Monthly Archives: November 2020

Improve Your Drum Skills and Technique Without Practice!

I can hear everyone saying to themselves, “Improve your drum skills and technique without practice? How is that possible?” Did you know that we continue to learn even when we are not actively engaged in learning or studying? As students … Continue reading

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Music Minus Drums – Discover Gems Amid Your Music Collection

What does music minus drums mean? Have you ever found yourself comping against an instrumental track where there are no recorded drums? Whether the track was written without drums in mind, or the drum track was removed, these tracks offer … Continue reading

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Kenny Washington – Taking Your Drumming to the Next Level

This page shares the reprinted article by Kenny Washington – “Taking your drumming to the next level.” Not unlike other musicians, I am always looking to take my playing to the next level. And I work everyday at it. What … Continue reading

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What Does My Drum Lesson Plan Look Like

What does my drum lesson plan look like? Every drum teacher, and students alike, needs a drum lesson plan. And we find that every student has their own unique approach to learning and practicing. And when it comes to learning … Continue reading

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Traditional or Matched Grip

From the age of 9, I was taught to use a traditional grip. Frankly, I was oblivious to any other type of grip at that stage in my life and thought this was how it’s done. I remember struggling during … Continue reading

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Tribute to Drummer Charles Perry

I had the pleasure and the privilege to have studied with Charles Perry in the early to mid 1970’s. This post is a tribute to him. For those of you in the drum community who don’t know Charles Perry, he … Continue reading

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Early Memories of an Aspiring Drummer

It was about 1964. I was in the fourth grade orchestra, as percussionist. I wouldn’t necessarily say I was a percussionist at the tender age of 9; I was just learning to play the drums. I didn’t even own a … Continue reading

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Cuíca – Samba Drum known for its high squeaky sound

I just purchased my first Cuíca Samba drum, a Brazilian friction drum known for its high squeaky sound resembling a small possum, and is used in Samba music and during Carnival. I can’t wait to master it. The tone a … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Notes You Play, It’s the Notes You Don’t Play

Drumming is every bit an instrument of “feel” as it is “technique”, but it’s also an instrument of “complement”. Everything in life complements something else. One thing plays off the other. Laughing and crying. Happiness and sadness. Night and day. … Continue reading

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Cowling Exercises – Finger Strengthening and Carpel Tunnel Curative

One of my current drum instructors, Jim Rennier, introduced me to a hand strengthening exercise that has literally transformed my drumming skills and aided in alleviating my carpel tunnel issues. The Cowling exercises, formally known as the ” The Cowling … Continue reading

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