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You Decide

Posted: January 3, 2013 in articles

Wats up drummers its the new so i though i will give you guys a chance to choose wat i write… all you have to is email me a drum subject, something you are struggling with or something you want more info on and i will try to write an article as soon as possible. so go and email me guys at drummerbeatit@gmail.com

Thanks Josh

Drummers New Years Resolutions

Posted: January 1, 2013 in articles

Drummers New Years Resolutions

 We have approached a New Year; this month is filled with topics on how to set goals and resolutions for the New Year. Everywhere you go you see books and magazines on ways to change your lifestyle for the New Year and ways to improve yourself. Well I want to quickly talk on the topic of changing and setting some drum goals for the New Year. Yes it will mean you sitting down and writing some things you would like to achieve and do.

 We as drummers never really set a daily or even a monthly schedule, all we think about is how we can learn a new piece of music or how we can get faster bass-drum speed like Virgil Donati or like Mike Mangini. By us doing that we are only setting for ourselves temporary goals. I want to change the way you think of goals and resolutions, by telling you to have a set plan or a guideline to follow. Once you have something set you will be able to see how you are going to achieve your goal and how you are progressing. If you don’t have a goal you might never exceed far in your drumming. The way to start setting goals is to sit down and ask yourself some honest questions. What am I struggling with, what do I want to improve on, and were do I want to take my skill too? Once you have analysed your playing you need to look at were you want to take your drumming to, look at were whether you want to play in a band or do you want to teach or do you want  to do a cover thing. All these analysing can make you see were you’re at and were you want to go with your skill. I have a guide that I use to help me focus on setting and improving my goals.

 I use goals as my word guideline.

G, in goals stands for Go. We need to first Go and plan. If we don’t go and plan we will never get anything done. This means sitting down and getting some work done, like writing your dreams and desires out.

 O, stands for Observe. You need to pay attention to your weaknesses and you need to be honest with yourself. Look at what you love playing and look at what you hate playing. Also pay attention to your drums looks and its sound. You need to pay attention to the way you play on stage and the way you are in the studio. For you to go anywhere in your music you need to be harsh with your self and scrutinize everything you do. Once you have done this you can move on to the next step.

 A, stands for Analyse. After you have observed your skill you need to weigh your playing ability and look on ways to improve your playing. Analysing doesn’t just help you see your weakness but it helps you to strengthen the stuff you are good at. You will be able to become a better player by you analysing and looking for excellence. The greatest sports stars have analysts to help them, improve there playing. So don’t be afraid to be your own personal analyst. But be honest with yourself.

 L, in goals stand for learn. Someone once said, the more I play the better I become. The more time you put to your craft the more you learn about yourself and you’re instrument. So learn from your mistakes and spend time learning ways to improve your playing. Watch drum videos on stuff you are struggling with and also ask others for their input and advice, so that you can grow and improve your playing. Most importantly learn more about your drums and learn how to fix the small things. So study your drums and be your own drum-tech until the day when the angels smile on you and give you a drum-tech.

 Finally S stands for Share. Drums are something you learn and improve on by watching, reading and learning from others. So go and show and share with others what you have learnt and are learning. By you doing that, you will improve your drumming and help others improve theirs. So go out and observe, analyse and learn, most importantly share. By you sharing with others you are furthering the art of drumming and keeping this awesome passion alive.

 Thanks

A fellow drummer

Josh …

 p.s, have a great year and may all your drumming dreams come to pass. 

Happy New Year

Posted: January 1, 2013 in articles

Hey guys we at DrummersBeatit want to wish you a happy new year.May you have a good and prosperous year. May you drummers also improve and better your craft..

Thanks

Josh David

You might be asking yourself how can I be the best drummer, or how can I be the fastest drummer? Well I have a solution for you in three easy steps. These steps are DrummersBeatit’s motto.

 The first word is DO.

To get better at a craft you have to start by trying to play whatever you are struggling with or whatever you want to improve on. This process funny enough is called practice. If you don’t try something you will never succeed, so you have to get onto the drum kit and Do it. This will take sometime, some patience and some error but you going to have too just DO It.

 The next word is BEAT.

This isn’t drum beats!! This is you going and hitting your kit till you get whatever you are working on right. Since you have started practicing your piece of music or fill, you might be able to play it but you are still struggling to pull it of 4 times in a row. What do you do? The next step for you is to Beat those mistakes and problems. How do you do it? By practicing and persevering, the two p’s to remember. Once you have done that you will be able to go to the next step

The last and final step and word in this motto is Improve.

Improve means to develop and increase in mental and physical capacity by

Educating ones self. So that means you will have to give up that pretty girl and get to you kit and practice, practice, practice. You do this by being honest with yourself and seeing were your weaknesses are and looking at how you can improve your playing. Once you have mastered your craft you can go out there and flash your skill to that new girl. But be humble!!!

