How to Practice Single Surface Drum Exercises for Best Results

How to Practice Single Surface Drum Exercises for Best Results

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 spend hours practicing something only to feel confused and frustrated by it? In this article, we’re going to talk about how to effectively practice single surface drum exercises for the … [Read more...]

Power Vs. Force: A Definitive Guide for Drumming

Power Vs. Force: A Definitive Guide to Drumming

As drummers, we speak with our hands. This means that the tones and textures we create on our instruments are directly influenced by the way we move. If you move in a tight and rigid manner, you’re going to speak in a tight and rigid tone. If you move in a smooth and relaxed manner, you’re going to speak in a smooth and relaxed tone. This concept seems to be overlooked by a large number of members in the drumming community. It’s common to see someone playing with a great deal of tension … [Read more...]

The 3 Essential Drum Stroke Rebounds

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Most drummers don’t know what type of rebounds they use when they play. And while you shouldn’t be focused on the type of rebound you use for every single note you play as you play it, it’s important to have a deep understanding of what’s happening with the sticks when you drum. Why? Because as drummers, we create our sound by manipulating drum sticks. That’s an obvious “duh” statement. But the important thing to take away is that the better you know how to manipulate the drum … [Read more...]

What Every Drummer Needs to Know About Time

What Every Drummer Needs to Know About Time

Rhythmic knowledge is the first and most fundamental building block of the 4 Essential Building Blocks of Drumming. It is the foundation of everything you do as a drummer because it is the base that all of your drumming knowledge is built on top of. If you build your rhythmic knowledge haphazardly without care, you walk a thin line that will limit your growth as a musician.  If you build your rhythmic knowledge with a plan and deliberate actions, you will develop a strong infrastructure … [Read more...]

The 4 Essential Building Blocks of Drumming

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In previous articles, I talked about a popular style of learning that I call Polka-Dot Learning and explained why it’s detrimental to use for a long period of time and then explained what I call the Blueprint Method and showed why this method of learning is far more effective and yields greater results. But what exactly should you be focusing on when you use the Blueprint Method? What topics should you be evaluating and striving to improve as you practice? This is always a tough … [Read more...]