5 Ways to Improve Your Drumming

Everyone is talking about this famous drummer or that incredible drummer. And we all want to get better and become “a great drummer”. We all want to become a drummer band mates and fans can rely on for incredible feel and groove.

But how in the world do you become one? Is it just about getting lucky and playing in a famous band?

Nope. Being lucky is definitely part of the mixture, but it’s not enough.

Your band mates and fans are looking for a reliable groove …someone they can plug into and rely on.

Too many drummers are simply focused on the latest fancy fill or flashy drum set at their local drum store. They don’t focus on anything that will take them to the next level, and they most definitely don’t work on the fundamentals to make them a irreplaceable drummer.

If you want to be noticed, you’ve got to become reliable and irreplaceable to your band and the fans they play for.

Poor performance get lost in the crowd and quickly forgotten.

1. Figure out who you are.

Who in the world are you?

What music are you passionate about? What music makes you happy? What music makes you uncomfortable? What music gets you so inspired that you almost can’t handle it anymore?

In other words, what music motivates you?

What is it about the style or artist that gets you going? Why should you listen to them?

And how is this going to make you better as a drummer?

There is no one else out there like you. So be you…and be proud of it.

This will make some people uncomfortable, but so what? I think there’s a collection of drummers out there who have no idea what it takes to be a part of a band and how to make the audience happy when they play. They’re constantly looking for the silver bullet in the flashy fill or slick drum set.

Ignore them! Focus on what it takes to be part of a great band and work to make the audience want to hear your band. Some industries call it — ‘customer service’.

2. Play like you love it — because you do.

Record what you play. What feeling does it convey? Happiness, boredom, intensity.

Does it sound like you want to sound? Is it the sound you want to convey?

I take it as a compliment when someone tells me they like the way the music feels when I play. That they can recognize it’s me before they even lookup at the drums. That’s exactly what I want them to feel.

I don’t always hit that bulls-eye, but it’s the goal we’re shooting for.

Do your grooves and the songs you play sound like you want them to sound (avoid that “professional” sound that some people try to get into when playing)?

3. Be extreme in your ability.

Look at drummers you notice. They have an extreme ability and tremendous talent. Listeners love them.

What are you extreme about? What ability could you refine and make exceptional?

It’s easy to fall into the status quo and not continue to excel.

But take a look around you? How many of the great drummers have not continued to grow and excel in their abilities?” Not many.

This is actually an issue I personally fail at times…being too comfortable and not growing.
If people look at you and think you’re “normal,” you’re missing it somewhere.

4. Be consistent.

Combine #3 with this one and you have “be consistently extreme” with your passion to excel.

That means you continually work to perform consistently for your band and the audience. You want them to know what to expect — an exceptional performance. And you want to be able to give it to them every time.

While you might cover many different songs and styles, it all comes back to your ability to “be consistently extreme” in your ability to perform.

And at the same time, you want to be consistent in your practice and performance schedule.

People should be able to trust in you to provide them with the drumming they’re looking for every time.

5. Tell a story with the music.

What is interesting about the story your music tells? How does your music illustrate the message you share?

That’s right. This really comes down to being authentic about who you are. And people will remember the story the music tells long after they forget the words of the song.

That’s why I consistently talk about the most important things to being a great drummer, and overcoming the distractions that will throw you off course.

I point back to that one thing that will make the difference.

And I regularly share ways to stay motivated. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don’t skim over this and say no one cares about the story your music tells. They do. They want that connection. It’s about both the message and the messenger in today’s world.

Find a Teacher That Fits You

If you’re just getting started and looking for exactly the right teacher, check out our Step-by-Step Drumming Program.

It’s a recorded series of videos that goes into detail about how to play drums starting from the most basic concepts.

It organized in an easy to follow website that takes you week-by-week through the process of becoming a drummer.




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