How To Play Like You're Not Wearing In-Ears

Drums
Turn it up

The first time you put on in-ears, it's a rude awakening. 

It's always important for a drummer to feel the band and monitor mixes are a big part of making that happen. Here' how feel like you're not in a room by yourself.

Turn it up

Drums are so loud we often feel like we shouldn't actually need them in our monitor mix but nothing could be further from the truth. If you can't hear yourself you either play louder to remedy the situation (think trying to talk quietly to someone with music pumping in your ears) or you play so timidly no one can lock into your groove. Confidence is key so don't be afraid to bring your own mics into the mix. Just be sure you don't let them overwhelm everything else.

In one ear and out the other

If you can't pipe in your drum mics (because maybe they aren't mic'd) you can leave one bud in and one bud out. It gives a much more live sound and helps you feel like you aren't stuck in a box.

Try Learning These Popular Tunes

We Believe

Strong lead and simple acoustic strumming
So much fun!! Get ready to let loose in the chorus!!
Great Worship Rock Anthem!
Time for the ARP!
Album: 
You Hold It All
Song Key: 
C
BPM: 
132

This Is Amazing Grace

Effect heavy lead and simple rhythm keep this rockin'.
Watch that groove on the second verse!
16ths to make you happy!
Epic synth!
Album: 
The Ascension
Song Key: 
B♭
BPM: 
98

Good Good Father

Tons of work for both acoustic and lead. Check that bonus chapter!
Just simple grooves to support this song.
Great groove in the bridge.
Relax with some easy chords and melodies!
Song Key: 
A
BPM: 
145

Holy Spirit

Beautiful acoustic picking and some strong lead work
Toms..Toms.....and more toms!! Fun song!
5 string lows.
Four Chord Song!!!
Album: 
If We're Honest
Song Key: 
D
BPM: 
72

Conclusion

Monitor mixes dramatically affect the way we play so it's important to put the time into making it sound right. If you feel like you're bugging your soundman too much, talk to them in advance and let them know how important it is to you. Maybe you can show up early to get things dialed. Just remember to be polite about it. Want to work on your drum chops? Sign up for a Worship Artistry account here and step up your playing.  

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One ear in one out

Guys please don't use one in ear monitor in one out its so bad for your hearing research shows it damages your hearing as our brains cannot cope with different high volume levels. As a sufferer of tinnitus and hearing loss please look after your hearing once it's gone it's gone and I wouldn't wish anyone to suffer tinnitus

1 in / 1 out

I'm sorry, but I just joined this group, and while I'm sure the author of this piece is very knowledgeable, the "one in/one out" statement should be removed. Horrible advice for anyone on stage, not just drummers.

Cue Mix Trick

Here is a in-ear mixing trick for you...

1. Pan things where you want you want them. Center: Kick, bass, lead vocal, snare, etc. L-R: Keys, guitar one left, guitar two right, etc
2. Turn the send volume for each instrument to 12 o'clock.
3. Turn the kick and snare up to 1 o'clock.

This will get your cue mix 90% of the way there toward a useable, musical mix....and allows the band to begin practice/run through almost immediately. You can then jump on headphones when you have a moment and tweak from there. Try it.

Also...if the stage volume at church is so loud as to risk damage to one's hearing from simply pulling one ear out....then you attend one rockin' church.

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