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PRACTICE TIPS

Developing a Closed Buzz Roll

Developing a Closed "Buzz" Roll on snare drum is essential. Not only for a concert percussionist, but also for a drum set player. Get your "Buzz On" by practicing these…

Salsa Foot Clave Exercises

I have previously posted about playing the Clave with Meinl Pedal Mount and Afro Cuban Salsa patterns on drum set: Mambo, Salsa Cascara and Salsa Campana. Also, an explanation of…

Drums and Bass Relationship

There is one musician that every drummer should respect and get along with to be successful. That is the bass player. A good bass player can make a drummer's life…

Get More Music Gigs

Recently, I have been surprised that some of my colleagues are not well prepared or always act professional at rehearsals and performances. These are older musicians who should know better.…

Be a Professional Musician

If you want to get paid and treated like a professional musician then you need to act like a professional musician. Here are a few things I have learned from…

How to Play Drum Set Softer

If you play drum set long enough, at some point you are going to hear: "You're too loud - play softer". Since you can't just turn the amp volume down,…

Metronome Techniques for Drum Set Practicing

Most of us have a "Love - Hate" relationship with the metronome. I had a conversation this weekend with a fellow percussionist about working on the Stone "Stick Control" exercises…

Developing Rhythmic Accuracy

If you can't sing it or count it you probably can't play it correctly. So for developing rhythmic accuracy sing it or count it before or while you play it.…

Practice with Pomodoro Technique

Sometimes I think I practice just because I feel obligated to spend "time" on the drums. So I flip open some method books and play through various exercises at semi-challenging…