Posts in category: The Thinking Drummer

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

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. […]


The Thinking Drummer: The Case for Less Endorsement Deals

Musicians sometimes see endorsements with musical instrument and gear companies as a badge of honor. The gear company is agreeing to have you represent them as an artist (remember that you endorse their products, they don’t endorse you). That is appealing; we musician and artist types want to be appreciated for our art. When a […]


The Trouble with Electronic Drum Sets

Electronic Drum Sets

The invention of electronic drums is a very important event in drumming history. The age-old problem for us drummer types is being able to practice and play drums without causing trouble and disturbing people. The big attraction of electronic drums is the solution of this problem. It wasn’t possible for me to really practice on […]