Cymbal Orchestration

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Playing the right cymbals with the right sound for the right purpose as opposed to just hitting the closest/prettiest cymbal is a big factor in playing musically. Smaller cymbals often create tension that need resolution by being followed by bigger cymbals for example. So how do you choose? It’s all about phrasing… check out some […]

Protect your Ostinato

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Your ostinato is just a basic repeated pattern. Often your hihat or ride cymbal, the consistency of your time keeper and protecting that time keepers is key to maintaining that groove. Making smart musical choices about logistics such as which hand to use for crashes while ensuring you are aiming for ‘safety in motion’ will […]

Simple Functional Fills

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We all know our job as drummers is to service the music, but that’s not all – we also have to make the other musicians we are playing with feel comfortable. A big part of this is making sure we play fills that maintain the groove and phrasing of the groove and do not depart […]

Drumkit Setup and Ergonomics

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The setup and ergonomics of your drumkit plays a huge role in allowing you to flow efficiently and musically around the drums with great flow and feel, but is something that is easy to get wrong with all the bits and pieces that going into your setup. Here are a few general rules that you […]

Just Right Height

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In this lessons we explore the concept of making sure you are playing the “just right height” for whatever tempo you are playing at. This will help make sure you don’t play to big and force it which will allow you to develop faster and practice smart!

Warming Up and Injuries

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Bill has some important tips on how to fix some technique issues that may be leading to tendonitis as part of his work with the PAS Health and Wellness Committee. “You can only fix your car with so much duct tape, so why not just fix the problem instead of dealing with the symptoms for […]

Velocity, Drumsticks, and the Kitchen Spoon

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In this lesson, Bill will demonstrate the different velocities garnered by each (using a kitchen spoon!?) and discuss how to play with more power and the pitfalls to avoid. Awareness of the differing approaches will also help you in evening out your hands.

Stick Heights, Velocity and Double Stops

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This week, we look at stick heights, velocity and double stops. In this lesson, Bill will get into some deep thoughts about the fallibility of stick heights based on the velocity variables. He’ll also show how using double stops with perfectly matching stick heights and velocity will make a huge difference in evening out your […]