Need Some New Drumming Ideas or Inspiration?

Need some drumming inspiration? Hit a plateau with your skills? Here are some ideas for when you need something new in your drumming life.

 

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Check out (and mix up) some of the smoothest funk beats around.

Play along to some drumless tracks.

Think you’ve got a good sense of timing? Test it out here .

Grab a pillow and do your rudiments on it – build up speed and strength. You can even do this while sitting in front of the TV (no excuses!).

Set your kit up differently. Floor tom or ride next to the hi hat // Higher or lower cymbals // Swap your toms // Mirror the entire drum set.

Reduce your drum kit to the bare minimum: bass drum, snare, hi hats.

Set different time signatures and tempos on your metronome – rework your favourite beats to fit the new time signature, and come up with new ones.

No metronome? (shame on you…!). There are a bunch of free ones out there for Android and Apple devices, or web-based versions.

Web Based Metronome

Record yourself playing (audio or video) and critique it – listen to your timing, dynamics, and feel. Work on the parts that don’t flow as smoothly.

Put your music on shuffle and play whatever comes on. Try the same with YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, or the radio.

Find styles you’ve never played before and learn some patterns: Jazz, Rock, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B, Polka, Shuffle, Swing, Ska, Disco, Punk.

Do some rudiments!

Start keeping records of your rudiments – single and double strokes, paradiddles, etc. Keep track of your maximum tempo then focus on increasing it over time (while staying accurate!).

Learn your favourite beats open handed.

Program some electronic beats, then play along and use your acoustic kit to complement them. There are some great free web-based drum machines, or find some free apps for Android or Apple.

Free Online Drum Machine

Tuning your drum set differently can be hugely inspirational – see what kind of sounds you can get from your kit. A super sensitive snare (tune it tight) // Super deep toms (tune low) // A slappy fat kick (very loose batter + tighter resonant head) // A deep FAT snare // Add or remove dampening // Remove the resonant heads //  Find some new drumheads!

Switch your drumstick grip. Always use matched grip? Try traditional.

Play your beats as slowly as possible (painfully slow!). Focus on dynamics, the perfect timing of EVERY stroke, and the overall feel.
How slow does your metronome go?

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Still need some inspiration? Check out these links:

Tristan Kelley’s instagram – A new drum beat every day.

Wake ‘N Break – Hundreds of beats.

insta_chops – Adam T.

DailyDrumLesson.com – A drum lesson, daily.

Drum Grooves of Doom – Some classic inspiring grooves.

Cruise Ship Drummer – Great exercises, transcripts, and grooves.

The Drummer’s Journal – A great free online drum magazine.

Kye Smith – Excellent 5 Minute Drum chronologies.

Scott K. Fish – A drumming blog with a LOT of great articles.

Andrew Rooney’s 30 Day Challenge – Master the important stuff.

That Drum Blog – What the name says, with great content.

STILL don’t want to pick up your drumsticks? Grab some popcorn instead…

Know something else that should be added to this list? Get in touch!