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5 Drumming Techniques for Achieving a Great Groove and Feel

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drumming-techniquesAs a drummer, I like listening to other drummers so as to understand what motivates their choices. I enjoy sharing my observation with acquaintances during our chats.

The question that has been going through my mind is what makes a drummer great. In my search for answers, I came through this site that was very resourceful in answering several questions in the singing niche

However, in this article, we will focus on what can give you an outstanding drumming experience. It’s critical to understand what drives the musical choices and instincts of drummers.

I recently received a compliment from a bass player who informed me that I play ‘right on the beat.’ It implies that I don’t play behind or ahead of the beat.

It is very hard to understand what this phrase means. Therefore, I decided to share five musical tips that can assist instrumentalists and other drummers in achieving a great groove and feel.

Feel Trumps Time

You should have no worries regarding your overall time. The question that you should be answering is whether it feels right.

I have come across several musicians who either slow down or speed up when it comes to a click track, yet the entire track still works. From the perspective of a drummer, I find myself thinking about Levon Helm and John Bonham.

The only thing that will take care of everything is getting the right feel.


You should always maintain focus on the section you are executing and how it enhances the track that you are playing. The way you choose the instruments to highlight, leave in or out, will make the whole difference.

A drum track that heavily leans on cymbals has a different feel from the one that uses little or no cymbals. You can find some five important drumming techniques from this YouTube video

Weak Hand

Most instrumentalists try leading with their weak hand. Doing so will place your strong hand on the weak beats. This approach will cause changes to the feel of the musical phrases.

Trying this as a drummer will often put your strong hand on the weak beat or second-to-last stroke. I usually view this to be the leading tone of your phrase.

Placing more emphasis on the leading tone brings added energy and life to the phrase. I have come across several articles on this subject. In fact, timpanist, Fred Hinger, placed this music theory at the centerpiece of his coaching.

You can observe what I mean if you choose to implement the practice.

Remove the Drumming Hat

This technique is simple: remove the hat of a drummer and use your ears as the casual listener. Make sure you feel how your track sounds without the hat. Aspire to play to a huge audience and not your fellow artists alone.

Give Notes the Due They Deserve

You have to be deliberate and precise as you play note values. As a drummer, you can express note lengths as well as the kind of sustain or attack.

Sometimes you only need to be aware of its existence. However, you can achieve longer tones that have dead strokes if you decide to take it further. The approach works perfectly on the kick drum or rides cymbal.

You can express longer sounds with bigger crash cymbals or press rolls. Quickly pulling the stick away, smaller cymbals, and quick hi-hat splashes can assist with shorter sounds.

I don’t mean that you go crazy with the stuff by allowing it to get away of your drumming. Instead, using this approach should enhance your feel.