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"The question I ask to drummers is:


"What is, in your opinion, the single most important aspect of playing the drum set? The one thing that if removed from the equation, results in not playing the drums at all?"


Good time? Good Technique? Breath control while playing? Creating a beautiful sound? Correct Posture? Mental and emotional attitude towards playing?

All these potential answers are correct, but are all part of a larger theme. I say this because if I sit at the drums, nothing will happen unless I move to make something happen. 

Movement is the basis for all physical ability on the drum set. From great motion comes almost all positive attributes that we associate with playing the drum set: great time, great technique, great sound, musicality, etc. Yet, when we look at drum set pedagogy, standards for movement don't even make the list of agreed upon criteria for greatness. Incorrect motion while playing the drum set is so pervasive, that it goes unnoticed, even at the highest levels of performance. It is so common that we mistakenly believe that incorrect or unhealthy motion is how drummers are supposed to move! There are many complex causes for this breakdown of information, but perhaps more importantly, there are solutions.

Great movement comes from having the realtime physical awareness and knowledge of what parts of the body should be used to perform a specific musical task in a way that uses an evenly channeled distribution of energy to produce the most intentional and precise sound, while, at the same time, mitigating the risk of injury.

It is crucial to clarify the difference between the type of motion ability described above, and being a technician. The general consensus among drummers is that a high level of "technique" and the spirit of the drums are separate, opposing concepts - that technical mastery will result in a sterile, robotic, and even unmusical drumming vocabulary. I say, technique IS vocabulary. Technique is the "translational language" which we use to bring the sounds from our imagination into shared reality. If you have a vision for who you are to become, you must develop the tools necessary to facilitate that becoming. Few things can feel more frustrating as a musician than longing for a feeling that you don't know how to express through your playing.

There is music beyond what you believe is possible.

Your Music.

How will you get there?


Trying to substantially change and develop your sound without an awareness of the body is the most common way I have seen injuries arise. Injury from drum set playing is real, again, often going unnoticed. Nearly every drummer today is moving in ways that could lay the groundwork for injury and become become detrimental to playing ability as years go by.

Some basic examples while playing can include acute muscle or joint pain, compensatory discomfort, feelings of muscular tension or limited range of motion.


Bad movement compounds on itself, which results in the deterioration and regression of one’s ability on the drum set. Many drummers rationalize these injuries, because they are searching for the cause of their problems from the perspective of the lack of body awareness that got them into that state in the first place.


It’s very important to realize that if your movement is compromised, or you are injured from years of bad movement on the instrument, it’s likely not entirely your fault. Playing the drums is not widely respected or regarded as an athletic endeavor. Drum set playing requires one to have the skill level of a high-performance athlete, without access to trainers, coaches, or medical professionals who understand the proper biomechanics of our sport. On top of that, most drum set educators are dealing with the same movement issues as their students, and don't know!

For now, it’s up to us to change our situation.


While reprogramming your movement patterns on the drum set can be an uncomfortable process, it is possible to permanently change how you move on the instrument for the better if you understand and apply the proper methods. The truth is, we've known what works for decades! There are standards which have been set by the masters of the instrument, which on many levels, have not been upheld by subsequent generations. What did they know that allowed them to do what they did? What did they understand that laid the groundwork for facilitating the greatest drumming that we have seen so far? What has caused this generational mass breakdown of information?

Many of the answers are found in the same place that your glory and magnificence can be developed: in the doing. But, you must know what to do - and DO IT!


So how do we begin?

My concept as an educator centers movement. How to become aware of it, how to reprogram it and how to train for it. Essentially, how to become a better athlete of music!


I have developed a proprietary method for solving motion issues that thousands of drum set players deal with, since they used to be issues that I dealt with! I trained myself out of injury and years of unhealthy motion patterns that were limiting my ability on the instrument. All of my students have reported transformative results.

So what does studying with me look like?


We start by doing a full Movement Skill Assessment on the instrument to figure out what’s going on on a macro and micro level. Then, I create a report of findings from the information gathered in the assessment, and from that, I create a custom tailored Drum Set Training Program for you that targets the specific issues you’re dealing with, as well as beneficial concepts and techniques which are widely misunderstood/misrepresented, and some aspects of playing that you may have not considered before. As lessons continue, we progressively overload the training programs to ensure that the proper adaptations are achieved as efficiently as possible. All lessons are currently virtual (over zoom).

No matter your age, skill level, preferred style of music, or geographical location, I am here for you!


If you are ready to take your playing to the next level, please reach out for information on rates and scheduling. 

Remember, how you move is how you play."

- NK

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