The DrumMantra Podcast

The DrumMantra Podcast

Hosted by: Rich Stitzel

"The 20 Best Music Theory Podcasts of 2021" by Welp Magazine. "#4 of Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021" by Feedspot "Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020" by FeedSpot "The...

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Practice Session, Rehearsal Prep, and Gig Cancellations

In this episode, I lay out a bunch of stuff that I've been up to this week which includes: Preparing for Ed Soph's Masterclass on Sunday, January 23 (REGISTER HERE) DrumMantra Weekly Practice Sessions (REGISTER...
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The Foundational Series Practice Session

In this episode we eavesdrop into a Foundational Series Practice Session. You will be able to get a feel for how the class runs, the pacing, and even the hang. The Foundational Series is absolutely the material that...
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The Primary Series Practice Session

Happy New Year! Today we are going to eavesdrop on a Primary Series Practice Session. You will get to hear all of the exercises that we work on to see if you think you may be able to do them yourself. If it seems like...
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Teaching Strategies, Drum Battles, and Beyond!

Episode #84

In this episode, Rich was a guest on the Drum Brigade Podcast with Korey Kingston and Phil Pardell. They had a lot of fun, but also got very deep on a few topics including teaching concepts and philosophy, blowing...
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12 Steps to a Dan Weiss Fill

Episode #83

In this episode, I break down a complex fill performed by the great Dan Weiss into 12 exercises that, when mastered, will help you understand and execute this type of fill concept with more ease. If you are new to...
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Making Your Ideas a Reality

Episode #82

This episode is a replay of an interview I did on Austin Koziol's In The Groove Podcast. We talk about bringing ideas to reality, the importance of presence, my Drummantra philosophy and practice system, and so much...
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Mental Loops, Roadblocks, and other Un-truths

Episode #81

We are all captivated by our thoughts. We are all challenged by our own debilitating beliefs. We want things to be perfect, we want to know the end before we begin, we don't want to be wrong, we don't want to make...
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Be Present in Your Practice

Episode #80

We practice our drum lesson because we are practicing our drum lesson. Period. We are not trying to become something. We just are in the moment. Practicing. A lot of beauty arises when we are in the moment. A lot of...
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How to Incorporate Toms into your Groove

Episode #79

Tom Grooves are super-cool and can give an immediate energy lift to a song. Here I demonstrate and discuss 9 different tom grooves that will hopefully inspire you to get to the practice room and start working on your...
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Is Your Practice Efficient and Effective?

Episode #78

Do you feel like your practice sessions aren't focused, inefficient, and unfocused? Do you feel like you never get as much done as you'd hoped? The secret to practice isn't WHAT you are working on, but HOW you are...
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Ideas On Doing A Recording Session & A Special Announcement

Episode #77

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...
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Building Linear Phrasing

Episode #76

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...
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