News and Blog

  1. The top Drum Ambition blog topics

    Posted in: Blog

    If you are taking online beginner drum lessons, or are thinking about drumming as a hobby, we have a series of blog articles that can help you. We regularly add new features, and to help identify which ones may be relevant to you, we have compiled this list of the top Drum Ambition blog topics. 2017 POSTS. How do I make my drum fills more creative? 10th July, 2017. How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of… Read More

  2. How do I make my drum fills more creative?

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    How do I make my drum fills better? When drum students ask this, they have often hit a plateau and find themselves in a comfort zone of playing the same drum fills, or minor variations of the same fills routinely. The hidden question is often: How do I make my drum fills more creative? In my drum studio in San Diego, I have students of all ages and levels that look for guidance on how to refine and improve their… Read More

  3. How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of control

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    When learning to play the drums, we all look forward to that moment when we can rock out at higher speeds to our favorite songs. There is definitely something exhilarating and hugely satisfying about drumming at faster tempos, but our obsession for speed can often lead to an inadvertent neglect of the foundation that helps build control. Whether you are watching our videos, reading our blog, watching a video blog or listening to our podcasts, there is one consistent message… Read More

  4. Drum Ambition to launch new features in June 2017

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    Drum Ambition, the critically acclaimed educational platform for beginner drummers, is launching two new features at the end of June 2017. In addition to the full video curriculum, downloadable sheet music, on-screen music notation, written blog and audio files, Drum Ambition members will be able to enjoy the first of a series of Podcasts and Vlogs (video blogs) presented by the platform’s Founder; Simon DasGupta. Both will be professionally recorded and produced at Studio West in San Diego, the home… Read More

  5. Do I need to learn music notation to play the drums?

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    Is it worth learning to read music to play the drums? Will reading music notation make me a better drummer? Is it hard to learn to read music and what are the benefits? These are common questions that I am asked on a daily basis at my drum studio in San Diego. This brief article should be a helpful reference for both beginner drummers, and those with more experience. My view on this has always been consistent. Learning to read… Read More

  6. Unique Drum Ambition drum sticks on sale now!

    Posted in: Blog, News

    We have teamed up with our very good friends at Vic Firth to bring you these rather smart Drum Ambition branded drum sticks. Drum sticks come in different weights and sizes, but we typically recommend a 5A for beginner drummers, and that’s exactly what we have on offer! Our branded 5A wood tip sticks are manufactured to Vic Firth’s highest specifications, and carry our unique logo. The Drum Ambition logo featuring the drum sticks over the atom, was created by top… Read More

  7. Can Drum Ambition help if you are not a beginner?

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    Perhaps you are one of the many self-taught drummers who never took formal instruction, or perhaps you have already dabbled with a few drum lessons. If you are interested in embellishing your existing talent by working on the fundamentals of reading, sticking, counting, dynamics and control, then Drum Ambition can help you improve. We do this using our structured curriculum, that you can access on all devices 24/7 – on your own schedule. Read on to see how we can… Read More

  8. When is the right time to start playing with other musicians?

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    You’ve been taking online beginner drum lessons, and maybe even supplementing them with lessons from a local drum teacher. You’ve followed the curriculum and built up a solid understanding of basic grooves and fills, and you are playing along to songs and having a great time. So now what? Well, this is just the beginning! Now may be a good time to start playing with other musicians. At my drum studio in San Diego, I have many students who are… Read More

  9. What is a click track?

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    When taking beginner drum lessons, you will hear many weird and wonderful terms used to describe techniques, musicality and equipment. Drum Ambition members have access to a comprehensive glossary of terms to help you navigate the finer nuances of drum lingo, and it’s constantly being updated. We help you understand terminology, from Accents to X-Hats, without getting too technical. A “click track” is a term normally used in the recording studio or live performance environment, referring to the metronome that keeps… Read More

  10. Drumming For Good – 2016/17 Donations

    Posted in: News

    Drum Ambition’s “Drumming For Good™” program is our way of giving back to the local San Diego community, as well as more wider reaching global initiatives. Last year we launched Drum Ambition online, and we are proud to announce the beneficiaries of our 2016 donations. 2016 DONATIONS. Navy SEAL Foundation, USA. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA. (Second donation of 2016). St. Michael’s School, Equipment Fundraiser, San Diego, USA. Habitat For Humanity, USA. ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention… Read More

  11. Overcoming barriers to practice

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    Don’t have time to practice the drums? Not motivated to practice or hitting other natural plateaus? Don’t worry – you are not alone, and these are all common scenarios. Drum Ambition is here to help you rise above them, and become the drummer we know you can be! Learning the drums is a great experience. It’s fun, rewarding and entertaining – all while being challenging and sometimes frustrating. When starting out, most of us envision the day where we play… Read More