BONDING WITH BONHAM

Those who know me know three things for certain: one, I hate onions; two, I am impatient; and, three, I am a John Bonham freak. Not necessarily in the creepy I-want-to-wear-John’s-clothes way (although the Bolar hat was a very cool look), but I admire the man who was able to take a prolific act like…

TO READ OR NOT TO READ

I figured an article about reading might as well start with a Shakespeare quote, no? This is a question that I have answered and discussed for many years with students and other musicians. Reading the language of music is a lot like reading the English language—which you are dong right now. Do you remember being…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

EATING THE ELEPHANT

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. – Dom Famularo I am notorious for being many things, but patient, I am not. As I entered my 30’s I began the self improvement process– through which I intend to reach the upper echelon of music history as a drummer, songwriter and artist. And…

DRUM KIT MAINTENANCE

Every so often, as I peruse the drum forums for ideas and gems of drumming wisdom, I come across a thread that is about the upkeep and maintenance of drum kits. And while there is a lot of wisdom and theory out there surrounding the topic of drum set maintenance this topic does beg the…

DCI – THE BASICS

As a percussionist, you may have heard about drum corps, but what exactly is DCI? And how can it help you as a drummer? For those of you between the ages of 13-22, marching with a corps is a chance for you to greatly increase the number of talented musicians you know, learn a completely…

BUYING YOUR DREAM DRUM KIT

Like it or not, the drumming industry accounts for a very small percentage of the human population. In fact, stats show that musicians in general only account for a tiny part of internet traffic and of that very undersized piece of information highway, we drummers account for all but a sliver.  The upside is that…

METRONOME – FRIEND OR FOE?

There are many ways to go about using the metronome to develop our musical skills. I want to share my own thoughts on working with it, and how we can maximize our practice time. I also want to state that keeping good time is everyone’s responsibility, not just the drummer’s. GETTING STARTED When I have…

BE HERE NOW

We each want many things and for us drummers it could simply be learning that new hot lick or perhaps for the majority of us it’s landing that big gig. Regardless of whatever it is, we only have so much control over what happens and what comes our way. We can try to achieve our…

THE PORT HOLE DELIBERATION

The kick drum port hole is a modern invention that came about in the ‘60s when multi- track recording and close micing techniques became commonplace. Mass market appeal materialized when the studio technique of cutting a hole in the front head began to be utilized for live sound reinforcement. Sound technicians began to use the…

EMOTIONS GONE OVERBOARD

This article is written for all of us (and we have all had these moments; it is human nature), who ever thought that we were more important than the music we are playing. Ego is a very strong word and can be extremely prevalent in an artistic environment where our creativity can be judged at…

THEFT PREVENTION

A few years ago I attended a Dennis Chambers clinic that left me incredibly inspired. Not only did Dennis solo for an hour straight, I had the opportunity to chat with him afterwards, a huge honor indeed. Needless to say it was an amazing night to be a drummer. I had a gig that night so…

THE PRACTICE OF TEACHING

While Terence Fletcher may have had many a prospective drummer running to the hills (enter notes of Nicko McBrian), J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a bald headed drum goon hardly paints an accurate picture of music education. There are few more qualified to teach educators about the finer points of starting a teaching business than Dom…

FOR YOUR EARS ONLY

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably well aware of the dangers we drummers face when it comes to hearing loss. Being that the average drummer produces sound well above 85db, it only takes a layman to recognize the importance of hearing protection. It has been reported that approximately 65% of…