The Blueprint – A Philosophy of Musical Structure

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PREFACE As a percussionist who has been playing and teaching for many years, I presumed that I personally understood rhythm and that the music community as a whole understood rhythm. It came as a great surprise one day when I asked myself what rhythm was and failed to provide a sufficient response. I began searching Read More »

The 5 Links of A Percussionist’s Stroke

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It is crucial for a percussionist to move in a manner that visually represents the sound she or he intends to create. If intending to create a loud staccato note, (s)he should refrain from moving the limb in a slow manner with a small stroke because this type of movement would create a soft and Read More »

9 Directions That Will Help You Grow As A Musician

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#1 The Power of Thought Artists in general and musicians, in particular, are a quirky bunch. On one hand, we develop some pretty thick skin that deflects harsh critiques, snide comments, occupational harassment, and peer judgment. On the other hand, we develop a style of sensitivity and emotional addiction that drives us to become closer Read More »

The Human Response to Drums

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When most laymen hear the sound of a drum they often react in a manner that is more energetic, aggressive, and focused than they previously were. Essentially, that is to say, that the sound of a drum often “pumps up” a layman. Why? One could argue drums produce a certain texture that promotes this type Read More »

Drum Tonality: What You Should Know About It

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The basic idea behind tonality of drums is applied mostly to studio tuning. However, the basic concept can and should be applied to live stage tuning as well. The idea is to get the toms tuned to pitches and tones that best compliment the music being recorded. In a live situation, it would be very Read More »

To Be a Drummer

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So! You want to be a drummer. Why? Cause it’s cool to be a drummer? It is … but I hope that’s not why. Or maybe you want to pick up girls? You can… but if that’s why you want to be a drummer, don’t waste your time. Maybe it’s because when you hear a Read More »

The Drum Stick Grip: How To's

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How many times have you been asked, or, have asked yourself, "What is the right way to hold my sticks?" This is a question that has been asked by just about every drummer. I’ve been playing for about 35 plus years and have learned to play both the “traditional” and “matched” sticking methods and have Read More »

Finding a Manager: The Musician's Guide

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So you need to find a manager to help book gigs, shop a record deal, and manage the day to day business affairs of your band. The question is, how do you find one? Better yet, how do you find a professional, experienced, and ethical one? Well, the answer to this question is not an Read More »

Drum RIMS & Hoops: What You Need to Know About Them?

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A long time ago in a state far, far away (OK, make that late 1970's USA) Gauger invented a system called "Resonant Isolation Mounting System." or RIMS aka hoops. The idea was, that hardware should not intrude into the drum shell, but the drum should be free to vibrate by isolating it from damping effects Read More »

How to Practice Single Surface Drum Exercises for Best Results

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Single Surface Drum Exercises are one of the most effective ways to improve your drumming. While you can get a lot of single surface drum exercises on this site and around the internet, it’s important that you practice them effectively to get the most out of them. After all, don’t you hate it when you Read More »