After playing for years in bands and drumlines, I invested in some recording gear so I could start recording myself and critically listen back. My eyes were opened to how much I was overplaying in situations, my time fluctuations, and the tone of the drums when I hit them. I started really focusing on these elements as I continued to record, listen, record, listen. My playing, timing, musicality, and the tone I get out of the drums has dramatically improved. Gear and chops are important, but taking the time to really listen & evaluate your playing is the biggest recommendation I can make to any drummer.
In celebration of Vic Firth Company's 50th anniversary, we've spent an entire year celebrating Game-Changing Moments in drumming -- including yours! To everyone who shared a story with us this year, thank you! Drumming is a shared experience and we are all brothers and sisters! Your stories have inspired us to continue making the best sticks possible and to continue changing the game for drummers everywhere.
We received thousands of amazing stories this year. Although it was difficult to choose only one story, we're happy to announce that Joe Russomano is our grand prize winner in the Game-Changing Moments contest!Read Joe's Story