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How to make a mountain out of a molehill.

I just happen to play drums for a band, and recently I’ve found myself getting a few calls to record with other artists. Now I’m not the greatest drummer in the world, but I can hold down a beat(according to my old drum teacher, he doesn’t know how, he’s never come across anyone with so many bad habits. It seems I’m uncoachable!).

So i’ve trawled through youtube looking for some hints and tips on technique, rolls, warm up exercises, blah blah blah. It’s pretty grim out there. Youtube is littered with a deluge of videos that can only be described as the drumming equivalent of people murdering Stairway to Heaven on the guitar. Then you have the drum wank section – guys that are totally amazing drummers, but haven’t an ounce of originality or creativity, and are destined to end up in some awful MOR band as a session head.

I finally come across an online drum tuition class, and what does it turn out to be? Some imbecile giving a lecture on how to warm up with some simple exercises, and making it anything but simple. How does one manage to complicate something like this even further? Just take a look at this guy, he’s turned it into an artform……baffling!

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Random | 5 Comments