Are you truly willing to do what it takes to become a great drummer?
Hey there, you are listening to Drummer Daily, the Podcast, new world’s first and only, I think, daily podcast for drummers. My name is Daniel, I am your host and in case you’ve never listened to this podcast before, this is how every podcast is. No frills, no music, no intro, just me talking. Why is that? It’s because I do it everyday and if I had to do all that other stuff, I would never get around to doing the podcast. I want to do it daily for you guys, so that’s why you don’t hear any crazy production on this. Speaking of crazy production, and I have heard it from a few of you guys, that you’d like to hear more practical tips for drumming. I hear you loud and clear, so tomorrow I promise you I will have a very practical tip for playing drums with a click track, playing in a studio, playing live. Something that will make everything you’re doing stand a lot cleaner and have a little more groove to it.
Today, because it’s Monday when I’m recording this, you might get this on Tuesday morning, but because it’s Monday when I’m recording this, I wanted to talk to you about something that maybe will motivate you for the week. That is this, I have been working on this thing called Boom Click Boot Camp for a while. Today it got to the point where I had to … It’s a 14 day boot camp and each day has 3 or 4 little exercises, that each are about, you know, 4 or 5 minutes long. Each of those exercises needs a click track. It’s not just a regular click track, it’s going to be one that’s programmed. Beats drop in and out, accents change, the click goes away completely for a few bars to kind of make it more of a game, where you can kind of hear how well you’re keeping up and how well you’re holding the beat down.
It kind of makes things a little more fun than just playing along and practicing with a click track, playing the same old thing over and over again. Anyway, I have to program all these click tracks, and I didn’t really do the math on the front end, but I realized that fourteen days of exercises and each of those days has between three and five exercises. Which meant that I had to program unique click tracks for each of those three or five exercises each day. You do the math on that and the way it worked out for me is I had fifty-three original click tracks that I had to program, and so I was doing that today. There’s not many things like what I’m doing for this boot camp thing, and I always was like, “Why has no one done this before?” And I think I realized today why no one has done this before. It’s because it’s a lot of work, and that’s just making this thing, not all the work that goes into actually making sure people know about it and can participate and all the technical stuff.
It’s a lot of work. I think that’s kind of the same thing that happens with guys that are really the top level of drummers in the world. Everyone who’s kind of a professional drummer or gets a lot of gigs, they’re definitely talented and, you know, there’s some God-given ability there that I don’t want to take away from, but there’s a lot of really talented guys who are still just playing in their basement and wish they could get a gig. I know that a lot of people in drumming aren’t willing to do the work, and I don’t mean, learning some crazy, heavy-metal song with double kick lace crazy drum fills or watching some You Tube video where you learn some new lick that you can throw in to impress all your friends.
I’m talking about real work. I’m talking about things like I used to do when I was a kid, where I would sit, and I would play the same drum pattern, with no drum fills, just a normal, steady beat, for ten minutes, or fifteen minutes, or twenty minutes straight. I’m sure it drove my parents and my neighbors crazy, but doing work where you play the same thing that’s almost boring, and listening to every nuance of what’s coming out of your hands and your feet. That’s hard work. It’s because people think of hard work with drumming, they think of playing all these crazy awesome things and sweating in a storage unit because that’s where they can practice. Playing all these amazing drum fills and crazy stuff.
The hard work that it takes to be a professional drummer for most situations, and that means studio and getting hired to play gigs live. The hard work that that requires is paying attention to detail and actually being willing to find interest in the boring stuff of playing drums. All the nuance and the intricacies of every little hit and playing every single hit on the drums with intentionality and really focusing on what’s coming out. You can tell I get a little fired up about this. I guess this kind of is some practical application, too. Do the work, but make sure you’re doing the hard work that no one else is willing to do. Everyone else is willing to play crazy stuff and learn really impressive drum licks, but there’s very few people who are willing to put the time and effort into the boring, hard, laborious stuff that it really takes to become a professional drummer.
If you want to be a pro, or if you’re trying to become a pro, you’re trying to get some gigs, or if you already are a pro and you want to keep working at it, focus on the little things. That’s what makes the difference between the really successful studio and live drummers and the guys who just kind of float around and play every once in a while.
I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. Like I said, I promise that we’ll have some practical application for you tomorrow. Oh, and also, if you’re listening to this pretty recently, like in real time, the beta signup for Boom Click Boot Camp is going away on August 15th. As I’m recording this, that’s less than a week away, so if you have any interest at all in the beta program and getting free access to this boot camp, you should go over and sign up for that as quickly as possible, at danielhadaway.com/beta. Yeah, get in there while you can.
Anyway, thanks guys for listening to this, I appreciate it. I’ve already been blown away at how many people have been downloading this after just one week of broadcasting, so I’m really excited to keep doing this for you guys. Send me an e-mail if you have any questions or anything like that. I read every e-mail that I receive, and I reply to every e-mail that I receive. Just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All right guys, talk to you tomorrow. Bye.