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    What is the best advice on building speed besides practice? I have been working on my single stroke roll. Right now i'm at 250 bpm and want to get faster. I am using promark forward 5b select balance sticks and a practice pad. Is it just practice or is time a factor? I bought the sound track to whiplash and have seen the movie and would like to be able to play that fast someday. That is my goal for this year.

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    French grip. You move the stick with your fingers more instead of all wrist.
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    Pillows!!

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    Practice!

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    i think it just comes with time and getting more confident in what and how you can do things. I'm referring to playing fast with a band, I never worked on technical things or really cared to. Maybe that makes me a bad drummer or maybe not I'm not sure.

    to me playing fast is easier than playing slow.
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    You're just going to have to put the time in Gregg. It's mostly about the practice. That's awesome that you've set yourself goals. That's how you do it man!
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    Tottally agree with Rick
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerboy60 View Post
    What is the best advice on building speed besides practice?
    There is no other way. Put the time in. Work with a metronome. Keep increasing the speed. Don't move to a higher speed until you make no mistakes. Want to get better/faster? Go to the woodshed...............there are no shortcuts.

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    if you just play drums and don't do anything else ie. no social life , no computer, no parties on the weekend , if you go to a bar its only to play music ...then its possible to get that good quick but its crazy and not particularly healthy. playing slow is the key, building muscle memory from endurance will help with playing fast more than 30 seconds of playing quickly to a metronome.

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    All of the above.......

    What I will add, we all have our physical limits. We can all improve our speed to a degree...............but I know in my case, I'm not able to pull off the crazy fast stuff............even if I worked at it for years. Just like anything else in life, some people are just naturally able to go faster than others.

    Luckily, music is not a race!

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    I would love to be faster. Like most people, if my left hand was as fast as my right, I'd be satisfied. At every gig, my right hand plays 1/8 notes, triplets, shuffles, etc., for 4hrs. Meanwhile, my left only is playing every 3rd or 4th beat.
    Also, learning stick control and being able to control stick rebound and take advantage of it can make playing fast much easier. Unfortunately, I suck at that too. I can keep up with the rest of my band for the songs we play, so that hinders my motivation as well.
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