I frequently teach with Stone Stick Control pp. 5 – 7. Here are some basic-beginning drum set exercises I use from these 72 sticking exercises. I have the student play eighth notes or quarter notes on a closed hi-hat and play the R’s on the bass drum and the L’s on the snare drum.
Aquarian offers a quality selection of vintage style drum heads designed to provide a vintage sound and appearance on drum set. These heads are especially suited for older vintage drum sets.
Recently, I have become a fan of Aquarian drum heads. Not the largest selling manufacturer of drum heads. But they do offer innovative and high quality heads for drum set that sound great in a variety of musical applications.
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 the Afro Cuban clave in Clave Essentials. I have combine these postings and developed a series of drum set practice exercises.
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 so much easier – while a bad bass player can make for a long and painful gig.
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. I thought I would share some tips for drum set players (musicians) wanting to keep getting booked for gigs.
I have primarily been using my Yamaha DTX Multi-12 in live applications. I used it for musicals and orchestral gigs when I couldn’t cover all the parts, didn’t want to move large/heavy equipment or there wasn’t much space for percussion. But recently I discovered how well it worked in a recording studio setting.
I have discussed cowbells previously on Drum Set Tips. Recently, I realized that I have slightly changed my original recommendations to now include Pearl Elite ECB23 Mounted Agogo Bells along with a LP 228 Black Beauty SR and a LP 205 Timbale cowbell.
I recently purchased a Meinl Pedal Mount to attach a Jam Block to start playing the Clave pattern with my left foot on Salsa music. Generally, I was never really sure what to do with my left foot on the hi-hat for Afro Cuban style music. I had seen other drummers play the Clave part with their left foot using a pedal mount and decided to incorporate it into my drum set playing.
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 professional working drummers and musicians over the years to keep me working and getting paid.