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My tip: When practicing, if there's a fill, or groove, or hand-foot interdependence thing that you are having a hard time learning: Slow the tempo to the point at which you can play it accurately. This may be painfully slow, and sound weird. Do not play it incorrectly over and over trying to get it. You have to teach your muscles to follow what your brain is hearing. You are creating neural pathways between the brain and the body. Practice it for a bit, and then move on, come back to it in a while and try again. Playing it with the tempo only as quickly as you can be totally accurate. Then, get sleep. After a good nights rest, try again. You will find that when your body is at rest, your mind can help create those neural pathways and enable you to play things you only attempted a day or two earlier. This is a beautiful part of being human, rhythm is an innate part of your being, and we are hard-wired for it. This is why a good beat can get toes tapping and bodies dancing.
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My tip is something I've done in the past a few times but didn't last night. If transporting your HH stand unbagged or uncased take the clutch, felts and washer off and put em in your pocket or somewhere else safe.
Somehow the wing screw that secures the clutch to the rod decided to unscrew itself at some point between the band room and the gig last night. After a little bit of freak out I spotted it under the fold down back seat. There were a million and one places for this screw to land but it went right to the frame part of the seat. When I tried to pull it out it slipped down even further to a totally unreachable spot!. The only way to get to it now is to remove the seat frame.
The solution was using a memory lock screw and luckily it was the same size. It started slipping halfway though the set. At one point the hats got to be 5" apart sorry for the long post.
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learn to count out beats before you play them
practice rudiments with your feet
A post earlier offered tips on repairing dents in the drumhead. Good advice, but there is an even better approach:
Don't dent your heads in the first place.
Many years ago another drummer scolded me for putting dents in my tom heads. He said I was denting them because I was playing them at the wrong angle. He was right. That must have been thirty years ago, and I can honestly say that I haven't replaced a head because of denting since. (And, yes, I play VERY hard when needed.)
Also a tip for preserving drum heads - keep a very fine grit sheet of sandpaper close by. Like 200 grit. When the tips get chipped and have sharp edges, sand them smooth and keep playing. Works for nylon or wood tips.
What I try and do is listen to the song or music and get a sense of the original songs drum feel. Once I get the what I think is the correct feel for the song, I can play off that feel, my drum voice while maintaining a solid beat with a little of my creativity.
1. Don't play when you practice. When you sit down at the kit, know what you are going to work on, and work on it. Warm up, do the exercises, work through the new song, whatever needs to be done. Thats practice.
2. Once you've put the work in, THEN have some fun shredding round the kit, rolling out that pocket groove you love, getting the toms thundering and singing....thats playing!! If you waste all your practice time playing stuff you can already competently play, you won't improve much.
3. A a metronome is your very best friend in the whole wide world. Use it all the time, its subconciously teaches you to have an internal clock. If you can't hear it over the drums, you are on the beat (or its not switched on). Learn to play ahead, on and behind the click.
4. Own the progress you have made, you did that, you practiced, you learned it, you earned it. Be proud!!
5. HAVE FUN!!!!!! Love drums, love drumming, love drummers....& don't trust anything a guitarist tells you about time signatures
prob another thousand or more tips, but that'll do for the mo!!
Last edited by mauned; 03-25-2015 at 07:55 AM.
Can't currently remember who told me this, but one tip that helped my playing is to learn to play starting with your weak hand. As someone who had been playing drums for a few years with no lessons I never really thought to start fills or whatever with my left hand, but I started practicing everything with both hands to the point where my left hand isn't really my weak hand anymore.
KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid
I just wanted to say I love love love this thread.
So much good advice here!
Here are a few of mine (and yes some/all of these have already been mentioned here):
- when learning a new lick or fill, SLOW IT DOWN first. Learn to play it perfectly at a comfortable speed then gradually speed it up. Trust me on this one
- Playing a lick tight and in time will sound 10x faster than trying to play a lick fast and sloppy. Slow it down (related to the first point).
- learn to play at different tempos. Too often we get stuck into one tempo, and suddenly playing much slower or a moderate tempo instead of fast can throw you huge.
- Play to the song--don't overplay (I'm guilty of this at times--working on it!)
- Practice playing dynamically whenever you sit at the kit. Dynamics are so often forgotten by young drummers, but they are so so so important! And not even just overall dynamics! Practice different volumes of different pieces of the kit at different times (i.e. the volume of the hi-hat, or the volume of ghost notes).
- Don't drink much before playing! I might feel sober at a party after 4 or 5 beers, but more than 2 beers before playing drums and I FEEL it. Not in a good way
- Be humble. There will ALWAYS be someone better than you--but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep working towards being the best you can!
- Take criticism well. If a bandmate / another drummer critiques you, try to learn from it. Don't get hurt by it, look at it as an opportunity to identify weaknesses and eliminate them.
- Play with confidence! I forget who told me this/where I heard it, but it definitely was a total change in how I played when jamming with people/playing out. If you play without confidence, it definitely comes across in your playing. When you're playing out, play with confidence even if it's fake! Even an error or two played confidently will sound far better than timid playing.
That's all I can think of for now. And most importantly--have fun!!!!
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