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Archive for the Playing Music Category

The 80/20 Rule for Playing Drums in a Band

Have you heard of the the 80/20 rule or the Pareto Principle? In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He developed the principle after observing that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas. In everyday […]


Best Source for Drum Play Along Songs – Around the Campfire

Technology allows us to do extraordinary things that we sometimes take for granted. For example, I’m writing this post on an iPhone while lying in a one person tent in the middle of the Icicle Creek Wilderness in Washington state USA. I am 6 miles from the nearest car and 15 miles from cell coverage […]


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 […]


Is Sheet Music Used When You Play Drums in a Band?

We need data! We can’t guess about something as important as a drummer using sheet music to play in a band. And what’s the best way to get data from a drummer? Hang out at the local drum store?  How about conducting a phone survey? But before we get into the phone survey, let me […]


Can You Get Sheet Music for Drums?

Want to know every single note that drumming great Kenny Aronoff played on the John Cougar Mellencamp hit Hurts So Good?  Did you ever wonder at what tempo Green Day drummer Tre’ Cool played American Idiot?  Do you know what Charlie Watts played at the beginning of the Rolling Stones hit Brown Sugar? The answers to these questions […]