Drum! presents Drum Setup & Tuning Basics with Tommy Igoe

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Drum! presents Drum Setup & Tuning Basics with Tommy Igoe

Every drummer’s body is different, and there is more than one way to be comfortable behind a set of drums. Don’t get sucked into the “right”and “wrong”trap, because what’s right for you may be wrong for someone else. This article is designed to give you a great place to start and from there, suit to taste. Also, if you are a lefty, just do the mirror image of what I describe here.

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Drumming Technique – Great, Good, or Bad?

One of the things that is so attractive about music and being a musician is the freedom. You create without fear of being told “that’s wrong.” Music is subjective, it isn’t right or wrong it just is what it is. Depending on what choices you make your music might be praised or reviled but those are just the opinions of other people. So many times when someone tries to make a comment, constructive criticism or a flat out admonishment… we get defensive. This is why internet flame wars between fans of different bands get so out of control. There is no right or wrong, there is just a bunch of people clubbing each-other over the head with their opinions. Read more


DVD review – Matt Ritter’s Unburying the Beater


Matt Ritter is just your average drummer. Outside of having his own dvd, the chances are that you’ve never heard of him… and probably never will. I’ve just got to say flat out that I don’t like his playing from a musical stand point… it’s flat and boring IMHO. He (thankfully) doesn’t play that much in the video, it’s pretty much all business once you get past the intro.

I think that Mr. Ritter is the George Lawrence Stone of foot technique. He’s basically compiled and organized what is the foot’s equivalent of the free-stroke. He calls his method “unburying the beater” though that can refer to any foot technique that doesn’t jam the beater into the head after a stroke. So I took the liberty of renaming it for him! I call it the Ritter stroke. Clever huh? Read more