Whats the main difference between a drummer who's been playing live on stage for decades and one that hasn't? Confidence is that difference. Problem is, it takes a long long time to accumulate. What if there was a way or a strategy you could use to fast-track your way to being a really confident drummer?
What's the single most important skill you need to be a great live drummer? It's not tempo, technique or a double stroke roll. It's something much more important and can be applied to any style or situation. In fact, if you don't possess this skill, you'll never be a good drummer.
Will you and your band really have perfect timing if you use a metronome on stage? Good question! Let's find out 🙂
(scroll down for full performance video) Sex On Fire by the Kings of Leon -- has a strange kind of intro. I've seen many bands struggle with this one, so here is my super simple solution to this little problem. The point of this video, other than to teach you an easy way for starting … Continue reading How To Start “Sex On Fire” (Kings Of Leon) the Easy Way, Live On Stage
We've all heard jokes like "did you hear the one about the 3 musicians and 1 drummer walking down the street". There's plenty of drummer jokes to go around that suggest drumming is a little less "musical" than other instruments. The argument is the fact that we generally lack notes or melody in our instrument. … Continue reading How Drummers can Think More Like Musicians
Over the past few years, youtube drum covers have seemed to explode in popularity. A quick search on the world's premier video search engine returns thousands of clips for us to feast our eyes on. From 12-year-old kids filmed on their cell phone to professional youtube stars who have expensively made movies worthy of a … Continue reading The Problem with Youtube Drum Covers
Ever notice how the stuff you find easy in practice feels a lot harder on stage? Well, it's happened to every drummer that ever got on stage to play a live gig. Most veteran drummers will tell you that you just need some experience. And that when you've been playing live for a decade or … Continue reading Why Your Drumming Never Sounds as Good on Stage as in Practice (and how to fix it)
If your goal is to become a working drummer, you know, someone who gets paid to play the drums, then I'm sure we can agree you won't be needing every technique and drumbeat ever cooked up. So what exactly do you need then? Well of course, that all depends on your actual drumming goals. What … Continue reading 6 Things you are Wasting your Time on if you Want to Be a Working Drummer
There are so many things we can practice. Literally hundreds of exercises, songs, beats, techniques, etc. And guess what? You don't need them all to be a good drummer. Some will give you a great return on your time invested, and others not so much. But out of all the things we can add to … Continue reading The 1 Thing you Need More of to Radically Improve your Drumming