Special Feature Videos

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    Part 1 - Grip, Bass Drum Technique, Posture and Positioning.

    We answer some common questions on how to hold your sticks, how to use the bass drum pedal, maintaining good posture, and how to position your…
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    Part 2 - Developing Finger Control.

    Simon explains the relationship between fingers and stick control, pointing out common challenges for beginner drummers, and opportunities to improve this vital area of technique. It…
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    Part 3 - Stick Tricks and Showmanship.

    Showmanship definitely has its place in drumming, and in this video, we show you how to spin your drum sticks. Simon also references drummers that tastefully…
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    Part 4 - An Introduction to the Traditional Grip.

    Simon demonstrates the "Traditional Grip", including an explanation of the evolution of this technique, practical application, and some pointers on how to practice. In the introduction,…
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    Part 5 - The Core Four Rudiments - Single Strokes.

    Drum set rudiments are a series of sticking patterns that build control on the drum set, and help fine-tune your technique. They can also be used…
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    Part 6 - The Core Four Rudiments - Double Strokes - Slow.

    Continuing our theme on the "core-four" rudiments, we introduce you to one of the most versatile rudiments on the drums set; the double stroke. You can…
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    Part 7 - The Core Four Rudiments - Double Strokes - Fast.

    This episode covers the bounced double, which is the key to faster double strokes, and ultimately, a double stroke roll. In order to get the most…
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    Part 8 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - FLAMS.

    The flam is a great rudiment to embellish your drum fills, and is also a great stick control exercise. In this video, Simon shows you how…
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    Part 9 - THE CORE FOUR RUDIMENTS - DRAGS.

    In the final installment of our "core four" rudiment series, Simon discusses the rudimental drag. Find out how combining a single stroke with a double stroke…
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    Part 10 - PARADIDDLE POWER.

    The rudimental paradiddle is a great opportunity to refine your technique, while giving you some very interesting groove and fill ideas at the same time. Since…
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    Part 11 - FLAM ACCENTS.

    Continuing our theme of "the best of the rest", Simon introduces you to the rudimental Flam Accent. This triplet based rudiment combines flams with single strokes…
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    Part 12 - Assembling a Yamaha Stage Custom Birch drum set from the box.

    We teamed up with our good friends at Yamaha Drums to bring you this video on drum set assembly. Using a beautiful Yamaha Stage Custom Birch…
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    Part 13 - Why is reading music notation important?

    Understanding basic music notation will make your learning experience much more productive, and set you up for longer term success. Drum Ambition has been designed for…
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    Part 14 - Are the drum set rudiments important?

    Conventional drumming wisdom will tell you that mastering the drum set rudiments is an essential step in becoming a solid and proficient drummer. But how does…
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    Part 15 - Should drumming be painful?

    Most drumming related aches and pains are a result of bad technique. The good news is that attention to grip, posture, bass drum technique and drum…
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    Part 16 - How do I tune my drums?

    Tuning drums is a skill that can take a long time to develop, and it really is a case of trial and error, experiments and tinkering.…
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    Part 17 - How much should I practice?

    Did you know that 5-10 minutes of focused practice per day can give you some great results over time? We all lead busy lives, and finding…
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    Part 18 - Is ear protection important?

    Whether you are playing acoustic or electronic drums; being mindful of the volume, and taking the appropriate precautions to protect your hearing is highly recommended. Simon…
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    Part 19 - Which drum sticks should I use?

    The drum stick classification system can be a little confusing to hobbyist drummers. Finding out which drum sticks suit you best is a matter of experimentation,…
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    Part 20 - Should drum sticks break?

    Aside from natural wear and tear, the most common cause of breaking drum sticks is a simple gap in technique. How you hold your sticks, how…
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    Part 21 - What is a click track?

    A click track is essentially a metronome that plays a role in developing good time keeping, and also has uses in studio recording and live production.…
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    Part 22 - What is Sticking?

    The key to drum set control is understanding and implementing sticking concepts. In this video blog, Simon explains how sticking concepts can lead to better control…
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    Part 23 - How do I drum faster?

    We all want to play fast beats and fills, and play along to uptempo songs, but the reality is that speed is just a byproduct of…
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    Part 24 - How long does it take to learn the drums?

    How long it takes to learn the drums depends very much on your personal goals. If your goal is to play basic beats and fills, and…
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    Part 25 - The Ultimate Survival Guide for Beginner Drummers.

    We hope that this series of Special Feature Videos has helped answer many of your questions. You may also like to know that Simon has taken…