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"
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.
When we practice, we are judgmental. We analyze our playing to understand what needs fixing or further development. It is goal directed work. For beginners it is difficult work. I suggest only 30% of drum set time is used to practice.
On the other hand...
If you like some help getting your household drum journey started, call me.
Some tips from a music teacher with decades of experience. Here they are in no particular order.
Time to dream again. Covid-19 will abate this year; the vaccines are coming, spring will arrive. Time to get musically ready to share our music with the world again.
Here are 10 ideas to mull over.
Similar to metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive regulation or "regulation of cognition" contains three skills that are essential.
In 2021 information on learning to play the drum is easy to find. It's pretty much all out there for "Free". While writing this I searched, "How many drum videos are there on YouTube?" Answer: 192,000,000
Where to start? Good question if you've never played before.
First let's consider what's good about YouTube drumming videos.
Second, what's not so good about YouTube drumming videos.
So, what does a coach/teacher do in 2021?
So, if you are getting frustrated with spinning your sticks while watching YouTube and not moving forward consider calling me. I can help get you started.
David Story, drummer, pianist, online music teacher