A Beginner’s Guide To Drum Machines

  Whether you’re looking to spice up your bedroom jamming sessions, build a fully-functional home studio or kill time making a bunch of weird and wonderful percussive noises, you need to invest in a drum machine. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry; we’re here to help. There has never been a better time to… 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

How to Change A Drum Head

Like changing strings on a guitar, learning how to change a drum head is essential for a drummer – here’s how If you’ve just started drumming, and spent a good period giving your drums some abuse, you might well have put a hole in one of your drum heads (drum skins). Sadly, like all musical… Read More

How to Pick Drumsticks

For the beginner, learning how to pick drumsticks can be a task – here we demystify the ‘code’… Like many things in the musical world, knowing how to pick drumsticks is something that requires a bit of knowledge. Each stick type has a code that describes it, and even then, there is the question of… Read More