Posts in category: The Thinking Drummer

Drummers: Here’s How to Learn Songs

In the past few weeks, I’ve been learning a lot of songs–both for gigs and auditions. As I went through the process of learning the material, I realized a few things: 1) Over many years of playing and learning songs, I’ve developed a methodology that works for me. 2) There are several “levels” of learning […]


Neil Peart on the 3 Elements of Drumming Mastery

In this edition of “The Thinking Drummer” we’re going to take a different view of the levels of mastery as explained by Neil Peart. I recently posted a clip of a Neil Peart interview on social media. In it, Neil discusses why the Rush song “Tom Sawyer” is so difficult to play. That, on its […]


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. […]