For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is here and the drumming season is going into high gear. Now is the time to head out for gigs, drum circles, drumming camps and weekend workshops. For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the dead of winter, which is the perfect time to hunker down and practice, head out to clubs, or maybe even take a trip to someplace warm.
Traveling with your drum? For most of us, the first time we pack a drum for a plane trip, we are worried about how it is going to fare in the hold of a plane at 35,000 feet. This thread gives some thoughts on finding a great bag to help keep your drum safe in flight.
For me, living in New England in the USA, humidity is a big factor in how my drums sound in the summertime, so here are a few tips on keeping drums tuned and sounding their best.
Of course, drum heads can break at any time of the year. (One of my djembe head’s just let go this week.) If your head does break, now is a great time to learn how to replace it. Michi Hennings new ebook, Djembe Construction, takes you step by step through the process. His ebook is for Ipad only, though, so if If you don’t have one, try Shorty Palmer’s video on how to rehead a djembe. I have been reheading drums for a few years now and it is a GREAT skill to have.
But what if you have a dud shell that isn’t worth reheading? Visit ‘Uses for a broken djembe‘ for some suggestions!
If you have some free time, how about working on your core drumming skills? These threads have some suggestions for things to focus on:
So, whether it is winter or summer, the drumming is hot. Why not post your favorite seasonal drumming tips in the comments?