As drummers, we need to be the “Boy Scout” of the team. We all need to be prepared for not only the songs we’re playing, but also any changes that may arise. We need to have on hand the tools to accomodate them both.
Here are some of the “must haves” for my bag:
•Brushes (nylon and metal)
•Pen/Pencil (to note any changes if needed during rehearsal or session)
•Gaf tape or dampening devices (Big Fat Snare, etc.)
Let me know in the comments below: what do you carry in your tool bag?
Learn a little more than you think you need to know.
Drive that Train
Not only do we need to have physical tools to change our sound or adapt to a different style, but we need to have knowledge of the songs. Let’s face it: we're the rhythm leader of the team and we do drive the train. I like to not only know the structure of the songs but the key and tempo as well. How many times has a guitar player asked you, “hey, what’s the tempo to this song?” Always be prepared so that your team members can say “man this guy/gal is on their game!” Strive to be a leader. Learn a little more than you think you need to know. Go be the best you can be.