Blog and Resources for Drummers

NOT YOUR AVERAGE DRUM BLOG

In 20+ years of teaching drummers, I have amassed a unique view of our role as drummers, and have explored concepts that I rarely hear talked about. All of these have shaped my world profoundly and I hope that they inspire you to think about music, performing, and practicing in a new and creative way.

Starting May 18th, 2023 I will be releasing hopefully a weekly blog throughout the summer.

Why should we “count out loud”?

Why should we “count out loud”?

Scientists and psychologists have studied brain development when it comes to being a musician, and there are many findings that music is uniquely suited for developing deep pathways within the brain. One of these things I feel we must develop—is producing music with...

Can You Program a Drum Machine Well?

Can You Program a Drum Machine Well?

In a previous article titled The Click Perspective, I introduced some wisdom from a drummer named Rusty Knorr. This nugget also came from Rusty and I am grateful. The year was 1988—it was late in the new-wave genre and drum machines and technology were taking over the...

The ‘Click Perspective’

The ‘Click Perspective’

Playing to a click is an essential skill for a drummer. From backing tracks, to recording, to just consistent tempos for dancers and music-goers, we are asked to play to a click. Most of today's music production is about bringing the best to the performance, and this...

What is a Drummer’s Number One Job?

What is a Drummer’s Number One Job?

As an educator, teaching drums for over 20 years now, you refine the opener to someone's first drum lesson... for some teachers it's how to hold the sticks, for some it's naming all of the pieces of a drumset—for me it's this concept. What are we even here to do? What...