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.
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
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)
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.
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
The most important differences about playing live, explained.