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  1. 10 bad drumming habits and how to fix them (2021 – Updated)

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    When we learn a new skill, we don’t intentionally set out to take shortcuts or develop bad habits. They are quite innocently a result of not knowing any better. The slippery slope begins when those habits become ingrained into your day-to-day drumming, thus becoming difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming to correct. There’s certainly nothing wrong with learning by making mistakes, and you’ll experience this regularly in drumming. To set you on the right track, we have compiled a list of 10… Read More

  2. What are drum fills, and how do I make them more creative? (2021 – Updated)

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    If you are a beginner drummer or interested in learning the drums, you will come across the terms “beats” and “fills” all of the time. A drumbeat is a generic term for the rhythmic pattern being played in a song, and this is a fairly straightforward concept to grasp. But what on earth is a drum fill, where are they used, and how do beginner drummers (and more experienced drummers, for that matter) develop them into a tasteful and musical… Read More

  3. The benefits of learning drum notation – 5 Essential Facts

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    One of the most hotly debated topics among drummers relates to the benefits of learning drum notation, and reading music. While many see the advantages, there are plenty of self taught drummers out there who learned to play by feel, listening, and good old fashioned trial and error. While this is certainly possible, there’s a few compelling reasons why learning to read music will help you on your journey to becoming a competent, controlled and musical drummer. Before we dive… Read More

  4. How do I hold my drum sticks?

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    Why is it important to hold our drum sticks in a certain way? Simply put, we need to develop full control of our playing if our goal is to play the drums competently, and how we hold our sticks is a big part of that. But most importantly, you will have a lot more fun with this instrument when you spend time on this, because control is the key to musicality, dynamics (how hard, or soft we play), speed and… Read More

  5. Video Blog Episode 1 – Why is reading music notation important?

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    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 both students that want to learn music notation, and equally for those who do not. With that said, Simon is a huge advocate for learning basic music theory, because in his opinion, it makes the experience better, quicker, and more comprehensive. It is highly recommended that you watch all 10 Music Notation videos in… Read More

  6. The Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality

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    In this blog, we examine what exactly makes a musical drummer. You don’t need a degree in music, you don’t need decades of listening to multiple drummers, and you don’t need years of playing experience to attain basic drum set musicality. There is no secret sauce, just a simple understanding of four key areas. At Drum Ambition, we like to call them the Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality, and they are: Understanding Rhythm. Developing Control. Adding Dynamics. Applying Rudiments.… Read More

  7. 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