Free Beginner Drums Metronome

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog

Free Beginner Drums Metronome

A metronome is an essential tool for any drummer – beginner or experienced. Every drummer should have one and know how to use it – it’s invaluable to developing your ‘internal clock’ and a great way to track your progress on the instrument. The amount of times my students say “My metronome isn’t very good” or “I don’t have a metronome” or “I have a metronome but I don’t know how to use it”....

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First Drum Kit (part 3) – E-kit Buyers Guide

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Blog

First Drum Kit (part 3) – E-kit Buyers Guide

In the last article in this series we talked about an acoustic kit buyers guide for those just starting out on drums. Now let’s look at e-kits – aka electronic drum kits, electric drum kits, digital drum kits. Electronic drum kits have been around for a long time but really only became a true competitor to acoustic drums around the turn of the century when Roland started pushing out kits with mesh heads. This was a revolution in e-kit design and a welcome change...

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Gigging an Electronic Drum Kit – Part 3

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Blog

Gigging an Electronic Drum Kit – Part 3

In the last article about gigging an e-kit we talked about getting the kit gig-ready – sorting the sounds and configuring the module. Well a LOT has happened since then. I gigged my trusty Yamaha DTX-750K for about 1 year in a range of venues from smalls pubs to clubs and large function spaces. I’ll cut to the chase – it was a nightmare! OK, I exaggerate slightly – it wasn’t that bad… but I couldn’t take any more than a year of it....

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First Drum Kit (part 2) – Acoustic Kit Buyers Guide

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog

First Drum Kit (part 2) – Acoustic Kit Buyers Guide

In the last article we talked about the pros and cons of e-kit vs acoustic kit for starting out on drums. If you’ve opted for your first drum kit to be acoustic, congratulations you’ve made a wise choice! Your first acoustic kit will be an investment you’ll remember forever. I hope you’ve got understanding neighbours and a set of ear defenders! Kit Size? You’re probably looking at hundreds of pictures of drum kits and feeling a bit perplexed....

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First Drum Kit (part 1) – E-kit or Acoustic?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Blog

First Drum Kit (part 1) – E-kit or Acoustic?

I’ll cut to the chase straight away then completely contradict myself later on. If you’ve got the space and understanding neighbours buy acoustic drums. You can buy a very nice acoustic kit for the same price as a mediocre e-kit and really nothing compares. The volume, the tone, the feel and the sheer power of an acoustic drum kit is something to behold and it will never be replaced. So if you can get away with the volume, acoustic kits win hands down. BUT, and this is a...

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5 Inspirational Videos for Drummers

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog

5 Inspirational Videos for Drummers

This is the most subjective thing in the world, ever. It is also a list that changes, for me, on almost a daily basis. But regardless here’s 5 inspirational videos all drummers should watch:- 5.  Vinnie Colaiuta Live at the Baked Potato (Part 1) OK so the quality ain’t great but it’s a drummers view of a jazz gig with one of the best drummers in the world behind the kit. Awesome. 4.  Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd & Vinnie Colaiuta at the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert If you’re a...

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