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    I started marching band this year(my freshman year) playing snare. Our school is almost brand new so the band is pretty small, consisting of 2 snares, one of them being me, one bass, and a tenor. We would sound pretty good if it wasn't for one problem, our other snare player. He constantly gets off time, or gets lost on simple rhythms, and it really throws us off. Is there anything we could do to help him out? No amount of straight 8ths at a constant tempo has been able to fix this kid.
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    Hate to sound so harsh, but it sounds like you need a cymbal player... I've had this problem before. Some kids just don't have rhythm. If this is the case, drumline is not the place to put them. PLUS if your band really is small, there shouldn't be much of a need for two snares.

    But if you do decide to keep him on snare, and you really want to put the work into him, start some private lessons. whether your a student or a teacher, private lessons would be beneficial. But like I said, rhythm is natural. sorry about the short length of the message, and I hope this helps. We just got done with our first halftime of the year. 36 returning members 35 freshmen.

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    • #3
      Buy him a metronome as a present. And force him to practice everything with it.
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      • #4
        Kill him.







        Wait, no. Bad solution.
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        • #5
          i would say put him on cymbals or bass, if you dnt want to, make him learn everything with a metrenome, basically what everybdy else said.

          talking about 8 on a hand, just the two snare players go through and do all your licks like that, and do your rudiments like that, and put a met. in the background.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Dreaming Tree View Post
            Kill him.







            Wait, no. Bad solution.
            I've come close, lol.
            At our first football game, he messed up basically EVERYTHING we played, and then would turn around and try to tell the tubas(who were doing great) how to play. Ugh.
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            • #7
              Private lessons

              Metronome

              Make him hit the plates

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              • #8
                our school has the same problem we have 2 rookies who cant even keep a quarter note no matter how many times i get the dr. beat on them they can never get it right... my solution is make them run until they get it right or hope they quit (if your school does that and u have the authority)
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                • #9
                  I usually feed these kind of kids to my sharks.
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                  • #10
                    Put a practice pad on his drum so no one hears him?
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                    • #11
                      Running your kids isn't gonna make them any better drummers. It's really on them. If they wanna play snare (or whatever) on the line, they have to prove they can do so, or at least prove that they're willing to try a bit. If they can't do that, then dump them onto something else.

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                      • #12
                        Talk to the instructor about it, and bring up the suggestion that because of his inability to keep time, and his arrogance (by "trying to tell the tubas how to play") that he may need to sit performances out until he can shape up.
                        "If you'd just look; Look inside yourselves; You'll find the answers to your pain; The hardest road; The hardest road to enlightenment; Presents a constant test; Of your resolve; Time for you; Time for you is running out; The human race must evolve; Must evolve" - Come What May by Iced Earth

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                        • #13
                          I agree with the above poster. If he's not putting in the time and has an attitude about it, then he shouldn't be performing.
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