Top 10 Tips For Drummers
By: School of Rock’s Bryan Resendiz
1. Learn to love the metronome. If you aren’t comfortable playing with a metronome, life as a drummer will be painful. You’re number one job in the band is to be confident at multiple tempos.
2. Know your rudiments. If you don’t know how to execute a five-stroke roll or a paradiddle, expressing yourself on your instrument will be limited and not very interesting.
3. Practice dynamics. You are communicating on your instrument, CAN YOU IMAGINE ONLY BEING ABLE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AT ONE VOLUME, ANNOYING ISN’T IT? You’re the only one in the band without a volume knob, so you’d better get used to the subtle physical adjustments needed to play different volumes.
4. Explore different styles. Rock drumming is wonderfully powerful but checking out rhythms from different parts of the world can do wonders for coordination and sense of pulse.
5. Play for the song not yourself. No one wants to play with a drummer constantly thinking of how to satisfy their own ego. Sweet licks and
impressive drum solos are secondary to what the song needs: solid time and musical sensitivity.
6. Learn a different instrument. This can do wonders for your musicality on the drums. Even just a fundamental understanding of piano or guitar can enhance your drumming immensely.
7. Consistent practice is important. A routine of practicing every day for 20 minutes is far more valuable then 3 hours once a week.
8. Record yourself. The tape does not lie and as painful as it might be, listening to yourself succeed and fail will get you on the right track real quick.
9. Set up your drums logically, are you straining to reach that crash or ride cymbal? Setting up parts of your kit to look cool instead of feel comfortable is a recipe for disaster. Tension should be avoided at all costs and a big culprit could be drums and cymbals in awkward positions.
10. Practice difficult rudiments, beats and fills SLOWLY. You need to give your body a chance to catch up with your brain. Speed is irrelevant if you can’t play a particular phrase with accuracy and confidence. If you’re having trouble, slow down to a point where you can really sink your teeth into the passage.
Bryan Resendiz Biography
Music Director/Drum Teacher
Bryan Resendiz is a Music Director at the Highwood IL School. He will be teaching drums, and manage the ensemble rehearsals. Bryan is from Evanston, Illinois. His path through the world of rock ‘n’ roll began when Bryan got his first drum set in the 3rd grade. Bryan’s musical inspiration came initially from his older sister’s record collection of “The Police” and “Led Zeppelin.” By age 12 and throughout his teens, Bryan performed live in bands and in studio settings.
In the summer of 1995 as a part of the Hello Dave band, Bryan played in venues from San Francisco and New York to Key West, while also headlining at the House of Blues, Park West, and the Vic Theater in Chicago. The band also performed on numerous radio and television programs including WGN-TV, WXRT, and WCKG. In 2002, Hello Dave was asked by the U.S.O to entertain American servicemen and servicewomen overseas. Between 2002 and 2005, Bryan played rock ‘n’ roll in the Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, Africa and across the Middle East, culminating in an intense tour across Iraq.
Bryan recorded a full-length album for Hello Dave’s “Perfect Day” in 2003. An opportunity to work closely with producer, Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Bruce Hornsby) and engineer Mark Dearnley (Paul McCartney, ACDC, XTC) made a lasting impression on how to create powerful music and capture great performances.
Bryan left the Hello Dave band in 2005 in order to focus on freelance music projects and a successful teaching practice at Kevin Connelley Drum Instruction in Skokie. Bryan continues to maintain a busy gigging schedule with a number of Chicago bands.
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