FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You have questions, we have answers.
1. What is Drumdrill? What is it for?
Drumdrill is an online community that brings drummers together to practice live during Zoom sessions. We play through various hand routines, rhythmic concepts and rudimental ideas. It is also a platform where members can interact, share ideas and knowledge and setup meet ups for practicing ‘off schedule’.
The main aim is to offer support to the drum community by providing a friendly and supportive environment to encourage meaningful practice. It is about connecting, sharing ideas and helping create practice routines.
2. What is included in the membership?
As a Drumdrill Member you get access to the community platform where you will be able to connect and interact with fellow drummers; a minimum of three weekly live sessions (this tends to vary week to week); access to notation of the exercises and drills we play through; access to pre-recorded ‘Practice Along’ videos; discount on Guest sessions and 1-1 lessons.
3. When do the sessions take place?
The schedule tend to vary; currently we hold three sessions at 10:00 (UK time; BST) and an evening one 18:30. The days are announced the weekend prior the start of the week.
If you’re unsure whether you will be able to attend the sessions it is recommended to contact us before you join.
4. How does it work? What do I need?
We meet up on Zoom (links available via the platform) so we recommend to download the application but so long that you have an internet connection and a practice pad you’re pretty much set to go.
Some of us use bigger practice or electronic kits but it could work just as well if you’d practice bare hands!
5. I'm a beginner, is this for me?
Everyone is welcome but overall the level is pretty strong. Most of us are gigging musicians and/or college students. Prior knowledge of rudiments, and rhythmic theory is highly recommended.
That said, why not get an idea for yourself by making the most of the 14-day trial period. You will be able to get a feel for it directly and get some useful guidance.
6. I'm a seasoned pro, is this for me?
Absolutely, most of us are gigging musicians. We aim to practice concepts that are useful and applicable in ‘real-life’ situations.
If you are a marching drummer or a speed freak you might already be well ahead of the pack here but why not come and get a feel for it anyway and use the 14-day trial period?
7. What if I can't come to every session?
Virtually no one makes it to every single session. We don’t follow a ‘course plan’ so there is nothing to catch up on before your next session. There is a lot of material available on the platform that you can use on your own but it is also absolutely fine for you to use the time we have in the sessions to figure things out and ask questions. Yes we aim to move forward, learning new material, experimenting with new concepts and improving our relationship with the sticks but we constantly revisit the ideas we’re working with.
8. When and where should I start?
There is no better time than right now! Stop the internal dialogue. You don’t need to be ‘prepared’ or know ‘everything’ before you join. The point is very much to battle through it together.
If you’re new to the world of “hand technique” or rudiments then, basic understanding of subdivisions, their associated rhythmic placements, and the ability to play comfortably between single and double strokes will be a good starting point.
We’ve been going at it for a little while now so some of the exercises, and concepts may feel a little out of reach in some instances but there’s ample room in each session to discuss the how and why behind each drill.
Should you feel in need of additional guidance, One to One lessons are also available at a discounted rate for members.
9. How can I pause, cancel my membership?
There’s no option for pausing the subscription as such but you can cancel for free at anytime – and choose to rejoin at a later date. Simply navigate through your membership profile and follow the steps there.
10. Have another question not listed here?
Get in touch with us directly using the Contact Form and we will be pleased to help.