How to Get Better at Drums: Give This Practice Routine a Shot!

Although I might struggle at times, I’m going to try and keep this post short and to the point. If you’re learning how to get better at drums, the following exercise should be a fun and unique challenge, especially for all of you intermediate drummers out there! And quick disclaimer, this exercise will require a …

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Limb Independence: Switching Between Open-handed and Closed

Limb independence: switching between open and close-handed. Snare drum.

Today I would like to talk more about building limb independence. Now I know you might be thinking wow, is there anything drummers do that doesn’t revolve around doing countless different exercises to try and build our limb independence? The answer to that is certainly. We could be working on understanding and playing odd time …

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How to Improve Drumming Technique: Playing the Bass Drum on the ‘ands’.

How to improve drumming technique: playing the bass on the 'ands'. Bass drum.

Unless this is your first day learning to play the drums, I’m sure you’re pretty familiar with playing a generic rock beat that features the bass drum on beat one and beat three, and the snare drum on beats two and four. Well, this is going to change that up by focusing on playing the …

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What is the Difference Between a Grace Note and a Ghost Note?

What is the difference between a grace note and a ghost note? Sheet Music.

Oftentimes, musicians use the terms grace note and ghost note interchangeably, but technically that is not correct. Today, I’m going to talk about the difference between a grace note and a ghost note, because there is an important distinction that should be noted. Knowing and understanding the difference between the two will add another chunk …

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Developing Hand and Foot Independence for Beginner Drummers

Developing hand and foot independence for beginner drummers. Featured image of a person sitting at a drumset.

Developing hand and foot independence is a crucial skill that drummers of all skill levels need to continually challenge themselves to improve. It can be a blast watching a highly skilled drummer doing their thing on the kit, but it’s far too easy to forget just how much practice and how much time they have …

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Drummer Jokes

How do you tell if the stage is level?The drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth. What did the drummer say to the band leader?“Do you want me to play too fast or too slow?” How can you tell a drummer is at the door?The knocking speeds up. What do you do if …

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Warm-up Routines for Drummers – 01

Warm-ups for drummers. Black and white drum kit.

Throughout this “warm-up routines for drummers” series, we’ll be discussing different routines that you, as a drummer, can begin implementing in your own warm-ups. This will be the first post in a series that will progressively introduce more advanced warm-up concepts and techniques. If you are brand new to drumming and haven’t considered starting your …

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Time Signatures

Below you will find links to different sections of this page providing guides and examples of different time signatures you will inevitably encounter throughout your musical journey. I will break them up into different categories, with the goal being to provide a beneficial reference for anyone who is unsure of how a particular time signature …

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