Noodling Practice

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Feel like you’re not really practicing and are just noodling? There’s nothing wrong with that… unless you’re doing it without a met! If you noodle without a met you’re just reinforcing incorrect perceptions of time. Check it out.

Breaking Paradigms Part 1: German Grip

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This lesson may ruffle some feathers as German Grip is still a big part of lots of teaching philosophies, but there is lots about this technique I don’t like. Less range of motion, less movement, less leverage, limit range of motion for the fingers… the list goes on. This is my take, love it or leave, […]

Play Big, Not Hard

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We all like to have a nice big, full, rich sound which often leads to feeling like we need to hit super hard and dig in to achieve this. Bad call. This lesson is all about focusing on velocity instead of inertia: be loose and relaxed, not tight and stiff – you’ll sound all the […]

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 […]

The Best Way to Learn to Read Music

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Learning to read drum music can be a bit of a chore for some of us – well, almost everyone when you first start! Here are two key questions that will help you work out any rhythm you come across, even if you have never seen it before. Follow these couple of simple rules and […]

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!