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Zoro’s 7 Secrets To Drumming Success

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Ask Zoro: Cures For Common Drummer Conundrums

Q: I haven't heard anything since the audition. How long do I wait before following up?
A: I would wait at least a few days and even a week in most cases. However, the bottom line is this: If they really want you they will get a hold of you.

Q: I know my parts, why do I keep getting red light fever?
A: Nerves are just a lack of experience. Most of it is mental and learning how to relax and not over think the music is the key.

Q: Even though I'm playing exactly what the chart says, the musical director's cues are contradicting what's on the page.
A: The chart is only a guideline. Just like a movie script, sudden changes can happen all the time and you must learn to disregard the chart and pay attention to what's going down live and make note of all the new changes.

Q: The vocalist (i.e., my boss) is all over the place. Do I try and complement what she does or just stay out of her way?
A: I would just try to serve the music to the best of my ability knowing that the song is always king.

Q: The MD told me to "give it that Al Jackson Jr. feel." What does that mean?
A: Al Jackson Jr. was the house drummer for a hugely successful record label in Memphis in the '60s and '70s called Stax Records. It's imperative to do your homework and learn who are the great drummers of music history. Al was a great groove drummer who played on many great hit songs, which is why many producers reference him.

Q: My bass drum foot is injured. Do I play through the pain or hire a sub who is awesome but may not be that familiar with my employer's style?
A: Unless it would cause permanent damage to my foot I would personally play through the pain. I would only call in a sub if absolutely necessary and if I did I would try to help them prepare for the gig so they can do a good job.

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