Ask The Drummer Podcast: Drumming Questions, Tips, & Advice

Ask The Drummer Podcast: Drumming Questions, Tips, & Advice
A podcast devoted to answering listener questions on all topics related to drumming.

021 - Do you have any pre-show routines?
Aug 1, 2017 • 8 min
Gediminas from Lithuania asks a second question for the podcast: What do you do backstage before each gig? How do you physically/mentally prepare for each gig? Show notes for this episode (and all others) can be found at
020 - How can I achieve my goals when I don’t have much free time?
Jul 1, 2017 • 30 min
Gediminas from Lithuania asks a fantastic question: When you have limited time during the day, what should you practice? How can you get better even if you don’t have very much time to practice? In this episode, I’ll show you how time should not…
019 - How do I give feedback/suggestions to my bandmates?
Jun 7, 2017 • 10 min
Ben from Indiana asks about how to deal with musicians who have trouble accepting feedback. In this episode, I’ll discuss the following: - How to give constructive feedback to other musicians. - How to frame your suggestion in the right way. -…
018 - What are the best ear plugs for drummers?
May 1, 2017 • 7 min
Marland from San Diego asks about ear plugs. The sound quality of his current ear plugs just aren’t cutting it. What are the best kind to get? In this episode, I give my recommendation for exactly what kind of ear plugs you should get, and what filter…
#017 - My snare drum sounds like crap. What do I do?
Apr 1, 2017 • 8 min
Jules from San Diego asks about what to do if you’re having problems tuning your snare drum. She’s bought new heads but still seems to be having trouble. Jules, you’re not alone! In this episode, I’ll discuss my 4 things to consider when tuning your…
016 - When sitting in, how do I play a song I’m not familiar with?
Mar 1, 2017 • 5 min
It’s happened to us all at some point… you’re sitting in and a tune is called that you don’t know. How do you “drive the bus” even if you don’t know the tune? In this episode, I’ll cover the 3 most important things you need to know…
015 - What can I do to prevent tinnitus?
Feb 1, 2017 • 19 min
Nathan from San Diego asks about ear protection. What can you do to prevent tinnitus? How can you make smarter decisions about ear protection? In this episode, I offer specific ear plug recommendations and share my tips for preventing ear damage. Show…
Bonus Episode: 100 RULES FOR DRUMMERS (audio version)
Dec 31, 2016 • 4 min
Video version: I asked Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Zoro, Johnny Rabb, Curt Bisquera, Ari Hoenig, Victor Indrizzo, Jonathan Mover, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Steve Fidyk, Bermuda Schwartz, Dan Needham, Bruce Becker, Bill Bachman, Jeff Queen, Pete…
014 - Any tips for buying my first budget drum set?
Oct 5, 2016 • 10 min
This week’s question comes from Richard in Seattle WA who asks about buying his first practice drum kit. How should he spend his money wisely? In this episode, I’ll offer my tips for how to purchase your first drum set, especially if you’re on a…
013 - How do I create new drum sounds?
Sep 27, 2016 • 12 min
Matt from Austin, TX asks how to discover new drum sounds. What do you do when you start to get bored with your own playing? In this episode, I’ll explain how to use the formula IMAGINATION + RESTRICTION = CREATIVITY to create an infinite number of…
012 - What is active listening and how do I apply it to jazz?
Sep 14, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode, I’ll show you what Active Listening is by deconstructing the tune “So What” by Miles Davis. Active Listening is a game-changer for how you can listen to music. I’ll also be reading listener comments and talk about my…
011 - I’m having trouble locking in with a bandmate… What do I do?
Sep 7, 2016 • 9 min
Ben from Florida asks about locking in with other bandmates. What do you do if you can’t seem to lock in the pocket with another musician? In this episode, I offer my thoughts and tips on how to approach these situations when they come up. …
010 - How Do I Choose The Right Drum Stick For My Needs?
Aug 31, 2016 • 15 min
Johnny from Indianapolis asks about selecting a drum stick. Should you use a versatile stick for all genres or should you use different sticks for different gigs? In this episode, I discuss the 6 factors that go into drum stick design,…
009 - What are the pros & cons of wearing in-ear monitors?
Aug 24, 2016 • 17 min
Shaan from Indianapolis asks about in-ear monitors for drummers. Should you get the custom molds? How many drivers should they have? In this episode, I discuss the pros & cons of wearing in-ear monitors and offer tips on what specific models you…
008 - What is the best stretching routine for drummers?
Aug 17, 2016 • 15 min
This is an “ATD Update” episode, where once a month I get to choose the topic and fill you in on what’s going on! This week, I’ll give you the 4 simple stretches that I do before each gig. Show notes and links for this episode can be…
007 - How do I tune my kit in to handle ALL styles?
Aug 10, 2016 • 8 min
Jay from South Carolina asks about gigs that require you to play in all styles. How should you tune your drums in a way that can handle all styles while still sounding authentic? What gear should you bring? In this episode, I’ll show you how to make…
006 - What should drummers include on their personal website?
Aug 3, 2016 • 15 min
Nick from Wisconsin asks about how to build a personal website. How do you get started? What should you include and what shouldn’t you include? In this episode, I’ll give you a step-by-step guide to building a personal website from scratch. …
005 - How can I transport & setup my gear more efficiently?
Jul 27, 2016 • 10 min
Mark from Colorado asks how he can improve the efficiency/speed of his load-in/loud-out process. In this episode, I’ll offer tips on how to create systems for yourself when it comes to: 1) Loading your drums 2) Unloading your drums 3) Setting…
004 - [DRUM HACKS] - How Do I Make My Drum Sticks Last Longer?
Jul 20, 2016 • 1 min
Here’s a quick “drum hack” on how to get more life out of your drum sticks. All you need is a sharpie marker. Show notes for this episode can be found at
003 - How Do I Deal With A Jaded Sound Engineer?
Jul 13, 2016 • 6 min
Our question this week comes from Gino in Toronto Canada, who asks what you should do when working with a sound engineer who seems to be a bit jaded. Unfortunately, these situations do happen from time to time, but in this episode I will offer a…
002 - How Do I Improve My Bass Drum Sound?
Jul 6, 2016 • 10 min
Nate from Georgia asks about how to improve the sound your bass drum. In this episode, I discuss 6 things should you be thinking about when determining your bass drum sound. Want to be featured on the show? If so, send YOUR question to…
001 - My Fills Are Rushing… What Do I Do?
Jun 29, 2016 • 7 min
Andrew from San Diego asks a question about timing. His time is solid but his fills tend to rush. In this episode, I give a few strategies for improving timing during fills. Want to be featured on the show? If so, send YOUR question at…