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?
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
If you haven't changed anything about your drumming, you could be missing out on improvements.
If you take your drumming seriously, you need to understand the role you play.
There are so many techniques, so many drum beats, and so many styles, that we just can't learn them all. So which ones should we incorporate to our practice routines?... Because you do have a routine, don't you?... Anyway... As I was saying, swimming in a sea of paradiddles and bossanovas can be fun. But we … Continue reading The Best Way To Practice for the Stage
Groove... It's a word we hear a lot as musicians. This guys got a "good groove", that gals got "groove", etc. But what does it really mean to groove? And how can we be sure we are grooving, and what can we do to improve our groove? Good questions! I shall do my best to shed … Continue reading What it Really Means To Groove and How to Achieve it