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  • The Top 15 Drum Rudiments For Beginners

    I’ve always been someone who tries to break things down so that practical application is achieved.  In my years of playing, I’ve found these 15 drum rudiments to be of the utmost importance. 
  • How To Develop Finger Technique For Snare Drum

    How To Develop Finger Technique For Snare Drum   Finger control, or finger technique as it is sometimes referred to is a topic that drummers will c...
  • 5 Exercises to Help Play Faster on the Drums

    In this post I'm going to highlight 5 rudiments/ exercises that I used to generate speed around the kit.  There of course are many more, but these 5 will get you playing faster.  
  • Learning to Play Drums With a Practice Pad

    I often get asked why I recommend aspiring drummers start their journey on a practice pad.  Aside from the obvious answer of not wasting money and time on buying a full drum set for someone who has never played, the practice pad is an affordable and perfectly suitable option to start learning how to play the drums.  If you’ve read a bit about my story, it was the practice pad that started my drumming adventure. 
  • How To Play the Paradiddle Diddle Exercise

    The paradiddle diddle is found in all great drummer’s toolkit.  You’ll find most of your favorite drummers using this lick to fly on the snare drum, making it look so easy.  For good reason the paradiddle diddle is an excellent rudiment to really learn to master. Starting out on the practice pad is a great way to really hone in on the feel of this rudiment.
  • The Best Drum Practice Pad For Beginners

    I’ve been playing on practice pads for over 35 years, in fact I started on a practice pad- a Billy Gladstone pad that sat on the snare.  I’ve always encouraged drummers to start on drum practice pads as well, simply because they are an efficient and simple way to get your hands proficient. I guess you can say I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to drum practice pads which is why I went ahead and designed my own.
  • The Greatest Drummers Of All Time

    So who are the greatest drummers of all time, and why?  I realize this is a very subjective topic and certainly not the most exhaustive list out there.  That being said, for me these are the greatest drummers of all time in their respective eras. Please keep in mind, there is more to a drummer than just drumming.  In order to make this list you have to be of the mindset of "music first."
  • How To Play The Drums For Beginners

    I tell everyone the same thing when they ask me how to learn to play the drums.  Start by purchasing a quality practice pad and good sticks.  Now, I know it’s not what they want to hear, but it’s the truth.  Unlike guitar and piano, trumpet or saxophone, before taking the plunge on a full drum set, it is worth testing the waters with the practice pad.  Besides, drumming requires tremendous coordination and starting with the hands and learning how to hold the sticks is where I tell people to begin.
  • The Secret To Playing Traditional Grip On The Drums

    Traditional grip became a lost art if you will.  It was not the grip taught by most teachers, and it wasn’t until Jojo Mayer in my opinion re-popularized the grip in the early 2000’s, that a resurgence in interest of playing traditional grip emerged.