Marcel's Blog

Terrified Beginner Drummers
Recently, a lady came to see me for her first drum lesson. After we introduced ourselves, the first thing she said to me was ' I feel so nervous, I feel like I'm going to the dentist!I was a bit taken aback by that and told her that it was meant to be fun!' But what it shows me, and what I've seen before, is that when people come to their first drum lesson, they seem a bit terrified - that I'm going to ask them to play something and they're not going to be able to play it. Well of course they... read more
To Click or not to ClickIn the wonderful world of drums, drummers, drumming and music, nothing can fire up a debate like the merits, or maybe lack thereof, of using a click track (metronome). Legend has it, it was the excellent, Ringo Starr, when asked if he had ever played to a click  loudly exclaimed ‘I am the click”. Well that’s true in a sense.  We drummers, as well as the other members of our band, need to keep time as well as we can. Steady as she goes. Sit on the groove... read more
Why I Love Being a Drum Educator.
Someone asked me the other day why I like teaching drums. It didn't take me long to answer. The best thing about teaching drums is seeing the change in people. Their eyes light up when they realise that they can actually do this. They can actually string a beat together. Many don't believe they will be able to when they first begin. Often, they are tentative, curious and scared. It's great when they can play something and it sounds good. But it's not just about stringing beats together, or... read more
The Four P's of Practise.
The Four Ps of Practice: Process - Practise - Patience - Play  When you're working through new beats and rudiments and you muck up, feelings of frustration can be difficult to overcome. Some of my students get really upset with themselves when they can’t get their head around a new beat or exercise the first time. They feel they should be better at this. They get upset and angry with themselves for not nailing something straight away.Some of you even tell yourselves... read more
GIVE IT! 'How To Bring Your Drumming To Life', eBook
eBook for New Drummers: GIVE IT! How To Bring Your Drumming to Life.My new eBook GIVE IT! How To Bring Your Drumming to Life, is my first book. It was inspired to some degree by seeing the amount of drummers online and at gigs who seem to be playing 'at' the music rather than for it. They seem to be going through the (technical) motions only. I don't seem to see a lot of players who are feeling it, or who are giving of themselves. They seem to almost nonchalantly play the drums, as if it's... read more
RECORDING For the First Time
Recording Session for the first time.Recording can be an incredibly rewarding experience. There’s just something about it that makes everything feel real and worthwhile. All the work you and your band have put in can finally be realised by recording and releasing those songs you’ve worked on so hard to get right. Now’s the time to share them with more people than just your friends and family.For many of you, it'll be the first time you've stepped into a studio, so usually, excitement is... read more
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