Posts in category: The Thinking Drummer

Drummers, Are You Spending Enough Practice Time on Your Groove?

How Do You Measure Drumming Success?

As drummers, our primary job when playing with other people is to provide the groove. That’s the foundation of the music and the bottom line reason for our presence within a group of musicians. If we do a good job, the music just feels good. If we can do that, we’re successful. There are several […]


How Do You Define Drumming Success?

The Thinking Drummer

Success. What does it mean? I’ve become fascinated with how drummers define it and how they pursue it. There are so many versions of success. So, let’s look at some of the ways that drummers visualize and measure it. Is it About Money? The most common way to look at success, of course, is money. […]


Drummers: Should You Have a Back Up Plan? No. Just be an Entrepreneurial Artist

Drummers (and other musicians), actors, artists, writers and creative people of all types have probably all thought about the idea of the “back-up plan” at one point or another. It is difficult to make money making art of any kind. It’s a winding path with no map and it can be overwhelming. Often, these creatives […]


The Thinking Drummer: Everything You Think Is Hard Will Eventually Be Easy

How Do You Measure Drumming Success?

I’ve been practicing a lot lately. Today, I sat down behind the kit after a day off. Sometimes you need a day off just to keep things fresh. I realized how well this works when I sat down today. I was so happy and excited to play after not having played for just one day. […]