Drum lesson tips, Ideas, Stories and Free lessons
On the pads start at 40 BPM, softly, then 150, then 50 then 140, then 60 then 130 you get the idea. If you are a beginner start at 70 BPM for a few weeks, then start trying out other tempi. Slower is harder to control.
On the kit: My 12-year-old copy says 40 BPM. R=alternating feet, L=hands.
Other ideas play Samba feet under the sticking patterns. Or a Nola pattern, or even a Cuban tumbao rhythm pattern.
Make every note sound intentional.
it goes on and on.
There are numerous ways to play this famous page. Head over to Nick Ruffini’s page and ask for copy of his book. Mailing List - Drummer's Resource: Conversations with the world's greatest drummers and music industry pros. (nxcli.net) And enjoy his podcasts. I’ve listened to over 500 of them!
The key word is intentional practice.
Drumming is about having fun. Having fun is about playing well. Playing well is about directed instruction. Playing music with others is about time and groove, period. The band wants to hear our pulse, good vibes, and steadiness. This happens when we work on our "stage one drumming"
Outstanding fun for Baby Boomer drummers and youngsters wondering where did this all come from. Warning there is a short scene in a strip club near the beginning and a few other scenes typical of the rock era. Thank goodness we have evolved since then.
This track challenges a students' ability to hold a groove for an extended period of time. Drummer Grady Tate plays with so much feel, groove and simplicity.
No small feat.
One of the the joys of drumming is getting the hands together while playing with others.
On the other side of the pandemic I look forward to some Saturday afternoons teaching this to my drumming students.
We'll be making a glorious music.
David Story, drummer, pianist, online music teacher