Resonant Snare Drum Head Tuning

I'm using a 6.5 x 14 Ludwig Supraphonic on my kit, and lately it's been feeling a bit flat. I can't get it to resonate the way I want it to. I can get a good 'crack' out of it. However, I don't get any of those whirling high's that I love.

After experimenting with tuning the batter snare drum head WAY up, I had almost given up. I blamed it on old heads. However, it turns out that all I needed to do was tune the resonant head higher. It was like magic!

Paiste Cymbal Cleaner and Protector Tips

Have you ever wondered what your cymbals would look like if you actually took the time to clean them? How much of that gunk is going to come off? Are those layers of dust I hammered in permanently stuck in the cymbal grooves?

Terry Bozzio: Musical Solo Drumming

If you're like me, then you are fascinated by complex drum orchestrations, lengthy solos, tough ostinatos, and HUGE drum sets. If you're like me, you'll love Terry Bozzio: Musical Solo Drumming.

Henrique De Almeida: Double Bass Drum Integration for the Jazz/Fusion Drummer

Are you a drummer who is interested in double bass, but not really interested in heavy metal? If so, look no further - you have found your book for double bass drumming.

Henrique De Almeida

Are Electronic Drums Appropriate for Jazz/Fusion?

Check out the video below of Marco Sfogli (guitar), Alex Argento (keys), Andrea Casali (bass), and Salvio Maiello (drums). Full track credits at the end of the video.

Do you think the electronic drums sound good in this song? Do you think that acoustic drums would sound better? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Top 10 Drum Accessories

In addition to the basic 5 piece drum set, drummers need toys. Lots of toys.

Here are some of my favorite drum accessories. Follow the links to find them conveniently on Amazon.

1. Meinl Percussion PM-1 Percussion Pedal Mount for Bass Drum Pedals

This is used to mount instruments like blocks, cowbells, and jingles in place to be played with a foot pedal. The feet have spikes that can be adjusted in and out of the rubber pads. The height of the mount can also be adjusted, plus the feet can be elevated to tilt the instrument forward. I own two and am very happy with them.

2. Evans 2-Sided Practice Pad, 12 Inch

Top 10 Drum Books

Here, I present my 'top 10' choices in drum books. With such an abundance of incredible material for drummers today, choices on how we spend our practice time are very hard. These are the choices I've made top priority since I started playing in 2006. Follow the links to purchase on Amazon.

Top 10 Drum Books


Thomas Lang - Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique: Book/DVD/CD Pack

Double Bass Drumming Explained Part 2: The Workbook

Ryan Alexander Bloom has published a follow up to his first book on double bass drumming. While the first book explored double bass techniques from a conceptual level, this second book is a library of exercises to master the techniques explained in part 1.

You can get a copy of both books at

Ryan Bloom

Melodic Motion Studies for Drumset

In the past, I've struggled with coming up with drum fill ideas off the top of my head. Oftentimes, it's hard to just work with three toms to create something that sounds interesting and not too 'drum-tastic'. In many cases, simply applying rudiments and moving your hands around the drum set sounds flat-out terrible. In addition, you can end up with awkward motions which result in slamming your sticks together or hitting rims at EXACTLY the wrong moment.

So, where do you come up with ideas?

Jeff Salisbury

Warming Up Before Grabbing Your Sticks

Have you ever wanted a fast and effective way to get your body loose before you start playing? I know that my playing feels much better when my body is nimble and ready to respond.

You might not know, but my *other* hobby is Olympic-style weightlifting. That means my body HURTS all the time. It's a constant battle to keep it relaxed. In my sport, if you're not getting looser, you're getting tighter.