MAKING THE MOST OF PRACTICE TIME

Undoubtedly, many drummers (and other musicians) struggle to find time to practice in their busy schedule. Between rehearsals, meetings, performances, exercise, eating right, families and travel, it can be a daunting task. Furthermore, this isnʼt something that only beginners struggle with. Some of our greatest players indeed feel the same way. What are we to do?…

MADE OF MUSIC

Did you know that a black hole about 2.5 billion years old is humming the deepest musical note ever created: a B-flat that’s a million billion times deeper than your ear can hear? As I was perusing the web, I came across this integral statement about our musical universe, in particular the Perseus cluster—vibrating gasses…

HEARING DAMAGE: THE DRUMMERS APOCALYPSE

Something any drummer must address sooner than later is the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.  What’s that, you say?  Yes, you heard me right my fellow groove-meisters; it is no secret that our ears (much like our limbs) are an integral part of our ability to make music. Consider this juicy fact for a moment:…

SOCA

The Soca is an incredibly fun groove to play, but requires diligent practice and attention to the timing and pace of the groove, as it is primarily used for dance grooves. Pay close attention to your tempo and your feel. Make sure the groove feels good before you speed up. Watch video on soca/calypso dance….

NATE MORTON LIVE STREAM INTERVIEW ON THE DRUM GEEK VODCAST

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DOUBLES TO TRIPLES

Hello again! I trust all is well in the land of drums. This exercise is nothing new but I feel it’s a valuable one. Double and triple strokes are something of an obsession of mine. There’s nothing like a perfectly executed roll with the sound and precision of a machine gun!  Start this exercise slowly. We’re…

BONHAM-ISMS

Here are a couple of fills and grooves from the John Bonham library. There’s no way to include all the classic Bonham material in this lesson, but here’s a couple I enjoy. For some really killer transcriptions of Led Zeppelin tunes, check out Drum Techniques of Led Zeppelin by Joe Bergamini. This is a must-have book for…

IT AIN’T EASY BEING GREEN

Do you remember your first steps? Probably not. If you were to look back on learning to walk, it was the most pivotal point in your life. Before you could take steps, your ability to be mobile was strictly limited to crawling or being carted from one room to the next by your parents. Imagine…

The GOAT LIVE STREAM INTERVIEW ON THE DRUM GEEK VODCAST

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RICH REDMOND LIVE STREAM INTERVIEW ON THE DRUM GEEK VODCAST

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AARON EDGAR LIVE STREAM INTERVIEW ON THE DRUM GEEK VODCAST

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BECOMING A DRUM JEDI: THE COLLECTIVE

Every musician has the dream of one day attending and graduating from a highly acclaimed music school or institution. While it is always easy to dream big and aspire to be a drumming Jedi, implementation is a whole other ball game. Since 1977, The Collective has been the Yoda to many a drummers’ desire, boasting…

HI-HAT ACCENT DISPLACEMENT PART 3

This exercise is a fun one. You can use the displacements of accents to imply a modulated time. You will start out by accenting the downbeat. Then you will start to accent every third hi-hat. Eventually you will start to imply the modulation by playing the bass and snare along with accents. Make sure you…

HI-HAT ACCENT DISPLACEMENT PART 2

When you are comfortable playing all the accents of part one, you can combine them to make phrases in your grooves. Try to use the accents to emphasize a rhythm or melody. Use a metronome and make sure you always feel the downbeat. Try these one-measure grooves to get comfortable moving the accents. By phrasing the…

HI-HAT ACCENT DISPLACEMENT PART 1

This series deals with the ability to move the accents around in a 1/16 note hi-hat groove. Being able to move accents can be a great way to alter feels or imply modulation. These four examples are the primary accents you should be comfortable with. Use a metronome and make sure you always feel a…

WARMING UP AND THE 90 DEGREE BOUNCE

The importance of warming up cannot be overstressed. I always warm up at the start of my practice ritual. Without dedicating several minutes to warming up, your hands and arms will be tightening up in no time. A warm-up routine helps to increase elasticity of the muscles in your arms and hands. It warms muscles,…

MOZAMBIQUE

The Mozambique drum set groove is perfect for drummers of all skill levels. Entry-level drummers should take this opportunity to work on independence and feel, while more advanced players can start to add variations to the bass drum pattern, along with numerous other embellishments. Be sure to take this groove slow, learn each part individually, and make…

BACK TO BASICS – PART 3

In this visit back to basics, I took the grooves from Part 1 and now play them as a shuffle. Personally I feel shuffles aren’t understood enough by younger generations and are very important in developing one’s feel. The most important thing is to pulsate triplets when you’re playing these grooves. Try not to straighten…

ADVERSITY IN DRUMMING

As drummers we need to be diverse, in our knowledge of music, our technique, and our practice habits. This is a given if we want to have a long and rewarding career as a musician, but our need to be adverse is almost more imperative at times. I will write another article dealing with diversity,…

THE HUNT FOR THE PERFECT SOUND

Something all working drummers struggle with everyday is the hunt for the perfect snare drum and cymbals. My personal hunt has spanned quite a few years (and pieces of gear) and still continues to this day. With doing a very diverse amount of work stylistically, live and studio, these tools become very important in serving…