I Want to Be a Drummer! by Mark PowersA percussion artist/educator and world traveler, Mark Powers has studied, performed and taught throughout North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He has contributed drumset and/or percussion tracks to a number of incredible recording projects, including releases by M. Ward, Mbrascatu, Haley Johnsen, Falls, Amanda Richards, King Black Acid, Rob Wynia (of Floater), Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, and others.
Mark has also made music on stage with a diverse list of artists, ranging from Cheap Tricks Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Clyde Stubblefield, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, and Americas Polka King- the late Frankie Yankovic, to disco sensations The Afrodisiacs and 80s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics.
As a teaching artist, Mark facilitates a variety of percussion programs including his popular TrashBamBOOM! (formerly Junk Jam) and Sights & Sounds of Ghana classes educating students of all ages in schools around the world. He also presents at youth/adult correctional facilities and leads businesses and organizations through leadership and team building training in his highly interactive Rhythms at Work workshops.
He has spoken at TEDxConcordiaUPortland and TEDxYouthOmaha, is co-author of Alfreds Drumset Method: Book 2 and The 2-in-1 Drummer, and author of Solo in Style (all three published by Alfred Music), as well as author of a childrens board book titled, I Want To Be A Drummer (published by blue manatee press).
He has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine, Percussive Notes and a number of other percussion publications, and releases 60-second video drum lessons on his educational website, DrumItInAMinute.com
Mark plays and endorses Tycoon Percussion instruments, REMO drumheads, Cajon Brush, SABIAN cymbals and ProLogix practice pads.
Fun fact: He is also former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group (shared with Namiah Tribolini, Peter Buxman and Pat Flanigan)!
More information about Mark can be found at PowersPercussion.com
7 Habits That Can Make You A Better Drummer
For besides the beauty of rhythm, I belive that drumming is in many ways about growth and self-improvement. So I remember the early days when I was obsessed with drumming, listening to track after track of the great drummers of this world. Now, a dozen years later, I like to believe that I am and I like to believe that I have figured out 5 principles of how to become a better drummer every day. This is a guest post Yousuf Raza, a freelance blogger with a passion for drumming. Thanks for putting together this piece, Yousuf! And by the way: you can write for us too. Talent you have naturally.
1. Develop Muscle Memory
Show less Drumming is a good activity for those who love to listen and create music while concentrating on rhythm. Playing a kit builds a lot of stamina and being in a band as a drummer teaches collaboration. Through hours of study, practice, and sweat, you will be ready to join a group or play on your own. You can find a good, used drum set, along with hardware and cymbals, at a fraction of the cost.