Why timekeeping is the Number 1 priority for all drummers (2021 – Updated)
You’ve most likely heard it before: “the drummer keeps the time.” But have you ever wondered what this actually means and why it is so important? Drummers are a multi-talented bunch. We create the beats that keep the listeners’ feet tapping and the dancers happy. We musically embellish our parts with drum fills and cymbal crashes. We are entertaining and visually fun to watch – all while being the coolest member of the band at the same time. You are… Read More
10 Popular drum set accessories for beginner drummers (2021 – Updated)
If you are a beginner drummer interested in drum set accessories or looking for gifts for the drummer in your life, this article will help! There are many drum set accessories available, and we have outlined ten popular options below – some are fun, and some are just practical. Some are a few dollars, and some are a little more. Before we dive in, don’t forget our free glossary is available to help with unfamiliar terms. Helpful related articles: 5… Read More
5 Ways electronic drums are great for beginner drummers (2021 – Updated)
There has never been a better time to buy an electronic drum set with so many great options available. More manufacturers are rising to the challenge of producing cost-effective, feature-rich electronic drum sets for hobbyists and beginner drummers who may not want to spend the earth to get started. We have previously discussed the features and benefits of electronic and acoustic drums at length, and this updated article highlights five ways that modern electronic drums are transforming the learning experience… Read More
Video Blog Episode 12 – How long does it take to learn the drums?
How long it takes to learn the drums depends very much on your personal goals. If your goal is to play basic beats and fills, and play along with slow to mid-tempo songs, then just 5-10 minutes of focused practice per day will get you there after a few weeks of playing. Like any musical instrument, you get out what you put in, and your practice time, and the quality of practice will ultimately lead to the fulfillment of your… Read More
Video Blog Episode 11 – How do I drum faster?
We all want to play fast beats and fills, and play along to uptempo songs, but the reality is that speed is just a byproduct of control. In order to build speed, we have to practice slowly and more precisely, with gradual, incremental advances as and when we feel completely comfortable. In this video blog, Simon discusses the hobbyist drummer’s obsession with speed, and why it is essential to manage your expectations, and build a strong foundation. Helpful related… Read More
Video Blog Episode 9 – What is a click track?
A click track is essentially a metronome that plays a role in developing good time keeping, and also has uses in studio recording and live production. In this video blog, Simon examines the practical use of the click track in each of these areas, and discusses why developing good time keeping is the Number One priority for all drummers. Helpful related articles. 5 Tips to developing good time keeping. Why time keeping is the Number One priority for all… Read More