No lessons for 2 months, what should I do?

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Post Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:22 am

My drum teacher is touring with his band for July and August. He said I could make them up or switch the teacher until he gets back. I don't really want to switch teachers because the one I have now is really experienced and I'm used to his methods so for the next two months I'm gonna need to teach myself.

I was thinking either take video drum lessons online or just learn songs and write some of my own songs and beats. Which option will boost my ability to learn more when my teacher comes back to give me lessons?[/code]
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Post Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:18 am

you dont have to "make up" anything. Take this time to seriously reflect on what you have learned and apply it as many different ways as possible. practice practice practice. with some dedication your teacher'll be blown away by how much you'v progressed without him
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Post Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:08 pm

thats good advice. I was thinking of telling you to go with a different teach for a bit. You might learn some different things, see things from a different view and learn some technical variety. Who knows, that other teacher might know somethihng that blows your mind and you absolutely have to learn the move!!!

but this time is also good for practice and perfect what you have so when your teacher gets back, he'll be ready for new material!
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Post Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:11 pm

Take the summer to go over what you've learned so far. Use the ideas in you band's songs. Practice the things your weak at so when you see your teacher again, he'll go "Whoa!!"

Go see some live music and check out the drummers over the summer. It will get you motivated to practice.

Buy a "drum + one" package that's at your playing level and learn the songs.

Check out the "LESSONS" forum on this site. There's a lot of cool stuff there.

Watch all those drum videos that are in the DML video section and on Youtube, or go buy a new DVD and work with that over the summer.

Transcribe some songs. Nothing gets your reading into shape like figuring out how to write them down in standard notation.(no tabs please!!)

Give some lessons!! The best way to cement the things you've learned is to teach those things to someone else. Then you will really understand the concepts.
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There, that should keep you busy!
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Post Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:08 pm

That's great advice. BTW, what is a "drum + one" package? It sounds like that would help me out too.
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Post Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:41 pm

I've never had a teacher, but, if I did. What I would do is abuse the crap out of DVDs and Youtube videos, and then show him how much better I've improved without him. 8)
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Post Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:53 pm

alexfoxx wrote:That's great advice. BTW, what is a "drum + one" package? It sounds like that would help me out too.


It's a CD that has two versions of each song -- one with drums, one without. They usually come with the charts so you can play exactly what the drummer did on the recording, or make up your own parts.

Here are some good ones . . .

Vic Firth "Hard and Heavy" is a selection of modern hard rock songs by the original artist (System of a Down, Anthrax, Godsmack) http://www.vicfirth.com/products/artist ... epack.html

Dave Weckl's "Contemporary Drums + 1" is good because there are charts in different styles (Jazz, fusion, jingles)
http://www.musicroom.com/se/ID_No/026521/details.html

There are lot's of books out now that feature modern rock bands like this one:
http://www.musicroom.com/se/ID_No/056361/details.html

Another good thing to do is play drums along to songs that don't have drums in them, like "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles or "We're Gonna Be Friends" by The White Stripes. That way you have to figure out what will work in the song.
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Post Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:52 pm

Hey, I haven't had a lesson for over a year now, and I'm progressing faster than ever!

I just teach myself. I'll hear something cool in a song, or I'll hear of a technique or something I can't do yet, and go "hey, I want to learn how to do that!" And I just commit myself to getting it under my belt.
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