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Check out part 2 on how to effectively talk to drummers during rehearsal:

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Check out the video below — the “Do Not’s” when talking to drummers:


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And we’re starting to build the band now. We’ve spoken to the consistency of the drums, now it’s time to add another instrument. You probably know what instrument makes the most sense to add at this point (because it’s in the title of this post) — the bass guitar.

There are many reasons the bass fits logically into the puzzle piece that we have in the drums right now. Sticking with the “100% rule” logic here, the bass fits in with the kick drum on the drum set. Why? For one reason, the sonic range is actually similar. Hanging out around that 50-150Hz mark, both instruments are more often felt than they are heard in the mix. Secondly, when both instruments (kick & bass) line up their primary accents, the groove of the song becomes clear for the rest of the band to build on top of.  Continue Reading…

Part 3 of 8 in the series Taking It Apart

snare on Meeting House Oakville stage

The first time a snare drum really stood out to me was “Under the Table and Dreaming“, the album that put Dave Matthews Band on the map. It’s a 1990s classic full of rich instrumentation, funky acoustic guitar parts … and drums! Drummers were drooling over everything Carter Beauford hit, and even a total beginner guitarist like me got caught up in that ominous “crack” on two and four that defined the intro to “Ants Marching”.

When it comes to drums I believe many sound techs fall for the kick first, but grow to love the snare the most. Continue Reading…

In order to abide by the “100% Rule” that we talked about last week, we all need to be thinking about simplicity, but we also need to be thinking about consistency.

If there in one instrument in the band that has the ability to make or break the overall sound of the band, it is … yes, you guessed it — the drums.  (Pretty much everyone else can just be turned off)

Drummers, this one is for you — Consistency.

One of the greatest tells on whether a drummer is an experienced player or an amateur player is how consistent their grooves are throughout a song.  If a drummer keeps changing its groove through the sections of the songs, it’s next to impossible for the rest of the band to lock into it.  Here’s what it might sound like for your band to play with an inconsistent drummer …

As a drummer, can I ever change the groove that I’m playing in a song?  Of course you can.  But, unless the arrangement asks for something different, the only typical places for a drummer to switch things up are new sections (Verse, PreChorus, Chorus, Bridge, etc).

Keep your grooves consistent and simple so that the rest of the band layer on top of what you’re playing!

Part 2 of 8 in the series Taking It Apart

Kick this one

We’re kicking off our “Taking It Apart” series with the kick drum! Poetic, I know. And since it’s often channel #1 on the board, it’s makes for an easy starting point.

Three parts to the sound of a kick drum, as I hear it, are the “thud”, the “ring”, and the “attack”. In fact, these three sounds are found in the sonic palette of every drum! Let’s take a look at them one-by-one.

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