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    I've noticed a problem I have that when I do an accent on the kick drum, I reflexively accent the cymbal -- and vice versa.

    I'd like to come up with some exercises to lick this bad habit. Do others have this problem and what are you doing to kick it?

    What I've been doing so far is playing even 16ths on the cymbal and 1 measure of 1/4 note bass drum and 1 measure of kick drum with the accents. High-hat on the quarter and snare on 2 and 4.

    I was going to then restart Chapin's Advanced Techniques and start recording myself. What do yall think?

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    Try Gary Chester's NEW BREED. It will change your life. Well maybe not that drastic but it will.... It will change your life.
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    Just work on your beat pressure and independence. Start doing more with your right hand and less with your right foot, mess the dynamics up. Get control over your limbs.
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    I have the same problem and it bugs the heck out of me. I've been doing it for twenty years and doubt I'll be able to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethel_The_Frog View Post
    Just work on your beat pressure...
    Beat Pressure? LOL I know what you mean... I've just never heard it said like that before.
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    When I struggled with this I just played until I found something that I didn't like, isolated it, looped it and slowed it down until I could nail it properly. I repeated it at the slow speed until I didn't want to play drums anymore (as in sell them all and be done). That usually allowed me to go back and play it full speed with no problem... some things are easy to build muscle memory for.
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    I guess since I play open handed style, I probably shouldn't say anything or I'll just confuse everybody.
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    Never hit two things at once...!!
    Its very dangerous.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ratmycue View Post
    Never hit two things at once...!!
    Its very dangerous.
    someone could lose an eye that way

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    thats why rat wears the eye patch ok now I get it Nuff Said

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    Beat Pressure? LOL I know what you mean... I've just never heard it said like that before.
    Oh your words cut me to the bone drummer I just saw it in Rhythm magazine once and thought 'huh, so that's what they call it'!
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    Gary Chester's Book Is Great For Looking At Our Drumming Habits ,And Turning Our World Upside Down As We Know It.....If Ya Take The Challenge You Become Better For It,,,
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    HEY! it isn't all that bad.a lot of great drummers did it also.

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