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Recording Tips (Part 1 of 3) for Drummers

Before setting foot in a recording studio there are 3 things you need to have prepared:

Your drum parts, your equipment, and yourself.  Studio time can be very expensive so you want to have the songs rehearsed and your drum parts worked out.  For a week or two prior to recording, practice your drum parts over and over so you know them cold.  This will allow you to be relaxed in the studio and also allow you to improvise if and when appropriate.

Next, make sure your kit is in good working order.  You may want to clean the cymbals if you’re being photographed or filmed.  Also make sure you have enough sticks, a towel, drum stick wax if you use it, tuning keys, a water bottle and snacks.

Last but definitely not least make sure YOU are ready to record.  Get plenty of sleep, don’t party during the recording process as you want to be at your best.  Recording is physically and mentally demanding so make sure you are ready.  Something that will help maintain high energy levels is carbo loading.  This is a technique used by athletes where you start eating carbs a few days ahead of recording and continue throughout the process.  Eating lots of pasta, potatoes, bread, fruit and other high carb foods will give you lots of energy to meet those mental and physical demands.

Nowadays home recording is popular.  This is particularly useful for getting ideas down and also for recording demos.  If engineered properly home recordings can be of broadcast quality.

Power Drumming Canada offers home recording lessons as one of our additional services.  Our goal is to coach beginner, intermediate and advanced drummers to be the best they can be.