By Jasper, Drumming Coach at Sono School of Music The evolution of the modern drum kit and the musical vocabulary of the people who play it has been a continuing process since the beginning of the 20th century. It’s so important for drummers to check out some of the influential musicians who have helped to […]
Setting Up The Drum Kit – Part Two Welcome to part two of our Setting Up The Drum Kit Series. In this video, Jasper walks you through how to set up your snare drum and toms. Enjoy! Want to jump back to Part One? Check it out here!
Setting Up The Drum Kit – Part One If you’re trying to play something and it feels more difficult than it should be, it could be the way your drum kit is set up. In this video, Jasper walks you through how to set up your stool, bass drum pedal, beater, double kick pedal, hi-hat […]
Different Genres and Styles of Drumming Communication is one of the most essential things we do in everyday life to send or receive information, messages, and signals from each other. Music is a special form of communication. We can communicate through music by playing an instrument, to listening, tapping, and singing songs with messages. Music […]
3 Essential Rudiments for Drummers Check out this video for 3 essential rudiments you need to incorporate into your warm up routine. It is so important for drummers to warm up their wrists and fingers up before a day of drumming. We call these warm ups “rudiments”. A rudiment is a drummer’s bread and […]
Get a Grip! Matched Grip Under The Microscope It is imperative that all drummers have a solid understanding of basic drum stick techniques and principles, so let’s take a closer look at matched grip and what it means for drummers. First things first… Improper grip technique can lead to pain, muscle tension and of […]
Recording Music At Home In the last decade or so, recording music has shifted from the studios into the bedrooms. High-quality music recordings used to be unattainable without the use of a professional studio with many thousands of dollars worth of gear. Fortunately for musicians, it is now easier than ever to create good quality recordings […]
Introduction to Rock Grooves – crotchet and quaver based rock grooves. Rock grooves are a great way to get started drumming rock. Liam walks you through some entry level crotchet (quarter note) and quaver (eighth note) rock grooves. Don’t forget to count along! Want more tips on drumming? Check out these tips to increase your […]
Increasing double stroke roll speed: The open close technique Jasper shows you how to increase your double stroke roll speed using the open close technique.
Developing Speed: Slow and Steady Wins the Race Lots of drummers, whether they are just starting out or have been playing for a while should stop and consider their speed. Most drummers want to be able to play fast, but how do we get there? This article outlines key processes which drummers should engage in to […]
Electronic Drum Kits vs Acoustic Drum Kits What Should I Be Hitting? by Ben Shannon, Sono School Of Music I’ve had many students ask me if they should purchase an electronic or acoustic drum kit. The answer to this question isn’t a simple one. I believe that your decision should be based on certain factors. Due […]
Choosing Drumsticks: What Do The Numbers And Letters Mean? By Ben Shannon, Sono School Of Music I was surprisingly gifted a Drum Kit for my 10th birthday. Sure nobody had heard of the brand of the drums or cymbals but I was nevertheless over the moon with a full sized drum kit at my disposal. I […]
Making The Right Sounds : How The Drum Kit ‘Ensnared’ Jazz An informed dissertation detailing how the progression of the Drum Kit tied in with Jazz’s development during the early to mid 20th Century. By Ben Shannon, Sono School Of Music Early 20th Century gave birth to two significant musical concepts: The Drum Kit and […]