Here’s another great lesson on practicing from our good friends over at Drummer Cafe.
Creativity is a key element in being the drummer you want to be. Using the pattern that you made up and putting it to use in a performance situation is a great feeling. Creativity is something that should be done every day, and trying to analyze a technical challenge in your practicing is no different. If you are creative you can find different angles to approach something and eventually overcome it.
This week, we cover how to effectively practice. Mike, Kyle, and Andrew bring news of reactions to the new Foo Fighters documentary, Dream Theater’s “new” drummer, Police meets Monty Python, how Steve Adler is recruiting, and the return of the Pearl Reference reference .. kind of. Show notes after the break!
It’s Thanksgiving Break, so eat some turkey with a show from the archives! This show was originally posted on October 6, 2005.
On this week’s show we discuss practice pedagogy, finding the right teacher, practice journals, and the three (or four) books every drummer should own. Dave is joined this week by Shane and Bryan (and Ian tries to iChat in, but can’t .. boo!) Show Notes
You can’t flip open a drum mag this month without catching a large, full-page ad for the Tru-Bounce Practice Pad – Aquarian’s foray into the crowded practice pad market. The Tru-Bounce is said to provide “an active playing surface of specially selected neoprene for a true and accurate response.”
Enclosed with the Tru-Bounce pad is a FREE pair of Power-Sleeve 5A drumsticks. Also included is a teacher approved rudiment sheet and two “Fact Sheets” by Roy Burns which cover some warm-up exercises and tuning tips.
Can it beat out HQ’s Real Feel, the current champion of practice pad technology? When we get our hands on one, we’ll let you know!
Here’s a little food for thought next time you sit down to practice.
Drummers are often guilty of growing their kit instead of growing themselves, and I’m as guilty as anyone else. We often try and open new doors (musically) by adding something to the kit. New ride, new hats, cowbells, shakers, special effects crashes, and octobans. in the hopes that one of these new additions will spark a new creative streak, I think we actually are doing ourselves harm. We’re trying to medicate an internal problem with stuff, and it doesn’t work. You’ll feel better for a little while but after that you’ll be in the same place but with a shiny new toy that might have cost a small fortune. I challenge you to do the unthinkable. I challenge you to shrink your kit. Read more
This is the Brushup pad by Remo and Ed Thigpen (well, at least his name is on it…) As the name implies, this is a practice pad that is designed for being played with brushes. Some of the first things that I noticed is that this pad has a hoop just like a regular drum would. This is a huge plus in my opinion because you can do anything that you can do on a regular drum, and advanced brush technique often involves making using the rim. At 14 inches in diameter it’s the same size as most snare drums and unlike most practice pads, it’s round. Read more