What other sources of inspiration are there?

I believe the best musicians draw on as many sources as possible.

Growing up, like many, I was kind of fixated on one particular genre. Through lessons, I vastly expanded these influences.   Your influences are musical influences and also drummers that can inspire you.  These days access is so much easier than when I started, and yet it is vastly underused.

For drummers, find out what drummers are in bands you like and also seek out names in drumming.  Look up biogs on them and find videos on youtube.  For the more educational types you will find videos on youtube and also a wide selection of books and videos are available through Hudson music.   Watch concert footage too. Learn not only how the music sounds but how the music looks too.

Musically you should explore a number of different genre.  Look up bands from each genre you discover and look out for genre specific radio shows.

The list goes on, but the wealth of knowledge available is incredible.  Its just that many drummers don’t explore these things.  You can never copy or be a particular drummer but if you can borrow from them the you that results can only be a good thing.

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