5 Tips for Drummers
- Timing is everything
GET ON THAT CLICK!!! Sorry for yelling, but too many times I see drummers that are too busy twirling their sticks and trying to make themselves look the part. Being a good drummer and having good timing go hand in hand. Metronomes can be expensive, but luckily there is an app for that. Check out the app store on your phone or tablet and start practicing with the click.
- Less is more
Being a flashy drummer is good if you know how to use it. Keeping it simple on drums doesn’t make you a boring drummer, it makes you a smart drummer. Sometimes you just need to establish a solid beat and begin to add fills when necessary. Drummers that have good dynamics always have favor with listeners.
- Make yourself at home
This is tip that is especially helpful in competitions. This happens more times than you think. Your name is called and you get in a hurry trying to setup your kit, plus your nerves don’t make anything easier. The tip is to make sure that you’re comfortable on your kit. You always play better when you feel comfortable. I would suggest setting up your kit a few times prior to competition so you’ll know how long it takes and what challenges you may face. So my advice to you is: take a breath and make yourself at home.
- Map it Out
It’s important to know where you’re going when you drum. No matter what the occasion it’s important to have a plan of what you’re going to do each time that you play. God has given you a great gift as a musician. Be prepared each time that you play and know where you’re going.
- Get creative
Being a well-rounded drummer will get you the opportunities that you never thought were possible. Unfortunately, at competitions we tend to see the same old 4/4 rock beat that just turns into noise by the 5th drummer. Be different. Incorporate different genres into your performance. YouTube will be your best friend when it comes to learning new styles.