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Dennis Chambers’ #1 Tip For Young Drummers

Dennis Chambers  /  UPDATED Mar 5, 2023

We have a lot of beginner drummers who watch our channel. Dennis has made a long career out of drumming and has seen it evolve throughout the years, so we wanted to know if he had any advice for drummers who are just starting out.

Dennis finds most drummers these days are focused more on the technical and flashy aspects of drumming rather than complementing the music and making it groove.

The biggest culprit? Not listening. This might seem like a simple answer, but it bears more weight than you might initially think.

“You need to learn how to crawl before you learn how to run.”

– Dennis Chambers

So how do we improve our listening skills?

1) Load up some of your favorite music.

2) Go to any part in the song that includes drumming.

3) Focus in on one of their limbs and try to replicate what they’re playing. For example, try and play just the ride pattern or only bass drum part. As you get comfortable, start introducing another limb.

This exercise turns what may seem like a complex drum part into something more digestible. The more you become aware of what you’re playing, the better choices you’ll make in order to compliment the music.

Want even more tips just like this? Watch Dennis Chambers’ live lesson here!

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