It was a breakthrough for me when I realized that great beats don’t all have to contain busy hi hat and snare notes. The drums are not the only instrument in a band that supplies rhythm to a song! This is one reason why I believe too much time alone on the drum set, without band mates, can turn your playing toward destructive tendencies.
I have plenty of problems. You see, when I am driving through a parking lot and looking for a space to park, if there are lots of available spaces, I can’t decide where to park. I keep driving around until my wife says, “That’s the one!” Then I thank her and park the damn car.
I was a practicing monkey in my early 20s, playing 8 hours a day while dropping out of two music schools. Not being in a band tilted my attention to freer forms of music, Coltrane, Anthony Braxton and others. Have you heard Jack DeJohnette play drum solos? I was into that kind of thing.
Have you ever followed through on a friend’s recommended book, and upon reading it you oddly just weren’t “feeling it?” These recommended drumming method books are in a similar place. You may not like working on these books. If that happens don’t feel guilty.
What I see most often in younger drummer is some combination of the hands not having equal skills as well as simply being unable to travel around the drum kit comfortably and it all holding together. Grip and independence are big problems for many drummers.
Here’s a couple of stories that might influence you in some way. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but wouldn’t change any of them because, well... here I am. There isn’t an artist out there who doesn’t have a list of failures equal to his list of accomplishments. Your drumming heroes may not speak of the failures but they happened. So… two things...
Hello everyone! I’m here at www.billyward.com as well as facebook.com/billywarddrums.
As I envision this unfolding series of blogs, future topics will include the following and likely more:
- Technique. Both physical as well as “life chops”
- Gear. Possibly how to record drums as well as drums (I’d appreciate feedback on that)
- Occasional rants :)
- True stories from my career. Some funny, some simply odd...
Hi everyone. I'm going to be writing a few tips every once in a while. Feel free to respond with your opinions here or on my facebook page "billy ward drums".
Now to it... Music is a part of my life everyday. Here's three things I do that maybe you can get into and incorporate it into your daily or weekly activity.
ONE. Listen to music. I go to my music service online (so far it is Tidal but I may change at some point) and float around with searches and see what I can find that I've not heard. Sometimes it's yet another jazz record from the 60s or 70s that I once listened to, such as Jimmy Smith Trio with George Benson - highly recommended for tasty feels to copy as well as understanding when to do that fill... Other times it's something I haven't heard - today was the Luminaires. Pretty sweet record.
Thinking about music and how to approach it as an author of drum parts is crucial for growing...
We found the following buried deep inside the old website I hope you enjoy it. BW.
THE FOLLOWING LIST WAS MADE OFF OF THE TOP OF MY HEAD AND WRITTEN DOWN IN ABOUT AN HOUR ON A RAINY THURSDAY WHEN THE YANKEES GAME THAT I WAS GOING TO WAS RAINED OUT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS I REMEMBER LOVING. IN MANY CASES, I STILL LISTEN TO THIS STUFF.
While we were building the new site, I put together these questions to keep on top of what drummers need help with.
If you haven't done so already, please do take some time to answer a few questions...