WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS?

I’d like to begin this article by thanking those who have offered feedback on previous drum tips. You know who you are. Thanks a Lot! Several years ago I had an epiphany (short for “an episode of instantaneous, profound realization”). One of my musician friends asked me, “Who would you rather impress? Other drummers or…

HEAD SELECTION

I know it seems like I’m obsessed with good drum tone. That’s because I am! This month’s tips are also about how select the proper drum heads to sound your best. Drums are unique in that they are very sensitive to drum head selection. All manufacturers basically make their own versions of the heads other…

PERFORMANCE PERCEPTION

Recently, a few of my peers have talked with me about having had a bad drum performance. These guys were devastated and desperate to be sure that they would never have such a bad gig ever again. I know that feeling all too well so this month’s tips will address this issue that affects us…

IMPROVING YOUR TIME

Have you ever been at a rehearsal or gig and had the other guys (or girls) in the band complain about your time? If you said, “yes.” you’re not alone. This is an issue that comes up over and over again. This month’s tips will address this and hopefully offer some possible solutions. In pop…

SAVING MONEY ON MAINTENANCE COSTS

Occasionally, you will experience drum hardware malfunctions. Many times, especially with bass drum pedals and hi-hat stands, this is due to something being out of adjustment or simply misassembled. When it’s clear that something is just broken, sometimes you can easily ( and inexpensively) fix it yourself, thus saving money on maintenance costs. Stripped threads…