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Do This Before You Charge for Drumming

I had a conversation with a friend recently who feels that he's ready to start getting paid for his drumming. I had a few questions for him that I thought he needed to consider before making that move- and I thought you might benefit from considering these same questions.


Dealing with Anxiety About Drumming

Today we'll talk about something I've never covered on the podcast: anxiety. Now I've honestly never felt anxiety directly regarding playing the drums, but I have dealt with anxiety around many other aspects of being a professional musician. So today, I'll share some practical steps I've learned to take to help me deal with anxious feelings.


Overcoming Politics and Bureaucracy in the Music Business

Benjamin writes in: What do I do if I'm stuck in a small town next to a city where all the major studio producers are in bed with the drummers that are just mediocre, so I can't get the sessions to get into these big studios ( bureaucracy and politics)?


Balancing a Music Career with Family

Nathan writes: What insight do you have to offer on balancing the time you spend on tour away from home with spending time with your family? How have you dealt with this aspect of a musical career?


The Key to Becoming a Pro Drummer

Today we hear from Bradley who asks: What is the main key to becoming a pro drummer?


Drumming in Unfamiliar Genres

Today Bryan writes: I play for 2 different bands...one is a genre that I know fairly well. The other is a genre I really don't know well. How do I play in a band to a genre I don't know well, professionally? Should I leave that band until I'm a lot more familiar with the genre?


Breaking Musical Language Barriers

Today's question comes from Chris: Something I’m struggling with right now is working with self taught musicians. I recently got roped into a hardcore band and these guys have no idea how to communicate musically. I finally got a demo and that cleared some things up, but how do break the language barrier?


Sometimes It's Best to Take a Break

You may have noticed I've been MIA for a little while. On today's episode I'll explain where I've been, and how I've used my time away to regain my energy and inspiration for my drumming!


How to Stand Out in Your Music Scene

It's time for another rant... But this time I make sure to circle back and give you some actionable advice on how you can stand out in your music scene and make a name for yourself. And the best part is: it really isn't that hard!


Separate Your Dynamics and Intensity

Does each groove in your arsenal only have one volume level? If so, this episode is for you. I'm going to share a concept that I picked up a few years back that has made my drumming much more versatile.


How to Become More Efficient with Your Drumming Development

Is the extent of your practice plan "Find some great drummers and try to play what they play"? Well, let's talk about how we can keep doing that but add a few other elements into our drum practice plan to accelerate our drumming development.


Social Media and Professional Drumming

Are you reluctant to make a change to your "online identity" and embrace your dreams of being a professional drummer? Are you afraid of what your non-musician friends will think when you go "all in" on this music thing? If so, today's episode is for you!


Starving Artist? Not Necessarily...

Let's talk about the myth of the "starving artist"... Now, it's certainly not a myth for everyone- there are plenty of starving artists out there- but if you're a drummer who hasn't "hit it big", you certainly shouldn't count yourself as beholden to a life of poverty. The book I'm sharing with you today- Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins (Amazon Link) - talks exactly about this idea. Did you know that the great Michelangelo was extremely wealthy? Well I didn't, until I read this...


Are You Willing to Do What it Takes?

In part 3 of our series on my favorite books, I'm sharing an old standby. In fact, I think this is the only book on my list of four that I've talked about previously on the podcast. I'm talking about The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone (Amazon Link) Now, this is certainly more of a "business" book than a music book. BUT, if you want to achieve WILD success in anything, including music/drumming, this book certainly will speak to you. The basic concept of the book is this: any goal or level of...


You Gotta Play the Bad Notes to Get to the Good Ones!

In part 2 of our series on my recommended books for drummers, let's talk about what your job is as an artist (you do know you're an artist right?). We're going to take a look at The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Amazon Link). If you've ever struggled to "stick with it" in your drumming, or if you've ever felt like a MAJORITY of the music you create isn't very good (that's certainly how I feel)- this book is for you. The War of Art reveals the secrets that EVERY great artist eventually...


Steal Like an Artist!

In part 1 of a special series of episodes about my favorite books from a drumming perspective, I'm going to talk about Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (Amazon Link). I started with this book because I truly believe EVERY musician should have this book. It's really small (about the size of a CD) and can be read in less than a couple of hours. And it's worth reading about once a month. Steal Like an Artist walks through the process of understanding that any great artist's job is to steal...


Taking a Break from Drumming - And Making it Count!

Sometimes life gets in the way and we might go loooong periods of time without practicing, performing or doing anything even related to the drums. So how can we take advantage of these breaks (whether we've planned them or not) and come back refreshed and energized for our drumming?


My "Magic" Networking Phrase

Today, I'm going to share the 3 or 4 sentences that I've said to countless musicians, producers, band leaders, music directors- and practically everyone that I've worked with (and want to work with again). I truly believe that saying something at least like what I'm sharing with you today can be a key to your ongoing success as a drummer.


Drum Clinics and Videos: How to Actually Learn Something

I used to get really frustrated when I would attend a drum clinic or watch an instructional drum video that turned out to just be more of a performance. But I've found an approach that allows me to almost always find something I can use in these situations, and I'd like to share that with you today.


What Charles Schwab Can Teach Us About Drumming

Do you only learn new things on the drums from people who are technically "better" than you? Or can we learn new things on the drums from others- regardless of their skill level? Today we're going to talk about a quote from Charles Schwab and what it has to do with where we learn new things on the drums...