How to Learn Drums Without a Kit

Can I learn drums without a drum kit? Yes!! So you want to learn drums but you don't have a drumset? No problem! The majority of my practice nowadays is without a drumset, and to be honest sometimes having a drumset can be distracting. When trying to learn new songs it is not often productive […]

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Songs to Learn for Drums (If You're a Beginner)

In my experience of teaching beginning drummers, they don't immediately want to grab the sticks and start learning rudiments or sticking exercises, they want to learn songs by their favorite bands. It's completely natural, since we don't see all the work that goes into becoming a great drummer. We want to be able to play […]

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How Do Drummers Read Music?

Drummers need to read music just like the rest of the musicians. It may not seem as common to see a rock concert with a drummer flipping through his sheet music on a music stand, but in other contexts, orchestral and jazz (and while practicing), it is very common to see drummers reading music. Let's […]

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What are the Best Resonant Drum Heads?

What is a resonant head? The short answer is: a resonant head is the bottom head on the drum which helps add tone and reverberation to the drum. But how can we decide what is the best resonant head for us and what qualities should you look for when you are buying one? Let's dive […]

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Homemade Drum Dampeners

Drum dampening is not just about reducing volume. In fact, that's the least interesting feature of dampening drums. We have already written articles about how to make your drums less noisy, where in that case, yes, the goal is to reduce the volume. But in this article, I wanted to tackle how we can dampen our […]

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What are the best drum heads for funk and jazz?

Many of my students ask me what the best type of drum head to buy is, and of course I tell them that all depends on what type of sound you are after. Today we are going to explore some of the more popular options in funk and jazz music. Drum heads can change the […]

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