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Archive for December, 2012

Bass Drum Foot Technique – How My Feet Have Evolved

Feet. They get a bad rap from the general public. Nobody blames shoes for smelling; it’s always the feet’s fault. You never swear at your fingers when you stub them in the dark. When was the last time you washed your feet to get rid of germs? And what about that little toe? Do you […]


Speed, Power, Control, Endurance by Jim Chapin

Great drummers focus on doing the basics very well. Once they know the basics, they have a solid foundation upon which to build a more complex drumming vocabulary.  I consider the drumming basics to be hand technique, foot technique, drumming posture and hand/foot coordination.  Master these 4 areas and you will have the building blocks […]


How Whale Blubber Improved My Drumming Posture

Muktuk. You ever hear of it? Loosely translated it means “whale blubber.”  I had never heard the word let alone understood its meaning until I played in Anchorage, Alaska with a rock ‘n’ roll band called The Family Jewels (good band with a funny name). My band mates and I flew to Anchorage to play […]


I’ll Practice Drums on the Weekend!

Do you know what caused me to start drinking coffee? It wasn’t when I stayed up late to study or party in high school.  It wasn’t when I played until 2 AM on Sunday nights and then woke up at 6 AM for school on Monday.  It wasn’t when I played on the road 6 […]


Can You Learn Drums Playing By Ear?

The Noblemen The brightness from the stage lit up the front half of the dark elementary school gymnasium as the master of ceremonies approached the microphone.  Silhouettes of the heads in front of me started to rise with anticipation as the announcer introduced the last act of the school-wide talent show, a local band called […]