Reading Music

  1. 5 ways beginner drummers develop good timekeeping (2021 – Updated)

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    When you are learning the drums, it seems as if there are so many things to focus on. From developing coordination, counting skills, sight-reading, and essential technique, to formulating practice plans – it can be hard to know where to start. The most important thing of all is having fun and enjoying the experience. You’ll soon find that many of these things naturally fall into place with the right guidance. Timekeeping is a top priority, and as drummers, this is… Read More

  2. Why is reading drum music important? (2021 – Updated)

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    Learning to read drum music notation is often an intimidating thought for many beginner drummers. The good news is that it’s really not as difficult as you might think, and as you will read, the huge benefits are well worth the extra effort. As well as being the universal language of musicians everywhere, understanding music notation can help make your learning experience productive, efficient, and above all, more fun. Don’t underestimate that last point. Keeping a hobby or interest fun… 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. 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

  5. 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

  6. Why Time Keeping is the Number 1 Priority for All Drummers

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    Drummers are a multi-talented bunch. We create the beats that keep the listener’s feet tapping and the dancers happy, we musically embellish our parts with drum fills and cymbal crashes, we are entertaining and visually fun to watch – all while being the coolest member of the band at the same time. In fact, you are probably here right now because you saw a cool drummer, or heard an interesting drum part and thought “I’d like to have a go… Read More