Posts in category: The Thinking Drummer

Drummers: Here’s How To Battle Stage Fright

How Do You Measure Drumming Success?

How many of you get nervous before a show or audition? I’ll bet many of you are saying, “yes, I do.” Guess what? You’re not alone. I get nervous too. I’d like to offer you some strategies for overcoming this anxiety. Below are some things to tell yourself, actions to take or things to consider […]


Making a Living as a Musician or Artist: Some Musings and Philosophy from a Drummer

For any of us who have dreamed big about their art–and making a living from it–this post is for you. I should start out by saying that as I write this, I do make a living from drumming, but not all of it is from playing. Most of it currently comes from my teaching business. […]


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 […]


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 […]