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Anatomy of Drumstick

This is post 1 of 1 in the series “Anatomy Series” Drumstick is the perfect combination of balance, response, feel and sound properties.  The following are the elements that make a drumstick - Butt-end, Grip area, Body or Shaft, Shoulder, Taper, Neck, Tip. The Butt end functions as the counterweight to the tipped end of the stick. Used in reverse to the […]

Limb Independence

Independence means being able to play each hand separately while each hand is performing a different rhythmic idea. Limb independence allows one to play different rhythms, without having to consciously focus on each one individually. It is also one of the more difficult parts of learning the drums, since it is harder to process. Max […]

Ruminations…How to truly listen-Evelyn Glennie

This is post 1 of 1 in the series “TedTalks” In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums. Dame Evelyn Glennie's music challenges the listener to ask where music comes from: Is it more than simply a translation from […]

Rudiment Progress Chart : Track your Progress

This is post 4 of 4 in the series “Rudiments” Practicing rudiments has never been fun for me as I could never really track my progress in terms of how fast I could play and how long could I endure playing a particular rudiment. The biggest drawback for me over the years has been that […]

Musical Expression of Rudiments

This is post 3 of 4 in the series “Rudiments” In my opinion, practicing rudiments is one thing and applying them to the kit is a different ball game all together. Most of the time I find it difficult to apply the rudiments  fluidly during my jam sessions unless I deliberate upon them.  I have been practicing […]

50 BPM Drumming Challenge

In this day and age, it’s all about speed. For a drummer to play a slow beat on the drums, it takes the ability to appreciate the song and the subtleties of his arrangement. The following is a challenge on something that’s completely opposite to going fast…going slow, something most people never think to practice.The […]

Drum Rudiments – Essence of Drumming Technique

This is post 2 of 4 in the series “Rudiments” Rudiments play a vital role in field of drumming. The word ‘Rudiment’ in drumming means basic patterns or building blocks combining which one could create a variety of music. It is hence essential for every drummer to practice and understand all the rudiments to improve […]

Hybrid Rudiments

This is post 1 of 4 in the series “Rudiments” Hybrid rudiments or Hybrids are a combination of one or more official rudiments (‘Single Four’ + ‘Ratamacue’ = ‘Single Ratamacue’)to form new rudimental patterns, though this might not be the case all the time. They are very common in drum and bugle corps and marching […]

Neglected Elements

Recently I read an article by Danny Britt, where in he was explaining a simple but very profound concept by Victor Wooten (brilliant bassist). Wooten had stated that so much of the focus of playing is on the notes, as to what note is being played and what note should be played, that we lose […]