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Archive for the Technique Category


Take a Deep Breath & Relax

We’ve had some fun with the recent posts about how to relax while playing the drum set. You saw a picture of my chipped teeth from playing drums in Relax…It’s Just a Drum Set! Scumbag Steve made a cameo appearance in I’ll Practice Drums on the Weekend! I wrote an Alaskan story about meeting jazz drumming great James […]

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My Left Foot – Hi-Hat Foot Technique

Before he won an Academy Award for playing U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, English actor Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Christy Brown in the 1989 drama film, My Left Foot.  The movie tells the true story of an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, a devastating physical condition that left Brown with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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