Many beginner drummers (and not-so-beginer too) find it challenging to play to a click. It’s not a natural skill that you either got or you don’t got. It’s a skill you can learn. In this video I explain a methodical approach to developing the ability to play single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles to a metronome that will help you to understand how to synchronise yourself to the click in a confident and relaxed way.
I was extremely flattered to be contacted by the nice lady from Makers4Good the company that produces the Backbeater tempo measuring gadget. They offered to send me one that I could keep in return for me writing a review. Wow! I’ve really made it. Someone wants to know what I think. Of course I agreed to try it out. The Backbeater is fairly useful for measuring your tempo if you’re playing grooves with a steady two and four backbeat but… Read More »Review of The Backbeater – Musical Tempo Monitoring System
NOTE: The MP3 metronome was created aeons ago and it seems most of the files have vanished since I made them. I will attempt to fix this and create a new link ASAP. Despite living in a world where you can install apps on your toaster, some of my students don’t have access to such modern miracles. So I whipped up this batch of 5 minute long MP3s with tempos from 60 BPM to 300 BPM in increments of five… Read More »Free MP3 Metronome For Your Downloading Pleasure
Here’s a great talk about being a disciplined musician by drummer Dante Roberson. The meaning of discipline here is keeping time and playing for the song, not the other kinds of discipline many musicians have trouble with. Practicing playing to a click track is one of the most important things you can do as a drummer, if you don’t play impeccable time, what use are you? People like to moan about how using a metronome in practice or performance makes… Read More »How To Be A Disciplined Musician – Dante Roberson