Developing Good Technique on Drums (2022 – Updated)
Developing good drum set technique is critical to becoming a competent, musical drummer. Whether you are focusing on your grip, bass drum technique, rudimental studies, sticking, or any other area that comes under the banner of technique – this section is for you! We have written extensively about all of the essential techniques that beginner and hobbyist drummers will focus on, and this collection of popular articles is updated regularly, answering many frequently asked questions. Articles. Understanding sticking concepts for… Read More
Do I need to learn music notation to play the drums? (2021 – Updated)
As a beginner drummer, learning to read music notation will make the learning experience easier. For drummers with more experience who do not currently read music, it will open up a new world of information, understanding, and techniques. Is it worth learning to read music to play the drums? Will reading music notation make me a better drummer? Is it hard to learn to read music, and what are the benefits? This brief article should be a helpful reference for… Read More
5 Ways Drum Ambition can help more experienced drummers
Drum Ambition has been designed from the ground up for beginner drummers to walk them seamlessly through the early days of drumming. But did you know that we also routinely help drummers with more experience? Are you an intermediate-level drummer or a more experienced hobbyist looking for online drum lessons? Perhaps you are one of the many self-taught drummers who never took formal instruction, or maybe you have already dabbled with a few drum lessons. If you are interested in… Read More
The benefits of learning drum notation – 5 Essential Facts (2021 – Updated)
Is learning to read music notation important for beginner and hobbyist drummers? This is a hotly debated topic. While many drummers see the advantages, plenty of self-taught drummers learned to play by feel, listening, and good old-fashioned trial and error. While this is certainly possible, there are a few compelling reasons why learning to read music will help you on your journey to becoming a competent, controlled, and musical drummer. Before we dive deeper, there is also a video blog… 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 10 – What is Sticking?
The key to drum set control is understanding and implementing sticking concepts. In this video blog, Simon explains how sticking concepts can lead to better control on the drum set, including creative drum fill orchestrations, musicality, dynamics, and of course, speed. If you aspire to play fluently, confidently and musically on the drum set – this video blog is a must watch! Helpful related articles. What is “sticking” and why is this so important? (Written Blog) How do I drum… Read More
Video Blog Episode 1 – Why is reading music notation important?
Understanding basic music notation will make your learning experience much more productive, and set you up for longer term success. Drum Ambition has been designed for both students that want to learn music notation, and equally for those who do not. With that said, Simon is a huge advocate for learning basic music theory, because in his opinion, it makes the experience better, quicker, and more comprehensive. It is highly recommended that you watch all 10 Music Notation videos in… Read More