Posts in category: The Thinking Drummer

The Gift

Happy Holidays, everyone! Here is my gift to you.  It’s a little motivational video that I think can help you.  The mental exercise I describe in the video did–in fact–literally change my life. I don’t want to steal my own thunder so I’m not going to tell you that much more about it, except that […]

There’s Nothing Wrong with Simple Drumming

As I get deeper and deeper into the video course that I’ve been creating for beginners, I’ve  been reminded of quite a few things. One is that even though it’s almost a cliche at this point, the notion of “focusing on the groove” and “playing for the song” really is of the utmost importance.  Truly. […]

Top 5 Mistakes Beginner Drummers Make

How Do You Measure Drumming Success?

Over many years of teaching, I’ve noticed a few things that come up again and again when I’m working with beginners. In this edition of “The Thinking Drummer,” we’ll look at the top 5 mistakes I see. If you’re just starting to play drums for the first time ever or even if you’re just fairly […]

Milking Your Drum Licks Dry 2: Permutations

The last time I wrote about trying to get the most mileage from your drumming ideas (a notion that I think is very important to one’s drumming), I shared a PDF with one specific lick. Then, we “milked” it by changing the underlying rhythm from 16ths to triplets and beyond. No doubt, that works. Here’s […]