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DrumMantra Live debut performance at The Ringling Museum!

I'm very excited to share the news that a completely new facet of The DrumMantra has come to fruition. DrumMantra Live will have its debut, world premiere at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL on Saturday, October 20 at a special Gala event as part of a huge weekend of percussion performances by a cast of amazing players from around the country! Huge thanks to curator and event mastermind, Matthew Duvall, for having the vision of including The DrumMantra in this event. And thanks to The Ringling Museum for their generous support. 10 years ago when I began to sketch the first ideas for the DrumMantra exercises I envisioned a "big picture" scenario that included books, clinics & workshops, video lessons, and compositions...

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Q&A on the DrumMantra3030 Course

QUESTION: Is this a beginner course or an advanced course? ANSWER: I think almost everyone is capable of the material if they are ready to work hard. That being said, I would say this is a somewhat advanced course. There are exercises in the course that are accessible to many drummers, and there are exercises that challenge some of the most advanced drummers I know.  Remember - discipline, focus, patience, and dedication are what will get you through the super challenging sections.   QUESTION: Is this an online course or a book? ANSWER: The DrumMantra3030 is an online course based on my book, The Foundational Series.   QUESTION: When I sign up, do I have to start on the day the...

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The 5:4 Polymetric Relationship

This exercise is a glimpse into an entirely new way of playing and thinking. Its similar to the 3:4 polymetric relationship exercise except we are taking it a step further. Whereas the 3:4 polymetric relationship resolves inside the quarter note, the 5:4 relationship resolves outside the quarter note.   This is most likely one that will take some time, but I guarantee it is worth the effort. This third exercise is a game changer and once you truly understand how it works & can master it, you're playing will never be the same.    This exercise comes from the DrumMantra3030 Course. I wish you the best. If you would like to be notified of new blogs, podcasts, lessons, and more, please sign up for the newsletter HERE...

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75% of drummers don't have a focused practice routine.

What are your biggest challenges in the practice room? Focus, Motivation, Having Time, and Having a Plan were the four most popular answers from a survey I did with drummers a while back. (You can see that survey HERE.)   You're not alone. We all struggle in the practice room. Being easily distracted,  impatient, or overwhelmed are universal. The thing is, the biggest obstacle towards improvement is mental, not physical.  Playing drums certainly requires physical abilities like control, endurance, and coordination but the gateway to developing these skills lives in the realm of the mind. A disciplined, focused, patient, and aware mind does wonders for overcoming physical challenges at the instrument.  I have been a full-time professional musician since about 1991. In that time...

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Groove Study with 20th Notes

  I have been fascinated by the "20th" note for quite a while. What is a 20th note? If you subdivided quarter notes in half you get eighth notes, if you divide them in half again you get 16th notes. Most music is either duple-based (quarter's, eighth's, sixteenths), or triple based (triplets, sextuplets). A 20th note is 5 subdivisions for each quarter note. Since we usually base our counting system on 4/4 time, there would now be 20 subdivisions in the measure - five per quarter note. To understand this is only the first piece of the puzzle. To be able to get it into the hands and feet is an requires a deeper level of physical development. If you...

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