Rudiments

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. How do I play a smooth drum roll?

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    I remember the first time I developed drum roll anxiety. I didn’t study drums at school, and I didn’t have a good teacher to point me in the right direction until I was in my twenties. Yet some time in the mid 1990’s, I was playing a residency on a cruise ship, and as part of a game show, I was asked to play a drum roll. With no time to think about it, and somewhat terrified, I took the… Read More

  7. 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

  8. Video Blog Episode 2 – Are the drum set rudiments important?

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    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 this view relate to beginner and hobbyist drummers who mostly want to focus on drum beats, fills, and playing along to music? Simon discusses the merits of applying the core-four rudiments, how they will eventually embellish your drumming, and why you shouldn’t lose sleep over them in the early days of your drumming adventure.… Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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