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A Drummer's Canvas

Technique by Sean Mitchell // March 31 2012
A Drummer's Canvas

As drummers we tend to be labelled with the term “timekeeper,” ultimately 2- and 4-ing our way into complete subservient groovedom. While timekeeping is definitely an important part of our function as a drummer it is only the tip of our rather complex iceberg. As with animated green ogres, we drummers are also like onions—lots of layers. 

The drums and the drummer can be a very musical and melodic paring. As well, we have the ability to use our understanding of time and phrasing to throw some creative and unique grooves into the musical stew. If you have ever sat in on a drum circle or a drumline you know the depth at which drums can be musical. 

Take what you want from this lesson and leave what you don’t. Ultimately the drums are your canvas and you the painter (only with sticks) who has the freedom to express. 


And don't forget to get your copy of Stick Control!



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Sean Mitchell

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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