Playing the Side Drum

The following is taken direct from the Drummer's Handbook [Army Code No. 71333], SECTION 43 - 'Side Drum technique'


1101. The ease with which side drummers can be trained in comparison to, say, flute players, tends to undermine the importance of good technique and leads to some misconception on the part of those whose intstrument the drum is destined to be. Anyone who takes up the drum as his instrument should not be mislead into believing that his will be a simple task. Almost anyone with a sense of rythm and co-ordination can learn to beat a side drum - few become good percussionists!

Design Jason Powell, 2020.