Playing rudiments and sticking patterns/exercises from “Syncopation”, “Stick Control” and other sources with our metronome, on a practice pad, with a joyful heart, with the intention to hear evenness, and steadiness of our stickings, cognizant of the feeling of how our developing technique feels in our body will put you in the zone in no time.
Over a lifetime of drumming this will centre you; preparing your mind and body to drum, practice, or just get on with your day.
Bonus in hidden in the title of the book: stick control. The holy grail of drumming. From beginners to Masters this is our quest.
A story from the past.
Drummers in Berklee College of music had a space in a hallway where they used to congregate and collectively practice their rudiments. Truly a place of happiness, the camaraderie between the drummers was the envy of the non-drummers trudging off to hours of solitary practice.
David Story, drum teacher
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher