).

As they get more advanced you can let them try songs like Sweet Disposition by the Temper trap, New Born by Muse, The Great Disappointment by AFI (this one is particularly tricky as it switches from 4/4 to 12/8, keeping the eighth notes at the same tempo), and maybe some faster stuff.
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Bon Jovi and Weezer are pretty easy.
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Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter.

One of the best songs ever in my view and very simple to play, basically just the basic money beat and a few simple fills. Lots of fun.

Well, actually a lot of their songs would be perfect for these purposes.

I would also recommend you pick up Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials. You can work with him to learn a bit of notation and they provide a ton of drum-less tracks that are hella fun to play to.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:59 PM
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I'm within my first month of drumming and the two songs I've been working on are Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana) (using drummless versions of both).

Simple Man was first, its fun and low tempo (60bpm) and all 4/4, basically the same beat through the whole song with changing fills.

The Nirvana song is relatively easy too, bit more up-tempo (100bpm), but all 4/4. Each of the sections of the song are pretty easy on their own but keeping it all together is challenging because of the drastically changing dynamics.

I also got Groove Essentials 1.0 (just book and CD) last week, that's fun too, but I find the songs above more challenging and realistic (just talking about the slow rock grooves); the GE songs have very strong bass-lines/grooves (its almost like playing with a 80bpm metronome), so it's very easy to lock into the pulse whereas the songs above have less prominent bass and distracting vocals so it's tougher to lock in (I wish GE had some songs with vocals so you could learn to NOT focus on the singing which would probably be most people's natural inclination).
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when the levee breaks- led zeppelin.
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Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter.

One of the best songs ever in my view and very simple to play, basically just the basic money beat and a few simple fills. Lots of fun.

Well, actually a lot of their songs would be perfect for these purposes.

I would also recommend you pick up Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials. You can work with him to learn a bit of notation and they provide a ton of drum-less tracks that are hella fun to play to.
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Thanks everybody. This has been really helpful. Is there any metal old or new that a little guy could play along with? He likes Slipknot and Iron Maiden but I know that isn't going to happen right now. Again, thanks for all the suggestions. If you have any more, I would love to hear them. He is so into drumming, I want to keep his interest up there.
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i'm just about to play man, but i'll message you with a lot of metal/heavy rock tomorrow. do you mind if the songs have a little screaming in them? (i'm not sure if you want your six year old to hear it!).
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i'm just about to play man, but i'll message you with a lot of metal/heavy rock tomorrow. do you mind if the songs have a little screaming in them? (i'm not sure if you want your six year old to hear it!).
That's fine, one of his favourite songs is Bleed by Meshuggah. For a six year old, he likes to rock and this isn't all my influence. He seeks out lots of different music.
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holy crap. that's pretty cool. your son will be an amazing drummer if he's into that stuff. ok sweet i'll get back to you with a list of stuff between 80-100 bpm. do you know how to use audacity? you could slow down songs for him to play along to (e.g. if it's 120 bpm then change it to 100). if you don't then i can easily post you a quick tutorial anyway, it's pretty easy to use/is free.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:31 AM
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Was thinking ACDC too. Sweet Home Alabama and Gmme Three Steps, November Rain and dont cry by GnR also come to mind
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That's fine, one of his favourite songs is Bleed by Meshuggah. For a six year old, he likes to rock and this isn't all my influence. He seeks out lots of different music.
LOL, make that a long term goal. Even poor Thomas Haake needed six months to prepare for that monster. But it's awesome as hell that he loves that song.
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holy crap. that's pretty cool. your son will be an amazing drummer if he's into that stuff. ok sweet i'll get back to you with a list of stuff between 80-100 bpm. do you know how to use audacity? you could slow down songs for him to play along to (e.g. if it's 120 bpm then change it to 100). if you don't then i can easily post you a quick tutorial anyway, it's pretty easy to use/is free.
No, I don't know how to use audacity so a tutorial would be a great help. Thanks again.
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audioslave - cochise

seether - careless whisper (cover)
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Nirvana - Smells like Teen Spirit

Was the one I used to adore when I was learning to play drums. The offbeat snare hits and such in that song aren't too difficult with some practice and they give the drums a bit of flair :-)
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I suggest to start with "Letīs Twist Again" by Chubby Checker...no kiddin! Teach the kid to love the sound of a snaredrum and to get a feeling for that forward moving groove and rhythm
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I'm all rock so this might be a little biased.
1. Seven Nation Army-really easy/ gets you jammin
2. Come Together-gets you to think more with the sounds
3. Come As You Are-easist song by nirvana imo
4. In Bloom-fantastic fills for beginners
5. Man In The Box-helps develop four way independence
6. First Date-works out your hand speed/double stroke on pedal and fills
7. With Arms Wide Open-their drummer changed me completley
8. Don't Look Back In Anger-good for improvising and fills
9. Californication-helps out with the ghost notes and independence between hands
10. Meant To Live-gets you workin with the toms
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when the levee breaks- led zeppelin.
Oh man, I can't believe I forgot my favorite song of all time! Ridiculously fun to swing along to.
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Any ZZ Top is great. Sharp Dressed Man for a solid rock beat and La Grange for a nice texas shuffle. Also blues stuff by Stevie Ray Vaughn and maybe some Neil Young or CCR
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Most things by the Beatles or CAKE
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My six year old started drum lessons last September, and he has become quite good at holding down the basic drum progressions his instructor works with him on. One thing he suggested was to have my son play along with different songs. I was wondering if anybody could give some suggestions on easier slower tempo rock songs he could practice to. I play guitar but I am having a tough picking out stuff for him. He likes alot of heavier stuff but most of it is too fast and too technical for him.Also, he does like bands like Muse and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Any suggestions, old or newer stuff, would be very helpful. Thanks.
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Rolling Stones
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I would recommend some AC/DC.
Plus one. I started out drumming (I say that like its something that I'm done with...) playing to 70-80 tunes. Mainly because I wanted to learn them so I could play music with my dad (who plays guitar) but because they were easy.
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Last night I started working on Today (Smashing Pumpkins) and Man in the Box (Alice in Chains). Both are a good time.

Today - Pretty easy, 80bpm. The main challenge is remembering where you are in the song because the beat is pretty much the same throughout the entire song with minor variations that make it confusing.

MitB - 108 bpm, the main beat (verse) is very easy, and the song structure is simple. The chorus is the challenging part, but still not too bad.
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Blur - Song 2

It's pretty simple, though it depends on your level... Like I wouldn't say Smells Like Teen Spirit was a beginners' tune as it's a bit more complicated on closer listen. Quite intense footwork for a beginner I'd say...
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Any ZZ Top is great. Sharp Dressed Man for a solid rock beat and La Grange for a nice texas shuffle. Also blues stuff by Stevie Ray Vaughn and maybe some Neil Young or CCR
That's what I was going to recommend as well. Most ZZ Top includes very straight forward beats with fairly simple fill patterns.
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The first song I ever learned was "Black Cow", by Steely Dan.

Slow, and cool groove.

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For starting out there are quite a few cool classics,

1) Long Cool woman, the Hollies
2) Have you ever seen the rain---CCR
3) Back in Black--ac/dc
4) Billie Jean..MJ
5)Taking care of business---BTO
6) The Break up song ---Greg Khin, pretty easy beat throughout and the fills are all pretty much medium speed 6 stroke rolls, with a flam thrown in here and there but it makes you look cool as all get out : )
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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing songs that would be helpful to improve my little guy's drumming. I loaded a bunch of these songs onto his ipod, and he is learning Back in Black with his teacher. At home, he is starting to get a really good hang of Flames go higher by the Eagles of Death Metal. Thanks again.
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I learned with indie rock, I actually have a nostalgia play list from middle school/early high school of really easy tracks that I use to dial in tone and timing on. When I first started playing I had a total drumcrush on the modest mouse drummer, he taught me left hand independence at the same time as the funky primer did.

Here are some of my old favorites.

A Life of Artic Sounds, by Modest Mouse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXo5raC3ebQ

Heart Cooks Brain, by Modest Mouse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qgEl4KWB4

The Ocean Breathes Salty, by Modest Mouse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPhnOKmhbBw

The Modern Age, by The Strokes. (pretty much all of "is this it" and "room on fire" albums are on this list)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfamwv1kR4M

Someday, by The Strokes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFnjZY1vRzk

The Air Near My Fingers, The White Stripes. (pretty much everything the white stripes have done is perfect for a beginner to jump right in on.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_xbEMC8lHM

Guerilla radio, Rage Against the Machine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eZAqMYat-0

Hewlett's Daughter, Grandaddy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha2IqDWQBLE

Pure Morning, Placebo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlyOLwfwjiQ

So Says I, The Shins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-P15e6NvtU



All really fun stuff, give it a listen.
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