We have all heard the adage “practice makes perfect”. Yet practicing without focus seldom achieves a seamless playing session. When aiming to improve drumming techniques, beginners should focus on holding their drumsticks correctly, keeping their leg and arm movements in sync, and staying on beat. Focused practice sessions require measurable techniques of improvement. Setting benchmarks
I love teaching basic rock grooves on drums. Many teachers will keep a student on a practice pad for a while, learning to control their hands before taking it to the drum set. While I completely see the merit in this approach, I like to get my students started on drum set as quickly as
As a female drummer, I know I’m a bit of an oddity. And I don’t mind it one bit. In fact, I kind of like the shocked faces that follow me as I lug my huge bass drum across the bar to the stage. Tearing down misconceptions is a good thing. In this article, I share my confessions as a female drummer.
Many teachers have different ways of explaining how to hold a drumstick. I have a simple, catchy method of remembering the best way to hold your sticks with the best possible results. This method is remembering 1, 2, 3, V. 1: Make a “1” with your pointer finger. Now look at the palm side of
As an experienced drum set teacher in Miami, FL, many parents ask me whether they should purchase a standard acoustic drum set or the increasingly popular electronic drum set for their young drum student. Either is fine, but there are definitely pros and cons with both. An electronic set may seem more practical on the
As a musician, playing music is one of the most natural, enjoyable activities I can possibly take part in. However, when it comes to playing in front of family and friends, teachers, or peers, it can be quite stressful. I am someone who has always had a major problem with stage fright. The problem only