How to Write a Successful Drum Lesson Book.Article by Sean Mitchell // May 01 2016
Many drummers have their own tips and tricks that they find effective in the teaching studio. Quite often the inclination is to write these ideas down and begin your journey down the path of becoming an author.
We recently chatted with master educator and clinician Dom Famularo about some basic fundamentals that can help in this journey. Here are a few of Dom's top tips to publishing an educational book.
ESTABLISH A NEED
"When someone wants to invent something, an invention must happen because there is a need for it."
TEST, TEST, TEST
"Believe it or not, all of my drum books I wrote the book easily 10 years (or more) before the book was published. I write the ideas down and I begin to use it within my lessons and work it with the students." Dom says that he will do this over and over, rewriting as needed as the book progresses.
MAKE IT LOOK PRO
"Get it into Finale [music notation software] because if you get it into Finale it looks more professional than a handwritten document."
MARKET THE IDEA
"After I show some students, I then begin to show other teachers. They give some feedback and I take all this feedback and I juxtapose it all. If there is a teacher that helped me with an idea, I mention their name in the book.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
"If you have a book on odd time signatures [...] do the research." Dom suggests visiting sites of other publishers to see what's out there on the topic you want to cover. "Buy the books so you can actually look and be aware that you're not plagiarizing something, or not writing something that's already been written."
WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION?
"It may take you a couple of years [or more]. To write a book, you have to have perseverance; you gotta really have that passion. If someone thinks they are going to write a book so they can market themselves or make money off of it ... if that's the motivating force, that's probably not the best place to start. If your sincerity is to step into any project or career because you want to learn much about it and have passion and enjoy the journey of learning, that's probably a better place to begin with."
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About the Author
Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.
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