How To Become A Session Drummer

Making a passion into a profession Session work is a hugely alluring area of the music industry to work in. It’s become increasingly visible in this day and age, both in the studio and on stage, with many aspiring musicians setting their sights on a session career over traditional rock stardom. Factors such as technological advancement and decreasing label budgets are however… Read More

What Is Open Handed Drumming?

Open handed playing techniques to consider The art of drumming is often looked upon as still being in its infancy. However, in recent years, with the help of the internet and the ever-increasing access to information, we have become more exposed to innovators and can aspire to follow in their footsteps. One fundamental playing style that… Read More

Which Wood Suits Your Next Drum Kit?

Updated 8/7/16 Which wood is best for your drum kit? Drums draw the eye like no other instrument – they are big, bold and often very shiny. However, below the many lacquers and wraps that are hugely customisable in today’s market there one crucial decision to make that affects the sound of any one particular drum kit –… Read More

Choosing A Drumstick To Suit You

Analysing drumsticks, the tools of the trade For drummers, our sticks are an extension of ourselves. If the kit is the canvas, the stick the brush that fluidly creates and express our art. They are an important part of a drummer’s sound and personality, and can both grow with us or be unchanged since our humble beginnings. Our choice in sticks can be… Read More

Finding A Drum Kit Set-up To Suit You

Demystifying the drum kit selection process When it comes to setting up drums, whether you are unboxing your first kit, or victim to the 15 minute change-over as you take the stage of your local gigging spot, you need to have a firm grasp of the equipment you’re dealing with and the set-up to suit you. The… Read More

10 Essential Drum Rudiments

Getting your drum rudiments in order Drum rudiments are essential for any drummer looking to develop and apply patterns. Rudiments are the foundation of playing drums, yet some players develop a stigma towards the practice of the 40 rudiments (the Percussive Arts Society took the ‘essential’ rudiment count from 26 to 40 in 1984) that are… Read More

A Guide To Drum Tuning

Underlining the importance of drum tuning One of the most common questions I am asked by fellow drummers is “How do you tune drums?” I also remember the days when I found myself asking this regularly too. You can get quite ambiguous responses to this question and there isn’t solely one technique to this sometimes… Read More