Hello, my name is Stanley Jackson and welcome to the bi-monthly column on drumming written exclusively for the LA Beat.
Every column will consist of three sections. The first section will be a discussion on basic fundamentals of drumming, i.e. tuning, musicianship, drum placement, etc. The second section will consist of thoughts as it relates to playing the drums with others along with ways to play conceptually instead of fundamentally. The third section will be a lesson covering many aspects from rudimentary skills from stick control to beats. I hope you enjoy the column and find it enjoyable and helpful.
If I look at one more drum set at a show with dents in the heads, heads that are over two years old, or loose tuning keys I believe I am going to puke.
How many guitar players could show up at a gig with old strings, not tune their instrument and then start to play? In other words tune the drums and get your intonation correct. Intonation: is defined as the degree to which a performer sings or plays in tune; accuracy of pitch in musical performance. This is something again you need to be very conscious of.
Your drums are instruments. If you call yourself a musician, then have a instrument that is in tune. You will find your gigs get better, the people you play with get better and your skill level increases. You can develop your own sound because now you have an instrument you can actually get a sound out of instead of a tone-dead plop when you strike the drum.
Once the drummer starts to play too loud then the guitar player turns up their volume and before long there is nothing but a loud mess of wattage coming from the stage instead of music. Do not overplay notes.