Technique

  1. How do I hold my drum sticks? (2021 – Updated)

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    If you are new to drumming or an experienced drummer looking for tips on improving and further developing your grip, you have come to the right place. As you would imagine, we are often asked for advice on the best way to hold drum sticks. In fact, just like many other areas of drumming and music, this is quite a subjective topic. The reality is that you could go to five different drum teachers and come away with five different… Read More

  2. Are practice pads good for learning drums? (2021 – Updated)

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    Do you need a drum set to learn to play the drums? Can a practice pad be used as an alternative, and what are the benefits and limitations?  You’ve had your first drum lesson and are itching to get home and practice your first beat or rudiment. Or perhaps you just watched an online video and are interested in diving deeper! The problem is, you have nothing to practice on. It’s too soon to run out to the music store,… Read More

  3. 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

  4. Why do my cymbals sound bad? (2021 – Updated)

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    Are you cringing every time you hit your crash cymbals? Do your hi-hats sound abrasive and clangy? If so, you may find yourself asking this question: Why do my cymbals sound bad? This can be particularly frustrating when they are brand new and part of a recently purchased drum set. While there are various ways to make your acoustic drums sound better, cymbals are very honest in sonic quality. While it makes sense that cheaper cymbals may not sound as… Read More

  5. Should playing the drums be painful? (2021 – Updated)

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    Are you experiencing discomfort or pain when playing the drums? It’s not uncommon for beginner drummers to experience this, but there’s no need to worry! We can address these minor aches and pains before they become more frequent groans. It’s normally just a case of understanding the importance of good posture, good technique, and an ergonomic drum set-up. Drumming should be fun, and staying fit and healthy is key to that goal. We are here to help! One of the… Read More

  6. Should drum sticks break? (2021 – Updated)

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    In your early drum lessons, you will soon learn that having good technique can prolong the life of your drum sticks. It can be an inconvenient and costly affair if you regularly break them. Drum sticks are considered consumables because they need to be replaced at somewhat regular intervals. With the average cost of a pair of drum sticks being around $10, it’s certainly not something we should let happen too often. Some common scenarios lead to frequent breakage. Some… Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Video Blog Episode 3 – Should drumming be painful?

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    Most drumming related aches and pains are a result of bad technique. The good news is that attention to grip, posture, bass drum technique and drum set ergonomics can help you stay healthy! In conjunction with this video blog, we strongly recommend that you watch this video, which covers all of the above areas of development in detail.   Helpful related articles. Should drumming be painful? Blood on the snare drum – The Whiplash myth. 10 bad drumming habits and… Read More