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 […]


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 […]