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.
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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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