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You might recognize the feeling; You know that you should be practicing a certain technique exercise, but you think it’s so freakishly boring. So you simply avoid the exercise, and at the same time avoid progress on your instrument.
One part of me want to just say ”suck it up and just go and practice!”, and a big chunk of the answer is in there. It’s your attitude that is the most important thing. Deep inside, you must be willing to put in the time to practice.
But we are not machines. Sometimes it’s really tough to get yourself to play certain exercises 5-7 days a week. That’s exactly the reason why I want to share a way that actually might make you look forward to the previously boring exercises.
When I was a kid, I started using this method. Being a big Jeff Porcaro fanatic (…and still am, by the way) I made playlists with songs in different tempos, so that I could practice a certain groove to a whole playlist. I remember that...
In this post I want to address one of the most common issues when it comes to drummers being frustrated with the progress of their playing. I’ve teached hundreds of drum students. And for the most part they want to practice way too many things at once.
An impossible quest if you want to make real progress on the beautiful instrument called drums.
If you can relate to the stress of wanting it all at once – it’s time to take a deep breath and calm down.
The result of practicing too many things at once is that your learning curve will be VERY slow. If that’s the case, you will most likely never experience the great feeling of real progress. I think most of us can agree when saying that slow progress can be one of the most effective ways to KILL our passion to play drums. After all, if we practice hard but don’t see, hear and feel the progress in our playing – what’s the freakin’ point?! We might as well lay on the couch, watching re-runs...
"How should I be practicing?"
What an AWESOME, and difficult, question trying to answer in a blog post. This is a huge topic that we musicians seek answers to, and develop a method for, during our whole musical life. It's a never-ending journey! So, in this post I want to share some important tips/tricks/advice on the matter of practicing with QUALITY and INTENT.
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1) SET GOALS & WRITE A PRACTICE SCHEDULE. Know your goals and practice accordingly. That is the key to developing on an instrument. You should start with deciding how much time you want to practice. Now take a look at how a...
I'm actually not gonna say a word in this lesson. Sometimes it's about concepts, how to THINK about drumming and music. But this time, it's all about the sticking, how the grooves are designed, and how the dynamics are meant to be played.
What you need to know is: It's all in septuplets. Meaning you can fit 7 equally spaced notes at the same time as every quarter note.
I freakin' LOVE this groove, btw.