time keeping

  1. 10 bad drumming habits and how to fix them (2021 – Updated)

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    When we learn a new skill, we don’t intentionally set out to take shortcuts or develop bad habits. They are quite innocently a result of not knowing any better. The slippery slope begins when those habits become ingrained into your day-to-day drumming, thus becoming difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming to correct. There’s certainly nothing wrong with learning by making mistakes, and you’ll experience this regularly in drumming. To set you on the right track, we have compiled a list of 10… 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. What is a click track? (2021 – Updated)

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    Whether you are learning drums, studying music production, a hobbyist songwriter, or a beatmaker, you’ll often hear references to a click track. What exactly is a click track, how is it produced, where is it used, and what are the benefits? When taking beginner drum lessons, you will hear many weird and wonderful terms used to describe techniques, musicality, tools, and equipment. A click track is one such example. We have produced an accessible and comprehensive glossary of terms to… Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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