So Is The Drummer wrote:
when i talked to chris pennie he said he would practice for 6-8 hours at a time.
i feel like you should really push yourself to the limit. i learned from training for soccer that when you're physically or mentally exhausted so bad that you think you can't go one more second, and you make yourself keep going, improvement is almost inevitable.
this doesnt necesarily apply to everything that goes along with playing the drums and it isnt a philosophy i can always implement myself. but theres still a lot of times where i am suckin' wind and burnin' by the time i am done.
im sure a good portion of that is from smoking and sub-par technique but it's not about where you're at but where you're goin.
I met Chris last Sunday and will likely see him again tomorrow. What a great guy and when it comes to playing, he KILLS it on such a simple set up. His commitment to practice really shows.
I try to do about 3/4 hours a day of relaxed practice, if not more with rehearsals/gigs. Freestrokes 2-50 around 45 minutes, half hour moeller exercise, hour and half working my feet including left foot workout (just started that). Then I spend some time practicing open handed and on Jim Chapins book, Advanced Techniques... both right AND left hand lead. Again, that's a new book I started after DRT.
I do need to rework my routine to get everything in now.
When I say relaxed, I practice and do household type jobs in between different exercises.