Thomas Lang

185 – Thomas Lang: The insatiable drive to be great

In this session I chat with the amazing Thomas Lang. Lang, who is widely recognized as one of the greatest drummers in the world, has been wowing audiences around the world for decades. Not only is he known for his physical prowess behind h kit, he’s also a respected touring and session drummer who’s worked with StOrk, John Wetton, Paul Gilbert and many others. Thomas’ insight in this session is second to none…enjoy!

“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius (Tweet this)

Thomas Lang talks about:

  • How he got started playing drums
  • A crucial part of his early development
  • Advice for success both on and off the stage
  • How he practices
  • Mistakes most people make when practicing
  • Overcoming physical challenges
  • Why he switched from traditional to matched grip
  • Much more…

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View Thomas’ Entire Spec list here

  • DW Drums
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Meinl Cymbals
  • Roland V Drums
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Audix Microphones
  • Ahead Cases
  • HansenFutz

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7 replies
  1. mitch
    mitch says:

    hi nick, this mitch from mexico again.
    i totally dug this interview, i think it has unvaluable content about match vs traditional everlasting discussion
    hearing a dude who defenetly knows about what his talking about, made me reaproach this subject as well
    thank you so much for this podcast nick

  2. John
    John says:

    Wow! What a wakeup call!! I’m totally guilty of doing numerous counterproductive practice methods…… I’m definitely going to listen to this episode again, and restructure everything about my practice regime.

    Thanks, Nick and Thomas

  3. Victor Torres
    Victor Torres says:

    Nick –

    this is my first introduction to Thomas Lang and I am sure sorry that I had not discovered him earlier. Thanks for the service you provide through this wonderful pod cast. Do you by any chance have a practice sheet that you have used in the past to plan and log your practice?

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Glad to have introduced you to Thomas! He’s a great guy…and an inspiring player for sure. I have some of the practice sheets somewhere in storage, but I have blank practice sheets that I made on my computer which I can send to you if you’d like. Feel free to email me through the site.

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Not sure, but there are a LOT of drummers in that area. It’s close enough to LA without being in the thick of it.

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