Resonant Snare Drum Head Tuning

  • Posted on: 10 August 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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!

Are Electronic Drums Appropriate for Jazz/Fusion?

  • Posted on: 2 July 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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

  • Posted on: 21 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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.

Top 10 Drum Books

  • Posted on: 20 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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

  • Posted on: 15 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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

  • Posted on: 14 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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

  • Posted on: 14 June 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

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.