Dom Famularo is one of the most renowned and respected drummers in the world. His career spans more than 40 years and he has presented clinics in most parts of the world. He has been voted as the Best Clinician a number of times by drumming magazines and has been a major influence in the drumming industry.
ID – What got you into teaching?
Dom – I was playing in the New York area and many drummers seeing me asked if i could show them how I was playing so relaxed with speed and control.
Dom – My focus is to assist the student to discover their own sound and style and keep them inspired to learn!
ID – What is your approach & methodology to teaching?
Dom – I know most of the books and DVD’s and use them as a doctor would use a prescription. What works best for each student for their needs!
ID – What are the primary blocks that you would like any student to be thorough with & why?
Dom – Do not doubt yourself and understand your talent. Also, understand movement and technique to free you up!
ID – How has teaching helped you become a better drummer?
Dom – When you teach…you learn again! i keep learning!
ID – Who are your main teaching inspiration-drumming-personalities?
Dom – My past teachers…joe morello, jim chapin, colin bailey, ted reed, al miller, charlie perry, ronnie benedict, joe porcaro, louie bellson, shelly manne, max roach….and many more!
ID – What are the basic requirements/equipment that a student should have with him to get started with?
Dom – A drum-set and practice pad and a good supply of different books and DVD’s, also a mirror and i-pod with songs to play along with.
Dom – I design each lesson for each student. I try to know as much of what is out there and use my knowledge to guide each student. Check out my teaching room on my web site www.domfamularo.com
ID – How, when & why did you pick up your first pair of sticks?
Dom – My brothers and I started a band when I was 11. It was great fun to practice and learn songs.
ID – When did you feel like that you would pursue the drums for a life-time? & what advice would you have for the younger generation when It comes to choosing their career path? (Be it drums or coding or medicine or geology)
Dom – I kept playing drums with our band and slowly i got more interested in this being my passion. Follow your passion is the key!!!
ID – Would you like to mention anything specific when it comes to your playing style that differs from other drummers?
Dom – I play like myself. This is the key. All other drummers have their own sound. Check out steve gadd, billy cobham, vinnie colaiuta, jeff porcaro, david garibaldi….great artists! I am influenced by many drummers. Check out my youtube videos and see for yourself my sound and style. Steal ideas and develop your own sound and style.
ID – What are the essential rudiments that any drummer should be thorough with? Do you have any suggestions of appropriate DVDs to help one along the way?
Dom – All rudiments…get threw book rudimental workshop by matt savage and rudiments and motion by frank corniola. This will assist!
ID – Even before picking up a pair of sticks & a pedal, what are the fundamental requirements for a drummer to set foot on the right track?
Dom – Listen to many drummers to hear what sounds you like and what styles inspire you.
ID – How important to you is a metronome & what is its place in a drummer’s arsenal on his/her road to becoming a better musician?
Dom – It is a very important tool for learning and a must to learn and understand time!!
ID – What are your thoughts to the basic ‘technique first ‘ versus ‘feel first’ approach to the drums?
Dom – Both are important at the same time. I focus on both and a balance in our playing!
ID – How does one choose the right drum-stick & pedal for themselves?
Dom – Trial and error. You must play and use them to make the best choice for you! You will learn what does not feel good and narrow it from there!
ID – Could you give us a detailed account on the properties of sound of various drumheads?! – clear skins, coated skins, semi-coated skins, etc!
Dom – Evans gives me the widest choice of sounds and feels for drum heads. Again, you must try and hear and feel what works for you! www.evansdrumheads.com check them out!
Dom – I like a low deep sound….this you must research for what you hear in your head!
ID – Could you give us a detailed explanation on just how much choosing the size (depth & circumference) of your drums makes a difference in terms of sound & feel?! What would you – suggest for a high sound, a deep sound, a controlled sound, a thick sound, etc?
Dom – Every drum has a certain vibration and you must hear this to choose. I use the mapex saturn drums 10/12/14/16 inch toms and 22 inch bass drum. This totally gives me the bottom i like! www.mapexdrums.com check it out.
ID – Speaking about the ‘Moeller Method’, do you feel that you have personally helped explain its simplicity better than previously done in the past? How much of an influence has Jim Chapin played in shaping your technique & approach to drumming?
Dom – Having been teaching for over 40 years, i feel, i have for sure gotten better in explaining all techniques and fundamentals of drumming. age is a great way to fine tune teaching! jim chapin was a tremendous influence in what all drummers play today. get to know him better with his books and DVD! www.alfred.com
ID – What are the most common errors that most beginners make in your opinion & how do you learn to avoid them & become aware of them in the first place?
Dom – They play tense and this is a solution! Tension is never a remedy! Relaxation is the answer!
ID – With whom all are you endorsed with currently?
DOM – MAPEX, VIC FIRTH, EVANS AND SABIAN
ID – What are your favourite series of drums, cymbals, sticks & pedals?! Why?
Dom – The companies I endorse. I have chosen and researched. They totally give me what I hear and the quality is outstanding!
HAVE FUN IN YOUR JOURNEY OF DRUMMING!