Sticking

  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. How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of control (2021 – Updated)

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    When engaged in a new hobby, it’s natural that we want to progress as quickly as possible. For many beginner drummers, that means wanting to play beats faster. We all look forward to that moment when we can rock out at higher speeds to our favorite songs. There is definitely something exhilarating and hugely satisfying about drumming at faster tempos. Still, our obsession for speed can often lead to inadvertent neglect of the foundation that helps build control. There is… Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Video Blog Episode 11 – How do I drum faster?

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    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 control. In order to build speed, we have to practice slowly and more precisely, with gradual, incremental advances as and when we feel completely comfortable. In this video blog, Simon discusses the hobbyist drummer’s obsession with speed, and why it is essential to manage your expectations, and build a strong foundation.   Helpful related… Read More

  8. 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

  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