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The DrumMantra Podcast

Rich Stitzel

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The DrumMantra Podcast

The DrumMantra Podcast

Rich Stitzel

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***Named one of "The 11 Best Podcasts for Exploring Music Theory Concepts on the Go" by Soundfly.***Named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020" by FeedSpot The DrumMantra Podcast is all about going deeper with your practice with music & drumming. The goal is to advance the listener's confidence, insight, and inspiration through discussions on topics like approaches to practice, rhythmic concepts, technique, theory, creativity, gear, and even the music business. The host, Rich Stitzel, is a veteran drummer, author, and educator with nearly 30 years of professional experience as a full-time musician.

Latest Episodes

Ideas On Doing A Recording Session & A Special Announcement

Are you being hired to do recording sessions? Are you doing drums AND percussion? Sometimes we tend to treat percussion as a smaller overall aspect of the session even though it can sometimes take up to 10x longer to do. Also, make sure you register for the May 31 Masters Session I am hosting with special guest Jonathan Collin Greene!

20 MINMAY 27
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Ideas On Doing A Recording Session & A Special Announcement

Building Linear Phrasing

Linear phrasing is a great vehicle for expressing yourself musically and rhythmically behind the kit. Let's start off with some simple phrasing concepts and isolate the voicings to two instruments to really challenge your creativity. We will also add in some coordination for good measure:-) Don't forget to join us for the DrumMantra intensive on Saturday, May 9 at 11am-3pm CST! More info here: https://www.drummantra.com/intensive

23 MINMAY 6
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Building Linear Phrasing

Overcoming Your Mind to Find Peace

Finding peace is finding peace of mind. Most of the torment, tension, and trials stem from our thoughts. Thoughts that aren't necessarily grounded in reality. How do we find peace? How do we find creativity? How do we sustain ourselves in this trying time? I suggest we look inward and learn to ground ourselves in the present moment.

52 MINAPR 24
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Overcoming Your Mind to Find Peace

If You Wait Until You're Ready, You'll Never Start.

So many people that I speak with say they are so excited to present their ideas to the world, and they will start as soon as they have a few more things in order. Then they proceed to present a list that is so long and detailed that I know it will never happen. Start now in the messiness of your creativity! Don't wait until things are perfect. You will grow as you go. Just get started!

36 MINAPR 9
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If You Wait Until You're Ready, You'll Never Start.

Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Requires More Than Just Drumming

Most drummers I recently surveyed said they didn't have a clear, concise, and organized practice routine. They also said that when they are in the practice room they have a hard time staying focused and concentration. We need to look at practice from a mental perspective as much as an actual drumming perspective. Join me in my new free master class called "5 Exercises Guaranteed to Make You a Better Drummer". Just click on the link below: https://www.drummantra.com/masterclass-invitation

22 MINAPR 1
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Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Requires More Than Just Drumming

DrumeoGab's Seamus Evely

Seamus Evely is one of the most driven, hard-working, passionate, selfless dudes on the planet. He follows his heart and gives 100% to his endeavors. I was able to have Seamus speak to a virtual room full of drummers and other instrumentalists about what it takes to build a successful podcast.

82 MINMAR 24
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DrumeoGab's Seamus Evely

5 Tips for Making the Most during "Social Distancing"

We have all been hit with quite a blow. And when I say all, I mean the entire planet. Musicians are out of work. Schools are closed. Restaurants and bars are closed in many places around the country. Grocery stores are empty in preparation for a potential quarantine or lockdown to try to transcend this pandemic called Covid-19. I give a few tips on what I'm doing. DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

67 MINMAR 17
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5 Tips for Making the Most during "Social Distancing"

Dealing With Stress From a Mental Perspective

We all get stressed about things. Especially things that are last minute, or just around the corner from happening. One great way to deal with stress is to be prepared for whatever it is you are about to do. But not all preparation is created equal. DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

54 MINMAR 10
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Dealing With Stress From a Mental Perspective

A Different Perspective for Creating Phrasing & Fills

I have been creating and playing games with students for over 20 years, and this particular one has been a huge hit regardless of the level of the player. The best part of this game is its a blast to play it with another drummer. I call the game Simon and you can join in on the drumming action in this real-time lesson on creating phrases and fills. You are invited to watch the FREE masterclass at DrumMantra.com DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

26 MINMAR 4
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A Different Perspective for Creating Phrasing & Fills

The Zen of Drumming: Everything is Practice

Sometimes we get frustrated because all we do is practice and we really want to be playing gigs. Sometimes we are playing so many gigs that we don't have time to practice. Is there a middle ground? Can we figure out a way to benefit from everything we do regardless of what it is? What is Practice? Everything is Practice. Let's investigate. DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

43 MINFEB 25
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The Zen of Drumming: Everything is Practice

Latest Episodes

Ideas On Doing A Recording Session & A Special Announcement

Are you being hired to do recording sessions? Are you doing drums AND percussion? Sometimes we tend to treat percussion as a smaller overall aspect of the session even though it can sometimes take up to 10x longer to do. Also, make sure you register for the May 31 Masters Session I am hosting with special guest Jonathan Collin Greene!