 

Oh and don’t forget to show me also…

 

Thanks

A fellow drummer

 

Josh

Good advice

Posted: December 15, 2012 in articles

They say that good musicians practice something until they can play it, but great musician practice until they cant make a mistake.

Behind DrummersBeatit

Posted: October 11, 2012 in articles

Behind DrummersBeatit

 

 All drummers have problems; all drummers have stuff that they can’t figure out. The really shock for most of us living in the world of perfect, is that even the worlds greatest drummers make mistakes! I’m sorry to shock you drum freaks, but the biggest shock is yet to come, wait for it…. We all make mistakes and we will make mistakes till the day, we either have arthritis or die or till you forget about you’re most loved and precious instrument because you thought that the girl next door is hot property. Some of us will be honest and can admit to our weaknesses, while others stubbornly carry on playing and failing. This is why I have come out with a savior for drummers, for all drummers whether you are a beginner or a “pro“ it’s called DrummersBeatit.

Okay done with the intro, phew! What is DrummersBeatit all about? Well it is designed to equip drummers with enough ammunition to play drums in any situation and to give them tips on how to beat certain problems they are facing. These problems are absolutely normal but if not dealt with can lead to huge troubles. My goal is to create a huge family of drummers willing to help and inspire one another and to go out there and rock the world of music by serving the music.

So drummers, take these lessons, articles, tips and Beat It.

If you have any questions please email me on drummerbeatit@gmail.com or post your question on Facebook at drummersbeatit.

 

Thanks guys

A fellow drummer

 

Josh David.

Practice why? …

Posted: September 28, 2012 in articles
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Practice why?                                                                                                  

It is probably one of the most asked questions in the music world at the moment. We as muso`s find ourselves going with how we feel rather than looking at how we can improve. Well that’s how you might be feeling at the moment wondering what can I do to improve my playing.

The first thing we have to look at, is how dedicated are you to your instrument. Some guys spend 5 hours a day practicing because that’s part of their life, but if you are like me who is limited to a short time every day, then you might be asking how can I get a good practice routine in a short amount of time. Well this schedule will help you with all of that.

I would say take 35 minutes in your day to practice these exercises, rather than spending 2 hours of practice once a week and getting nowhere with your drumming. The thing is the more you practice the better you will become. It’s Not the longer you practice the better you become!

Okay let’s get started.

  1. I always warm up and loosen some limbs and muscles before playing so that you don’t feel as fatigue. I also do this so that I don’t end up injuring myself while playing.

A few things I warm up are my feet, hands and arms.

For my feet I sit at my kit and do singles strokes on my bass drum. I first play with my heel down and after about sixteen counts I change to heel up. Every four counts I alternate between my feet.

After doing this I warm up my hands I normally use heavier sticks for my warm ups. I start of with single strokes with my right hand and after 16 counts I move to the left. Then I would do pariddles starting on my snare and then moving around my kit. This helps with flexibility and limb independence.

I normally do this for 5 minutes.

2. Well the next thing I do is listen to one of my favourite songs, so that I feel inspired to practice, (some of us have to actual feel inspired or else it will never happen, anyways that’s another lesson altogether). I normally go for a heavier song, so that I feel really pumped up.

I normally spend 5 minutes.

3. Okay I hope I am getting you to think about your practice routine a bit more. Well after pumping myself up with my favourite tune, I start my practice. I just have to pause for a sec and say set goals for yourself, so that you can have something to work on rather than just going for something that sounds cool. I will explain more in the next article about Goal Setting. So as I said I have a few goals that I want to achieve so a lot of my practice is aimed to enhance and help me achieve those goals. I normally start of watching a video based on what I’m working on and then sit at my kit and work it out. I would suggest you first watch, then try to get the drum sheet to give you a better understanding of what you have to do, once you’ve done that get to kit and start practicing it.

I would suggest you spend 15 minutes doing this.

4. So you have already spent 25 minutes. You might be asking, okay cool what’s next Josh? Well I would suggest you go over the lessons you practiced, just so you don’t forget them (some of us can relate to that). This also helps you to start using them when necessary in songs. I found that it’s probably better to start using a metronome at this point, encase you were wondering.

I usually take 5 minutes to do this.

5. Okay finally I just want to say, end with another favourite song and try to put in what you have learnt from your lesson into it. I love going crazy at the end and adding fills that I have been practicing into it. This will give you a stronger playing ability and will help you to remember the lesson you just learnt better.

Okay! Phew I’m done. I hope this will help and inspire you to practice more on your kit and often. If you have any questions email me at drummerbeatit@gmail.com. I just want to say, everything that you read about from these articles share with others, so that we can keep the tradition of drumming alive. That’s what my goal is. So drummers BEAT IT!!!!!

Thanks

A fellow drummer

Josh.