Rudiments

  1. How do I play a smooth drum roll? (2022 – Updated)

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    Playing a smooth drum roll takes a lot of practice. While most people expect drummers to produce a smooth drum roll on-demand, it is one of the hardest things to do well on the snare drum. So, if you are a beginner drummer or even a drummer with more experience that has not yet mastered this technique – don’t worry; you are not alone. The reality is that developing a smooth drum roll is the culmination of several finely tuned… Read More

  2. Developing Good Technique on Drums (2022 – Updated)

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    Developing good drum set technique is critical to becoming a competent, musical drummer. Whether you are focusing on your grip, bass drum technique, rudimental studies, sticking, or any other area that comes under the banner of technique – this section is for you! We have written extensively about all of the essential techniques that beginner and hobbyist drummers will focus on, and this collection of popular articles is updated regularly, answering many frequently asked questions. Articles. Jargon Busting! Understanding drum… Read More

  3. Understanding Essential Rudiments (2022 – Updated)

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    An essential fundamental of learning the drums is understanding the importance of the drum set rudiments and where they fit into day-to-day drumming. A handful of essential drum set rudiments can transform your playing, making you a much more controlled and musical drummer. We receive many questions on this topic, and these frequently updated articles can help you understand how the drum set rudiments can be applied in music. Articles. Jargon Busting! Understanding drum terminology. 24th January 2022. How the… Read More

  4. The Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality (2021 – Updated)

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    Is it possible for drummers to sound musical? It’s certainly true that we create beats and set the tempo for others to follow, but there’s a lot more to our craft than meets the eye. To become a musical drummer, you don’t need a degree in music, decades of listening to multiple drummers, or several years of playing experience. There is no secret sauce, just a simple understanding of four key areas. At Drum Ambition, we like to call them… Read More

  5. 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

  6. Are the Drum Set Rudiments important for beginner drummers? (2021 – Updated)

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    The drum set rudiments are 26 sticking patterns that give us a comprehensive range of musical options on the drum set. Practicing them individually can help build good technique, and understanding how and when to use them can take your drumming to the next level. With that said – how important are they for beginner drummers at the start of their journey? Given as your early days as a drummer will involve practicing drum beats, drum fills, and working on… Read More

  7. What is “Sticking” in drumming, and why is this so important? (2021 – Updated)

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    One of the most important early fundamentals for beginner drummers is finding ways to build control on the drum set. Control is a wonderful state to achieve because it opens up so many other drumming areas, including musicality, speed, dynamics, power, efficiency, and endurance. Once you understand how all of these byproducts of control relate to one another, you’ll be able to take your drumming to the next level, and most importantly, have a lot of fun along the way.… Read More

  8. Drum Ambition adds two new modules

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    We are excited to announce that Drum Ambition is expanding its online drum lesson curriculum. Following on from the success of Module 1, which has seen Drum Ambition memberships expand to over 20 countries worldwide, we are launching two brand new modules. The first of these, Module 2, goes Live at the end of April 2020, with Module 3 following in mid-May. Fun, structure and setting attainable goals. Combined, these new modules will provide over 150 new beats, and 130… Read More

  9. The Ultimate Survival Guide for Beginner Drummers – Available Now

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    We are delighted to announce the release of our latest book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for Beginner Drummers, available now as an instant download. For a limited time, subscribers to our Pro or Rockstar plan will receive a free copy of the book. Written by our Founder, Simon DasGupta, this comprehensive, easy to read, and beautifully illustrated book is the result of his two decades of experience in teaching, and selling drums. Simon discussed the project in this short video.… Read More

  10. Video Blog Episode 10 – What is Sticking?

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    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 on the drum set, including creative drum fill orchestrations, musicality, dynamics, and of course, speed. If you aspire to play fluently, confidently and musically on the drum set – this video blog is a must watch!   Helpful related articles. What is “sticking” and why is this so important?  (Written Blog) How do I drum… Read More