20 MINMAY 27
Comments
Ideas On Doing A Recording Session & A Special Announcement

Building Linear Phrasing

Linear phrasing is a great vehicle for expressing yourself musically and rhythmically behind the kit. Let's start off with some simple phrasing concepts and isolate the voicings to two instruments to really challenge your creativity. We will also add in some coordination for good measure:-) Don't forget to join us for the DrumMantra intensive on Saturday, May 9 at 11am-3pm CST! More info here: https://www.drummantra.com/intensive

23 MINMAY 6
Comments
Building Linear Phrasing

Overcoming Your Mind to Find Peace

Finding peace is finding peace of mind. Most of the torment, tension, and trials stem from our thoughts. Thoughts that aren't necessarily grounded in reality. How do we find peace? How do we find creativity? How do we sustain ourselves in this trying time? I suggest we look inward and learn to ground ourselves in the present moment.

52 MINAPR 24
Comments
Overcoming Your Mind to Find Peace

If You Wait Until You're Ready, You'll Never Start.

So many people that I speak with say they are so excited to present their ideas to the world, and they will start as soon as they have a few more things in order. Then they proceed to present a list that is so long and detailed that I know it will never happen. Start now in the messiness of your creativity! Don't wait until things are perfect. You will grow as you go. Just get started!

36 MINAPR 9
Comments
If You Wait Until You're Ready, You'll Never Start.

Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Requires More Than Just Drumming

Most drummers I recently surveyed said they didn't have a clear, concise, and organized practice routine. They also said that when they are in the practice room they have a hard time staying focused and concentration. We need to look at practice from a mental perspective as much as an actual drumming perspective. Join me in my new free master class called "5 Exercises Guaranteed to Make You a Better Drummer". Just click on the link below: https://www.drummantra.com/masterclass-invitation

22 MINAPR 1
Comments
Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Requires More Than Just Drumming

DrumeoGab's Seamus Evely

Seamus Evely is one of the most driven, hard-working, passionate, selfless dudes on the planet. He follows his heart and gives 100% to his endeavors. I was able to have Seamus speak to a virtual room full of drummers and other instrumentalists about what it takes to build a successful podcast.

82 MINMAR 24
Comments
DrumeoGab's Seamus Evely

5 Tips for Making the Most during "Social Distancing"

We have all been hit with quite a blow. And when I say all, I mean the entire planet. Musicians are out of work. Schools are closed. Restaurants and bars are closed in many places around the country. Grocery stores are empty in preparation for a potential quarantine or lockdown to try to transcend this pandemic called Covid-19. I give a few tips on what I'm doing. DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

67 MINMAR 17
Comments
5 Tips for Making the Most during "Social Distancing"

Dealing With Stress From a Mental Perspective

We all get stressed about things. Especially things that are last minute, or just around the corner from happening. One great way to deal with stress is to be prepared for whatever it is you are about to do. But not all preparation is created equal. DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

54 MINMAR 10
Comments
Dealing With Stress From a Mental Perspective

A Different Perspective for Creating Phrasing & Fills

I have been creating and playing games with students for over 20 years, and this particular one has been a huge hit regardless of the level of the player. The best part of this game is its a blast to play it with another drummer. I call the game Simon and you can join in on the drumming action in this real-time lesson on creating phrases and fills. You are invited to watch the FREE masterclass at DrumMantra.com DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

26 MINMAR 4
Comments
A Different Perspective for Creating Phrasing & Fills

The Zen of Drumming: Everything is Practice

Sometimes we get frustrated because all we do is practice and we really want to be playing gigs. Sometimes we are playing so many gigs that we don't have time to practice. Is there a middle ground? Can we figure out a way to benefit from everything we do regardless of what it is? What is Practice? Everything is Practice. Let's investigate. DrumMantra Podcast was named "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts in 2020" by Feedspot

43 MINFEB 25
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The Zen of Drumming: Everything is Practice
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