Tips & Tricks

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Be approachable

Always make sure that you are friendly and approachable as you never know where your next gig is going to come from. Work with other drummers and musicians to share work and opportunities. Also, make friends with your local drum shop!

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Listen…

Listen to as many styles of music as you can. This boosts your creativity on the drums and makes you more aware of how to approach these styles if you ever confront them in your band. A diverse drummer is always in demand and is very sensitive to the style required.

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How to get gigs…

Keep a straight solid beat and you will always get booked for work. There is nothing worse than a drummer that constantly fills and shows off. There is a time and a place for this, but most of the time its best in the practice room!

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Say it, then play it…

The best way to learn a new rhythm or drum fill during practice is to say it out loud first. This allows the brain another method of comprehending it. It will sound how it counts.

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Diary…

A great way to keep track of your progress is to keep a practice diary. You can keep records of what your are playing through and then you get the satisfaction of ticking things off as you achieve them. This is also great for working on your rudiments. You can keep a check on your […]

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Fast progress…

Is the result of practising little and often. It is better to play every day, or every other day for 15 minutes rather than just playing for 1 hour all at once. Remember to vary your practice. Make sure you cover a bit of everything, and remember to keep it fun! Make sure there is […]

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unbalanced sticks?

After playing for a while you can end up with a bag full of sticks, yet none of them seem to match?! A great way to stop this from happening is to number the butt or bottom of each pair of sticks when you buy them. This way if you put your sticks upside down […]

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