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Posts in category: The Thinking Drummer

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 […]


Some Thoughts on Push Pull Drumming Technique

The Push Pull Technique

In this installment of The Thinking Drummer, I take a little look at Push/Pull aka Open/Close hand technique. It’s something that I’ve been working on seriously for several months now. Let’s talk about what it is, what the possibilities are, and how you can learn it. First of all, I’ve been interested in this technique […]


How to Play a Drum Solo: the One Secret Nobody’s Telling You

how to play a drum solo: the one secret nobody's telling you

Many drummers love drum solos. Do you? We often revere those who play them well. Yes, any drummer who understands their role in music will believe in the power of groove, but many (dare I say most?) also covet the ability to solo. There are many steps a drummer must take in order to develop […]