How To Play

 
 
 

This section will teach you about the playing style with Freedrum. Like any other instrument, Freedrum has its own characteristics and techniques. Watch the above video tutorial and follow the steps below to learn how to play.

The first thing you will need is to download a music production app (DAW) like GarageBand.

 

1. Download GarageBand for iOS

 

The Freedrum Sensorware App (that you downloaded in the previous tutorial) allows you to connect to the sensors and configure them. You will need to download GarageBand to begin playing

GarageBand can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id408709785?mt=8

2. Playing with GarageBand on iOS

 
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Once you have downloaded GarageBand, open it up. The first screen you see will welcome you to use the application. Begin by selecting "Continue"

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  • In the next screen, select "Use Garageband"
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  • Press the "+" icon
  • "Create New Song"
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  • Swipe until you see "Drums"
  • Select "Acoustic Drums"
 

You should now be able to hear drums sounds when drumming. If you cannot hear any sounds, ensure your volume is up on your device. If you still cannot hear sounds, then open up the Sensorware app and make sure the sensors are still connected. Don't be shy. Contact us if you have any issues.

3. Calibrating the Sensors

 
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Each time you use Freedrum, you will need to "point" the drumkit in the right direction. Follow these steps below to point the drumkit in front of you.

  • Adjust your position so that you are sitting comfortable for drumming.
  • Point the sticks and your feet in front of you (in the position you will be playing)
  • Press each sensor button once
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  • You have to repeat this process every time you change position.
  • This is so that the kit is pointing in the correct direction.

4. Playing Style

 
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Freedrum, like any other instrument, has its own playing style and techniques. To get the best use out of your Freedrum, try to follow the playing styles shown in this tutorial.

It can take a while before you get used to the playing style. Take things slow in the beginning.

  • Use your wrists to create the hitting action.
  • Avoid using excessive force
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  • Don't play with your whole arm. Avoid whipping the stick.
  • Using your whole arm and excessive force will cause the incorrect drums to be played and the sensor will lose its calibration.

5. Keep Sensors Flat

 
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Freedrum can only understand the playing angle if the sensors are kept flat or facing towards you. Avoid twisting, rotating or letting the stick slip.

  • A very important thing to keep in mind is to always keep the sensors flat with the button/LED facing upwards.
  • Avoid letting them rotate in your hand like in the shown example

6. Drum Angles

 
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Freedrum understands the change in angle of the stick. It does not understand spacial difference or distance. Keep this in mind when playing because the change in angle will allow you to switch between drums.

  • Freedrum only understands angles, not spacial differences.
  • If you want to change between drums, make sure you change the direction of the sticks.
  • If you want to play drums like the hi-tom, ride & crash, stop the stick at a higher angle.

7. Drum Positions

 

Freedrum currently has six hit areas. You can hit each hit area by changing the angle of your stick. Three hit areas are placed on a flat surface angle in front of you and another three hit areas are placed at a higher angle in front of you. Follow the guides below to find all the hit areas.

Snare

  • On a flat surface in front of you, there's a snare.
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Floor tom

  • To the right of that, there's a floor tom.
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Ride

  • Above that, there's a ride cymbal.
  • This hit area requires you to stop the stick at a higher angle than the hit area (floor tom) below it.
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High tom

  • To the left of that, there's a high tom.
  • This hit area requires you to stop the stick at a higher angle than the hit area (snare drum) below it.
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Crash

  • And to the left of that, there's a crash cymbal.
  • This hit area requires you to stop the stick at a higher angle than the hit area (hi-hat) below it.
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Hi Hat

  • And right below the crash, is the Hi Hat.
  • Stop the stick at a lower angle than the crash cymbal above it.

8. Open Hihat

 
  • You can open the hi-hat by slightly twisting the stick inwards while hitting the hi-hat.
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