100 RULES FOR DRUMMERS 

WHAT 3 WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO DRUMMERS?


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 Lockett, Andre Boyd, Nick Ruffini, Dave Kropf, Richie Gajate-Garcia, Tim Lefevbre, and many more to offer their best piece of advice to drummers using just 3 words! Here's what they said:


STEP 1: WATCH THE VIDEO

 
 

STEP 2: FOLLOW THE RULES


Click on any rule below to see how you can apply it to your drumming (or even your life!)

Which rule(s) do you follow best? Which rule(s) do you need to improve on the most?  

 

#100 - Rock The Pocket
#99 - Don’t Follow. Lead.
#98 - Keep The Vibe
#97 - Wear Your Earplugs
#96 - Take Every Gig
#95 - Use A Metronome
#94 - 100% Focus Nightly
#93 - Listen To Everything
#92 - Be Musical First
#91 - Keep It Simple

#90 - Keep It Greasy, Keep It Funky
#89 - Time Is Everything
#88 - Never Underestimate Showmanship
#87 - Listen, Practice, Play
#86 - Get A Roadie
#85 - Pocket, Groove, Dynamics
#84 - Not Just Chops
#83 - Play With Energy
#82 - Develop Your Sound
#81 - Keep It Contained

#80 - Keep The Groove
#79 - Backbeat… That’s It
#78 - Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate
#77 - Make It Happen
#76 - Serve The Song
#75 - The Details Matter
#74 - Practice, Practice, Practice
#73 - Know Your Bassist
#72 - Head Above Water
#71 - Best Job Ever

#70 - Drummers Are Musicians
#69 - Keep It Solid
#68 - Practice With Purpose
#67 - Always Play Honestly
#66 - Always Be Musical
#65 - Keep It Moving
#64 - Channel Your Soul
#63 - Don't Slow Down
#62 - Be Cool Man
#61 - Hit Em Hard

#60 - Bury The Click
#59 - Snare, Kick, HiHat
#58 - Feel The Song
#57 - Feel The Moment
#56 - Leave Some Space
#55 - Make It Swing
#54 - Foundation Comes First
#53 - Know Your Place
#52 - Protect Your Tools
#51 - Remember Your T’s (Technique, Time, Taste)

#50 - Match Band Dynamic
#49 - Don't Get Complicated
#48 - Also Play Percussion
#47 - Write A Song
#46 - Do The Work
#45 - Support Your Colleagues
#44 - Be On Time
#43 - Be The Beat
#42 - Always Be Yourself
#41 - Show Up Prepared

#40 - Play With Love
#39 - Don't Be Lazy
#38 - Nail The Form
#37 - Worry About Yourself
#36 - Record Yourself Daily
#35 - Patiently Practice Consistency
#34 - Never Stop Practicing
#33 - Small Improvements Daily
#32 - Always Critique Yourself
#31 - Pad It Out

#30 - Make It Groove
#29 - Relax… Cuz Drums!
#28 - Accompany With Dynamics
#27 - Use Your Imagination
#26 - Prudence, Perserverance, Patience
#25 - Play The SONG (Not the drums)
#24 - Don't Burn Bridges
#23 - Don't Cross Clave
#22 - Don't Over-fill
#21 - Play Fucking Loud!

#20 - Communicate With Soloists
#19 - What Is Needed?
#18 - Play With Confidence
#17 - Improve Your Listening
#16 - Listen To Bonham
#15 - Always Be Listening
#14 - Less Is More
#13 - One Word… Pocketization
#12 - Steal Everyone’s Licks
#11 - Follow Your Curiosity

#10 - Make It Colorful
#9 - Explore Found Sounds
#8 - Play The Melody
#7 - Time Comes First
#6 -Never Stop Learning
#5 - Keep On Smilin
#4 - Follow Your Ears
#3 - Trust The Journey
#2 - Always Be Present
#1 - Never Give Up



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