How to get better at what you do

I think I'm right in saying that most drummers would like to be better than they are, and we'd all like to know how to improve. It seems to me that there are two main factors to improving. * information * implementation of that information Information When my first drum teacher began playing the drums he could learn from other teachers, by watching drummers play in bands, by listening to records, or from books. Access to all of these things was limited by geography, finances and availability. By Read more [...]

OctopuSequencer Guided Tour

Here's the video to support the text below... A drum sequencer that works the way you do... I've always been interested in how things work.  If I find something that I don't understand I proceed to break it down into smaller, simpler, components until I can figure out what's going on.  I'm fascinated by the fact that it's very easy to create complexity from a few simple rules.  It appears that the universe works this way and scientists are always Read more [...]

Take Your Drumming to the Next Level!

Visit the software page for more info.I'm happy to finally release the first version of OctopuSequencer.  I've been working on this for a large part of the last 18 months.
I basically designed it to be a drum machine that you can program in the same way you might think about creating drum grooves.  4 individual step sequencers can each have their own rate and repeat length so you can easily create layered grooves a la Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Marco Minnemann, etc.It's also very simple Read more [...]

Double Kick Workout

I get asked a lot about double bass drum playing. What are the secrets? Well, if you're struggling with your double kick chops it might be worth taking a step back and checking you've got the basics down. Read the article "The answer to all your drumming problems: is it right under your nose?" for an insight into why you might be missing something.Anyway, before you start trying to play Virgil Donati bass drum ostinatos or 200bpm rolls try the following exercises. They'll help you identify any Read more [...]