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Drum Muffling Part 2: Bass Drum Muffling

Drum Muffling Part 2: Bass Drum Muffling

In many ways, bass drums define the sound of the drum kit. Only you can determine the appropriate bass drum sound for the music you are making. However, it is good to experiment and learn how to modify the sound of your bass drum. You may be surprised by the range of sounds available to you without buying another kit. Read More Comments

Drum Muffling Part 1:  Gels and Rings and Tape, Oh MY!

Drum Muffling Part 1: Gels and Rings and Tape, Oh MY!

Muffling is used to eliminate unwanted overtones or to focus and/or fatten a drum's sound. In this blog, we guide you through different products and methods you can use to muffle your kit to get the best tone. Read More Comments

Stolen Goods – How to Protect Your Gear!

Stolen Goods – How to Protect Your Gear!

If your Facebook friends list includes musicians, odds are good that you regularly see posts seeking help locating stolen gear. Here are some simple tips to help minimize your chances of needing to write your own sad tale of loss on social media. Read More Comments

Make it Shine! A Drummer’s Guide to Cymbal

Make it Shine! A Drummer’s Guide to Cymbal

Clean cymbals under bright lights can be the most eye-catching instruments on the stage.  They also often represent the largest portion of a drummer's gear budget.  It is, therefore, no surprise that many drummers go to great lengths to keep their cymbals as shiny and new-looking as they can. Read More Comments

Beating the “Load-Out Blues” - Ten Tips to Make Moving Your Drums Easier

Beating the “Load-Out Blues” - Ten Tips to Make Moving Your Drums Easier

Nothing compares to the thrill of playing live music in front of an appreciative audience. Similarly, nothing can dampen that excitement as effectively as the thought of packing up your drum kit and hauling it to your car at the end of the night. Here are some tips to help make that job easier! Read More Comments

In Defence of the Stick Spin

In Defence of the Stick Spin

Live music is entertainment, and anything you can do to raise the level of excitement for your audience is positive. However adding a visual flair to drum performance is a lot like adding spice to a dish...context is everything and individual tastes vary. Read More Comments

6 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sit Down to Practice

6 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sit Down to Practice

It's the new year and you've made some resolutions. Maybe one of them was to start learning a new instrument or to play your instrument a bit more. Here are 6 things you should consider before sitting down to practice. Read More Comments

Sympathetic Snare Buzz...Symptoms, Causes And Cures

Sympathetic Snare Buzz...Symptoms, Causes And Cures

You're getting ready for sound check at your biggest gig of the year and everytime you hit your tom, your snare sizzles like a pan of frying bacon. What do you do? Find out what might be causing the buzz, whether you should fix it, and how you can in this article. Read More Comments