Drum lesson tips, Ideas, Stories and Free lessons
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"
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.
Transcribing the drum chart for Robot Rock made me feel 13 again.
When listening at 1/2 tempo, I hear some interesting sound artifacts with the bass drum part, like it was being doubled.
How I will be spending some practice time over the holidays, preparing this piece. A fun solo piece for the snare drum.
Good hand skills are the core competency of drumming. Learning some solo repertoire is a fun way of going about it.
If you swing them a bit, they morph into a New Orleans Roll offs or drum solos pretty fast.
Beat #1: RL Accent with a high stick with the Right, low height with the Left will create a good accent without resorting to caveperson drumming. :-)
beat #2: A super opportunity to practice our open handed drumming. Try the Left hand on the high hat, Right on the floor tom.
Beat #3: Crosshanded with Right on High hat. Or, if you wish, stay openhanded.
The fills are tricky, call me.
David Story, drummer, pianist, online music teacher