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(By Richard Morales)
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With the music industry getting modernized with every passing day, the limelight is slowly getting shifted away from the “true blues” of the industry onto those who can divulge in the power of their deep pockets. Thus slowly but surely we are entering the age of musical monopolization. 

Still only those bands which are dedicated to churning out quality music and continually improving themselves, have the highest probability of surviving in the long-run. In this article we continue with our discussion of improving upon your drum techniques: 

TIP #7: Check your FORM before a gig 

Even the very best in one’s field is liable to have an off day.  Hence before going out on a live gig, warm up with utmost concentration, in order to understand your limitations with respect to the current performance requirements.  

Usually self-motivation plays an essential role in this respect, and most experienced performers can attest to this, once they start to get into the groove with a good warm-up routine, which may had been shaky in the initial stages.

Ask yourself: 

Are you in the right posture?
Are you hitting the drums as you ought to be?
Are the drums set up just right?
Are you missing something? 

Under such conditions it becomes vital that you restrict yourself to some extent, as a string of wrong moves may ruin the entire show, and your credibility may take a serious hit.  

TIP #8: Understand the SONG’S FORM 

Every musician should have a thorough understanding of the song they are supposed to be playing, and drums being the rhythmic backbone of the performance, you should possess a clear idea of the song’s form, viz. AABA, AABABA etc.  Playing to the singer is essential.  Just ask Ringo Starr. 

This allows them to easily navigate through their performance with their own distinctive style, during the course of the rehearsal or live show. 

TIP #9: Stick Twirling and the positive effects of spinology 

Stick twirling once used to be a jaw dropping move hogged by only a select bunch of top class drummers. But with time, more and more inspiring drummers have picked it up with great perfection. Moves such as these clearly depict the confidence flowing through the drummer, and the quality that he/she may enthuse upon all the other members of the band.  

Hence, you should also take some time to perfect this trick. Only use it in live gigs, once you have completely mastered this move during rehearsals or practices.  

TIP #10: Inspire yourself to LEARN something new each day 

Playing drums is something which matures and perfects with time. If you can keep good hold of a disciplinary regulated approach to learn a new move or trick every day, and practice each one regularly, you will certainly be on your way to greener pastures in terms of greatness in your field of expertise. 

It is not often good to undertake difficult maneuvers or techniques, right from the very start. Quality guidance is thus essential if you really want to hone your skills and reach a certain degree of excellence with eyes firmly focused on long-term goals. 

TIP #11: SHOWMANSHIP is a large part of the game 

Many players underestimate the necessities of perfecting their showmanship skills and rather concentrate on their drumming capabilities.  

However showmanship is a large part of the game and makes a major difference in generating brand awareness and marketability of the band as a whole. It also gets the crowd pumped up, craving for more. 

TIP #12: Drugs – a Dead-End Road 

Drugs have been a major barrier in the success and dreams of several coveted rock stars of almost all ages. While trying to search for the ultimate freedom, they themselves ended up as drug addicts, in serious need of rehabilitation.  

Drugs are not part of great showmanship; it can only guide the best facets of your musical soul to the uncharted territory of musical carcasses.  Hence you must take lessons from the past rock stars who had to sacrifice everything they had, for only a single killer mistake.  

Be smart and understand the needs of restriction at certain levels, as success is not a day’s output, it is only a matter of persevering and living your dreams. 

In conclusion, we may only say, that “Shoot for the stars, and you might just hit the moon!” That is, if you clearly understand your limitations and keeping that into perspective, set your goals high enough, you are likely to achieve much more than you could have ever craved.  

Always remember that the real difference between dreams and accomplishments is the DESIRE.

Updated: March 11, 2008

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