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Of course how we play the drums is important... But professional drummers have figured out that playing increasingly difficult patterns that is the exact opposite of what's needed to establish a music career. But there are skills you need..

Most drummers focus on expanding their abilities by learning new fills, patterns and overall "chops". Professional drummers focus on a different set of skills related to their playing.

I believe that if you want to become a professional drummer, you have to do what professional drummers do- NOT what amateurs do.

So let's talk about the skills and techniques that professional drummers work to develop...​

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