177 – [#AskRuffini]: Fills, Groove Issues, Practice Ideas, & Getting Your “Break”

I get a ton of emails, messages, tweets, etc asking all sorts of questions ranging from “How can I practice better?” to“What’s your favorite food?” and everything in between.  Rather than replying to the messages individually I want these answers to benefit everyone in the Drummer’s Resource Community, so I decided to add them to the podcast.

Ask and you shall receive

Have Questions?  There are a few ways to submit them:

1. Send a message on the Contact Page or email me: Questions[at]DrummersResource[dot]com
2. Send me a message on Facebook
3. Tweet me and use the hashtag #AskRuffini
4. Send me a snap on Snapchat: Nick.Ruffini

The secret to getting gigs (article)

And now, the questions…

How do I get gigs / Break into the music scene?
How can I develop speed?
How can I work on my tempo during fills? I typically slow down or speed up when I do fills
What do I do if I’m running out of practice ideas?

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80/20 Drummer: “Ever notice how some drummers can practice for years and never get any better, and others seem to get better overnight? What’s their secret?Well, Nate over at the 8020drummer.com has made a science out of figuring out the key things people like Mark Guiliana and Calvin Rodgers, do differently from the rest of us. The best part…right now, if you go to the8020drummer.com/drummersresource, Nate will send you three video mini-lessons he’s put together especially for my listeners. Want to practice smarter? Here’s how.”