Updated: May 23, 2019
If you could pull a time stone trick, what would you do differently as a musician? Is there an advice you wish you heard earlier; a habit you picked up younger?
We rounded up a couple of experienced, performing musicians and asked them exactly that. Some answers are surprisingly simple, and sounded as if your mother had told you them herself!
We are beginning the series with a drummer edition; for all aspiring drummers! Here is Omar Ibrahim's top 3 things he wishes he knew earlier.
Omar Ibrahim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music from the prestige International College of Music (ICOM). One of the best and busiest drummers in KL, Omar has had 14 years of performing experience. He started drumming in his teenage years, at 15, quickly discovering that his passion lies with the R&B and hip hop genres.
We asked him to tell us three best drummer advice.
Drummers are timekeepers. That means, the metronome is your best friend. What does that mean? Do you eat, drink and sleep metronome? Yes. Practicing with the metronome does sound like a bore at first but like any great craftsmen, you put in the hours to perfect your work- until you become the metronome. You will find the band enjoy themselves as they groove to a solid, consistent rhythm.
You'll hear this everywhere: Posture is everything. Sit up straight, engage your core and relax your shoulders and neck. It is normal to find yourself slouching after a while of playing, but correct your posture immediately. Your future self will thank you- you'll have less body aches and you'll look good.
Hearing is a musician's most valuable asset, so always protect your ears or you will risk losing your hearing altogether in your later years. Drums are an acoustic instrument with a very wide dynamic range; you can be soft but you can also be dangerously loud. Smashing the drums constantly without ear protection or consideration for others, the band or the venue- not cool, not safe.
Some options for ear protection are: disposable foam plugs, ear muffs and in-ear plugs. Foam earplugs are cheap and convenient although they may mute certain frequencies, leading to a muffled sound. Ear muffs are big headphones that cancels out certain high frequencies. They may be bulky but they do make the drums a pleasure to listen to. In-ear plugs are made from silicone, hardly noticeable and cuts back on all frequencies as evenly as possible, allowing them to provide a crisp, clear sound.
Omar Ibrahim covers Dua Lipa's New Rules!
You can follow his drumming journey at https://www.facebook.com/OmarIbrahimAzmiOfficial/