What Is Bad Drumming?

When I'm playing shows with Wishbone Ash I find myself tuning into the finest details of my playing. I want to play well and feel like I'm doing a good job. If I feel like a back beat was a bit late, or that I rushed a fill, I might end up feeling like I'm getting worse. Depending on my mood such small errors might be brushed off or they might stop me from enjoying the gig altogether. Having watched other bands from out front it's become clear to me that the inaccuracies that I notice Read more [...]

Thoughts On Practice

This is an email I wrote to a friend while brainstorming ideas about creating a practice routine. I may come back and edit it into a better blog article at some point but I thought it was worth posting in this form in case anybody ever still comes here looking for new articles. ----- I think the shortest route to improving is to practice and make sure you do it every day.  Of course, that requires discipline which might not come easily.  So then you start asking questions about will power Read more [...]

The Best Shoes For Drumming (and everything else)

Years ago I read a Tim Ferris article that turned me onto Vivo Barefoot shoes and I haven't looked back. Finding comfortable shoes that allow your feet to do what they need to do isn't as easy as you'd think. It was an image like the one below that surprised me. It shows how wearing regular western shoes physically changes the shape of your feet. This can result in all kinds of problems, but the main one is that it stops your feet from working in the way they're supposed to work. Proprioception Proprioception Read more [...]

Learn Any Skill In 20 Hours

I recently watched a TED talk by Josh Kaufman that said you can learn anything in 20 hours. He made the very valid point that most people give up on things too soon because the early stages of learning a new skill make them feel stupid (and nobody likes to feel stupid.) 20 hours!? So I can learn something in a day? Probably not. I've seen this trick used in book titles "Learn to write an iPhone app in 24 hours." When you open it you see there are 24 chapters each of which takes about an hour Read more [...]

First Impressions Count (but not that much)

I'm very comfortable sitting at home on my own with my laptop working on a project. I don't have to deal with other people and everything is under my control. That's how it's been since August writing the code for PolyNome. The same can apply to practicing drums in your garage. You have all the time in the world to work on whatever you want to work on. There's no pressure and you can enjoy the process of getting as good as you dream of. PolyNome is finally ready to release and I find myself Read more [...]

Why You Need A Website (and how to have your own in under 5 minutes)

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Do you already have a website? If not, is it because it seems like it would be too stressful/time consuming/expensive? It really isn't - I'll show you. In case you need convincing about taking the leap... This post contains sponsored links from Bluehost.   Here's why I think having a website is such a great thing NOTE: if you don't want to read all this, just check out the video at the bottom of the post. 1. You get your own email address Yes, I know it's all about Read more [...]

10 Of My Favourite Things (in no particular order)

It's been way too long since I last posted on here.  I've been really busy recording new VIP lessons and more recently I've been spending every waking hour adding features to PolyNome I'm currently at the end of a month long US tour and I wanted to share with you the things that have made my life easier when setting up and playing.  It's little things like these that make touring more pleasurable.  Something as simple as a quick-lock hi-hat clutch saves a couple of minutes a day with packing Read more [...]

Talk for 2 minutes about sheep farming… GO!

BEFORE YOU READ THIS ARTICLE… If you want to get the most out of this article, and you’re alone, then actually time yourself and try to talk about sheep farming for 2 minutes as if an audience of people were in front of you.  Your aim is to keep them entertained and keep going without stumbling too much, getting stuck or giving up.  It doesn’t have to be accurate, just give it your best shot… ready - GO! That’s what it’s like being in the middle of a song when the band leader Read more [...]

In-Ear Monitoring and the Holy Grail!

When I was 12, I watched Gregg Bissonnette's Private Lesson video.  He made a big deal (and rightly so) about always wearing earplugs.  You only get one pair of ears and when you lose parts of your hearing they’re gone forever. I know so many musicians with tinnitus or other permanent hearing damage and it's not something I want to acquire. Since that time, I can only recall two occasions where I've played the drums without some kind of hearing protection. The first was a function gig Read more [...]