10 Tips for Winning a DRUM OFF!
Think "mega-chops" alone can win a Drum Off? - You'd
better think again.
Check out Drum Bum's top 10 tips for winning a drum off competition:
- Remember the old Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared?". Well,
you're not going to be freestylin' all alone in your garage, you're
going to be up there trying to impress some judges at a drum off competition.
So get out a piece of paper and start planning. What will you play?
What time signatures? How showy will you be? And so on.
2. Technicality - Count on having at least some chops, or you
may not have a chance. Remember, you're up against thousands of drummers
that want to win this drum off just as bad as you.
Continuity - Think about how you'll flow from one idea to another.
Don't make your changes too abrupt. It's better if you can segway
into the different sections with some sort of musical continuity.
4. Dynamics - Music, like life, is about ebb and flow. Make
your solo "come alive" by incorporating lots of dynamics.
5. Showmanship - Like it or not, showmanship is part of the
competition game. Find ways to add visuals or "extras" to
your performance. Showman ship will help win a drum off competition.
Get Real - Don't try to fake anyone out. Make sure your performance
is clean. The drum off judges know the difference. Play good time
and resolve your fills properly. Make sure your grooves are solid
and that you don't go into a fill that you can't come out of.
7. Originality - Give 'em something they've never heard. Or
at the very least, try to put your own stamp of originality on it.
8. Attitude - Self confidence is great but don't be too cocky.
Nobody likes a punk. Judges may frown on this, even if you do have
8 of your friends in the audience cheering you on.
9. Practice! Practice! Practice! - You want to get your drum
off piece to where you can practically play it in your sleep. The
more you are on "automatic", the more you can concentrate
on the extras... and the more you can relax. Ideas
for What to Practice
10. Don't be afraid - Many drummers that win drum contests
thought they never could (kinda like winning a free T- shirt at Drum
Bum ;). But you don't know until you try. Even if you only win locally,
it is still a confidence booster and a great accomplishment.
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