Drummers Must Listen First!

When learning new material I just sit and listen. I don’t try to play right away. Let the song get in your head!! Mark the tempo while the writer or leader is playing the song down, make notes on the chart or make a chart if needed; try to hear (or visualize) what will happen in each section. You could tap along or play air drums, but don’t be distracting during the birthing of an arrangement. When it’s time for the band to play together then play what felt like the obvious drum feel you heard in your head. Then let the song evolve from there… ask questions… Make sure the artist and/ or producer is happy. We’re always serving!!

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About Carl

Carl has been a professional drummer & percussionist for over 30 years. He has played on over 80 Integrity Music projects; Maranatha Praise Band recordings 7 thru 10, & numerous other Christian, Pop, Country, Jazz, & Commercial projects.


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