Rhythm's Top Ten Tips: Rehearsing...

In a new series on the Rhythm blog every Monday we will be posting quick tips on every aspect of drumming, from gigging and choosing the right heads to this week's hot topic, rehearsing. As they say, practice makes perfect...

1. Make notes of what needs working on for the next rehearsal - before you go down the pub and forget it all.

2. As a band try setting up in different positions. If you always sit in a circle and aim the amps in, you'll just get louder and louder...

3. Fly solo and book a rehearsal room on your own. You will find that rehearsal spots sometimes do special deals for drummers, take advantage of them.

4. Take along your bass player and try out all those smart grooves the songwriters will never let you play!

5. Get some groove ideas for songs together and take them along to the next rehearsal with the 'proper' musicians.

6. If you're bored or lacking in inspiration, try playing familiar tunes much slower or much faster.

7. Try playing familiar songs in different styles - if you're a metal band try playing funk, pop or folk versions of your songs... it worked for Led Zeppelin.

8. Try improvising. Jamming can be a waste of time, but equally it can be the way you develop a band identity and gel as a unit.

9. Jamming can also lead to new material. And you the drummer can then claim a co-writing credit.

10. Use dynamics. Whaddaya mean I need to use dynamics? I'm playing as loud as I can... Exactly...

Got any tips of your own you'd like to share with your fellow drummers? Let us know below. In the meantime check in next week for more tips on rehearsing.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.